Friday 25th September 2020
Fast day: strict fast
Today we commemorate:
St. Euphrosyne of Alexandria (5th C). Holy Martyr Paphnutius and 546 companions in Egypt (3rd C). Holy Martyrs Paul and Tatta of Damascus and their children, Sabinian, Maximus, Rufus, and Eugene. Repose of St. Sergius the Wonderworker of Radonezh (1392). Translation of the relics of St. Herman, archbishop of Kazan (1595).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Finbar Barry, 1st bishop of Cork (c.633). St. Ceolfrid, abbot of Wearmouth (716). St. Caian of Anglesey (5th C). St. Egelred of Crowland, martyr (870). St. Fymbert, bishop in the west of Scotland (7th C). St. Mwrog.
Ephesians 1:7-17; Luke 4:22-30
Readings in bold type are those appointed by the Typikon for use at the Liturgy
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our sins, according to the riches of his grace which he has showered upon us with all wisdom and providence. It pleased him to reveal to us the mystery of his will which he himself had planned, to bring everything together in Christ in the fullness of time – the things in heaven and the things on earth. In him we have obtained an inheritance, arranged in advance according to the design of the one who does everything through the purpose of his will, so that we who have hoped in Christ should be for the praise of his glory. When you heard the word of truth, which is the Gospel of your salvation, and having believed in it, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, the ‘deposit’ on our inheritance until the possession is redeemed to the praise of his glory. Because of this, I too, hearing of your faith in the Lord Jesus and love for all the saints, do not stop giving thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers so that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in full acknowledgement of him.
They were all speaking approvingly of him, and marvelling at the gracious words coming out of his mouth. And they said, “Is this not Joseph’s son?” Then he said to them, “No doubt you will quote this proverb to me, ‘Physician, heal yourself’ [and say], ‘Perform here, in your home town, things just as great as those we have heard were done in Capernaum.’” And he said, “Truly I tell you that no prophet is acceptable in his home town. It is a fact, I tell you, that there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah when the sky was shut up for three years and six months, when a great famine came upon the whole land. But Elijah was sent to none of them – except to Zarephath in Sidon, to a widow woman. And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, but none of them was cleansed – except Naaman the Syrian.” Hearing these things, everyone in the synagogue was full of indignation. They rose up, threw him out of the town and marched him right up to the brow of the hill on which their town had been built, in order to throw him off. But he, passing through the middle of them, walked away.