On Wednesday | January 24






The Readings for the Commemoration

The Epistle

For the Devout Woman.

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]

The Gospel

(Previously skipped.)

9th Sunday of Matthew

The reading is from the holy Gospel according to Matthew.

Mt. 14:22-34

At that time, Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat by this time was many furlongs distant from the land, beaten by the waves; for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. But immediately he spoke to them, saying, “Take heart, it is I; have no fear.” And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus; but when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “O man of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they entered the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. [RSV]



Stand for the reading of the Synaxarion.


From the Menaion.

On January 24 we commemorate our holy mother Xenia and her two maid servants.

On this day we also commemorate the holy martyrs Paul, Pafsirion, and Theodotion who were siblings.

On this day we also commemorate the holy hieromartyr Babylas of Sicily, and Timothy and Agapios his disciples.

On this day we also commemorate our devout father Macedonius.

On this day was the translation of the relics of the devout martyr Anastasios of Persia.

On this day we also commemorate the holy martyrs Hermogenes and Menas; our devout father Filo, bishop of Carpasia; and our devout father Philip the priest; also the holy martyr Barsimus and his two brothers.

On this day St. Helladios the public clerk died the sword.

On this day the devout St. Zosimas reposed in peace.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John, near the Taurus.

We also commemorate our devout father Dionysius of Olympus.

We also commemorate our devout father Neophytos the Recluse who lived as an ascetic on Cyprus.

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.