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: Romans 11:25-36
For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant
of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that
hardening in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles
has come in.
And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: "The
Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from
For this is My covenant with them, when I take away their
Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but
concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers.
For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
For as you were once disobedient to God, yet have now
obtained mercy through their disobedience,
even so these also have now been disobedient, that through
the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy.
For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He
might have mercy on all.
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge
of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!
"For who has known the mind of the LORD? Or who has become
"Or who has first given to Him and it shall be repaid to
For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to
whom be glory forever. Amen.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 12:1-8
At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the
Sabbath. And His disciples were hungry, and began to pluck heads of grain
and to eat.
But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to Him, "Look, Your
disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath!"
Then He said to them, "Have you not read what David did when
he was hungry, he and those who were with him:
"how he entered the house of God and ate the showbread
which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, but
only for the priests?
"Or have you not read in the law that on the Sabbath the
priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are blameless?
"But I say to you that in this place there is One greater
than the temple.
"But if you had known what this means, 'I desire mercy and
not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless.
"For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath."
Saints and Feasts