Monday 18th November 2019
Nativity Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
Today we commemorate:
Great Martyr Plato of Ancyra (c.306). Hieromartyr Romanus the deacon, of Caesarea, and the youth Barulas, of Antioch (303). Holy Martyrs Zacchaeus the deacon and Alphæus of Cæsarea in Palestine (303). New Martyrs Anastasius of Epirus and Daniel (1750).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Mawes, bishop in Cornwall and Brittany (5th C). St. Constant, priest-hermit at Lough Erne (777). St. Keverne, friend of St. Kieran (6th C). St. Mummolus companion of St Fursey (c.690).
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5; Luke 17:20-25
Readings in bold type are those appointed by the Typikon for use at the Liturgy
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5
Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy to the Church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We always give thanks to God for you all, mentioning you in our prayers, continuously remembering in the presence of our God and Father your work of faith, your labour of love and your enduring hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. We know, brothers and sisters, beloved by God, that you are chosen. We know because our Gospel came to you not only in word but also in power, in the Holy Spirit, and with total assurance, just as you know what sort of people we turned out to be for your sake when we were with you.
Jesus, being asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come, replied, “The coming of the Kingdom of God can not be observed. They will not say, ‘Look! Here!’ or ‘Look! There!’, for you see, the Kingdom of God is inside you.” And he said to the disciples, “Days will come when you yearn to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. They will tell you, ‘Look! Here!’ or ‘Look! There!’ Do not go there. Do not run after them. For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so shall it be with the Son of Man in his day. But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.