Today's Scripture Readings
Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 9/29/2023
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.
having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardening of their heart;
who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to licentiousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
But you have not so learned Christ,
if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus:
that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,
and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in righteousness and true holiness.
Therefore, putting away lying, each one speak truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.
"Now at vintage-time he sent a servant to the vinedressers, that he might receive some of the fruit of the vineyard from the vinedressers.
"And they took him and beat him and sent him away empty-handed.
"Again he sent them another servant, and at him they threw stones, wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully treated.
"And again he sent another, and him they killed; and many others, beating some and killing some.
"Therefore still having one son, his beloved, he also sent him to them last, saying, 'They will respect my son.'
"But those vinedressers said among themselves, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.'
"And they took him and killed him and cast him out of the vineyard.
"Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the vinedressers, and give the vineyard to others.
"Have you not read this Scripture: 'The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.
This was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes'?"
And they sought to lay hold of Him, but feared the multitude, for they knew He had spoken the parable against them. So they left Him and went away.
The Old Calendar readings are from the New King James Version of the Bible.