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: Romans 1:7-12
To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that
your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.
For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the
gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my
making request if, by some means, now at last I may find a
way in the will of God to come to you.
For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some
spiritual gift, so that you may be established;
that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the
mutual faith both of you and me.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 5:42-48
"Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow
from you do not turn away.
"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your
neighbor and hate your enemy.'
"But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse
you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use
you and persecute you,
"that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He
makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just
and on the unjust.
"For if you love those who love you, what reward have you?
Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
"And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more
than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?
"Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in
heaven is perfect.
Saints and Feasts
Tychon the Wonderworker; 40 Martyrs of Rome; Mark the Just of Apollonia