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 16:4-12
But if it is fitting that I go also, they will go with
Now I will come to you when I pass through Macedonia (
for I am passing through Macedonia).
But it may be that I will remain, or even spend the
winter with you, that you may send me on my journey, wherever I go.
For I do not wish to see you now on the way; but I
hope to stay a while with you, if the Lord permits.
But I will tarry in Ephesus until Pentecost.
For a great and effective door has opened to me, and
there are many adversaries.
Now if Timothy comes, see that he may be with you
without fear; for he does the work of the Lord, as I also do.
Therefore let no one despise him. But send him on his
journey in peace, that he may come to me; for I am waiting for him with the
Now concerning our brother Apollos, I strongly urged
him to come to you with the brethren, but he was quite unwilling to come at
this time; however, he will come when he has a convenient time.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 21:28-32
"But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to
the first and said, 'Son, go, work today in my vineyard.'
"He answered and said, 'I will not,' but afterward he
regretted it and went.
"Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he
answered and said, 'I go, sir,' but he did not go.
"Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said
to Him, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that tax
collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you.
"For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you
did not believe him; but tax collectors and harlots believed him; and when
you saw it, you did not afterward relent and believe him.
Saints and Feasts
Forefeast of the Precious Cross; Joseph the Righteous of Arimathea; Eudocimus the Righteous of Cappadocia; Dionysios the Righteous Martyr of Vatopaidi