Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 9:9-10:4
All the people will know; Ephraim and the inhabitant of
Samaria; who say in pride and arrogance of heart:
"The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with hewn
stones; the sycamores are cut down, but we will replace them with cedars."
Therefore the LORD shall set up the adversaries of Rezin
against him, and spur his enemies on,
the Syrians before and the Philistines behind; and they shall
devour Israel with an open mouth. For all this His anger is not turned away,
but His hand is stretched out still.
For the people do not turn to Him who strikes them, nor do
they seek the LORD of hosts.
Therefore the LORD will cut off head and tail from Israel,
palm branch and bulrush in one day.
The elder and honorable, he is the head; the prophet who
teaches lies, he is the tail.
For the leaders of this people cause them to err, and those
who are led by them are destroyed.
Therefore the LORD will have no joy in their young men, nor
have mercy on their fatherless and widows; for everyone is a hypocrite and
an evildoer, and every mouth speaks folly. For all this His anger is not
turned away, but His hand is stretched out still.
For wickedness burns as the fire; it shall devour the briers
and thorns, and kindle in the thickets of the forest; they shall mount up
like rising smoke.
Through the wrath of the LORD of hosts the land is burned up,
and the people shall be as fuel for the fire; no man shall spare his
And he shall snatch on the right hand and be hungry; He shall
devour on the left hand and not be satisfied; every man shall eat the flesh
of his own arm.
Manasseh shall devour Ephraim, and Ephraim Manasseh, and they
together shall be against Judah. For all this His anger is not turned away,
but His hand is stretched out still.
"Woe to those who decree unrighteous decrees, who write
misfortune, which they have prescribed
to rob the needy of justice, and to take what is right from
the poor of My people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob
What will you do in the day of punishment, and in the
desolation which will come from afar? To whom will you flee for help? And
where will you leave your glory?
Without Me they shall bow down among the prisoners, and they
shall fall among the slain." For all this His anger is not turned away, but
His hand is stretched out still.
Old Testament Reading: Genesis 7:1-5
Then the LORD said to Noah, "Come into the ark, you and all
your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in
"You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal, a
male and his female; two each of animals that are unclean, a male and his
"also seven each of birds of the air, male and female, to
keep the species alive on the face of all the earth.
"For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the
earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the
earth all living things that I have made."
And Noah did according to all that the LORD commanded him.
Old Testament Reading: Proverbs 8:32-9:11
"Now therefore, listen to me, my children, for blessed are
those who keep my ways.
Hear instruction and be wise, and do not disdain it.
Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my
gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
For whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the
but he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; all those
who hate me love death."
Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn out her seven
she has slaughtered her meat, she has mixed her wine, she
has also furnished her table.
She has sent out her maidens, she cries out from the highest
places of the city,
"Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!" As for him who
lacks understanding, she says to him,
"Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine which I have
Forsake foolishness and live, and go in the way of
"He who reproves a scoffer gets shame for himself, and he
who rebukes a wicked man gets himself a blemish.
Do not reprove a scoffer, lest he hate you; rebuke a wise
man, and he will love you.
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the
knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
For by me your days will be multiplied, and years of life
will be added to you.
Saints and Feasts
Righteous Fathers slain at the Monastery of St. Savas; Saint Cuthbert the Wonderworker, Bishop of Lindisfarne; Myron the New Martyr of Crete; Photini the Samaritan Woman