Epistle Reading: Galatians 1:11-19
But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which
was preached by me is not according to man.
For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it,
but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.
For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I
persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it.
And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries
in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my
But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's
womb and called me through His grace,
to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the
Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood,
nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles
before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.
Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter,
and remained with him fifteen days.
But I saw none of the other apostles except James, the
Gospel Reading: Luke 8:26-39
Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which is
And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain
man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes,
nor did he live in a house but in the tombs.
When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with
a loud voice said, "What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High
God? I beg You, do not torment me!"
For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man.
For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains
and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the
Jesus asked him, saying, "What is your name?" And he said, "
Legion," because many demons had entered him.
And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out
into the abyss.
Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain. And
they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He permitted
Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and
the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned.
When those who fed them saw what had happened, they fled and
told it in the city and in the country.
Then they went out to see what had happened, and came to Jesus,
and found the man from whom the demons had departed, sitting at the feet of
Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid.
They also who had seen it told them by what means he who had
been demon-possessed was healed.
Then the whole multitude of the surrounding region of the
Gadarenes asked Him to depart from them, for they were seized with great
fear. And He got into the boat and returned.
Now the man from whom the demons had departed begged Him that
he might be with Him. But Jesus sent him away, saying,
"Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has
done for you." And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city
what great things Jesus had done for him.
Saints and Feasts
The Holy Protection of the Theotokos; Holy Martyrs Terrence and Eunice; Our Righteous Father Steven the Sabbaite; Arsenios and Athanasios of Androusa in Messenia, Patriarchs of Constantinople; Angelis, Manuel, George, & Nicholas, New Martyrs of Crete; Rostislav, the Great Illumined Duke of Moravia