Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 58:1-11
"Cry aloud, spare not; lift up your voice like a trumpet;
tell My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.
Yet they seek Me daily, and delight to know My ways, as a
nation that did righteousness, and did not forsake the ordinance of their
God. They ask of Me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in
'Why have we fasted,' they say, 'and You have not seen? Why
have we afflicted our souls, and You take no notice?' "In fact, in the day
of your fast you find pleasure, and exploit all your laborers.
Indeed you fast for strife and debate, and to strike with the
fist of wickedness. You will not fast as you do this day, to make your
voice heard on high.
Is it a fast that I have chosen, a day for a man to afflict
his soul? Is it to bow down his head like a bulrush, and to spread out
sackcloth and ashes? Would you call this a fast, and an acceptable day to
"Is this not the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds
of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and
that you break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you
bring to your house the poor who are cast out; when you see the naked, that
you cover him, and not hide yourself from your own flesh?
Then your light shall break forth like the morning, your
healing shall spring forth speedily, and your righteousness shall go before
you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry,
and He will say, 'Here I am.' "If you take away the yoke from your midst,
the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
If you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the
afflicted soul, then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your
darkness shall be as the noonday.
The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul
in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden,
and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
Old Testament Reading: Genesis 43:26-31
And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present
which was in their hand into the house, and bowed down before him to the
Then he asked them about their well-being, and said, "Is
your father well, the old man of whom you spoke? Is he still alive?"
And they answered, "Your servant our father is in good
health; he is still alive." And they bowed their heads down and prostrated
Then he lifted his eyes and saw his brother Benjamin, his
mother's son, and said, "Is this your younger brother of whom you spoke to
me?" And he said, "God be gracious to you, my son."
Now his heart yearned for his brother; so Joseph made haste
and sought somewhere to weep. And he went into his chamber and wept there.
Then he washed his face and came out; and he restrained
himself, and said, "Serve the bread."
Old Testament Reading: Proverbs 21:23-22:4
Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from
A proud and haughty man; "Scoffer" is his name; he acts
with arrogant pride.
The desire of the slothful kills him, for his hands refuse
He covets greedily all day long, but the righteous gives
and does not spare.
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination; how much
more when he brings it with wicked intent!
A false witness shall perish, but the man who hears him
will speak endlessly.
A wicked man hardens his face, but as for the upright, he
establishes his way.
There is no wisdom or understanding or counsel against the
The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but
deliverance is of the LORD.
A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,
loving favor rather than silver and gold.
The rich and the poor have this in common, the LORD is the
maker of them all.
A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the
simple pass on and are punished.
By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches and honor
Saints and Feasts
The Holy Matrona of Thessalonica; Paul, Bishop of Corinth