Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 3:1-14
For behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, takes away from
Jerusalem and from Judah the stock and the store, the whole supply of bread
and the whole supply of water;
the mighty man and the man of war, the judge and the prophet,
and the diviner and the elder;
the captain of fifty and the honorable man, the counselor and
the skillful artisan, and the expert enchanter.
"I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall
rule over them.
The people will be oppressed, every one by another and every
one by his neighbor; the child will be insolent toward the elder, and the
base toward the honorable."
When a man takes hold of his brother In the house of his
father, saying, "You have clothing; you be our ruler, and let these ruins
be under your hand,"
in that day he will protest, saying, "I cannot cure your ills,
for in my house is neither food nor clothing; do not make me a ruler of the
For Jerusalem stumbled, and Judah is fallen, because their
tongue and their doings Are against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of His
The look on their countenance witnesses against them, and they
declare their sin as Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to their soul! For
they have brought evil upon themselves.
"Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them, for
they shall eat the fruit of their doings.
Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, for the reward
of his hands shall be given him.
As for My people, children are their oppressors, and women
rule over them. O My people! Those who lead you cause you to err, and
destroy the way of your paths."
The LORD stands up to plead, and stands to judge the people.
The LORD will enter into judgment with the elders of His
people and His princes: "For you have eaten up the vineyard; the plunder of
the poor is in your houses.
Old Testament Reading: Genesis 2:20-3:20
So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air,
and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper
comparable to him.
And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he
slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place.
Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made
into a woman, and He brought her to the man.
And Adam said: "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my
flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man."
Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be
joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not
Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field
which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, '
You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?"
And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of
the trees of the garden;
"but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the
garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest
you die.' "
And the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die.
"For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will
be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that
it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she
took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he
Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that
they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves
And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the
garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from
the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, "Where are
So he said, "I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was
afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself."
And He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you
eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?"
Then the man said, "The woman whom You gave to be with me,
she gave me of the tree, and I ate."
And the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have
done?" And the woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."
So the LORD God said to the serpent: "Because you have done
this, you are cursed more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the
field; on your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of
And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between
your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His
To the woman He said: "I will greatly multiply your sorrow
and your conception; in pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire
shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you."
Then to Adam He said, "Because you have heeded the voice of
your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, '
You shall not eat of it': "Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you
shall eat of it all the days of your life.
Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and
you shall eat the herb of the field.
In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you
return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and
to dust you shall return."
And Adam called his wife's name Eve, because she was the
mother of all living.
Old Testament Reading: Proverbs 3:19-34
The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding He
established the heavens;
by His knowledge the depths were broken up, and clouds drop
down the dew.
My son, let them not depart from your eyes; keep sound
wisdom and discretion;
so they will be life to your soul and grace to your neck.
Then you will walk safely in your way, and your foot will
When you lie down, you will not be afraid; yes, you will
lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
Do not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of trouble from the
wicked when it comes;
for the LORD will be your confidence, and will keep your
foot from being caught.
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it
is in the power of your hand to do so.
Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come back, and
tomorrow I will give it," when you have it with you.
Do not devise evil against your neighbor, for he dwells by
you for safety's sake.
Do not strive with a man without cause, if he has done you
Do not envy the oppressor, and choose none of his ways;
for the perverse person is an abomination to the LORD, but
His secret counsel is with the upright.
The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, but He
blesses the habitation of the just.
Surely He scorns the scornful, but gives grace to the
Saints and Feasts
The Holy Forty Martyrs of Sebastia; Caesarios the Righteous