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: Hebrews 9:24-28
For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands,
which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the
presence of God for us;
not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest
enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another;
He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation
of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put
away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this
so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To
those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin,
Gospel Reading: Mark 8:27-31
Now Jesus and His disciples went out to the towns of Caesarea
Philippi; and on the road He asked His disciples, saying to them, "Who do
men say that I am?"
And they answered, "John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and
others, one of the prophets."
He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" And Peter
answered and said to Him, "You are the Christ."
Then He charged them that they should tell no one about Him.
And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many
things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be
killed, and after three days rise again.
Saints and Feasts
Calliopus and Akylina the Martyrs; Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow and Enlightener of North America; Righteous Father Savvas the New of Kalymnos; George, Bishop of Lesvos; Gerasimos the God-Bearer of Byzantium