Orthodox Daily Readings for 1/29/2020

saint/feast of the day

Scripture Readings

Today’s Epistle reading is James 3:11-4:6
Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh. Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”? But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”

Today’s Gospel reading is Mark 11:22-26
So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”

Saints and Feasts celebrated today

Translation of the relics of the Hieromartyr Ignatius, the Godbearer and Bishop of Antioch

Troparion — Tone 4
By sharing in the ways of the Apostles,
you became a successor to their throne.
Through the practice of virtue, you found the way to divine contemplation, O inspired one of God;
by teaching the word of truth without error, you defended the Faith,
even to the shedding of your blood.
Hieromartyr Ignatius, entreat Christ God to save our souls.

Kontakion — Tone 4
Today you rose from the east,
enlightening all of creation with your teachings,
and you are crowned with martyrdom, God-bearing Ignatius.

Martyrs Romanus, Jacob (James), Philotheus, Hyperechius, Abibus, Julian, and Paregonius, at Samosata

Troparion — Tone 4
Your holy martyrs, O Lord,
through their sufferings have received incorruptible crowns from You, our God.
For having Your strength, they laid low their adversaries,
and shattered the powerless boldness of demons.
Through their intercessions, save our souls!

Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):

  • Saint Laurence, Recluse of the Kiev Caves, Far Caves, and Bishop of Turov
  • Saint Gerasimus, Bishop of Perm
  • Saint Pitirim, Bishop of Perm
  • Saint Jonah, Bishop of Perm
  • Martyr Ashot Curapalati, King of of Artanuji
  • Saint Ignatius, Wonderworker and Bishop of Smolensk
  • Saint Aphraates of Persia
  • Martyrs Sarbelus and Bebaia of Edessa
  • New Martyr Demetrius
  • Saint Akepsimas the Martyr

Today’s Fasting Guidelines

Today is Fast Free. No fasting restrictions.


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