2020

On Thursday | June 25

   

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The Readings from the Regular Cycle

The Epistle

THURSDAY OF THE THIRD WEEK

Rom. 8:22-27

Brethren, we know that the whole creation has been groaning in travail together until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. And he who searches the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. [RSV]

The Gospel

Thursday of the Third Week of Matthew

Mt. 10:23-31

The Lord said to his disciples, "When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next; for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of man comes. A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master; it is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household. So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, utter in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim upon the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father's will. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows." [RSV]

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The Readings for the Commemoration

The Epistle

For the Holy Woman.

Heb. 10:32-38

Brethren, recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being publicly exposed to abuse and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. For you had compassion on the prisoners, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that you may do the will of God and receive what is promised. "For yet a little while, and the coming one shall come and shall not tarry; but my righteous one shall live by faith." [RSV]

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Synaxarion.

From the Menaion.

On June 25 we commemorate the Holy Monastic Martyr and much-suffering Fevronia.

On this day we also commemorate the Holy Martyr Orentius of Anatolia and his six brotheres by birth, whose name were Pharnacius, Eros, Firmus, Firminus, Kyriakos, and Longinus.

On this day we also remember the help that was given to us against all reason and hope, by our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, through the intercessions of the one who bore Him seedlessly, against those who by land and sea had surrounded our Queen City and who were given over to complete destruction and obliteration.

By the intercessions of the Theotokos and all Your Saints, Christ God, have mercy on us. Amen.

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Fasting Rule

Fish: fish, oil and wine are allowed. Refrain from meat, dairy and eggs.

It is the fast of the holy Apostles.