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—Saint Leo

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Sun 21st Sep 2014

Today's readings
Epistle: Galatians 2:16-20
Galatians 2:16-20

16 knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.

17 "But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin? Certainly not!

18 For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.

19 For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God.

20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Gospel: Mark 8:34-9:1
Mark 8:34-9:1

Take Up the Cross and Follow Him

34 When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

35 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it.

36 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?

37 Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels."

Mark 9

Jesus Transfigured on the Mount

1 And He said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power."


Saint of the Day

Christ 2nd April
St Quadratus the Apostle

St Quadratus was a Disciple of the Apostles, and became Bishop of Athens. According to the Synaxaristes, he contested for the Christian faith in the year 117 AD, in the reign of Hadrian (117-138 AD), but according to others, in the reign of Marcus Aurelius (161-180 AD).

Dismissal Hymn (Third Tone)

O Holy Apostle Quadratus, intercede with the merciful God that He grant to our souls forgiveness of offences.

Kontakion (Plagal of the Fourth Tone)

As a most honoured hierarch and athlete of great fortitude, the world offers Apostle Quadratus to You, O Lord most merciful; as with hymns it honours his all-venerable memory, it asks of You through him to grant forgiveness of failings to them that sing his praise. (read more)

His Eminence

On the occasion of the New Year, I wish to share with you certain simple thoughts. … (read more)

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Calendar

15 Mon

St Nikitas the Great Martyr

John the New Martyr of Crete

Righteous Father Symeon, Archbishop of Thessolonica

16 Tue

St Euphemia the Great Martyr

17 WedStrict Fast

Sophia & her three daughters: Faith, Hope, and Love

18 Thu

St Eumenios, Bishop of Gortyna

19 FriStrict Fast

Sts Trophimos, Sabbatios, and Dorymedon the Martyrs

20 Sat

St Eustathios the Great Martyr, his wife and two children

Hilarion the New Martyr of Crete

21 Sun

St Quadratus the Apostle