On Friday | October 14




The Readings from the Regular Cycle

The Epistle

Friday of the 18th Week

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

Eph. 6:18-24

Brethren, pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that utterance may be given me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak. Now that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicos the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord will tell you everything. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage your hearts. Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love undying. Amen. [RSV]

The Gospel

Friday of the 4th Week of Luke

The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.

Lk. 9:12-18

At that time, the twelve came and said to him, "Send the crowd away, to go into the villages and country round about, to lodge and get provisions; for we are here in a lonely place." But he said to them, "You give them something to eat." They said, "We have no more than five loaves and two fish—unless we are to go and buy food for all these people." For there were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, "Make them sit down in companies, about fifty each." And they did so, and made them all sit down. And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. And all ate and were satisfied. And they took up what was left over, twelve baskets of broken pieces. Now it happened that as he was praying alone the disciples were with him. [RSV]



The Readings for the Commemoration

Memory of the Holy Martyrs Nazarius, Gervasios, Protasius, and Celsus; and our St. Cosmas the Hymnographer

The Epistle

For the Martyrs.

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

Eph. 6:10-17

Brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand, therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace; besides all these, taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. [RSV]



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


From the Menaion.

On October 14, we commemorate the holy Martyrs Nazarius, Gervasius, Protasius and Celsius.

On this day we commemorate our devout father Cosmas the Hagiopolite and Poet, Bishop of Maiuma.

On this day we commemorate the holy hieromartyr Silvanus.

On this day we commemorate the holy martyr Peter Absalom.

The holy Forty Martyrs of Egypt and Palestine died by the sword.

We also commemorate our devout mother Paraskeve the New.

We also commemorate our father among the saints Ignatius the miracle-worker, Archbishop of Mithymna.

By the intercessions of Your Saints, O God, have mercy on us. Amen.



Fasting Rule

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

It is a Wednesday or Friday.