Friday 19th July 2019
Fast day: strict fast
Today we commemorate:
Righteous Macrina, sister of St. Basil the Great (380). Venerable Dios of Antioch, abbot (c.430). Uncovering of the relics (1903) of St. Seraphim of Sarov (1833). St. Theodore, bishop of Edessa (8th C). Blessed Stephen Lazarevich, King of Serbia (1427), and his mother, St. Militsa (1405).
Romans 16:1-16; Matthew 13:4-9
Readings in bold type are those appointed by the Typikon for use at the Liturgy
I commend to you Phoebe, our sister, who is a servant of the Church that is at Cenchreae, so that you receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints. Also, may you assist her in whatever matter she may need from you since she has been a benefactor to many, including myself. Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow-workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their own lives for my sake. I am grateful to them, and with me all the Churches of the Gentiles. Greet the Church that is in their house and Epaenetus, my beloved, who is the first fruits of Achaia to Christ. Greet Mary, who laboured much for us. Greet Andronicus and Junia, my relatives and fellow-prisoners who are outstanding among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me. Greet Amplias, my beloved in the Lord. Greet Urbanus, our fellow-worker in Christ, and Stachys, my beloved. Greet Apelles, the approved in Christ. Greet those who are of the household of Aristobulus. Greet Herodion, my relative. Greet those of the household of Narcissus, who are in the Lord. Greet Tryphaena and Tryphosa, who work hard in the Lord. Greet Persis, the beloved, who has laboured much in the Lord. Greet Rufus, the chosen in the Lord, and his mother, a mother to me as well. Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the brethren who are with them. Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, Olympas, and all the saints who are with them. Greet one another with a holy kiss. The Churches of Christ greet you.
As he sowed, some seeds fell by the roadside, and the birds came and devoured them. Others fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up. But because they had no depth of soil, when the sun rose, they were scorched, and since they had no root, they withered away. Others fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Others fell on good soil, and yielded fruit: some a hundred times as much, some sixty, and some thirty. Anyone who has ears should listen.”