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Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 7/16/2019

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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.

Epistle Reading: Romans 14:9-18

For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living.

But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

For it is written: "As I live, says the LORD, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God."

So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.

Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother's way.

I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean of itself; but to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.

Yet if your brother is grieved because of your food, you are no longer walking in love. Do not destroy with your food the one for whom Christ died.

Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil;

for the kingdom of God is not food and drink, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men.

Gospel Reading: Matthew 12:14-16,22-30

Then the Pharisees went out and took counsel against Him, how they might destroy Him.

But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there; and great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all.

And He warned them not to make Him known,

Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw.

And all the multitudes were amazed and said, "Could this be the Son of David?"

But when the Pharisees heard it they said, "This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons."

But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.

"And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?

"And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.

"But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.

"Or else how can one enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.

"He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.

Saints and Feasts

Hyacinth the Martyr of Caesarea & Theodotos and Theodota the Martyrs; Anatolius, Patriarch of Constantinople; Gerasimos the Holy Martyr of Karenesi; Translation of the Holy Relics of our Father Among the Saints Philip, Metropolitan of Moscow

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