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: 1 Timothy 1:15-17
This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance,
that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.
However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me
first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who
are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.
Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who
alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
Gospel Reading: Luke 18:35-43
Then it happened, that as He was coming near Jericho, that a
certain blind man sat by the road begging.
And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant.
So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by.
And he cried out, saying, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on
Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet;
but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"
So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him.
And when he had come near, He asked him,
saying, "What do you want Me to do for you?" And he said, "
Lord, that I may receive my sight."
Then Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has
And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him,
glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.
Saints and Feasts
Maximus the Confessor; Neophytos the Martyr of Nicaea