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: James 2:14-26
What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith
but does not have works? Can faith save him?
If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food,
and one of you says to them, "Depart in peace, be warmed and
filled," but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body,
what does it profit?
Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
But someone will say, "You have faith, and I have works." Show
me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the
demons believe; and tremble!
But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without
works is dead?
Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered
Isaac his son on the altar?
Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and
by works faith was made perfect?
And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "Abraham believed
God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness." And he was called the
friend of God.
You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by
Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works
when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without
works is dead also.
Gospel Reading: Mark 10:46-52
Then they came to Jericho. And as He went out of Jericho with
His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus,
sat by the road begging.
And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to
cry out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"
Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the
more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"
So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they
called the blind man, saying to him, "Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling
And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus.
And Jesus answered and said to him, "What do you want Me to do
for you?" The blind man said to Him, "Rabboni, that I may receive my sight."
Then Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your faith has made you
well." And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.
Saints and Feasts
Removal of the Relics of Ignatius the God-bearer; Laurence the Recluse of the Kiev Caves