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Sunday, October 2, 2022 (NS)
September 19, 2022 (OS)


Commemorations

Special Commemorations:

The Sunday After the Exaltation of the Cross

Movable Calendar (Pascalion):

Sunday of the Sixteenth Week

Grave Mode — Fifth Eothinon

Fixed Calendar:

The commemoration of the Afterfeast of the Exaltation, and the holy Martyrs Trophimos, Savvatios, and Dorymedon, and the holy Passion-bearer, the pious Prince Igor of Chernigov, named George in the monastic tonsure.


Fasting Information

No Fasting.


Scripture Readings

Special Readings:

The Sunday After the Exaltation of the Cross

Epistle:

The Reading is from the Epistle of Saint Paul to the Galatians [§ 203]. Brethren:

2 16Knowing then that a man is not being justified by the works of the law, except through faith in Jesus Christ, even we believed in Christ Jesus, in order that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; because by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. 17But if, while we sought to be justified in Christ, we ourselves also were found sinners, is then Christ a minister of sin? May it not be! 18For if I build again these things which I destroyed, I constitute myself a transgressor. 19For I through the law died to the law, in order that I might live to God. 20I have been crucified with Christ; and I no longer live, but Christ liveth in me; and the life that I now live in the flesh I live in faith, in that of the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Gospel:

The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Mark [§ 37]. The Lord said:

8 34“Whosoever is willing to follow after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and keep on following Me. 35“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever will lose his life on account of Me and of the Gospel, this same one shall save it. 36“For what shall it profit a man, if he should gain the whole world, and lose his soul? 37“Or what shall a man give as an exchange for his soul? 38“For whosoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this generation, the adulterous and sinful one, also the Son of Man shall be ashamed of him, whenever He should come in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”

9 1And He was saying to them, “Verily I say to you, that there are some of those standing here who in no wise shall taste of death, until they see the kingdom of God having come in power.”

Movable Calendar (Pascalion):

Sunday of the Sixteenth Week

Grave Mode — Fifth Eothinon

Epistle:

The Reading is from the Second Epistle of Saint Paul to the Corinthians [§ 181]. Brethren:

6 1We, working together, beseech you also not to receive the grace of God in vain— 2for He saith, “In an acceptable time I heard thee, and in a day of salvation I helped thee [Is. 49:8]”; behold, now is an acceptable time; behold, now is a day of salvation— 3by not giving even one cause of stumbling in anything, that the ministry might not be blamed. 4But in all things commending ourselves as ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in straits, 5in blows, in imprisonments, in instabilities, in toils, in vigils, in fastings, 6in pureness, in knowledge, in long-suffering, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in love unfeigned, 7in the word of truth, in the power of God, by the weapons of righteousness of the right hand and of the left, 8by glory and dishonor, by ill-fame and good fame; as deceivers and yet true; 9as unknown and well-known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not put to death; 10as ones sorrowful, but always rejoicing; as poor, but enriching many; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

Gospel:

The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew [§ 105]. The Lord said this parable:

25 14“A certain man, going abroad, called his own slaves and delivered up to them his property. 15“And to one, indeed, he gave five talents, and to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own strength; and straightway he went abroad. 16“And the one who received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17“And in like manner, the one who received two, he also gained another two. 18“But the one who received the one went away and dug in the earth, and hid the money of his lord. 19“And after a long time the lord of those slaves cometh, and settleth accounts with them. 20“And the one who received the five talents came forward and brought another five talents, saying, ‘Lord, thou didst deliver up to me five talents; behold, I gained another five talents above them.’ 21“And his lord said to him, ‘Well done, O good and faithful slave! Over a little thou wast faithful, I will appoint thee over much; enter into the joy of thy lord.’ 22“And also the one who received two talents said, ‘Lord, thou didst deliver up to me two talents; behold, I gained another two talents above them.’ 23“And his lord said to him, ‘Well done, O good and faithful slave! Over a few things thou wast faithful, I will appoint thee over much; enter into the joy of thy lord.’ 24“And also the one who received the one talent came forward and said, ‘Lord, I have come to know that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou didst not sow, and gathering together from where thou didst not winnow. 25“‘And I was afraid and went away and hid thy talent in the earth; behold, thou hast thine own.’ 26“And his lord answered and said to him, ‘O evil and reluctant slave! Thou knewest that I reap where I did not sow, and gather together from where I did not winnow! 27“‘Then it was needful for thee to have put my money to the bankers, and I should have received for myself mine own with interest. 28“‘Take away then the talent from him, and give it to him who hath the ten talents. 29“‘For to everyone who hath, it shall be given, and he shall be in abundance; but from the one who hath not, even that which he hath shall be taken away from him. 30“‘And cast ye out the unprofitable slave into the darkness, the outer one. There shall be there the weeping and the gnashing of the teeth.’”

