On Tuesday | January 5




The Readings from the Regular Cycle

The Epistle


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

Heb. 12:25-27, 13:22-25

Brethren, see that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less shall we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. His voice then shook the earth; but now he has promised, "Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heaven." This phrase, "Yet once more," indicates the removal of what is shaken, as of what has been made, in order that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore I appeal to you, brethren, bear with my word of exhortation, for I have written to you briefly. You should understand that our brother Timothy has been released, with whom I shall see you if he comes soon. Greet all your leaders and all the saints. Those who come from Italy send you greetings. Grace be with all of you. Amen. [RSV]

The Gospel

Tuesday of the Sixteenth Week of Luke

The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Mark.

Mk. 12:18-27

At that time, Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection; and they asked him a question, saying, "Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies and leaves a wife, but leaves no child, the man must take the wife, and raise up children for his brother. There were seven brothers; the first took a wife, and when he died left no children; and the second took her, and died, leaving no children; and the third likewise; and the seven left no children. Last of all the woman also died. In the resurrection whose wife will she be? For the seven had her as wife." Jesus said to them, "Is not this why you are wrong, that you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God? For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God said to him, 'I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? He is not God of the dead, but of the living; you are quite wrong." [RSV]






From the Menaion.

On January 5, we commemorate the holy Martyrs Theopemptus and Theonas.

On this day we also commemorate Saint Syncletike.

On this day we also commemorate our devout father Gregory who was in Acritas.

On this day we also commemorate our devout father Phosterios.

On this day, the holy Martyr Sais died after being thrown into the sea.

On this day, the holy Martyr Theoeidos died when he was trampled by the executioners.

On this day, the devout woman Domnina died in peace.

On this day, the devout woman Tatiana died in peace.

The holy new monastic Martyr Romanos of Karpenisi witnessed in Byzantium in the year 1694 and died by the sword.

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



Fasting Rule

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