Epistle Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:12-26
For as the body is one and has many members, but all
the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.
For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body;
whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free; and have all been made to
drink into one Spirit.
For in fact the body is not one member but many.
If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I
am not of the body," is it therefore not of the body?
And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye,
I am not of the body," is it therefore not of the body?
If the whole body were an eye, where would be the
hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling?
But now God has set the members, each one of them, in
the body just as He pleased.
And if they were all one member, where would the body
But now indeed there are many members, yet one body.
And the eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need
of you"; nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you."
No, much rather, those members of the body which seem
to be weaker are necessary.
And those members of the body which we think to be
less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable
parts have greater modesty,
but our presentable parts have no need. But God
composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it,
that there should be no schism in the body, but that
the members should have the same care for one another.
And if one member suffers, all the members suffer
with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 18:18-22,19:1-2,13-15
"Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will
be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in
"Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth
concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in
"For where two or three are gathered together in My name,
I am there in the midst of them."
Then Peter came to Him and said, "Lord, how often shall my
brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?"
Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times,
but up to seventy times seven.
Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these sayings,
that He departed from Galilee and came to the region of Judea beyond the
And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them there.
Then little children were brought to Him that He might put
His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them.
But Jesus said, "Let the little children come to Me, and do
not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven."
And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.
Saints and Feasts
Afterfeast of the Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; The Holy Righteous Martyr Dometius; Our Holy Father Nicanorus the Wonderworker; St. Theodosius the New; Sozon of Nicomedea; The Holy Ten Thousand Ascetics of Thebes; Narcissus the Hieromartyr of Jerusalem; Joseph Gerontogiannis of Lithines Sitia