2020

On Saturday | December 19

   

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The Readings for the Commemoration

The Epistle

Saturday Before Christmas

Gal. 3:8-12

Brethren, the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, "in you shall all the nations be blessed." So then, those who are men of faith are blessed with Abraham who had faith. For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, "Cursed be every one who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, and do them." Now it is evident that no man is justified before God by the law; for "the righteous shall live by faith"; but the law does not rest on faith, for "He who does them shall live by them." [RSV]

The Gospel

Saturday Before Christmas

Lk. 13:19-29

The Lord said this parable, "The kingdom of God is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his garden; and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches." And again he said, "To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? It is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened." He went on his way through towns and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. And some one said to him, "Lord, will those who are saved be few?" And he said to them, "Strive to enter by the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the householder has risen up and shut the door, you will begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, 'Lord, open to us.' He will answer you, 'I do not know where you come from.' Then you will begin to say, 'We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.' But he will say, 'I tell you, I do not know where you come from; depart from me, all you workers of iniquity!' There you will weep and gnash your teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God and you yourselves thrust out. And men will come from east and west, and from north and south, and sit at table in the kingdom of God." [RSV]

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Synaxarion.

From the Menaion.

On December 19, we commemorate the holy Martyr Boniface.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyrs Elias, Probus, and Ares.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyrs Timothy and Polyefktos.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyrs Phocas and Hermylos, who died by the sword.

On this day we commemorate the holy Martyrs Eutychios and Thessaloniki, and the two-hundred men and seventy women with them, who died by the sword.

On this day we also commemorate our devout father Gregentios, Bishop of Ethiopia.

On this day we commemorate the holy Martyr Tryphon.

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

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Fasting Rule

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

It is the Christmas fast.