Orthodox Daily Readings for 10/28/2019

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Scripture Readings

Today’s Epistle reading is Philippians 2:12-16
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.

Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 11:29-33
And while the crowds were thickly gathered together, He began to say, “This is an evil generation. It seeks a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah the prophet. For as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so also the Son of Man will be to this generation. The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here. The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here. No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light.

Saints and Feasts celebrated today

Venerable Stephen the Hymnographer of Saint Sabbas Monastery

Troparion — Tone 8
Champion of Orthodoxy, teacher of purity and of true worship,
enlightener of the universe and adornment of hierarchs:
all-wise father Stephen, your teachings have gleamed with light upon all things.
Intercede before Christ God to save our souls.

Kontakion — Tone 4
Podoben: “As You were voluntarily raised…”
You planted a garden of the virtues, most glorious one,
and watered it with the streams of your tears.
Since you have received the tree of life, O Stephen,
save your flock from corruption by your prayers.
Deliver from all evil
all of those who fervently honor you, O wise one,
for we have acquired you as a great intercessor through faith and love.

Greatmartyr Paraskeva of Iconium

Troparion — Tone 5
Wise and praiseworthy martyr of Christ Parasceva,
You conquered the devil by accepting courage and rejecting feminine weakness.
You shamed your torturer by crying out:
Come rend my body with your sword and burn it with fire,
For I go rejoicing to Christ my bridegroom.
By her prayers, O Christ God, save our souls.

Repose of Venerable Job the Wonderworker, Abbot of Pochaev

Troparion — Tone 4
Having acquired the patience of your Forefather,
and having resembled the Baptist in abstinence,
you shared the divine zeal of both
and were counted worthy to receive their names.
You were a fearless preacher of the True Faith;
in this way you brought a multitude of monastics to Christ.
You strengthened all people in Orthodoxy,
Job, our venerable father;
pray that our souls may be saved.

Kontakion — Tone 4
Podoben: “Today You have shown forth…”
You were a pillar of the True Faith;
a zealot of the commandments of the Gospel;
a denouncer of pride,
and a defender and teacher of the humble.
Therefore, those who honor you pray for the remission of their sins,
and that this, your holy habitation, be kept safe from all harm,
Job, our father, who resembled the long-suffering Patriarch of old.

Saint Demetrius (Dimitri), Metropolitan of Rostov

Troparion — Tone 8
O Pillar of Orthodoxy who pulled out schism by its roots,
healer of Russia and new intercessor before God,
Thou didst heal the minds of the foolish by thy writings.
Blessed Demetrios, harp of the Spirit, entreat Christ God for the salvation of our souls.

Kontakion — Tone 8
We bless Demetrios, the golden-worded teacher, the Russian star who shone forth from Kiev,
and by way of the new northern city reached Rostóv, illuminating all the land with his teachings and miracles,
for he wrote down all those things which are for our edification
so that, like Paul, he might win all for Christ and save our souls through the Orthodox Faith.

Martyrs Africanus, Terence, Maximus, Pompeius, and 36 others, of Carthage

Troparion — Tone 3
Bound together by natural bonds
and clothed with the might of faith,
you walked the path of martyrdom with your seven children.
O holy Martyrs Terence and Neonilla,
pray that those who honor your contest may receive forgiveness of their sins.

Kontakion — Tone 4
Today the memory of the martyrs
is bringing gladness to all the faithful.
Let us fervently ask them for healing,
for they received this grace from the Spirit
to heal the infirmities and sickness of our souls.

Martyrs Terence and Neonila, and their children

Troparion — Tone 3
Bound together by natural bonds
and clothed with the might of faith,
you walked the path of martyrdom with your seven children.
O holy Martyrs Terence and Neonilla,
pray that those who honor your contest may receive forgiveness of their sins.

Kontakion — Tone 4
Podoben: “As You were voluntarily raised…”The universe rejoices at the honorable commemoration of the martyrs:
Terence the most-wise, his wife Neonila, and their children.
Therefore, let us hasten that we may receive healing;
for he has received grace from the Holy Spirit
to cure the sicknesses and ills of our souls.

Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):

  • Repose of Saint Arsenius, Archbishop of Serbia
  • Venerable Nestor, Not the Chronicler, of the Kiev Caves
  • Hieromartyr Cyriacus, Patriarch of Jerusalem
  • Venerable John the Chozebite
  • Martyr Neophytus of Urbin, Georgia
  • Venerable Athanasius the Younger, Patriarch of Constantinople
  • Saint Arsenius of Cappadocia

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Today is Fast Free. No fasting restrictions.

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