On Saturday | November 12




The Readings from the Regular Cycle

The Epistle

Saturday of the 22nd Week

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

2 Cor. 5:1-10

Brethren, we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Here indeed we groan, and long to put on our heavenly dwelling, so that by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we sigh with anxiety; not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. So we are always of good courage; we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. We are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ. [RSV]

The Gospel

Saturday of the 8th Week of Luke

The reading is from the holy Gospel according to Luke.

Lk. 9:37-43

At that time, as Jesus had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him. And behold, a man from the crowd cried, "Teacher, I beg you to look upon my son, for he is my only child; and behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out; it convulses him till he foams, and shatters him, and will hardly leave him. And I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not." Jesus answered, "O faithless and perverse generation, how long am I to be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here." While he was coming the demon tore him and convulsed him. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. And all were astonished at the majesty of God. [RSV]



The Readings for the Commemoration

The Epistle

For the Saint.

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

2 Cor. 9:6-11

Brethren, the point is this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work. As it is written, "He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures for ever." He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your resources and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for great generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. [RSV]

The Gospel

For the Saint.

The reading is from the holy Gospel according to Matthew.

Mt. 5:14-19

The Lord said to his disciples, "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." [RSV]



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


From the Menaion.

On November 12 we commemorate our father among the saints John the Merciful (or Almsgiver), Archbishop of Alexandria.

On this day we also commemorate our devout father Nilus the Ascetic.

On this day we also commemorate our devout father Martin the Wonder-worker, Bishop of Tours.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Prophet Achia.

On this day we also commemorate our devout father Martin, Bishop of Tarakin.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyrs Anthony and those with him.

On this day the holy Martyr Arsakios died by the sword.

Devout St. Nilus of Kynuria, who lived as an ascetic near the Monastery of Great Lavra on Mt. Athos, and who after death exuded myrrh and cured many sick people, died in peace.

Saint Leo Styppes, Patriarch of Constantinople, died in peace.

The holy Neo-martyr Savas of Nigdele and Samolada witnessed in Constantinople and died by the sword in the year 1726.

The holy Neo-martyr Nicholas, who was from the parish of the six Marbles and who witnessed in Constantinople in 1732, died by the sword.

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



Fasting Rule

Fast Free: All foods allowed.