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Daily Devotional

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 (NS)
September 17, 2020 (OS)


Commemorations

Movable Calendar (Pascalion):

Wednesday of the Seventeenth Week

Fixed Calendar:

The commemoration of the Afterfeast of the Exaltation, and the holy Martyr Sophia, and her daughters, the Martyrs Faith, Hope, and Love.


Fasting Information

Fast day. No Meat, Fish, or Dairy Allowed.


Scripture Readings

Movable Calendar (Pascalion):

Wednesday of the Seventeenth Week

Epistle:

The Reading is from the Epistle of Saint Paul to the Ephesians [§ 223]. Brethren:

3 8To me, the one who is less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach the Gospel of the unsearchable wealth of the Christ among the nations, 9and to enlighten all as to what is the dispensation of the mystery which hath been hidden from the ages in God, Who created all things through Jesus Christ, 10in order that now the much-variegated wisdom of God might be made known to the principalities and to the authorities in the heavenlies through the Church, 11according to the purpose of the ages which He made in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12in Whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him. 13Wherefore I ask you not to be fainthearted at mine afflictions on behalf of you, which is your glory. 14For this reason, I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15from Whom every family in the heavens and on earth is named, 16that He would grant you, according to the wealth of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17that the Christ might dwell in your hearts through faith, having been rooted and founded in love, 18in order that ye might be able to apprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and depth and height, 19and to know the love of the Christ which surpasseth knowledge, that ye might be filled to all the fullness of God.

20Now to Him Who is able to do exceedingly above all things that we ask for ourselves or think, according to the power which energizeth itself in us, 21to Him be the glory in the Church in Christ Jesus, to all the generations of the age of the ages. Amen.

Gospel:

The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Mark [§ 51]. The Lord said:

For Gk. usage, see Mk. 11:22-26; for Sl. usage, see Mk. 11:23-26.

11 22“Be having faith in God. 23“For verily I say to you, that whosoever shall say to this mountain, ‘Be thou taken away and be thou cast into the sea,’ and doubt not in his heart, but shall believe that what he saith is coming to pass, it shall be to him whatsoever he shall say. 24“On this account I say to you, all things, whatsoever ye ask for yourselves when ye pray, keep on believing that ye are receiving them, and they shall be to you. 25“And whenever ye stand praying, be forgiving if ye have anything against anyone, in order that your Father Who is in the heavens might also forgive your transgressions. 26“But if ye forgive not, neither will your Father Who is in the heavens forgive your transgressions.”

Fixed Calendar:

The commemoration of the Afterfeast of the Exaltation, and the holy Martyr Sophia, and her daughters, the Martyrs Faith, Hope, and Love.

No readings given.


Lives of the Saints
(Prologue)

September 30th - Civil Calendar
September 17th - Church Calendar

1. The Holy Martyrs Vera, Nada and Lubov (Faith, Hope and Love), and their mother Sophia.

They lived and suffered in Rome in the time of the Emperor Hadrian. The wise Sophia (as her name—Sophia—wisdom, indicates) was left a widow and, as a Christian, steeped herself and her daughters in the Christian faith. At the time that Hadrian's persecuting hand stretched out over the virtuous house of Sophia, Vera was twelve, Nada ten and Lubov nine. The four of them were brought before the Emperor, with their arms entwined 'like a woven wreath', humbly but firmly confessing their faith in Christ the Lord and refusing to offer sacrifice to the goddess Artemis. At the moment of their passion, the mother urged her valiant daughters to endure to the end. 'Your heavenly Lover, Jesus Christ, is eternal health, inexpressible beauty and life eternal. When your bodies are slain by torture, He will clothe you in incorruption and the wounds on your bodies will shine in heaven like the stars.' The torturers inflicted harsh torture on Vera, Nada and Lubov one by one. They beat them, stabbed them and threw them into fire and boiling pitch, and finally beheaded them one after the other. Sophia took the dead bodies of her daughters out of the town and buried them, and stayed by their grave in prayer for three days and nights, then gave her soul to God, hastening to the heavenly company where the blessed souls of her daughters awaited her.

2. The Holy Martyr Agathocleia.

She was a servant of one Nicolas and his wife Paulina, who were at first Christians but forsook Christianity and turned again to idol-worship. Holy Agathocleia refused to follow the example of her masters, and for this was harshly tortured both by them and by the judge. Finally, her mistress killed her by pouring burning coals on her neck, but God glorified His handmaid in His heavenly kingdom.

3. The 156 Holy Martyrs of Egypt.

They were all Egyptians, and suffered for Christ the Lord in 310, some by the sword and some by fire. Among them were two old bishops, Peleus and Nilus, a priest, Zeno, and two renowned men, Patermuthius and Elias. With them also suffered Bishop Silvanus and an eminent, blind old man, John, who knew the Scriptures by heart and recited them to gatherings of Christians. They were all crowned with wreaths and entered into the eternal Kingdom of Christ.

4. The Holy Martyr Theodota.

She endured eight years of harsh torture on the part of the governor, Simplicius, who finally went out of his mind. She was beheaded with the sword in the time of the Emperor Alexander Severus, in about 230.

FOR CONSIDERATION

A God-fearing and faithful ruler is a blessing from heaven on his whole people. King Vatslav (Wenceslas) of the Czechs was such a ruler. His zeal for the holy things of the Faith and his strictness of life are reminiscent of the ancient ascetics. He devoted his days to administrative work and his nights to prayer, and he often prepared and cooked the holy bread, most especially when he himself was to receive Holy Communion. He was concerned in the building of many churches, in which daily services were celebrated, and gave especial care to the poor and needy. He was a lover of peace, although a great and fearless hero. When the neighbouring prince, Radislav, invaded the Czech lands, Vatslav sent him a letter, asking him what had roused him to make war against him. Radislav replied haughtily that he was after the whole of the Czech lands and Vatslav's throne. Then Vatslav gathered together a large army and marched against his enemy. Then, seeing the two great armies, he mourned the coming loss of life and sent the following message to Radislav: 'The quarrel is between the two of us. You want to conquer this land, and I refuse to let you. Let us settle this matter by single combat. What purpose would be served by a bloody conflict between our two armies?', Prince Radislav agreed to single combat, and, being overcome by Vatslav, begged his forgiveness on his knees.


Daily Scripture Readings taken from The Orthodox New Testament, translated and published by Holy Apostles Convent, Buena Vista, Colorado, copyright © 2000, used with permission, all rights reserved.

Daily Prologue Readings taken from The Prologue of Ochrid, by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic, translated by Mother Maria, published by Lazarica Press, Birmingham, England, copyright © 1985, all rights reserved.


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