2021

On Wednesday | January 20

   

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The Readings for the Commemoration

The Epistle

For the Devout Man.

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

2 Cor. 4:6-15

Brethren, it is the God who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For while we live we are always being given up to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you. Since we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, "I believed, and so I spoke," we too believed, and so we speak, knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into His presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. [RSV]

The Gospel

For the Devout Man.

The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.

Lk. 6:17-23

At that time, Jesus stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came forth from him and healed them all. And he lifted up his eyes on His disciples, and said: "Blessed are you poor, for yours is the Kingdom of God. Blessed are you that hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you that weep now, for you shall laugh. Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, on account of the Son of man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven." [RSV]

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Synaxarion.

From the Menaion.

On January 20, we commemorate our devout father Efthymios the Great.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyrs Vassos, Efsevios, Eftychios, and Vasilides.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyrs Inna, Pinna, and Rimma.

On this day we also commemorate blessed Peter the Publican.

We also commemorate the holy Martyrs Thyrsos and Agnes, the Synaxis in whose honor was held near the Quarter of Constantinople called Helenianae.

We also commemorate the most pious Emperor Leo the Great of Thrace, who was called Makellis, and who reigned in the year 457.

The holy Neomartyr Zacharias, who witnessed in Old Patras in the Peloponnese in the year 1782, died when he was sawn in two.

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

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Fasting Rule

Wine: Wine and oil are allowed. Refrain from meat, fish, dairy, and eggs.

It is a minor feast.