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 3:19-26
Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who
are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may
become guilty before God.
Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified
in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is
revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets,
even the righteousness of God which is through faith in Jesus
Christ to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference;
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
being justified freely by His grace through the redemption
that is in Christ Jesus,
whom God set forth to be a propitiation by His blood, through
faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had
passed over the sins that were previously committed,
to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He
might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 7:1-8
"Judge not, that you be not judged.
"For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and
with the same measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
"And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but
do not consider the plank in your own eye?
"Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the
speck out of your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye?
"Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and
then you will see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother's eye.
"Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls
before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear
you in pieces.
"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find;
knock, and it will be opened to you.
"For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and
to him who knocks it will be opened.
Saints and Feasts
Agrippina the Martyr of Rome; Holy Martyrs Aristocleus the Priest, Demetrius the Deacon and Athanasius the Reader; Holy New Martrys Archpriest of Crete Gerasimus, Knossos Neophyte, Xepponessos Ioachim, Lampe Hierotheus, Seteia Zacharius, Kisamos Melchisadek, Piopoleos Kallinicus and Those Martyred with Them (1821-1822); Mark, Bishop of Ephesus