2021

On Wednesday | September 29

   

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The Readings from the Regular Cycle

The Epistle

Wednesday of the 15th Week

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

Gal. 3:15-22

Brethren, to give a human example: no one annuls even a man's will, or adds to it, once it has been ratified. Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, "And to your offsprings," referring to many; but, referring to one, "And to your offspring," which is Christ. This is what I mean: the law, which came four hundred and thirty years afterward, does not annul a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to make the promise void. For if the inheritance is by the law, it is no longer by promise; but God gave it to Abraham by a promise. Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the offspring should come to whom the promise had been made; and it was ordained by angels through an intermediary. Now an intermediary implies more than one; but God is one. Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not; for if a law had been given which could make alive, then righteousness would indeed be by the law. But the scripture consigned all things to sin, that what was promised to faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. [RSV]

The Gospel

Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Luke

The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.

Lk. 5:33-39

At that time, the Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, "Why do the disciples of John fast often and offer prayers, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours eat and drink?" And Jesus said to them, "Can you make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days." He told them a parable also: "No one tears a piece from a new garment and puts it upon an old garment; if he does, he will tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; if he does, the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. And no one after drinking old wine desires new; for he says, 'The old is better.' " [RSV]

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The Readings for the Commemoration

The Epistle

For the Devout Man.

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 September 29, we commemorate our devout father Kyriakos the Anchorite.

On this day we also commemorate the 150 holy Martyrs in Palestine; and also the holy Martyrs Tryphon, Trophimus, and Dorymedon; and the holy Martyr Petronia.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyr Gudelia.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyrs Casdous and Casdoa.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyrs Dada and Gobdelaas, the son of Sapor, King of Persia.

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.