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 Timothy 1:1-7
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the commandment of God
our Savior and the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope,
To Timothy, my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and
peace from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
As I urged you when I went into Macedonia; remain in
Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine,
nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which
cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith.
Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure
heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith,
from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle
desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither
what they say nor the things which they affirm.
Gospel Reading: Luke 14:12-15
Then He also said to him who invited Him, "When you give a
dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives,
nor your rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid.
"But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the
lame, the blind.
"And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for
you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just."
Now when one of those who sat at the table with Him heard
these things, he said to Him, "Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the
kingdom of God!"
Saints and Feasts
John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople; Damaskinos the New Martyr of Mount Athos