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: 2 Corinthians 13:3-13
since you seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, who
is not weak toward you, but mighty in you.
For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives
by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with
Him by the power of God toward you.
Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith.
Prove yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?;
unless indeed you are disqualified.
But I trust that you will know that we are not
Now I pray to God that you do no evil, not that we
should appear approved, but that you should do what is honorable, though we
may seem disqualified.
For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the
For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong.
And this also we pray, that you may be made complete.
Therefore I write these things being absent, lest
being present I should use sharpness, according to the authority which the
Lord has given me for edification and not for destruction.
Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of
good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace
will be with you.
Greet one another with a holy kiss.
All the saints greet you.
Gospel Reading: Mark 4:35-41
On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, "Let
us cross over to the other side."
Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in
the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him.
And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat,
so that it was already filling.
But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him
and said to Him, "Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?"
Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace,
be still!" And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.
But He said to them, "Why are you so fearful? How is it that
you have no faith?"
And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, "Who can
this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!"
Saints and Feasts
Apodosis of the Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary; Autonomos the Martyr; Hieromartyr Cornatus, Bishop of Iconium; Agirus, the Hieromartyr of Cornoutus, Bishop of Iconium; Daniel of Thassos; Julian the Martyr