On Monday | December 28




The Readings from the Regular Cycle

The Epistle


Heb. 8:7-13

Brethren, if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion for a second. For he finds fault with them when he says: "The days will come, says the Lord, when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah; not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; for they did not continue in my covenant, and so I paid no heed to them, says the Lord. This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall not teach every one his fellow or every one his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for all shall know me, from the least of them to the greatest. For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more." In speaking of a new covenant he treats the first as obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing Old is ready to vanish away. [RSV]

The Gospel

Monday of the Fifteenth Week of Luke

Mk. 10:46-52

At that time, as Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great multitude, Bartimaios, a blind beggar, the son of Timaios, was sitting by the roadside. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" And Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." And they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take heart; rise, he is calling you." And throwing off his mantle he sprang up and came to Jesus. And Jesus said to him, "What do you want me to do for you?" And the blind man said to him, "Master, let me receive my sight." And Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your faith has made you well." And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way. [RSV]




From the Menaion.

On December 28 we commemorate the Holy 20,000 who burned in Nicomedia.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyrs, who were in the Senate, who fled from the fire, died.

St. Indos, died by drowning in the sea.

Sts. Gorgon and Peter, died in the sea.

The holy Martyr Zeno, died by the sword.

The holy Martyr Mardonios, died by fire.

St. Dorotheos, the courtier, died by the sword.

St. Theophilos the Deacon, died by stoning.

St. Mygdonios died by being buried in a pit.

St. Glycerius the Priest, died by fire.

On this day St. Domna, was cut by the sword and died by fire.

The devout St. Simon the Myrrh-Streamer, the the founder of the holy Monastery of Simonopetra on Athos reposed in peace.

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



Fasting Rule

Fast Free: All foods allowed.

It is the Twelve Days of Christmas