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: Acts 4:23-31
And being let go, they went to their own companions and
reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them.
So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with
one accord and said: "Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the
sea, and all that is in them,
"who by the mouth of Your servant David have said: 'Why did
the nations rage, and the people plot vain things?
the kings of the earth took their stand, and the rulers were
gathered together against the LORD and against His Christ.'
"For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed,
both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel,
were gathered together
"to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before
to be done.
"Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants
that with all boldness they may speak Your word,
"by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and
wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus."
And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled
together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and
they spoke the word of God with boldness.
Gospel Reading: John 5:24-30
"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and
believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into
judgment, but has passed from death into life.
"Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is,
when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear
"For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the
Son to have life in Himself,
"and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because
He is the Son of Man.
"Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all
who are in the graves will hear His voice
"and come forth; those who have done good, to the resurrection
of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.
"I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My
judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of
the Father who sent Me.
Saints and Feasts
The Holy Martyrs Timothy and Maura; Peter the Wonderworker; Xenia of Kalamata the Great Martyr; Father Theodosius, Abbot of Kiev Caves Lavra; Ahmet the Calligrapher & Martyr