2020

On Sunday | January 5

   

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The Readings for the Commemoration

The Epistle

Sunday Before Epiphany

2 Tim. 4:5-8

Timothy, my son, always be steady, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry. For I am already on the point of being sacrificed; the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. [RSV]

The Gospel

Sunday Before Epiphany

Mk. 1:1-8

The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, 'Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who shall prepare your way; the voice of one crying in the wilderness: prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.' John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And there went out to him all the country of Judea, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel's hair, and had a leather girdle around his waist, and ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, "After me comes he who is mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." [RSV]

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Synaxarion.

From the Menaion.

On January 5, we commemorate the holy Martyrs Theopemptos and Theonas.

On this day we also commemorate Saint Synkletike.

On this day we also commemorate our devout father Gregory who was in Acritas.

On this day we also commemorate our devout father Phosterios.

On this day, the holy Martyr Sais died after being thrown into the sea.

On this day, the holy Martyr Theoeidos died when he was trampled by the executioners.

On this day, the devout woman Domnina died in peace.

On this day, the devout woman Tatiana died in peace.

The holy new monastic Martyr Romanos of Karpenisi witnessed in Byzantium in the year 1694 and died by the sword.

By their holy intercessions, O God, have mercy on us.

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Fasting Rule

Wine: Wine and oil are allowed. Refrain from meat, fish, dairy, and eggs.