On Saturday | March 30



The Readings from the Regular Cycle

The Epistle

Saturday of the 2nd Week of Lent

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

Heb. 3:12-16

Brethren, take care lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we share in Christ, if only we hold our first confidence firm to the end, while it is said, “Today, when you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” Who were they that heard and yet were rebellious? Was it not all those who left Egypt under the leadership of Moses? [RSV]

The Gospel

Saturday of the 2nd Week of Lent

The reading is from the holy Gospel according to Mark.

Mk. 1:35–44

At that time, Jesus rose and went out to a lonely place, and there he prayed. And Simon and those who were with him pursued him, and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also; for that is why I came out.” And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons. And a leper came to him beseeching him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. And he sternly charged him, and sent him away at once, and said to him, “See that you say nothing to any one; but go, show yourself to a priest, and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” [RSV]




Stand for the reading of the Synaxarion.


From the Menaion.

On March 30 we commemorate our devout father John, the author of the Ladder.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Prophet Joad (or Joel).

On this day we also commemorate our devout father John of the Well.

On this day Saint Evouli, the mother of St. Panteleimon, died in peace.

On this day Saint John, Patriarch of Jerusalem, died in peace.

On this day the holy New Hieromartyr Zacharias, who witnessed in Corinth in the year 1684, died by the sword.

By their holy intercessions, O God, have mercy on us. Amen.



Fasting Rule

Wine: Wine and oil are allowed. Refrain from meat, fish, dairy, and eggs.

It is Saturday or Sunday in Lent.