Monday, November 29, 2010

Greek Orthodox Daily Readings For Monday, 29 November

From the Greek Orthodox Arch-Diocese of America:

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Daily Scripture Readings and Lives of the Saints for Monday, November 29, 2010

Fast Day (Fish Allowed)

Readings for today:

St. Paul's Second Letter to Timothy 2:20-26

Luke 19:37-44

Feasts and Saints celebrated today:

Monday of the 11th Week

Paramonus, Philumenus, and their 370 Companion Martyrs in Bithynia

Our Righteous Father Nicholas, Archbishop of Thessolonica

Dionysios, Bishop of Corinth

Akakios of Sinai who is mentioned in The Ladder

Epistle Reading

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

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Gospel Reading

The reading is from Luke 19:37-44

At that time, as Jesus was now drawing near, at the descent of the

Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice

and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they

had seen, saying, "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the

Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!" And some of the

Pharisees in the multitude said to him, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples."

He answered, "I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones

would cry out." And when he drew near and saw the city he wept over it,

saying, "Would that even today you knew the things that make for peace!

But now they are hid from your eyes. For the days shall come upon

you, when your enemies will cast up a bank about you and surround you,

and hem you in on every side, and dash you to the ground, you and

your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon

another in you; because you did not know the time of your visitation."

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Paramonus, Philumenus, and their 370 Companion Martyrs in Bithynia

Reading from the Synaxarion:

Saint Paramonus contested for piety's sake during the reign of Decius,

in the year 250. A ruler named Aquilinus, seeking relief from a

bodily malady, visited a certain therapeutic hot spring. He brought with

him captive Christians from Nicomedia, and commanded them to offer

sacrifice in the temple of Isis. When they refused, he had them all

slaughtered, to the number of 370. Saint Paramonus, beholding their murder,

boldly cried out against such an act of ungodliness. When Aquilinus

heard this, he sent men to take the Saint. Some smote him with spears,

others pierced his tongue and body with sharp reeds, until he died.

Saint Philumenus' contest in martyrdom took place during the reign of

Aurelian, in the year 270. Coming from Lycaonia, he was conveying a load of

wheat into Galatia when he was denounced as a Christian to Felix,

Governor of Ancyra. Nails were driven into his hands, feet, and head, and

he was commanded to run. While running in the road, he fell and gave

up his holy soul into the hands of God.

Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone

Thy Martyrs, O Lord, in their courageous contest for Thee received as

the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal

God. For since they possessed Thy strength, they cast down the

tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons' strengthless presumption. O

Christ God, by their prayers, save our souls, since Thou art merciful.

Kontakion in the Second Tone

Enlisted by Christ through faith and through your fervent love, ye cut

down the ranks of all the wicked enemies; and upon receiving the crown

of vict'ry, O wise Paramonus and most godly Philumenus, ye dwell now

together with Angel's hosts.

Reading courtesy of Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion courtesy of Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Kontakion courtesy of Holy Transfiguration Monastery

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