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September 5, 2019
Holy Prophet Zechariah and Righteous Elizabeth, parents of St John the Baptist (1st)
Virgin-martyr Raissa of Alexandria (c308)
Martyr Abidas of Persia (5th)
Martyrs Urban, Theodore, Medimnos and with them 67 at Nicomedia (370)
Appearance of the Apostle Peter to Emperor Justinian in Athera
Hieromartyr Athanasius of Brest (1648)
Martyrs Thiphael and his sister Thebaia (1st-2nd)
Martyred Soldiers Juventinus and Maximus (c362)
Thursday of the 12th week after Pentecost
2 Cor 7.1-10 (Epistle)
Brethren, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Open your hearts to us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have cheated no one. I do not say this to condemn; for I have said before that you are in our hearts, to die together and to live together. Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my boasting on your behalf. I am filled with comfort. I am exceedingly joyful in all our tribulation. For indeed, when we came to Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were troubled on every side. Outside were conflicts, inside were fears. Nevertheless God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, and not only by his coming, but also by the consolation with which he was comforted in you, when he told us of your earnest desire, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced even more. For even if I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it. For I perceive that the same epistle made you sorry, though only for a while. Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted.
Mark 1.29-35 (Gospel)
At that time, Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick with a fever, and they told Him about her at once. So He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them. At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed. And the whole city was gathered together at the door. Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him. Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.