The Holy Martyrs Marcian and Martyrius the Notaries

Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 10/25/2019

Saints and Feasts: The Holy Martyrs Marcian and Martyrius the Notaries; Tabitha, who was raised from the dead by Peter the Apostle; Chrysaphios (or Chrysaphos) the Martyr; Martyr Chrysanthe

Strict Fast

Epistle Reading: St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians 1:27-30; 2:1-4
Brethren, let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you stand firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear omen to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, engaged in the same conflict which you saw and now hear to be mine. So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any incentive of love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others.

Gospel Reading: Luke 11:23-26
The Lord said, “He who is not with me is against me he who does not gather with me scatters.

“When the unclean spirit has gone out of a man, he passes through waterless places seeking rest; and finding none he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes he finds it swept and put in order. Then he goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first.”