Sunday, January 30, 2011

Greek Orthodox Church In America Daily Readings For Sunday, 30 January

From The Greek Orthodox Arch-Diocese of America:

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Daily Scripture Readings and Lives of the Saints for Sunday, January 30, 2011

Readings for today:

Mark 16:9-20

St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 13:7-16

Matthew 5:14-19

Feasts and Saints celebrated today:

Synaxis of The Three Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, & John Chrysostom

Hippolytos, Pope of Rome

Athanasia the Martyr & her 3 daughters

Orthros Gospel Reading

The reading is from Mark 16:9-20

At that time, Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, and he

appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast seven demons. She

went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept.

But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they

would not believe it.

After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were

walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they

did not believe them.

Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they sat at table; and he

upbraided them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had

not believed those who saw him after he had risen. And he said to

them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole

creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does

not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those

who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak

in new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any

deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the

sick, and they will recover."

So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up

into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went

forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and

confirmed the message by the signs that attended it. Amen.

(C) 2011 Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Epistle Reading

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 13:7-16

Brethren, remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God;

consider the outcome of their lives, and imitate their faith. Jesus

Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever. Do not be led away

by diverse and strange teachings; for it is well that the heart be

strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited their adherents.

We have an altar from which those who serve the tent have no

right to eat. For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought

into the sanctuary by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are

burned outside the camp. So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in

order to sanctify the people through his own blood. Therefore let us

go forth to him outside the camp and bear the abuse he endured. For

here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city which is to come.

Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to

God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Do not

neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are

pleasing to God.

(C) 2011 Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Gospel Reading

The reading is from Matthew 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."

(C) 2011 Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Synaxis of The Three Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, & John Chrysostom

Reading from the Synaxarion:

This common feast of these three teachers was instituted a little

before the year 1100, during the reign of the Emperor Alexis I Comnenus,

because of a dispute and strife that arose among the notable and virtuous

men of that time. Some of them preferred Basil, while others

preferred Gregory, and yet others preferred John Chrysostom, quarreling

among themselves over which of the three was the greatest.

Furthermore, each party, in order to distinguish itself from the others,

assumed the name of its preferred Saint; hence, they called themselves

Basilians, Gregorians, or Johannites. Desiring to bring an end to the

contention, the three Saints appeared together to the saintly John Mavropous,

a monk who had been ordained Bishop of Euchaita, a city of Asia

Minor, they revealed to him that the glory they have at the throne of

God is equal, and told him to compose a common service for the three

of them, which he did with great skill and beauty. Saint John of

Euchaita (celebrated Oct. 5) is also the composer of the Canon to the

Guardian Angel, the Protector of a Man's Life. In his old age, he retired

from his episcopal see and again took up the monastic life in a

monastery in Constantinople. He reposed during the reign of the

aforementioned Emperor Alexis Comnenus (1081-1118).

Apolytikion in the First Tone

The three most great luminaries of the Three-Sun Divinity have

illumined all of the world with the rays of doctrines divine and true; they

are the sweetly-flowing rivers of wisdom, who with godly knowledge

have watered all creation in clear and mighty streams: The great and

sacred Basil, and the Theologian, wise Gregory, together with the

renowned John, the famed Chrysostom of golden speech. Let us all who love

their divinely-wise words come together, honouring them with hymns; for

ceaselessly they offer entreaty for us to the Trinity.

Kontakion in the Second Tone

Receive, O Lord, the Sacred Heralds who preached God, the pinnacle of

Teachers, unto the enjoyment of Your riches and rest. You have received

their labors and their suffering as being above and beyond all fruitful

offering. For You alone glorify Your Saints.

Reading courtesy of Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion courtesy of Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Kontakion courtesy of Narthex Press

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