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"Do you wish to be free of afflictions and not to be burdened by them? Expect greater ones, and you will find peace. ... Be of good courage, stand firm, and pray."

—Saint Barsanophios

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Fri 22nd Aug 2014

Today's readings
Epistle: 2 Corinthians 4:13-18
2 Corinthians 4:13-18

13 And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, "I believed and therefore I spoke,"we also believe and therefore speak,

14 knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you.

15 For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.

Seeing the Invisible

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.

17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,

18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Gospel: Matthew 24:27-51
Matthew 24:27-51

27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

28 For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.

The Coming of the Son of Man

29 "Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

The Parable of the Fig Tree

32 "Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.

33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near--at the doors!

34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.

35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

No One Knows the Day or Hour

36 "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.

37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,

39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left.

41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left.

42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.

43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.

44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

The Faithful Servant and the Evil Servant

45 "Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season?

46 Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing.

47 Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods.

48 But if that evil servant says in his heart, 'My master is delaying his coming,'

49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards,

50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of,

51 and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.


Saint of the Day

Agathonikos the Martyr of Nicomedea 22nd Aug
St Agathonikos the Martyr of Nicomedea and his Companion Martyrs

The Martyrs Agathonikos, Zoticos, Theoprepios, Acindynos, Severian, Zeno and others accepted death for Christ during the reign of the emperor Maximian (284-305 AD). The Martyr Agathonikos was descended from the illustrious lineage of the Hypasians, and he lived at Nicomedia. Having become well versed in Holy Scripture, he converted many pagans to Christ, including the most eminent member of the Senate (its "princeps" or leader). Comitus Eutolmios was sent to the Pontine (lower Black Sea) region, where he crucified the followers of the Christian Zoticos, who had refused to offer sacrifice to idols. Zoticus himself, he took with him.

In Nicomedia, Eutolmios arrested the Martyr Agathonikos (together with the princeps), and also Theoprepios, Acindynos and Severian. After tortures, Eutolmios ordered that the martyrs be taken to Thrace for trial by the emperor. However, along the way, in the vicinity of Potama, the Martyrs Zoticos, Theoprepios and Acindynos were unable to proceed further behind the chariot of the governor because of wounds received during torture. Therefore, they were put to death. The Martyr Severian was put to death at Chalcedon, and the Martyr Agathonikos together with others was beheaded with the sword by order of the emperor, in Selymbria.

The relics of the Martyr Agathonikos were in a church named for him at Constantinople.

Dismissal Hymn (Fourth Tone)

Your Martyrs, O Lord, in their courageous contest for You received as the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from You, our immortal God. For since they possessed Your strength, they cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons' powerless presumption. O Christ God, by their prayers, save our souls, since You are merciful.

Kontakion (First Tone)

O man of godly mind, as the namesake of goodness, you utterly hated that which wicked men worshipped; and no pains could frighten you, O divine Agathonikos. Therefore, you became a good heir of all good things, worthily receiving with your brave fellow athletes the crown incorruptible. (read more)

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18 Mon

Sts Floros and Lauros the Monk-martyrs of Illyria

John & George, Patriarchs of Constantinople

Relics of Arsenios the Righteous of Paros

19 Tue

Martyr Andrew Stratelates, and his 2593 soldiers

Holy Martyrs Timothy, Agapius and Thecla

Theophanes the New Wonderworker of Macedonia

20 WedStrict Fast

Samuel the Prophet

Holy Martyr Luke of Bouleutos

21 Thu

Thaddaeus the Apostle of the 70

Bassa the Martyr of Edessa & her sons Theogonios, Agapios & Pistos

22 FriStrict Fast

St Agathonikos the Martyr of Nicomedea and his Companion Martyrs

Athanasios the Hieromartyr & Bishop of Tarsos

Holy Martyr Anthose

23 Sat

Apodosis of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary

24 Sun

St Kosmas of Aitolia

Eutyches the Hieromartyr & Disciple of St. John the Theologian

Removal of the Relics of Dionysios of Zakynthos, Bishop of Aegina