2021

On Wednesday | August 11

   

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The Readings from the Regular Cycle

The Epistle

Wednesday of the 8th Week

The reading is from Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians.

1 Cor. 10:12-22

Brethren, let any one who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. Therefore, my beloved, shun the worship of idols. I speak as to sensible men: judge for yourselves what I say. The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. Consider the people of Israel: are not those who eat the sacrifices partners in the altar? What do I imply then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be partners with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of the demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of the demons. Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he? [RSV]

The Gospel

Wednesday of the 8th Week of Matthew

The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.

Mt. 16:20-24

At that time, Jesus strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ. From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him and began to rebuke him, saying, "God forbid, Lord! This shall never happen to you." But he turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me; for you are not on the side of God, but of men." Then Jesus told his disciples, "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me." [RSV]

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The Readings for the Commemoration

The Epistle

For the Martyr.

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

Rom. 8:28-39

Brethren, we know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the first-born among many brethren. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, will he not also give us all things with him? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies; who is to condemn? Is it Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us? Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, "For thy sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. [RSV]

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It is appropriate for the congregation to stand for the reading of the Synaxarion.

Synaxarion

From the Menaion.

On August 11, we commemorate the holy Great Martyr Euplus the Deacon.

On this day we commemorate the consecration of the venerable and beautiful house and church of our most holy Lady Theotokos the Merciful.

On this day we relate the story about the Icon of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ, which was not made by human hands.

On this day we commemorate the contest of the holy Martyrs Neophytos, Gaius, Gaianus, Zeno, Mark, and Macarios. Services in their honor were held in the chapel of the holy glorious and wonderworking Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian, in the Quarter of Darius.

Devout St. Passarion died in peace.

Devout St. Niphon, who lived in asceticism in the cenobitic Monastery of St. Dionysius on Mt. Athos, and who became Patriarch of Constantinople, died in peace.

On this day is the commemoration of the supernatural miracle that our father among the saints Spyridon did against the Hagarenes on the Island of Corfu.

By the intercessions of Your Saints, O God, have mercy on us. Amen.

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Fasting Rule

Strict: Refrain from meat, fish, oil, dairy, and eggs.

It is the Dormition fast.