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: Colossians 1:18-23
And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the
beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the
For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness
and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him,
whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the
blood of His cross.
And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind
by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled
in the body of His flesh through death, to present you
holy, and blameless, and irreproachable in His sight;
if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and
steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you
heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul,
became a minister.
Gospel Reading: Luke 11:42-46
"But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all
manner of herbs, and pass by justice and the love of God. These you ought
to have done, without leaving the others undone.
"Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seats in the
synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces.
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are
like graves which are not seen, and the men who walk over them are not
aware of them."
Then one of the lawyers answered and said to Him, "Teacher, by
saying these things You reproach us also."
And He said, "Woe to you also, you lawyers! For you load men
with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with
one of your fingers.
Saints and Feasts
Amplias, Apelles, Stachys, Urban, Aristobulus & Narcissus of the 70; The Holy Martyr Epimachus of Egypt; Nicholas the New Martyr of Chios