Today’s 6th Hour reading is Isaiah 37:33-38:6
“Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the king of Assyria: ‘He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shield, nor build a siege mound against it. By the way that he came, by the same shall he return; and he shall not come into this city,’ says the Lord. ‘For I will defend this city, to save it for My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.’” Then the angel of the Lord went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand; and when people arose early in the morning, there were the corpses – all dead. So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and went away, returned home, and remained at Nineveh. Now it came to pass, as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, that his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him down with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Ararat. Then Esarhaddon his son reigned in his place. In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death. And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, went to him and said to him, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live.’” Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the Lord, and said, “Remember now, O Lord, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what is good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. And the word of the Lord came to Isaiah, saying, “Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will add to your days fifteen years. “I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria, and I will defend this city.”’
Today’s Vespers – 1st reading is Genesis 13:12-18
Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of the plain and pitched his tent even as far as Sodom. But the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the Lord. And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are northward, southward, eastward, and westward; “for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever. “And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered. “Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you.” Then Abram moved his tent, and went and dwelt by the terebinth trees of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and built an altar there to the Lord.
Today’s Vespers – 2nd reading is Proverbs 14:27-15:4
The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death. In a multitude of people is a king’s honor, but in the lack of people is the downfall of a prince. He who is slow to wrath has great understanding, but he who is impulsive exalts folly. A sound heart is life to the body, but envy is rottenness to the bones. He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker, but he who honors Him has mercy on the needy. The wicked is banished in his wickedness, but the righteous has a refuge in his death. Wisdom rests in the heart of him who has understanding, but what is in the heart of fools is made known. Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. The king’s favor is toward a wise servant, but his wrath is against him who causes shame. A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness. The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
Saints and Feasts celebrated today
Venerable John Climacus of Sinai, Author of “the Ladder”
Troparion — Tone 8
By a flood of tears you made the desert fertile
And by your longing for God you brought forth fruits in abundance.
By the radiance of miracles you illuminated the whole universe.
O our holy Father John Climacus, pray to Christ our God to save our souls.
Kontakion — Tone 1
You offered us your teachings as fruits of everlasting freshness,
To sweeten the hearts of those who receive them with attention.
O blessed and wise John, they are the rungs of a ladder,
Leading the souls of those who honor you from earth to Eternal glory in Heaven!
Saint Sophronius, Bishop of Irkutsk
Troparion — Tone 4
From thy youth thou hast loved Christ, O blessed Sophronios,
and didst govern monastic establishments well;
and being honored with hierarchal rank, thou hast kept watch over the flock of Irkutsk.
Thus, after thy repose, thou hast received the gift of miracles from God,
and now pray to Christ God to deliver us from misfortune, and to save our souls.
Kontakion — Tone 4
Let us, O believers, extol with love the Hierarch and namesake of wisdom,
the special adornment of the Church
of Irkutsk, our Father Saint Sophronios,
for he is the guardian of that city and country and a suppliant for our souls.
Saint Euboula, mother of Saint Panteleimon
Troparion — Tone 5
Let us fittingly praise with joyful hymns,
holy Euboula, mother of our protector, Panteleimon.
She has given birth to our defender and healer,
the glory of martyrs and unmercinary physicians
and the swift healer of all.
Kontakion — Tone 3
Let us assemble today and joyfully celebrate
the mother of our protector, holy Euboula.
She stands before the throne of God with him,
interceding unceasingly for us,
that we may be granted forgiveness of our sins!
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- Prophet Joad
- Apostle Sosthenes of the Seventy
- Apostle Apollos of the Seventy
- Apostle Cephas of the Seventy
- Apostle Caesar of the Seventy
- Apostle Epaphroditus of the Seventy
- Venerable John the Silent of Saint Sava’s Monastery
- Saint Zosimus, Bishop of Syracuse
- The Meeting of the Mother of God and Saint Elizabeth
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Strict Fast. Refrain from meat, fish, oil, wine, dairy, and eggs.