On Tuesday | January 2



The Readings for the Commemoration

The Epistle

For the Saint.

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

Heb. 5:4-10

Brethren, one does not take the honor upon himself, but he is called by God, just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, “Thou art my Son, today I have begotten thee”; as he says also in another place, “Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedek.” In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard for his godly fear. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and being made perfect he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek. [RSV]

The Gospel

For the Forefeast.

The reading is from the holy Gospel according to John.

Jn. 3:1-15

At that time, there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nikodemos, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do, unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nikodemos said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The Spirit blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, and you do not know whence it comes or whither it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nikodemos said to him, “How can this be?” Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand this? Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen; but you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the Son of man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.” [RSV]



Stand for the reading of the Synaxarion.


From the Menaion.

On January 2, we commemorate our father among the saints Silvester, Pope of Rome.

On this day we commemorate the holy hieromartyr Theagenes.

On this day Saints Theopemptos and Theodota, the mother of the holy Unmercenaries, reposed in peace.

On this day devout St. Mark the Deaf reposed in peace.

On this day we also commemorate holy martyr Basil of Ancyra.

On this day Saint Sergios died by the sword.

On this day Saint Theopistos died by stoning.

On this day we also commemorate our devout Father Cosmas, Archbishop of Constantinople, the Wonderworker, of the august Monastery of Chora.

We also commemorate the holy Neomartyr George Giourtze, who died by hanging in Mytilene in the year 1770.

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



Fasting Rule

Fast Free: All foods allowed.

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