After He said these things, He cried aloud, “The one who hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

Fixed Calendar:

The commemoration of the Afterfeast of the Exaltation, and the holy Martyrs Trophimos, Savvatios, and Dorymedon, and the holy Passion-bearer, the pious Prince Igor of Chernigov, named George in the monastic tonsure.

Epistle:

For the Passion-bearer:

The Reading is from the Acts of the Apostles [§ 17]. In those days:

6 8Stephen, full of faith and of power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people. 9But there rose up some of those from the synagogue which is called that of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of those from Cilicia and Asia, disputing with Stephen. 10And they were not able to stand against the wisdom and the spirit by which he was speaking. 11Then they suborned men, who said, “We have heard him speaking blasphemous words against Moses and God.” 12And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes. And having set upon him, they seized him, and brought him to the sanhedrin. 13And they set up false witnesses, saying, “This man ceaseth not speaking blasphemous words against this holy place and the law; 14“for we have heard him saying that this Jesus the Nazaræan shall destroy this place and shall change the customs which Moses delivered to us.” 15And having looked intently upon him, all those sitting in the sanhedrin saw his face as though it were a face of an angel.

7 1Then the high priest said, “Are then these things so?” 2And he began saying, “Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken: The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Haran, 3“and said to him, ‘Get thee out from thy land and from thy kindred, and come here into a land which I shall show thee [cf. Gen. 12:1].’ 4“Then after he went out from the land of the Chaldæans, he dwelt in Haran. And from that place, after his father died, He removed him into this land in which ye now dwell. 5“And He did not give him an inheritance in it, not even the breadth of a footstep. And yet He promised to give it to him for a possession, and his seed after him, though he had no child.... 47“But Solomon built Him a house. 48“But the Most High dwelleth not in temples made by hand, even as the prophet saith, 49“‘The heaven is a throne to Me, and the earth a footstool of My feet; what manner of house will ye build Me,’ saith the Lord, ‘or what is the place of My rest [cf. Is. 66:1]? 50“‘My hand did make all these things, did it not [cf. Is. 66:2]?’ 51“O stiff-necked and uncircumcised in the heart and in the ears, ye always fall in a direction contrary to the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, also do ye. 52“Which of the prophets have your fathers not persecuted? And they slew those who announced beforehand about the coming of the righteous One, of Whom now ye have become betrayers and murderers, 53ye who received the law by the disposition of angels, and guarded it not.” 54And when they heard these things their hearts were sawn asunder, and they were gnashing their teeth at him. 55But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed intently into the heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right of God; 56and he said, “Behold, I see the heavens having been opened and the Son of Man standing on the right of God.” 57And they cried out with a loud voice, and they held their ears together, and rushed upon him with one accord. 58And they cast him outside of the city and began stoning him. And the witnesses themselves laid aside their garments at the feet of a young man who was called Saul. 59And they kept on stoning Stephen as he called upon the Lord and said, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60And having knelt down, he cried with a loud voice, “Lord, do not make this sin stand against them.” And having said this, he fell asleep.

Gospel:

The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Saint John [§ 52]. The Lord said to His disciples:

15 17“These things I command you, that ye be loving one another.

18“If the world hate you, ye know that it hath hated Me before it hath hated you. 19“If ye were of the world, the world would love its own; but because ye are not of the worldbut I chose you for Myself out of the worldtherefore the world hateth you. 20“Keep on remembering the word which I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his lord.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. 21“But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they know not the One Who sent Me. 22“If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no pretext for their sin. 23“The one who hateth Me hateth My Father also. 24“If I did not do the works among them which no other one hath done, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated both Me and My Father. 25“But this cometh to pass that the word might be fulfilled which hath been written in their law: ‘They hated Me without a cause [cf. Ps. 34(35):22, 68(69):5(4)].’ 26“But whenever the Paraclete should come, Whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of the truth Who proceedeth from the Father, that One shall bear witness concerning Me. 27“And ye also are bearing witness, because ye have been with Me from the beginning.

