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: Hebrews 9:8-10,15-23
the Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into the
Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was
It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and
sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service
perfect in regard to the conscience;
concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and
fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation.
And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant,
by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first
covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal
For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity
be the death of the testator.
For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has
no power at all while the testator lives.
Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without
For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people
according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water,
scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the
saying, "This is the blood of the covenant which God has
Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle
and all the vessels of the ministry.
And according to the law almost all things are purged with
blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.
Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in
the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things
themselves with better sacrifices than these.
Gospel Reading: Mark 8:22-26
Then He came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to Him,
and begged Him to touch him.
So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the
town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked
him if he saw anything.
And he looked up and said, "I see men like trees, walking."
Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up.
And he was restored and saw everyone clearly.
And He sent him away to his house, saying, "Neither go into the
town, nor tell anyone in the town."
Saints and Feasts
Veneration of Apostle Peter's Precious Chains; Righteous Hierodeacon Makarios of Kalogeras; Romilo the Monk of Mount Athos