Epistle Reading: 1 Corinthians 14:6-19
But now, brethren, if I come to you speaking with
tongues, what shall I profit you unless I speak to you either by revelation,
by knowledge, by prophesying, or by teaching?
Even things without life, whether flute or harp, when
they make a sound, unless they make a distinction in the sounds, how will
it be known what is piped or played?
For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will
prepare himself for battle?
So likewise you, unless you utter by the tongue words
easy to understand, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be
speaking into the air.
There are, it may be, so many kinds of languages in
the world, and none of them is without significance.
Therefore, if I do not know the meaning of the
language, I shall be a foreigner to him who speaks, and he who speaks will
be a foreigner to me.
Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual
gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel.
Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he
For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my
understanding is unfruitful.
What is the result then? I will pray with the spirit,
and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit,
and I will also sing with the understanding.
Otherwise, if you bless with the spirit, how will he
who occupies the place of the uninformed say "Amen" at your giving of
thanks, since he does not understand what you say?
For you indeed give thanks well, but the other is not
I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all;
yet in the church I would rather speak five words
with my understanding, that I may teach others also, than ten thousand
words in a tongue.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 20:17-28
Then Jesus, going up to Jerusalem, took the twelve
disciples aside on the road and said to them,
"Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man
will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will
condemn Him to death,
"and deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock and to scourge
and to crucify. And the third day He will rise again."
Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came to Him with her sons,
kneeling down and asking something from Him.
And He said to her, "What do you wish?" She said to Him, "
Grant that these two sons of mine may sit, one on Your right hand and the
other on the left, in Your kingdom."
But Jesus answered and said, "You do not know what you ask.
Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized
with the baptism that I am baptized with?" They said to Him, "We are able."
So He said to them, "You will indeed drink My cup, and be
baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with; but to sit on My right
hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is
prepared by My Father."
And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation
against the two brothers.
But Jesus called them to Himself and said, "You know that
the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great
exercise authority over them.
"Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to
become great among you, let him be your servant.
"And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be
"just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to
serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."
Saints and Feasts
The Holy Apostle Matthias ; Anthony the Martyr of Alexandria; Afterfeast of the Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; Constantine, Patriarch of Constantinople; Euthymios the Hieromartyr, Metropolitan of Rhodes