On Thursday | January 21






The Readings for the Commemoration

The Epistle

For the Devout Man.

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

Phil. 1:12-20

Brethren, I want you to know that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the praetorian guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ; and most of the brethren have been made confident in the Lord because of my imprisonment, and are much more bold to speak the word of God without fear. Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel; the former proclaim Christ out of partisanship, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I shall rejoice. For I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope. [RSV]

The Gospel

For the Devout Man.

The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.

Lk. 12:8-12

The Lord said to His disciples, "Every one who acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God; but he who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God. And every one who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious how or what you are to answer or what you are to say; for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say." [RSV]




From the Menaion.

On January 21 we commemorate our devout father Maximos the Confessor.

On this day we also commemorate the holy martyr Neophitos.

On this day we also commemorate our devout father Zosimas, Bishop of Syracuse in Sicily.

On this day was the contest of the holy martyrs Eugene, Valerian, Candidus, and Aquila.

On this day was the Synaxis in honor of St. Irene, in the most holy Church near the sea. We also commemorate the holy martyr Agnes.

On this day the holy Four Martyrs in Tyre died by the sword.

The devout Neophitos, the Prosmonarios of the monastery of Vatopedi, heard the voice of the Theotokos coming from the mouth of her holy icon, reposed in peace.

By the intercessions of Your Saints, O Christ our God, have mercy on us. Amen.



Fasting Rule

Fast Free: All foods allowed.