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: 2 Corinthians 8:7-15
But as you abound in everything; in faith, in speech,
in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us; see that you
abound in this grace also.
I speak not by commandment, but I am testing the
sincerity of your love by the diligence of others.
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that
though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His
poverty might become rich.
And in this I give my advice: It is to your advantage
not only to be doing what you began and were desiring to do a year ago;
but now you also must complete the doing of it; that
as there was a readiness to desire it, so there also may be a completion
out of what you have.
For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted
according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have.
For I do not mean that others should be eased and you
but by an equality, that now at this time your
abundance may supply their lack, that their abundance also may supply your
lack; that there may be equality.
As it is written, "He who gathered much had nothing
left over, and he who gathered little had no lack."
Gospel Reading: Mark 3:6-12
Then the Pharisees went out and immediately plotted with the
Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him.
But Jesus withdrew with His disciples to the sea. And a great
multitude from Galilee followed Him, and from Judea
and Jerusalem and Idumea and beyond the Jordan; and those from
Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they heard how many things He was
doing, came to Him.
And He told His disciples that a small boat should be kept ready
for Him because of the multitude, lest they should crush Him.
For He healed many, so that as many as had afflictions pressed
about Him to touch Him.
And the unclean spirits, whenever they saw Him, fell down
before Him and cried out, saying, "You are the Son of God."
But He sternly warned them that they should not make Him known.
Saints and Feasts
Anthimus, Bishop of Nicomedea; Holy Father Theoctistus and his fellow struggler Euthymius the Great; St. Polydorus the Martyr of New Ephesus; Translation of the relics of St. Nectarius the Wonderworker, Bishop of Pentopolis