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Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 7/26/2013

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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 16:1-16

I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a servant of the church in Cenchrea,

that you may receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and assist her in whatever business she has need of you; for indeed she has been a helper of many and of myself also.

Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus,

who risked their own necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.

Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia to Christ.

Greet Mary, who labored much for us.

Greet Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.

Greet Amplias, my beloved in the Lord.

Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and Stachys, my beloved.

Greet Apelles, approved in Christ. Greet those who are of the household of Aristobulus.

Greet Herodion, my kinsman. Greet those who are of the household of Narcissus who are in the Lord.

Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, who have labored in the Lord. Greet the beloved Persis, who labored much in the Lord.

Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine.

Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren who are with them.

Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them.

Greet one another with a holy kiss. The churches of Christ greet you.

Gospel Reading: Matthew 13:4-9

"And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them.

"Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth.

"But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away.

"And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them.

"But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

"He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"

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