Saturday 8th August 2020
Dormition Fast: wine and oil allowed
Afterfeast of The Transfiguration
Today we commemorate:
St. Emilian the Confessor, bishop of Cyzicus (820). St. Myron, bishop of Crete (c.350). St. Gregory of Sinai and Mt. Athos (1346). New Martyr Triandaphyllus of Zagora in Thessaly (1680). Translation of the relics (1566) of St. Zosimas (1478) and St. Sabbatius (1435) of Solovki. St. Gregory, Iconographer of the Kievan Caves (12th C). New Martyrs Anastasios (Spaso) of Radovishte in Strumica, and Triandaphylos who suffered at Thessalonica (1794).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Ultan, abbot of Crayke (7th C). St. Ellidius of Hirnant in Powys (7th C).
Romans 14:6-9; Matthew 15:32-39
Readings in bold type are those appointed by the Typikon for use at the Liturgy
Those who observe the day are observing for the Lord; and those who do not observe the day are not observing for the Lord. And those who eat are eating for the Lord – because they are giving thanks to God; and those who do not eat are not eating for the Lord – because they are giving thanks to God. For none of us lives for ourself, and none of us dies for ourself, because if we live, we are living for the Lord; if we die, we are dying for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. It is for this that Christ died and rose and lived, so that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
Jesus called his disciples close and said, “I have compassion on the crowd because, for three days now, they have stayed with me and they have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry for perhaps they might collapse on the road.” And his disciples said to him, “Where in a wilderness are we to [get] enough loaves to satisfy such a large crowd?” So Jesus asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” and they replied, “Seven. And a few small fish.” He then told the crowds to sit down on the ground, and taking the seven loaves and the fish, he gave thanks and broke [them]. He gave [them] to the disciples, and the disciples [gave them] to the crowds; and they all ate and were satisfied. Then they took up the left over fragments – seven baskets full. Those who had eaten were four thousand men, besides the women and children. Then, dismissing the crowds, he got into the boat and arrived in the region of Magdala.