2022

On Monday | December 19

   

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The Readings from the Regular Cycle

The Epistle

Monday of the 28th Week

The reading is from Paul's Second Letter to Timothy.

2 Tim. 2:20-26

Timothy, my son, in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and earthenware, and some for noble use, some for ignoble. If any one purifies himself from what is ignoble, then he will be a vessel for noble use, consecrated and useful to the master of the house, ready for any good work. So shun youthful passions and aim at righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call upon the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with stupid, senseless controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kindly to every one, an apt teacher, forbearing, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant that they will repent and come to know the truth, and they may escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will. [RSV]

The Gospel

Monday of the 14th Week of Luke

The reading is from the holy Gospel according to Mark.

Mk. 9:42-50; 10:1

The Lord said, "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung round his neck and he were thrown into the sea. And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go to Gehenna, to the unquenchable fire [where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched]. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell [to the unquenchable fire, where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched]. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna, where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched. For every one will be salted with fire [and every sacrifice will be salted with salt]. Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its saltness, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another." And he left there and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan, and crowds gathered to him again; and again, as his custom was, he taught them. [RSV]

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

Synaxarion

From the Menaion.

On December 19, we commemorate the holy Martyr Boniface.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyrs Elias, Probus, and Ares.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyrs Timothy and Polyefktos.

On this day we commemorate the holy Martyrs Eutychios and Thessaloniki, and the two-hundred men and seventy women with them, who died by the sword.

On this day we also commemorate our devout father Gregentios, Bishop of Ethiopia.

On this day we commemorate the holy Martyr Tryphon.

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

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Fasting Rule

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

It is the Christmas fast.