Today’s Epistle reading is Philippians 1:27-2:4
Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God. For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me. Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 11:23-26
He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters. When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it swept and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first.”
Saints and Feasts celebrated today
Martyr Marcian and Martyrius the Notaries, of Constantinople
Troparion — Tone 3
In holy zeal you dispelled the error of Arius
and proclaimed the Trinity, one in essence.
Holy martyrs Marcian and Martyrius,
unshaken bulwarks of Orthodoxy,
entreat Christ our God to grant us His great mercy.
Kontakion — Tone 4
Podoben: “As You were voluntarily raised…”
From your youth you were good athletes, wise Marcian and Martyrius,
vanquishing the Arian heretics;
you kept the faith perfect by following in the footsteps of your bishop and teacher Paul,
therefore, you are worthy to be with him in eternal life,
as respected defenders of the Holy Trinity.
Saint Tabitha the Widow, raised from the dead by the Apostle Peter
Troparion — Tone 1
With the flow of the many-streamed river of almsgiving
You watered the dry earth of the needy.
Showering alms on the widows and the poor,
You shone with the light of your works
And were radiant with grace, O Tabitha.
Glory to Christ who loves you!
Glory to Christ who has blessed you!
Glory to Christ whom you followed as a true disciple and a spotless lamb!
Kontakion — Tone 2
You served the Savior in holiness
By your God-fearing deeds,
And were a model of love as his disciple.
O Tabitha, we praise your memory!
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- Venerable Martyrius the Deacon, Recluse of the Kiev Caves
- Martyr Anastasius the Fuller at Salona in Dalmatia
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Strict Fast. Refrain from meat, fish, oil, wine, dairy, and eggs.