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"Fasting is wonderful, because it tramples our sins like a dirty weed, while it cultivates and raises truth like a flower."

—Saint John Chrysostom

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Thu 30th Oct 2014

Today's readings
Epistle: Colossians 1:24-29
Colossians 1:24-29

Sacrificial Service for Christ

24 I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church,

25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God,

26 the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.

27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

28 Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.

29 To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.

Gospel: Luke 11:14-23
Luke 11:14-23

A House Divided Cannot Stand

14 And He was casting out a demon, and it was mute. So it was, when the demon had gone out, that the mute spoke; and the multitudes marveled.

15 But some of them said, "He casts out demons by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons."

16 Others, testing Him, sought from Him a sign from heaven.

17 But He, knowing their thoughts, said to them: "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls.

18 If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? Because you say I cast out demons by Beelzebub.

19 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges.

20 But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.

21 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace.

22 But when a stronger than he comes upon him and overcomes him, he takes from him all his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoils.

23 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.


Saint of the Day

Hieromartyrs Zenobios and Zenobia 30th Oct
Hieromartyrs Zenobios and Zenobia of Aegae in Cilicia

Hieromartyr Zenobios, Bishop of Aegea, and his sister Zenobia suffered a martyr's death at Cilicia in 285 AD. From childhood, they were raised in the holy Christian faith by their parents, and they led pious and chaste lives. In their mature years, shunning the love of money, they distributed their inherited wealth to the poor. For his beneficence and holy life, the Lord rewarded Zenobios with the gift of healing various maladies. He was also chosen Bishop of a Christian community in Cilicia.

As Bishop, St Zenobios zealously spread the Christian Faith among the pagans. When the emperor Diocletian (284-305 AD) began a persecution against Christians, Bishop Zenobios was the first one arrested and brought to trial to Governor Licius. "I shall only speak briefly with you", said Licius to the Saint, "for I propose to grant you life if you worship our gods, or death, if you do not". The Saint answered, "This present life without Christ is death. It is better that I prepare to endure the present torment for my Creator, and then with Him live eternally, than to renounce Him for the sake of the present life, and then be tormented eternally in Hade".

By order of Licius, they nailed him to a cross and began the torture. The Bishop's sister, seeing him suffering, wanted to stop it. She bravely confessed her own faith in Christ before the governor; therefore, she also was tortured. By the power of the Lord they remained alive after being placed on a red-hot iron bed, and then in a boiling kettle. The Saints were then beheaded. Priest Hermogenes secretly buried the bodies of the martyrs in a single grave.

Dismissal Hymn (Fouth Tone)

Your holy martyrs Zenobius and Zenobia, O Lord, through their suffering have received incorruptible crowns from You, our God. For having Your strength, they laid low their adversaries, and shattered the powerless boldness of demons. Through their intercessions, save our souls.

Kontakion (Plagal of the Fourth Tone)

Let us honour with inspired hymns the two martyrs for truth; the preachers of true devotion, Zenobius and Zenobia. Together as brother and sister they lived and suffered, and received together the incorruptible crown of martyrdom. (read more)


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Calendar

27 Mon

St Nestor the Martyr of Thessaloniki

Kyriakos, Patriarch of Constantinople

28 Tue

Holy Protection of the Theotokos

St Stephen of St Sava Monastery

29 WedStrict Fast

Avramios the Recluse & his niece Maria of Mesopotamia

30 Thu

Hieromartyrs Zenobios and Zenobia of Aegae in Cilicia

31 FriStrict Fast

Apostles Stachys, Amplias, Urban, Narcissus, Apelles of the Seventy

Nicholas the new Martyr

Epimarchos of Alexandria

1 Sat

Sts Cosmas and Damianos the Holy Unmercenaries, and their mother Theodota

2 Sun

Sts Akindynos, Pegasios, Aphthonios, Elpidephoros, and Anempodistos of Persia