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: Ephesians 3:8-21
To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this
grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable
riches of Christ,
and to make all people see what is the fellowship of the
mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who
created all things through Jesus Christ;
to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be
made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly
according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in
Christ Jesus our Lord,
in whom we have boldness and access with confidence
through faith in Him.
Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my
tribulations for you, which is your glory.
For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord
from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
that He would grant you, according to the riches of His
glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man,
that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that
you, being rooted and grounded in love,
may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the
width and length and depth and height;
to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that
you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above
all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout
all ages, world without end. Amen.
Gospel Reading: Luke 6:46-7:1
"But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do the things
which I say?
"Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I
will show you whom he is like:
"He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the
foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat
vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded
on the rock.
"But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a
house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat
vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great."
Now when He concluded all His sayings in the hearing of the
people, He entered Capernaum.
Saints and Feasts
Dionysios the Areopagite; John the Chozebite, Bishop of Caesaria; Rusticus and Eleutherios the Martyrs