2021

On Friday | July 16

   

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The Readings from the Regular Cycle

The Epistle

FRIDAY OF THE FOURTH WEEK

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

Rom. 11:25-36

Brethren, I want you to understand this mystery: a hardening has come upon part of Israel, until the full number of Gentiles come in, and so all Israel will be saved; as it is written, "The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob"; "and this will be my covenant with them when I take away their sins." As regards the gospel they are enemies of God, for your sake; but as regards election they are beloved for the sake of their fore fathers. For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable. Just as you were once disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, so they have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may receive mercy. For God has consigned all men to disobedience, that he may have mercy upon all. O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! "For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?" "Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?" For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory for ever. Amen. [RSV]

The Gospel

Friday of the Fourth Week of Matthew

The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.

Mt. 12:1-8

At that time, Jesus went through the grain fields on the sabbath; his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, "Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the sabbath." He said to them, "Have you not read what David did, when he was hungry, and those who were with him: how he entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him to eat nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests? Or have you not read in the law how on the sabbath the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are guiltless? I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. And if you had known what this means, 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of man is lord of the sabbath." [RSV]

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Synaxarion.

From the Menaion.

On July 16, we commemorate the holy Hieromartyr Athenogenes, Bishop of Pidachthoa.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyr Faustus.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyr Antiochus, brother of the holy Martyr Plato.

The holy 15,000 Martyrs in Pisidia died by the sword.

The holy Martyr Athenogenes died by fire, and several women Martyrs died by the sword.

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

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Fasting Rule

Strict: Refrain from meat, fish, oil, dairy, and eggs.

It is a Wednesday or Friday.