Wednesday 21st October 2020
Fast day: strict fast
Today we commemorate:
St. Hilarion the Great of Palestine (371). Hieromartyr Socrates the presbyter and Martyr Theodote of Ancyra (230). Translation of the relics of St. Christodulus the Wonderworker of Patmos (1093). New Martyr John of Peloponnesus (1773). St. Philotheus of Neapolis and Mt. Athos (14th C).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Fintan Munnu, abbot-founder of Taghmon (635). St. Condedus, hermit (685). St. Tuda, bishop of Northumbria (664). St. Malathgeny of Cluain-Edneach (767).
Philippians 2:24-30; Luke 9:44-50
Readings in bold type are those appointed by the Typikon for use at the Liturgy
I am confident in the Lord that I myself will also come soon. However, I thought it was necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow-labourer and comrade-in-arms, and your apostle and minister to my need, since he was yearning for you all and greatly troubled because you had heard that he was ill. Indeed, he was ill – even close to death – but God had mercy on him. And not only on him but also on me, so that I might not have sorrow upon sorrow. Therefore I sent him all the more readily, so that having seen him again you might rejoice, and so that I might be less sorrowful. So welcome him in the Lord with total joy; and hold such people in honour because, for the sake of Christ’s work, he came close to death, risking [his] life so that he might make up for your deficiency of ministry to me.
“Bend your ears to these words, for the Son of Man is about to be delivered up into human hands.” But they did not understand what was being said. It was hidden from them so that they should not grasp its meaning, and they were afraid to ask him about this matter. A dispute arose among them about which of them might be the greatest. Jesus, seeing what they were thinking in their hearts, caught up a small child, stood him at his side, and said to them, “Whoever welcomes this infant in my name welcomes me. Whoever welcomes me welcomes him who sent me. Truly, the least important of you all – he is the great one.” John began to speak. “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him because he is not a disciple with us.” Jesus said to him, “Do not try to stop him because he does not belong to us, for whoever is not against us is for us.”