Epistle Reading: 1 Corinthians 7:35-8:7
And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put
a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord
But if any man thinks he is behaving improperly toward
his virgin, if she is past the flower of her youth, and thus it must be,
let him do what he wishes; he does not sin; let them marry.
Nevertheless he who stands steadfast in his heart,
having no necessity, but has power over his own will, and has so determined
in his heart that he will keep his virgin, does well.
So then he who gives her in marriage does well, but he
who does not give her in marriage does better.
A wife is bound by law as long as her husband lives;
but if her husband dies, she is at liberty to be married to whom she wishes,
only in the Lord.
But she is happier if she remains as she is, according
to my judgment; and I think I also have the Spirit of God.
Now concerning things offered to idols: We know that we
all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.
And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows
nothing yet as he ought to know.
But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him.
Therefore concerning the eating of things offered to
idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no
other God but one.
For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven
or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords),
yet for us there is only one God, the Father, of whom
are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are
all things, and through whom we live.
However, there is not in everyone that knowledge; for
some, with consciousness of the idol, until now eat it as a thing offered
to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 15:29-31
And Jesus departed from there, skirted the Sea of Galilee,
and went up on the mountain and sat down there.
Then great multitudes came to Him, having with them those
who were lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others; and they laid them
down at Jesus' feet, and He healed them.
So the multitude marveled when they saw the mute speaking,
the maimed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they
glorified the God of Israel.
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 Amorgos, Jonah of Leros, Neophytos of Phazos, Jonah of Garbi, and Parthenios of Philippoupolis the God-Bearing Martyrs; Paisios the Athonite