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 5:20-26
giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in
the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
submitting to one another in the fear of God.
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is
head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.
Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let
the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the
church and gave Himself for it,
that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of
water by the word,
Gospel Reading: Luke 8:1-3
Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city
and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God.
And the twelve were with Him,
and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and
infirmities; Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons,
and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod's steward, and Susanna, and
many others who provided for Him from their substance.
Saints and Feasts
James the Apostle, son of Alphaeus; Andronicus & his wife Athanasia of Egypt; Poplia the Confessor of Antioch; The Righteous Patriarch Abraham and his nephew Lot