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 Corinthians 7:24-35
Brethren, let each one remain with God in that calling
in which he was called.
Now concerning virgins: I have no commandment from the
Lord; yet I give judgment as one whom the Lord in His mercy has made
I suppose therefore that this is good because of the
present distress; that it is good for a man to remain as he is:
Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be loosed. Are
you loosed from a wife? Do not seek a wife.
But even if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if
a virgin marries, she has not sinned. Nevertheless such will have trouble
in the flesh, but I would spare you.
But this I say, brethren, the time is short, so that
from now on even those who have wives should be as though they had none,
those who weep as though they did not weep, those who
rejoice as though they did not rejoice, those who buy as though they did
and those who use this world as not misusing it. For
the form of this world is passing away.
But I want you to be without care. He who is unmarried
cares for the things that belong to the Lord; how he may please the Lord.
But he who is married cares about the things of the
world; how he may please his wife.
There is a difference between a wife and a virgin. The
unmarried woman cares about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy
both in body and in spirit. But she who is married cares about the things
of the world; how she may please her husband.
And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put
a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord
Gospel Reading: Matthew 15:12-21
Then His disciples came and said to Him, "Do You know that
the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?"
But He answered and said, "Every plant which My heavenly
Father has not planted will be uprooted.
"Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And
if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch."
Then Peter answered and said to Him, "Explain this parable
So Jesus said, "Are you also still without understanding?
"Do you not yet understand that whatever enters the mouth
goes into the stomach and is eliminated?
"But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from
the heart, and they defile a man.
"For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders,
adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.
"These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with
unwashed hands does not defile a man."
Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region
of Tyre and Sidon.
Saints and Feasts
Euphemia the Great Martyr; The All-Praised Olga, Equal-to-the-Apostles, Princess of Kiev; Nektarios the New Martyr; St. Nicodemos the New Martyr of Mt. Athos