Prayer Before Reading Holy Scripture
O Master Who loves mankind, illuminate our hearts with the pure light of Your divine knowledge and open the eyes of our mind to understand the teachings of Your Gospel. Instill in us also the fear of Your blessed commandments, that we may overcome all carnal desires, entering upon a spiritual life and understanding and acting in all things according to Your holy will. For You are the enlightenment of our souls and bodies, O Christ God, and to You we give glory together with Your eternal Father and Your all-holy, gracious and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.
Epistle Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:16-7:1
And what agreement has the temple of God with idols?
For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will dwell in
them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people."
Therefore "Come out from among them and be separate,
says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you."
"I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons
and daughters, says the LORD Almighty."
Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us
cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting
holiness in the fear of God.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 15:21-28
Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region
of Tyre and Sidon.
And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and
cried out to Him, saying, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My
daughter is severely demon-possessed."
But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and
urged Him, saying, "Send her away, for she cries out after us."
But He answered and said, "I was not sent except to the
lost sheep of the house of Israel."
Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, "Lord, help me!"
But He answered and said, "It is not good to take the
children's bread and throw it to the little dogs."
And she said, "True, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the
crumbs which fall from their masters' table."
Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, great is
your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." And her daughter was healed
from that very hour.
Saints and Feasts
Ephraim the Syrian; Isaac the Syrian, Bishop of Ninevah; James the Righteous; Palladios the Hermit of Antioch; Saint Theodosius of Totma