2022

On Friday | October 7

   

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The Readings from the Regular Cycle

The Epistle

Friday of the 17th Week

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

Eph. 4:17-25

Brethren, now this I affirm and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds; they are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart; they have become callous and have given themselves up to licentiousness, greedy to practice every kind of uncleanness. You did not so learn Christ!—assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus. Put off your old nature which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new nature, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Therefore, putting away falsehood, let every one speak the truth for we are members of one another. [RSV]

The Gospel

Friday of the 3rd Week of Luke

The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.

Lk. 7:31-35

The Lord said, "To what then shall I compare the men of this generation, and what are they like? They are like children sitting in the market place and calling to one another, 'We piped to you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not weep.' For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine; and you say, 'He has a demon.' The Son of man has come eating and drinking; and you say, 'Behold, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' Yet wisdom is justified by all her children." [RSV]

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The Readings for the Commemoration

The Epistle

For the Martyrs.

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

Heb. 11:33-40; 12:1-2

Brethren, all the saints through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and scourging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were killed with the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, ill-treated - of whom the world was not worthy - wandering over deserts and mountains and in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, though well attested by their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had foreseen something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect. Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfection of our faith. [RSV]

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It is appropriate to stand for the reading of the Synaxarion.

Synaxarion

From the Menaion.

On October 7, we commemorate the holy martyrs Sergius and Bacchus.

On this day we commemorate the holy martyrs Julian Presbyter and Caesarius Deacon.

On this day we commemorate the holy hieromartyr Polychronius.

The holy Leontius the Consular, who believed in Christ and prayed to Him, reposed in peace.

The holy martyrs Eusebius and Felix died by the sword.

The ninety-nine devout Fathers, who lived as ascetics on the island of Crete, reposed in peace.

By the intercessions of Your Saints, 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.