Sunday 20th October 2019
Tone 1 - Eothinon 7
18th after Pentecost, 6th of Luke
Today we commemorate:
Great Martyr Artemius at Antioch (362). St. Matrona of Chios (1462). St. Gerasimus the New Ascetic, of Cephalonia (1579). Holy Martyr Zebinas of Caesarea in Palestine. Translation of the relics of New Martyr Ignatius of Mt. Athos (1814).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Acca, bishop of Hexham (c.740). St. Aidan, bishop of Mayo (768). SS Bradan and Orora (Crora) of Man.
2 Corinthians 9:6-11; Luke 8:27-39
Readings in bold type are those appointed by the Typikon for use at the Liturgy
2 Corinthians 9:6-11
Remember this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Let everyone give according to what his heart has decided, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make his grace overflow to you so that, by having all you need in every way, you may overflow in every good deed. As it is written, ‘He has scattered abroad; he has given to the poor. His righteousness remains forever.’ Now may he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food, also supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the fruits of your righteousness. Thus may you be enriched in everything so that you may be generous in everything, bringing thanksgiving to God through us.
When Jesus stepped ashore a man from the town who had demons of long standing came to meet him. He wore no clothes and did not live in a house, but among the tombs. When he saw Jesus he cried out and fell down before him. With a loud voice he said, “What do you want from me, Jesus, you Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me.” For Jesus was commanding the unclean spirit to come out of the man. The unclean spirit had often seized the man and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and fetters. But breaking the chains he would be driven by the demon into desert places. Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “Legion”, for many demons had entered into him and they begged him not to command them to go into the abyss. Now there was a large herd of swine feeding on the mountain, and the demons begged him to allow them to go into those; and Jesus allowed them. The demons came out of the man and went into the pigs. Then the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned. When those who fed the pigs saw what had happened they fled and told the story in the city and in the countryside. The people came out to see what had happened. They came to Jesus and found the man from whom the demons had come out. He was sitting at Jesus’ feet, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been delivered. A host of people from the surrounding Gadarene countryside asked Jesus to leave them because they were terrified. So he got into the boat and returned. The man from whom the demons had come out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return to your house and announce what great things God has done for you.” So the man went on his way proclaiming throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.