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 12:6-14
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is
given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to
or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches,
he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality;
he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to
what is good.
Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love,
in honor giving preference to one another;
not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the
rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing
steadfastly in prayer;
distributing to the needs of the saints, given to
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 9:1-8
So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city.
And behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed.
And Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the paralytic, "Son, be of good
cheer; your sins are forgiven you."
And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, "This
But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think
evil in your hearts?
"For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven you,'
or to say, 'Arise and walk'?
"But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on
earth to forgive sins"; then He said to the paralytic, "Arise, take up your
bed, and go to your house."
And he arose and departed to his house.
Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified
God who had given such power to men.
Saints and Feasts
Mary Magdalene, the Holy Myrrh-bearer and Equal to the Apostles; Markella, the Virgin-martyr of Chios