2020

On Wednesday | January 8

   

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The Readings for the Commemoration

The Epistle

Post-festal.

Rom. 6:3-11

Brethren, all who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death. We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His. We know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the sinful body might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For he who has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him. For we know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over Him. The death He died He died to sin, once for all, but the life He lives He lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. [RSV]

The Gospel

Post-festal.

Jn. 3:22-33

At that time, Jesus and his disciples went into the land of Judea; there He remained with them and baptized. John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there; and people came and were baptized. For John had not yet been put in prison. Now a discussion arose between John's disciples and a Jew over purifying. And they came to John, and said to him, "Rabbi, he who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you bore witness, here he is, baptizing, and all are going to him." John answered, "No one can receive anything except what is given him from heaven. You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before Him. He who has the bride is the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom's voice; therefore this joy of mine is now full. He must increase, but I must decrease. He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth belongs to the earth, and of the earth he speaks; He who comes from heaven is above all. He bears witness to what He has seen and heard, yet no one receives His testimony; he who receives His testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true." [RSV]

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Synaxarion.

From the Menaion.

On January 8 we commemorate our devout mother Domnica.

On this day we also commemorate our devout father George of Hozeva.

On this day we also commemorate the holy martyrs Julian and Basilissa, and those with them Celsius and Anthony.

On this day we also commemorate the holy hieromartyr Karterios.

On this day we commemorate our father among the saints Cyril, Archbishop of Constantinople. Services in his honor were held in the august monastery of Chora and in the Great Church on Sunday.

On this day Saint Attikos, Patriarch of Constantinople, reposed in peace.

On this day the holy Prophet Samea the Elamite reposed in peace.

On this day Saint Agatho reposed in peace.

On the day we also commemorate the holy martyrs of Christ Theophilos the deacon and Eladios the laymen.

By the intercessions of Your Saints, O God, have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

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Fasting Rule

Strict: Refrain from meat, fish, oil, dairy, and eggs.

It is a Wednesday or Friday.