Tuesday 16th August 2022
Afterfeast of The Dormition of the Theotokos
Today we commemorate:
Translation of the Icon "Not made by hands" of Our Lord Jesus Christ from Edessa to Constantinople (944). Holy Martyr Diomedes the Physician of Tarsus in Cilicia (298). St. Gerasimus, wonderworker of Cephalonia (1579). St. Timothy of Chalcedon, archbishop, founder of the monastery of Pendeli. Great New Martyr Apostolos of the town of St. Laurence, martyred in Constantinople (1686). New Martyr Nicodemus of Meteora (1551). New Martyr Stamatius of Volos, Thessaly (1680).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Armagillus (Armel), cousin of St. Samson (c.550).
1 Corinthians 15:29-38; Matthew 21:23-27
Readings in bold type are those appointed by the Typikon for use at the Liturgy
1 Corinthians 15:29-38
What are those who are baptised on behalf of the dead doing? If the dead are not raised at all, why are they being baptised on behalf of the dead? And why do we face danger the whole time? I am ready to die daily, not least when I boast about you, who are mine in Christ Jesus our Lord. If I have fought with the human equivalent of wild animals in Ephesus, what profit is there for me if the dead are not raised? ‘Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!’ No, do not be deceived: bad company corrupts good morals. Be righteously roused, and do not sin, for some are ignorant about God – I say that to your shame. But someone will ask, ‘How are the dead raised? In what body do they return?’ Have you no sense? What you sow is not given life unless it dies. And what is it that you sow? You are not sowing the body which it will become, but a bare seed – perhaps of wheat or one of the others. Then God gives it the body he intends – and to each seed its own body.
Jesus arrived in the Temple and, as he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him, saying, ‘By what authority are you doing these things? Who gave you this authority?’ In reply Jesus told them, ‘I, too, will ask you one question; and when you answer me, I, too, will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. What was the source of John’s baptism? Was it from heaven, or of human origin?’ They began arguing with each other, saying, ‘If we say, “From heaven,” he will say to us, “Why, then, did you not believe him?” But if we say, “Of human origin,” we have the crowd to fear – because everyone considers John to be a prophet.’ They therefore answered Jesus by saying, ‘We do not know.’ And he replied, saying to them, ‘Neither am I telling you by what authority I am doing these things.’