On Friday | January 19




The Readings from the Regular Cycle

The Gospel

(Previously skipped.)

6th Sunday of Matthew

The reading is from the holy Gospel according to Matthew.

Mt. 9:1-8

At that time, getting into a boat Jesus crossed over and came to his own city. And behold, they brought to him a paralytic, lying on his bed; and when Jesus saw their faith he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say ‘Rise and walk?’ But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins,” he then said to the paralytic – “Rise, take up your bed and go home.” And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men. [RSV]



The Readings for the Commemoration

The Epistle

For the Devout Man.

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

Gal. 5:22-26; 6:1-2

Brethren, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us have no self-conceit, no provoking of one another, no envy of one another. Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Look to yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. [RSV]



Stand for the reading of the Synaxarion.


From the Menaion.

On January 19, we commemorate our devout father Makarios of Egypt the anchorite, and also devout saint Makarios of Alexandria.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyr Efrasia.

On this day was the transfer of the relic of our father among the saints Gregory the Theologian to the Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople.

On this day is the commemoration of the great miracle in Nicea, when St. Basil the Great by prayers opened the doors of the Catholic Church and gave it to the Orthodox.

On this day we also commemorate our father among the saints Arsenios, Archbishop of Kerkyra.

On this day we also commemorate our devout father Meletios the Confessor of Mt. Galesion, who lived in the 13th century.

On this day we also commemorate our father among the saints Mark Evgenikos, Bishop of Ephesus, who single-handedly fought for, championed, and defended Orthodoxy.

By the intercessions of Your saints, O Christ our God, have mercy on us. Amen.



Fasting Rule

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

It is a Wednesday or Friday.