On Sunday | February 21



The Readings from the Regular Cycle

The Epistle

The 33rd Sunday, of the Publican and Pharisee

The reading is from Paul's Second Letter to Timothy.

2 Tim. 3:10-15

Timothy, my son, you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, my sufferings, what befell me at Antioch, at Iconion, and at Lystra, what persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. [RSV]

The Gospel

Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee

The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.

Lk. 18:10-14

The Lord said this parable, "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I get.' But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!' I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted." [RSV]





From the Menaion.

On February 21 we commemorate our devout father Timothy of Symbola.

On this day we also commemorate our father among the Saints Eustathios, Patriarch of Antioch the Great.

On this day we also commemorate our father among the Saints George, Bishop of Amastris.

On this day our father among the Saints John Scholasticos, Patriarch of Constantinople, reposed in peace.

On this day St. Zachariah, Patriarch of Jerusalem, reposed in peace.

From the Triodion.

On this day, we remember the parable of the Publican and the Pharisee from the holy Gospel of the Evangelist Luke (18:10-14).


Pharisaical man, stay away from the Temple,

for Christ is therein, where He accepts the humble.

For the Triodion

O Creator of all in earth and in heaven,

As You receive the thrice-holy hymn from the Angels,

So also accept the Triodion from us humans.

By the intercessions of all Your Saints, who have done great things, O Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us. Amen.



Fasting Rule

Fast Free: All foods allowed.

It is the first week of the Triodion.