2021

On Sunday | July 18

   

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The Readings from the Regular Cycle

The Epistle

For the Fathers.

The reading is from Paul's Letter to Titus.

Tit. 3:8-15

Titus, my son, the saying is sure. I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men. But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels over the law, for they are unprofitable and futile. As for a man who is factious, after admonishing him once or twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is perverted and sinful; he is self-condemned. When I send Artemas or Tychicos to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. And let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not to be unfruitful. All who are with me send greeting to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen. [RSV]

The Gospel

For the Fathers.

The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.

Mt. 5:14-19

The Lord said to his disciples, "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." [RSV]

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The Readings for the Commemoration

The Epistle

For the Saint.

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

Rom. 8:28-39

Brethren, we know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the first-born among many brethren. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, will he not also give us all things with him? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies; who is to condemn? Is it Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us? Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, "For thy sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. [RSV]

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Synaxarion.

From the Menaion.

On July 18, we commemorate the holy Martyr Emilian.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyrs Paul, Thea, and Valentina.

We also commemorate the holy Martyr Hyacinth of Amastris.

The holy Martyr Marcellus died after he was stretched out on a burning bed of fire.

The holy Martyrs Dasius and Maron died by the sword.

The devout Pambo reposed in peace.

We also commemorate our Fathers among the saints: Stephen, Patriarch of Constantinople, who was transferred from Amasia; and John the Confessor, Metropolitan of Chalcedon.

On this day we also commemorate the consecration of the church dedicated to the Most Holy Theotokos in Callistratus.

On this day we also commemorate the 630 God-bearing Fathers who convened in Chalcedon for the holy Fourth Ecumenical Council.

By the intercessions of the holy Fathers, O God, have mercy on us. Amen.

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Fasting Rule

Fast Free: All foods allowed.