16 1“These things I have spoken to you, in order that ye should not be made to stumble. 2“They shall put you out of the synagogues; yea moreover, there cometh an hour that everyone who killeth you should think that he offereth God a service.”


Lives of the Saints
(Prologue)

October 2nd — Civil Calendar
September 19th — Church Calendar

1. The Holy Martyrs Trophimus, Sabbatius and Dorymedon.

In the time of the Emperor Probus, in the third century, when Atticus was governing Antioch, two Christians, Trophimus and Sabbatius, both eminent and honoured men, came to that city. Just at that time, there was a pagan festival and offerings to the idol of Apollo in Daphne near Antioch. Atticus made a special effort to ensure that all the citizens took part in the festivities. When some one saw Trophimus and Sabbatius, and told Atticus that these two old men were not taking part, Atticus summoned them for trial, and when they refused to deny Christ, put them to torture one by one. After beating and torturing Trophimus, he sent him to Phrygia to Dionysius, a yet harsher torturer of Christians, himself taking Sabbatius from prison and trying him. When the torturer asked Sabbatius who he was and what was his rank, he replied: ‘My rank and dignity, my homeland, my glory and my riches are Christ the Son of God, who is alive forever and by whose providence the whole universe is held in being.’ He was therefore beaten and flogged with iron flails until his bones showed through his flesh, and he died under these tortures. The torturer put Trophimus to harsh torture, and held him in prison to inflict yet greater torture on him. Then a certain senator, Dorymedon, a secret Christian, came to the prison and ministered to Trophimus. When the torturer discovered this, he put them both to torture and finally threw them to the wild beasts. But the animals would not touch them. Holy Dorymedon even shouted into the ear of a she-bear to eat him up, but the bear only became even more docile. The torturer ordered, in consequence of this, that Ss Trophimus and Dorymedon be beheaded. The souls of these holy martyrs now reign in heaven.

2. The Holy Martyr Zossima the Hermit.

A Sicilian prince, Dometian, went hunting in the mountains with his servants. In the hills, he saw an old man surrounded by wild beasts that were as tame as lambs. Asked who he was, the old man replied that his name was Zossima, and that he was a Christian and had lived a long time with the beasts, who were better than the persecutors of Christians in the city. This outraged Dometian, who was himself a harsh torturer of Christians, and he bound Zossima and sent him ahead to Nazareth, to torture him there and thus intimidate those who believed in Christ. When he had wounded him all over and left him bloodied with blows, he tied a rock round his neck and hanged him from a tree. Then the prince mocked at him: ‘Command a wild beast to come, and we’ll all believe!’ The holy martyr prayed to God, and an enormous lion appeared. Coming up to Zossima, it took the weight of the rock with its head, to ease the martyr. With great fear, the prince freed Zossima, who soon after that gave his soul into the hands of his Lord.

3. St Theodore, Prince of Yaroslavl.

A righteous and merciful man, he received the Great Schema at the time of his death, entering into rest in 1298.

FOR CONSIDERATION

The dead sense and know good works done for them. Of this a Christian must have no doubt. Good works flow like an electric current through the whole heavenly world. An imperial official, Magistrian, was sent by the Emperor on an important errand. On his journey, he saw a dead man lying naked. He was distressed at this, and taking off his tunic, wrapped the man in it and buried him. After a certain time, a misfortune overtook Magistrian: he fell from his horse and broke his leg. He lay sick in bed for a long time. At one moment, a number of doctors were gathered round him in consultation over his condition, and they decided that the leg must be amputated. That night, Magistrian could not sleep, but spent the hours sighing and weeping. At midnight, a man suddenly appeared to him and asked him: ‘Why are you crying?’ When Magistrian explained, the unknown man stretched out his hand to the injured leg, and it became whole. ‘For God’s sake, tell me who you are!’, cried Magistrian. To this the unknown man replied: ‘Look carefully; isn’t this your tunic? In response to your good deed, God has sent me to heal you. Give your thanks to God!’


Daily Scripture Readings taken from The Orthodox New Testament, translated and published by Holy Apostles Convent, Buena Vista, Colorado, copyright © 2000, used with permission, all rights reserved.

Daily Prologue Readings taken from The Prologue of Ochrid, by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic, translated by Mother Maria, published by Lazarica Press, Birmingham, England, copyright © 1985, all rights reserved.


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