Epistle Reading: Hebrews 9:11-14
But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come,
with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is,
not of this creation.
Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own
blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal
For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a
heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh,
how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the
eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience
from dead works to serve the living God?
Gospel Reading: Mark 10:32-45
Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus
was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were
afraid. Then He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the
things that would happen to Him:
"Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man
will be delivered to the chief priests and to the scribes, and they will
condemn Him to death and deliver Him to the Gentiles;
"and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him,
and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again."
Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, "
Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask."
And He said to them, "What do you want Me to do for you?"
They said to Him, "Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right
hand and the other on Your left, in Your glory."
But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you ask. Can you
drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am
And they said to Him, "We can." And Jesus said to them, "You
will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized
with you will be baptized;
"but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to
give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared."
And when the ten heard it, they began to be greatly displeased
with James and John.
But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, "You know
that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them,
and their great ones exercise authority over them.
"Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to
become great among you shall be your servant.
"And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all.
"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to
serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."
Saints and Feasts
St. Mary of Egypt; The Holy Apostles of the Seventy Herodion, Agabus, Rufus, Asyncritus, Phlegon, and Hermes; Rufus the Obedient of the Kiev Caves; Celestine, Pope of Rome