2021

On Saturday | January 23

   

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The Readings for the Commemoration

The Epistle

For the Saints.

The reading is from Paul's Letter to the Philippians.

Phil. 3:20-21; 4:1-3

Brethren, our commonwealth is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will change our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power which enables him even to subject all things to himself. Therefore, my brethren, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved. I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. And I ask you also, true yokefellow, help these women, for they have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. [RSV]

The Gospel

For the Saints.

The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Mark.

Mk. 2:23-28; 3:1-5

At that time, Jesus was going through the grainfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. And the Pharisees said to him, "Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?" And he said to them, "Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him: how he entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?" And he said to them, "The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath; so the Son of man is lord even of the sabbath." Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. And they watched him, to see whether he would heal him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand, "Come here." And he said to them, "Is it lawful on the sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?" But they were silent. And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, "Stretch it out," and his hand was restored. [RSV]

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Synaxarion.

From the Menaion.

On January 23 we commemorate the holy hieromartyr Clement, bishop of Ancyra, and the holy martyr Agathangelos.

On this day we also commemorate our devout father Efsevios.

On this day we also commemorate our devout father Maysimas the Syrian.

On this day we also commemorate our devout father Salamanes the hesychast.

On this day the holy Two Martyrs of Parium were thrown into a pit and died there.

By the intercession of Your Saints, O Christ our God, have mercy on us. Amen.

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Fasting Rule

Fast Free: All foods allowed.