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: Colossians 1:3-6
We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, praying always for you,
since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your
love for all the saints;
because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of
which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel,
which has come to you, as it has also in all the world,
and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you
heard and knew the grace of God in truth;
Gospel Reading: Luke 16:10-15
"He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much;
and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.
"Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous
mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
"And if you have not been faithful in what is another man's,
who will give you what is your own?
"No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate
the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise
the other. You cannot serve God and mammon."
Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all
these things, and they derided Him.
And He said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves
before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among
men is an abomination in the sight of God.
Saints and Feasts
Ten Martyrs of Crete; Rememberance of the Founding of the Holy and Great Church of Christ, Hagia Sophia in Constantinople; Naoum the Illuminator of The Bulgarians; Paul, Archbishop of Neo-Caesarea; Nicholas & John the New Martyrs; Forefeast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