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 3:12-18
Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great
boldness of speech;
unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the
children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing
But their minds were hardened. For until this day the
same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the
veil is taken away in Christ.
But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies
on their heart.
Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is
Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of
the Lord is, there is liberty.
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a
mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image
from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Gospel Reading: Luke 9:1-6
Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power
and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.
He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
And He said to them, "Take nothing for the journey, neither
staffs nor bag nor bread nor money; and do not have two tunics apiece.
"Whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart.
"And whoever will not receive you, when you go out of that city,
shake off the very dust from your feet as a testimony against them."
So they departed and went through the towns, preaching the
gospel and healing everywhere.
Saints and Feasts
Acepsimas the Bishop, Joseph the Presbyter, & Aeithalas the Deacon, Martyrs of Persia; Dedication of the Temple of the Holy Great Martyr George in Lydda; Holy Father and New Hieromartyr Gregory of Neapolis; Theodore the Confessor, Bishop of Ancyra; George of Neapolis the New Martyr