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: Romans 4:4-12
Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but
But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies
the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,
just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to
whom God imputes righteousness apart from works:
"Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and
whose sins are covered;
blessed is the man to whom the LORD shall not impute sin."
Does this blessedness then come upon the circumcised only, or
upon the uncircumcised also? For we say that faith was accounted to Abraham
How then was it accounted? While he was circumcised, or
uncircumcised? Not while circumcised, but while uncircumcised.
And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the
righteousness of the faith which he had while still uncircumcised, that he
might be the father of all those who believe, though they are uncircumcised,
that righteousness might be imputed to them also,
and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of
the circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of the faith which our
father Abraham had while still uncircumcised.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 7:15-21
"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's
clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
"You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes
from thornbushes or figs from thistles?
"Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree
bears bad fruit.
"A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear
"Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and
thrown into the fire.
"Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the
kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
Saints and Feasts
Thaddeus (Jude) the Apostle & Brother of Our Lord; Holy Martyr Zosima; Our Righteous Father Zenonus; Païsius the Great of Egypt