On Wednesday | December 7




The Readings from the Regular Cycle

The Epistle

Wednesday of the 26th Week

The reading is from Paul's First Letter to Timothy.

1 Tim. 1:18-20; 2:8-15

Timothy, my son, this charge I commit to you in accordance with the prophetic utterances which pointed to you, that inspired by them you may wage the good warfare, holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting conscience, certain persons have made shipwreck of their faith, among them Hymenaios and Alexander, whom I have delivered to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme. I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; also that women should adorn themselves modestly and sensibly in seemly apparel, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly attire but by good deeds, as befits women who profess religion. Let a woman learn in silence with all submissiveness. I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over men; she is to keep silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet woman will be saved through bearing children, if she continues in faith and love and holiness, with modesty. [RSV]

The Gospel

Wednesday of the 12th Week of Luke

The reading is from the holy Gospel according to Luke.

Lk. 21:5-8, 10-11, 20-24

At that time, as some spoke of the temple how it was adorned with noble stones and offerings, he said, "As for these things, which you see, the days will come when there shall not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down." And they asked him, "Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign when this is about to take place?" And he said, "Take heed that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name, saying, 'I am he!' and, 'The time is at hand!' Do not go after them. And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified; for this must first take place, but the end will not be at once." Then he said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are inside the city depart, and let not those who are out in the country enter it; for these are days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written. Alas for those who are with child and for those who give suck in those days! For great distress shall be upon the earth and wrath upon this people; they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led captive among all nations; and Jerusalem will be trodden down by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled." [RSV]



The Readings for the Commemoration

The Epistle

For the Saint.

The reading is from Paul's Second Letter to the Thessalonians.

2 Th. 2:13-17; 3:1-5

Brethren, we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God chose you from the beginning to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word. Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed on and triumph, as it did among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men; for not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from evil. And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things which we command. May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ. [RSV]



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


From the Menaion.

On December 7 we commemorate our devout Father St. Ambrose Bishop of Milan.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyr Athenodoros.

On this day Saint Neophytos died when he was thrown into the sea.

On this day Saint Dometios died by the sword.

In this day Saints Isidore, Acepsimas, and Leo died by fire.

On this day Saint Ammoun, Bishop of Nitria, reposed in peace.

On this day the holy Martyrs Gaianos and Gaius died by fire.

On this day the holy 300 Martyrs, who were in Africa, died by the sword.

On this day devout St. Ignatius, who was near Blachernae, reposed in peace.

On this day we also commemorate our devout father Paul the Monk, the subordinate.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyrs Priscus, Martin, and Nicholas; the first (Priscus) was starved, the second (Martin) cut to pieces with an axe, and the third (Nicholas) died by fire. The services in their honor were held near the wall of Blachernae.

On this day was the Consecration of the Church of the Most Holy Theotokos at the Curator.

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



Fasting Rule

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

It is the Christmas fast.