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: 1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our
Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no
divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same
mind and in the same judgment.
For it has been declared to me concerning you, my
brethren, by those of Chloe's household, that there are contentions among
Now I say this, that each of you says, "I am of Paul,"
or"I am of Apollos," or "I am of Cephas," or "I am of Christ."
Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were
you baptized in the name of Paul?
I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus
lest anyone should say that I had baptized in my own
Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas.
Besides, I do not know whether I baptized any other.
For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach
the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be
made of no effect.
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those
who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 14:14-22
And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He
was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.
When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, "
This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes
away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food."
But Jesus said to them, "They do not need to go away. You
give them something to eat."
And they said to Him, "We have here only five loaves and
He said, "Bring them here to Me."
Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass.
And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He
blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples
gave to the multitudes.
So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve
baskets full of the fragments that remained.
Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men,
besides women and children.
Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and
go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away.
Saints and Feasts
John and Symeon the Fool for Christ; Parthenios, Bishop of Arta; Ezekiel the Prophet