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 19:1-8
And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul,
having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some
he said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you
believed?" And they said to him, "We have not so much as heard whether
there is a Holy Spirit."
And he said to them, "Into what then were you baptized?" So
they said, "Into John's baptism."
Then Paul said, "John indeed baptized with a baptism of
repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would
come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus."
When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the
And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon
them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.
Now the men were about twelve in all.
And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three
months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of
Gospel Reading: John 14:1-11
"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe
also in Me.
"In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I
would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
"And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again
and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
"And where I go you know, and the way you know."
Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going,
and how can we know the way?"
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No
one comes to the Father except through Me.
"If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and
from now on you know Him and have seen Him."
Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is
sufficient for us."
Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you
have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how
can you say, 'Show us the Father'?
"Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father
in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority;
but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.
"Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or
else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.
Saints and Feasts
Justin the Philosopher & Martyr and his Companions; Pyrros the Hieromartyr