2020

On Saturday | July 4

   

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The Readings from the Regular Cycle

The Epistle

SATURDAY OF THE FOURTH WEEK

Rom. 6:11-17

Brethren, you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. Do not yield your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but yield yourselves to God as men who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments of righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you yield yourselves to any one as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed. [RSV]

The Gospel

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Matthew

Mt. 8:14-23

At that time, when Jesus entered Peter's house, he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever; he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she rose and served him. That evening they brought to him many who were possessed with demons; and he cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, "He took our infirmities and bore our diseases." Now when Jesus saw great crowds around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. And a scribe came up and said to him, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go." And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head." Another of the disciples said to him, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father." But Jesus said to him, "Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead." And when he entered the boat, his disciples followed him. [RSV]

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The Readings for the Commemoration

The Epistle

For the Saint.

Gal. 5:22-26; 6:1-2

Brethren, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us have no self-conceit, no provoking of one another, no envy of one another. Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Look to yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. [RSV]

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Synaxarion.

From the Menaion.

On July 4, we commemorate our Father among the Saints Andrew, Archbishop of Crete, the Jerusalemite.

On this day we also commemorate the contest of the holy Hieromartyr Theodore, Bishop of Cyrene.

It is also the commemoration of the holy Martyrs Cyprilla, Aroa, and Lucia.

On this day we commemorate the holy Martyr Theodotus; and Saint Donatus, Bishop of Libya; and the devout Martha, mother of Saint Symeon of Wonderful Mountain.

Saint Asclepias the Wonderworker reposed in peace.

The holy Hieromartyr Theophilus died by the sword.

The devout Menignus reposed in peace.

By their holy intercessions, O God, haver mercy on us. Amen.

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Fasting Rule

Fast Free: All foods allowed.