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November 23, 2019
St Amphilochios, bishop of Iconium (394)
Repose of the Great Prince Alexander Nevsky, tonsured Alexei, Wonderworker of All Russia (1263)
St Gregory, bishop of Agrigentum (6th-7th)
Holy Hieararch Mitrophan, in monastic-schema Macarius, bishop of Voronezh (1703)
Martyr Sisinias, bishop of Cyzicus (3rd)
New Martyr Archimandrite Gregory of Georgia
Venerable Ischirion, bishop of Egypt
New Hieormartyr Philip (Raspopov) (1919)
Saturday of the 23rd week after Pentecost; Rt. Blv. Great Prince Alexander Nevsky
2 Cor 8.1-5 (Epistle)
Brethren, I make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia: that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality. For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing, imploring us with much urgency that we would receive the gift and the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. And not only as we had hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God.
Gal 5.22-6.2 (Epistle—St Alexander)
Brethren, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Luke 10.19-21 (Gospel)
The Lord said to His disciples: Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven. In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.”
Matt 11.27-30 (Gospel—St Alexander)
The Lord said to his disciples: All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.