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 1:26-29
For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise
according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.
But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to
put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to
put to shame the things which are mighty;
and the base things of the world and the things which
are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to
nothing the things that are,
that no flesh should glory in His presence.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 20:29-34
Now as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude
And behold, two blind men sitting by the road, when they
heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, "Have mercy on us, O
Lord, Son of David!"
Then the multitude warned them that they should be quiet;
but they cried out all the more, saying, "Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of
So Jesus stood still and called them, and said, "What do
you want Me to do for you?"
They said to Him, "Lord, that our eyes may be opened."
So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And
immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.
Saints and Feasts
Myron the Martyr of Cyzicus; Straton, Philip, Eutychian, & Cyprian the Martyrs of Nicomedea; Afterfeast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary