Daily Readings

Daily readings and the Saints of the day, provided by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Epistle Reading - St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 7:35-40; 8:1-7

BRETHREN, I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord. If any one thinks that he is not behaving properly toward his betrothed, if his passions are strong, and it has to be, let him do as he wishes: let them marry - it is not sin. But whoever is firmly established in his heart, being under no necessity but having his desire under control, and has determined this in his heart, to keep her as his betrothed, he will do well. So that he who married his betrothed does well; and he who refrains from marriage will do better. A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. If the husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord. But in my judgment she is happier if she remains as she is. And I think that I have the Spirit of God. Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that "all of us possess knowledge." "Knowledge" puffs up, but love builds up. If any one imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. But if one loves God, one is known by him. Hence, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that "an idol has no real existence," and that "there is no God but one." For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth as indeed there are many "gods" and many "lords" - yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist. However, not all possess this knowledge. But some, though being hitherto accustomed to idols, eat food as really offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak is defiled.


Gospel Reading - Matthew 15:29-31

At that time, Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee. And he went up on the mountain, and sat down there. And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the dumb, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them, so that the throng wondered, when they saw the dumb speaking, the maimed whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.

Saints and Feasts


John and Symeon the Fool for Christ

July 21

These Saints were from the city of Edessa in Mesopotamia and flourished during the reign of Justin the Younger (565-578). After a pilgrimage to Jerusalem they were moved with a desire to forsake the world; they were tonsured monks by the Abbot Nicon, and soon after left the monastery to struggle together in the wilderness near the Dead Sea. When they had passed a little more than thirty years together in silence and prayer, Symeon, having reached the heights of dispassion, departed for Emesa in Syria, where he passed the rest of his life playing the fool, saving many souls from sin while hiding his sanctity with seemingly senseless behavior. He reposed in 570; by the providence of God, John, who had remained in the wilderness, departed soon after.

Apolytikion of John & Simeon

Fourth Tone

O God of our Fathers, ever dealing with us according to Thy gentleness: take not Thy mercy from us, but by their entreaties guide our life in peace.

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Kontakion of John & Simeon

First Tone

With faith and love let us acclaim angelic and God-bearing Symeon who, though in the flesh, appeared as one without flesh and shone supernaturally with virtues; and with him let us praise renowned John, for they intercede with the Lord unceasingly for us all.

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Parthenios, Bishop of Arta

July 21

Sunday Worship

5:00 PM / SATURDAY VESPERS

The word Vespers comes from the Greek word that means ‘in the evening,’ so this is the evening prayer service which thanks God for the day that is coming to a close and inaugurates the new day. Saturday night Great Vespers brings in the Lord’s Day and is therefore resurrectional in character.

8:30 AM / ORTHROS

The word Orthros, in Greek means 'sunrise' or 'dawn'. So the Orthros, or Matins Service is the sunrise worship service.

9:30 AM / DIVINE LITURGY

The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (c. 347-407), Archbishop of Constantinople, is the most prevalent of four ancient liturgies utilized by the early Church and still celebrated today.

Worship Services

Saturday, July 22 2017
  • Readers Vespers

    Saturday, July 22 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Sunday, July 23 2017
  • Seventh Sunday of Matthew

    Sunday, July 23 2017

  • Orthros

    Sunday, July 23 2017 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am

    The Morning Service of Matins (Orthros)

  • Divine Liturgy

    Sunday, July 23 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Wednesday, July 26 2017
  • Saint Paraskevi

    Wednesday, July 26 2017

  • Orthros

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am

  • Divine Liturgy

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am