On Sunday | May 16




The Readings from the Regular Cycle

The Epistle


The reading is from the Acts of the Apostles.

Acts 6:1-7

In those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, "It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word." And what they said pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochoros, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaos, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith. [RSV]

The Gospel

Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women

The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Mark.

Mk. 15:43-47; 16:1-8

At that time, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. And he bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid. And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?" And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, "Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you." And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. [RSV]




From the Menaion.

On May 16 we commemorate our devout Father Theodore the Sanctified.

On this day we commemorate our Father among the Saints Alexander, Archbishop of Jerusalem.

We also commemorate the holy Martyrs Abdas and Abdiesus the Bishops, and the thirty-eight with them: sixteen priests, nine deacons, six monks, and seven virgins.

The holy Martyrs Isaakius, Symeon, and Bachthisoes died by fire.

The holy Fathers of the Monastery of Saint Savas were died by the sword at the hands of the Bedouins.

The holy Martyr Papylinus died by the sword.

The holy Martyr Peter of Blachernae, died after being lashed with ox-thongs.

Saint Nicholas, Patriarch of Constantinople, reposed in peace.

We also commemorate Saint Euphemia at the Church of the Holy Power near the shipyard harbor.

The holy Neo-martyr Nicholas of Metsovo, who witnessed in Trikkala in 1617, died by fire.

From the Pentecostarion.

On this day, the third Sunday reckoned from Pascha, we celebrate the feast of the holy Myrrh-bearing Women. Furthermore, we commemorate Joseph of Arimathea, who was a secret disciple; and also Nicodemos, the disciple by night.


The women disciples brought ointments to Christ.

And I bring, as ointment, a hymn to them.

At the intercession of the holy Myrrh bearers, O God, have mercy on us. Amen.



Fasting Rule

Fast Free: All foods allowed.