2021

On Wednesday | July 14

   

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The Readings from the Regular Cycle

The Epistle

Wednesday of the 4th Week

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

Rom. 11:2-12

Brethren, do you not know what the scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel? "Lord, they have killed thy prophets, they have demolished thy altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life." But what is God's reply to him? "I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal." So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace. But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace. What then? Israel failed to obtain what it sought. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened, as it is written, "God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that should not see and ears that should not hear, down to this very day." And David says, "Let their table become a snare and a trap, a pitfall and a retribution for them; let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see, and bend their backs for ever." So I ask, have they stumbled so as to fall? By no means! But through their trespass salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous. Now if their trespass means riches for the world, and if their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their full inclusion mean? [RSV]

The Gospel

Wednesday of the 4th Week of Matthew

The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.

Mt. 11:20-26

At that time, Jesus began to upbraid the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent. "Woe to you, Chorazin! woe to you, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, it shall be more tolerable on the day of judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I tell you that it shall be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you." At that time Jesus declared, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, so it was well pleasing before you." [RSV]

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The Readings for the Commemoration

The Epistle

For the Apostle.

The reading is from Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians.

1 Cor. 4:9-16

Brethren, God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels and to men. We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute. To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are ill-clad and buffeted and homeless, and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become, and are now, as the refuse of the world, the off-scouring of all things. I do not write this to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. I urge you, then, be imitators of me. [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 14, we commemorate the holy Apostle Aquila.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyr Justus.

On this day we also commemorate our devout Father Onesimus the Wonderworker.

On this day we also commemorate our Father among the Saints Joseph, Archbishop of Thessalonica.

The holy Martyrs Aquila and Hilary died by stoning.

The holy Martyr Peter the New died after his feet were cut off.

The holy Martyr Heraclius died after he was beaten with clubs.

On this day we also commemorate our devout Father Nikodemus of the Holy Mountain.

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

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Fasting Rule

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

It is a Wednesday or Friday.