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"The action of grace never leads anyone to despair, but grants the gift of tenderness, joy, long-suffering, and spiritual peace."

—Saint Leo

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Wed 2nd Sep 2015

Today's readings
Epistle: 2 Corinthians 13:3-13
2 Corinthians 13:3-13

3 since you seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, who is not weak toward you, but mighty in you.

4 For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you.

5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?--unless indeed you are disqualified.

6 But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified.

Paul Prefers Gentleness

7 Now I pray to God that you do no evil, not that we should appear approved, but that you should do what is honorable, though we may seem disqualified.

8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

9 For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. And this also we pray, that you may be made complete.

10 Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the authority which the Lord has given me for edification and not for destruction.

Greetings and Benediction

11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

12 Greet one another with a holy kiss.

13 All the saints greet you.

Gospel: Mark 4:35-41
Mark 4:35-41

Wind and Wave Obey Jesus

35 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, "Let us cross over to the other side."

36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him.

37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling.

38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, "Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?"

39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace, be still!" And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.

40 But He said to them, "Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?"

41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, "Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!"


Saint of the Day

mamas
St Mamas

St Mamas was from Gangra of Paphlagonia. He was born in prison, where his parents Theodotus and Rufina were suffering for Christ's sake and where they ended their lives. He was named Mamas because, after he had long remained without speaking, he addressed his foster mother Ammia as "mama". Ammia died when Mama was 15 years old.

St Mama was tortured for his Christian faith by orders from the governor of Caesarea and was then sent before Emperor Aurelian who had him tortured again. He was later thrown to the lions, but they remained docile, and a lion remained with him as his companion. He contested for Christ about the year 275 AD.

Dismissal Hymn (Fourth Tone)

Your Martyr, O Lord, in his courageous contest for You received as the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from You, our immortal God. For since he possessed Your strength, he cast down the tyrants and completely destroyed the demon's strengthless presumption. O Christ God, by his prayers, save our soul, since You are merciful.

Kontakion (Third Tone)

With the staff bestowed on you by God, O holy Great Martyr, shepherd us your people in green and life-giving pastures; swiftly crush with godly power unseen and wild beasts underneath the feet of them that praise you with longing; for in dangers we all have you, O Mamas, as our fervent protector and help. (read more)

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John the Abstainer, Patriarch of Constantinople


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Calendar

31 Mon

Placing of the Honorable Sash of the Most Holy Theotokos

1 Tue

Beginning of the Church year (Indiction)

40 Holy Women Martyrs of Thrace

Righteous Meletius, The Struggler of the Muioupolis Mountain

Symeon the Stylite

Holy Martyrs Calliste and Siblings: Euodus and Hermogenes

2 WedStrict Fast

St Mamas

John the Abstainer, Patriarch of Constantinople

3 Thu

Hieromartyr Anthimos, Chariton, Phoebe

Holy Father Theoctistus and his fellow struggler St Euthymius the Great

4 FriStrict Fast

Prophets Moses the Godseer and Aaron

Our Righteous Father Anthimus of Coroucle in Cephallenia

Babylas the Holy Martyr

5 Sat

St Zacharias the Prophet and Righteous Elizabeth, parents of St John the Baptist

Urban, Theodore, & Medimnos the Hieromartyrs and the 77 Companions at Nicomedea

6 Sun

Miracle of Archangel Michael