On Sunday | February 14



The Readings from the Regular Cycle

The Epistle


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

2 Cor. 6:16-18; 7:1

Brethren, you are the temple of the living God; as God said, "I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore come out from them, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God. [RSV]

The Gospel

Seventeenth Sunday of Matthew

The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.

Mt. 15:21-28

At that time, Jesus went to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon." But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, "Send her away, for she is crying after us." He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." But she came and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, help me." And he answered, "It is not fair to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs." She said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master's table." Then Jesus answered her, "O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire." And her daughter was healed instantly. [RSV]





From the Menaion.

On February 14 we commemorate our devout father Afxentios on the Mountain.

On this day we also commemorate our devout father Maron.

On this day we also commemorate our devout father Abraham.

On this day we also commemorate the contest of the holy hieromartyr Philemon, Bishop of Gaza.

The holy new martyr Nicholas from Ichthys, Corinth, who witnessed in Constantinople in the year 1554, died by the sword.

The holy devout martyr Damianos the New from Myrichovos, Agrapha, who witnessed in Larisa in the year 1568, died by hanging.

The holy new martyr George from Mytilene, who was called the Tailor, and who witnessed for the true faith in Constantinople in the year 1693, died by the sword.

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



Fasting Rule

Fast Free: All foods allowed.