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November 12, 2019
St John the Merciful, patriarch of Alexandria (612)
Venerable Nilus the Faster, of Sinai (5th)
Prophet Ahijah (c960BC)
St Leo Stipiotes, patriarch of Constantinople
Venerable Nilus the Myrrhstreaming of Mt Athos (17th)
Venerable Martin, bishop of Frangia
Blessed John “the Hairy” at Rostov (1580)
New Martyrs Sabbas and Nicholas of Constantinople
Tuesday of the 22nd week after Pentecost
Col 2.20-3.3 (Epistle)
Brethren, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations – Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle, which all concern things which perish with the using – according to the commandments and doctrines of men? These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh. If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Luke 14.25-35 (Gospel)
At that time, great multitudes went with Jesus. And He turned and said to them, If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it – lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple. Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!