Monday 2nd October 2023
Today we commemorate:
Hieromartyr Cyprian, bishop of Antioch in Pisidia, Virgin-Martyr Justina the deaconess, and Martyr Theoctistus of Nicomedia (304). Blessed Andrew, Fool-for-Christ, at Constantinople (936). Holy Martyrs David and Constantine, princes of Argveti, Georgia (740). New Martyr George of Philadelphia in Asia Minor (1794). St. Anna of Kashin (1338). St. Leger (Leodegarius), bishop of Autun (677).
Ephesians 4:25-32; Luke 6:24-30
Readings in bold type are those appointed by the Typikon for use at the Liturgy
Let us put aside what is false, and let each of us speak the truth to our neighbours, for we are part of one another. ‘Be angry but do not sin.’ Do not let the sun go down on your wrath, and give the devil no quarter. Those who steal should steal no more. Let them work hard instead, and do good with their own hands so that they may have something to give to those in need. Let no evil word come from your mouth, but what is good for edification when needed in order to impart grace to those listening. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and indignation and anger and shouting and cursing be removed from you, along with all malice. Be gracious to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other just as God in Christ has forgiven us.
The Lord said … ‘Woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. Woe to you who are full, for you will go hungry. Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will grieve and weep. Woe, when everyone speaks well of you, for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets. But I say to you who are listening, love your enemies; do good to those who hate you; bless those who curse you; pray for those who insult you. To the one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other as well; from the one who takes away your coat, do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who asks of you; and from the one who takes away your possessions, do not demand their return.’