Leavetaking of the Nativity of the Forerunner John the Baptist

Thursday25junLeavetaking of the Nativity of the Forerunner John the BaptistThe Righteous Martyr Febronia; Prokopios the New MartyrFasting ruleFast Day (Wine and Oil Allowed)Romans 8:22-27Matthew 10:23-31

Saints, Feasts, and Readings


Saints and Feasts: Leavetaking of the Nativity of the Forerunner John the Baptist; The Righteous Martyr Febronia; Prokopios the New Martyr; Dionysius & Dometios the Righteous of Mount Athos; Methodius of Nevritos; Orentios, Pharmakios, Eros, Phirmos, Phirminos, Kyriakos, and Longinos the Martyrs and Brothers

Fast Day (Wine / Oil Allowed)

Epistle Reading: St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans 8:22-27
Brethren, we know that the whole creation has been groaning in travail together until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. And he who searches the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

Gospel Reading: Matthew 10:23-31
The Lord said to his disciples, „When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next; for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of man comes. A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master; it is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household. So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, utter in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim upon the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s will. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”