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Melkite Readings of the Day Wednesday, 20 June 2018.

19 hours 20 min ago
Wednesday, 20 June 2018. Commemoration of the Holy Hieromartyr Methodios of Patara.

Class of Feast: 5
Tone of Week: 3
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 -- 2018-06-20.

19 hours 20 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)

Romans 15:7-16 (5 after Pentecost)
Brothers and sisters, welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of the truth of God in order that he might confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, ‘Therefore I will confess you among the Gentiles, and sing praises to your name’; and again he says, ‘Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people’; and again, ‘Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise him’; and again Isaiah says, ‘The root of Jesse shall come, the one who rises to rule the Gentiles; in him the Gentiles shall hope.’ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. I myself feel confident about you, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to instruct one another. Nevertheless, on some points I have written to you rather boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. (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 -- 2018-06-20.

19 hours 20 min ago
Matthew 12:38-45 (5 after Pentecost)
At that time, some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.’ But he answered them, ‘An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For just as Jonah was for three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so for three days and three nights the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth. The people of Nineveh will rise up at the judgement with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the proclamation of Jonah, and see, something greater than Jonah is here! The queen of the South will rise up at the judgement with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and see, something greater than Solomon is here! ‘When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it wanders through waterless regions looking for a resting-place, but it finds none. Then it says, “I will return to my house from which I came.” When it comes, it finds it empty, swept, and put in order. Then it goes and brings along seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and live there; and the last state of that person is worse than the first. So will it be also with this evil generation.’ (NRSV)

Variable Parts of the Divine Liturgy -- 2018-06-20.

19 hours 20 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 ...' .>