Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 1:1-20
The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning
Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah,
kings of Judah.
Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth! For the LORD has
spoken: "I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled
the ox knows its owner And the donkey its master's crib; but
Israel does not know, My people do not consider."
Alas, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a brood of
evildoers, children who are corrupters! They have forsaken the LORD, they
have provoked to anger the Holy One of Israel, they have turned away
Why should you be stricken again? You will revolt more and
more. The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faints.
From the sole of the foot even to the head, there is no
soundness in it, but wounds and bruises and putrefying sores; they have not
been closed or bound up, or soothed with ointment.
Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire;
strangers devour your land in your presence; and it is desolate, as
overthrown by strangers.
So the daughter of Zion is left as a booth in a vineyard, as a
hut in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city.
Unless the LORD of hosts had left to us a very small remnant,
we would have become like Sodom, we would have been made like Gomorrah.
Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sodom; give ear to
the law of our God, you people of Gomorrah:
"To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me?"
says the LORD. "I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of
fed cattle. I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs or goats.
"When you come to appear before Me, who has required this
from your hand, to trample My courts?
Bring no more futile sacrifices; incense is an abomination to
Me. The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and the calling of assemblies; I cannot
endure iniquity and the sacred meeting.
Your New Moons and your appointed feasts my soul hates; they
are a trouble to Me, I am weary of bearing them.
When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you;
even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of
"Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil
of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil,
learn to do good; seek justice, reprove the oppressor; defend
the fatherless, plead for the widow.
"Come now, and let us reason together," says the LORD, "
Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though
they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of
but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the
sword"; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.
Old Testament Reading: Genesis 1:1-13
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the
face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the
Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light.
And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the
light from the darkness.
God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night.
So the evening and the morning were the first day.
Then God said, "Let there be a firmament in the midst of the
waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters."
Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which
were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament;
and it was so.
And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the
morning were the second day.
Then God said, "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered
together into one place, and let the dry land appear"; and it was so.
And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering
together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb
that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its
kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth"; and it was so.
And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed
according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in
itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
So the evening and the morning were the third day.
Old Testament Reading: Proverbs 1:1-20
The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
To know wisdom and instruction, to perceive the words of
to receive the instruction of wisdom, Justice, judgment, and
to give prudence to the simple, to the young man knowledge
A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of
understanding will attain wise counsel,
to understand a proverb and an enigma, the words of the wise
and their riddles.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but
fools despise wisdom and instruction.
My son, hear the instruction of your father, and do not
forsake the law of your mother;
for they will be graceful ornaments on your head, and chains
about your neck.
My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.
If they say, "Come with us, let us lie in wait to shed
blood; Let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause;
let us swallow them alive like Sheol, and whole, like those
who go down to the Pit;
we shall find all kinds of precious possessions, we shall
fill our houses with spoil;
cast in your lot among us, let us all have one purse";
my son, do not walk in the way with them, keep your foot
from their path;
for their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed
Surely, in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird;
but they lie in wait for their own blood, They lurk
secretly for their own lives.
So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain; It
takes away the life of its owners.
Wisdom calls aloud outside; she raises her voice in the
Saints and Feasts
Conon the Gardener; Mark the Ascetic; Righteous Father Mark of Athens; John the Bulgarian; Mark the Faster; Parthenios the New Martyr who contested in Didymoteichos