Epistle Reading: 1 Timothy 5:1-10
Do not rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father, the
younger men as brothers,
the older women as mothers, the younger as sisters, with
Honor widows who are really widows.
But if any widow has children or grandchildren, let them
first learn to show piety at home and to repay their parents; for this is
good and acceptable before God.
Now she who is really a widow, and left alone, trusts in
God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day.
But she who lives in pleasure is dead while she lives.
And these things command, that they may be blameless.
But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially
for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an
Do not let a widow under sixty years old be taken into the
number, and not unless she has been the wife of one man,
well reported for good works: if she has brought up
children, if she has lodged strangers, if she has washed the saints' feet,
if she has relieved the afflicted, if she has diligently followed every
Gospel Reading: Mark 8:11-21
And the Pharisees came out and began to dispute with Him,
seeking from Him a sign from heaven, testing Him.
But He sighed deeply in His spirit, and said, "Why does this
generation seek a sign? Assuredly, I say to you, no sign shall be given to
And He left them, and getting into the boat again, departed to
the other side.
Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, and they did not
have more than one loaf with them in the boat.
Then He charged them, saying, "Take heed, beware of the leaven
of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod."
So they reasoned among themselves, saying, "It is because we
have no bread."
And Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, "Why do you reason
because you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive nor understand? Is your
heart still hardened?
"Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear?
And do you not remember?
"When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many
baskets full of fragments did you take up?" They said to Him, "Twelve."
"And when I broke the seven for the four thousand, how many
large baskets full of fragments did you take up?" And they said, "Seven."
So He said to them, "How is it you do not understand?"
Saints and Feasts
The Holy Martyrs Menas, Hermogenes, and Eugraphus; Thomas the Righteous of Bithynia