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Melkite Readings of the Day Wednesday, 18 July 2018.

18 hours 42 min ago
Wednesday, 18 July 2018. Commemoration of the Holy Martyr Emilian.

Class of Feast: 5
Tone of Week: 7
Abstinence today: We refrain from eating meat and meat products.
If, however, you follow the traditional fasting discipline: Fast and strict abstinence -- Refrain from eating until noon, strict abstinence (xerophagy) thereafter.

Epistle of the Divine Liturgy -- 2018-07-18.

18 hours 42 min ago
Luke 1:46,48 (Tone 3)
My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.
Stichon: For he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed. (NRSV)

1 Corinthians 13:4-14:5 (9 after Pentecost)
Brothers and sisters, love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love. Pursue love and strive for the spiritual gifts, and especially that you may prophesy. For those who speak in a tongue do not speak to other people but to God; for nobody understands them, since they are speaking mysteries in the Spirit. On the other hand, those who prophesy speak to other people for their building up and encouragement and consolation. Those who speak in a tongue build up themselves, but those who prophesy build up the church. Now I would like all of you to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. One who prophesies is greater than one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up. (NRSV)

Psalms 132:8,11 (Tone 8)
Rise up, O Lord, and go to your resting-place, you and the ark of your might.
Stichon: The Lord swore to David a sure oath from which he will not turn back: ‘One of the sons of your body I will set on your throne.' (NRSV)

Gospel of the Divine Liturgy -- 2018-07-18.

18 hours 42 min ago
Matthew 20:1-16 (9 after Pentecost)
Jesus told this parable: ‘For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire labourers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the labourers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the market-place; and he said to them, “You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.” So they went. When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same. And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, “Why are you standing here idle all day?” They said to him, “Because no one has hired us.” He said to them, “You also go into the vineyard.” When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, “Call the labourers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.” When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, saying, “These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.” But he replied to one of them, “Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?” So the last will be first, and the first will be last; for many are called but few are chosen.’ (NRSV)

Variable Parts of the Divine Liturgy -- 2018-07-18.

18 hours 42 min ago
Entrance hymn of Weekdays
Come, let us worship and bow down before Christ. O Son of God, who are wonderful in your saints, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

Hymns of the Feasts
Wednesdays and Fridays
For the Cross and the Theotokos
Troparion (tone 1)
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance, granting peace to the world. And preserve your community by the power of your Cross.

<Chant the troparion of the titular of the church/monastery here.>

<Today we chant the usual Final Kontakion: 'O Never-failing Protectress of Christians ...' .>

<Today we chant the usual Hirmos: 'It is truly right ...' .>