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 15:17-29
Therefore I have reason to glory in Christ Jesus in the
things which pertain to God.
For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which
Christ has not accomplished through me, in word and deed, to make the
in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of
God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum I have fully
preached the gospel of Christ.
And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where
Christ was named, lest I should build on another man's foundation,
but as it is written: "To whom He was not announced, they
shall see; and those who have not heard shall understand."
For this reason I also have been much hindered from coming
But now no longer having a place in these parts, and having
a great desire these many years to come to you,
whenever I journey to Spain, I shall come to you. For I hope
to see you on my journey, and to be helped on my way there by you, if first
I may enjoy your company for a while.
But now I am going to Jerusalem to minister to the saints.
For it pleased those from Macedonia and Achaia to make a
certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are in Jerusalem.
It pleased them indeed, and they are their debtors. For if
the Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is
also to minister to them in material things.
Therefore, when I have performed this and have sealed to
them this fruit, I shall go by way of you to Spain.
But I know that when I come to you, I shall come in the
fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 12:46-13:3
While He was still talking to the multitudes, behold, His
mother and brothers stood outside, seeking to speak with Him.
Then one said to Him, "Look, Your mother and Your brothers
are standing outside, seeking to speak with You."
But He answered and said to the one who told Him, "Who is
My mother and who are My brothers?"
And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, "
Here are My mother and My brothers!
"For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My
brother and sister and mother."
On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the
And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that
He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: "
Behold, a sower went out to sow.
Saints and Feasts
Proclus & Hilary the Martyrs of Ancyra; Our Holy Father Michael of Maleinus; Veronica, the woman with the issue of blood who was healed by Jesus; Andre the Commander & his Companion Martyrs; Gerasimos of Byzantium and Akakios the young ascetic; Neophytos of Amorginos, Jonah of Lerios, Neophytos of Phazos, Jonah of Garbi and Parthenios of Philippoupolis the God-Bearing Martyrs of Amorginos; Paisios the Athonite