2021

On Sunday | July 4

   

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The Readings from the Regular Cycle

The Epistle

2nd Sunday

The reading is from Paul's Letter to the Romans.

Rom. 2:10-16

Brethren, glory and honor and peace for every one who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality. All who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. When Gentiles who have not the law do by nature what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that what the law requires is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or perhaps excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus. [RSV]

The Gospel

2nd Sunday of Matthew

The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.

Mt. 4:18-23

At that time, as Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left their boat and their father, and followed him. And he went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people. [RSV]

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The Readings for the Commemoration

The Epistle

For the Saint.

The reading is from Paul's Letter to the Galatians.

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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It is appropriate for the congregation to stand for the reading of the Synaxarion.

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, have mercy on us. Amen.

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Fasting Rule

Fast Free: All foods allowed.