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: Acts 8:18-25
Now when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles'
hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money,
saying, "Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay
hands may receive the Holy Spirit."
But Peter said to him, "Your money perish with you, because you
thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money!
"You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your
heart is not right in the sight of God.
"Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if
perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you.
"For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by
Then Simon answered and said, "Pray to the Lord for me, that
none of the things which you have spoken may come upon me."
So when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord,
they returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many villages of the
Gospel Reading: John 6:35-39
And Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. He who comes
to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.
"But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not
"All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who
comes to Me I will by no means cast out.
"For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but
the will of Him who sent Me.
"This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He
has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.
Saints and Feasts
Elizabeth the Wonderworker; Savvas the General of Rome