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August 18, 2020
St Arsenios of Paros (1877)
Venerable John the abbot of Rila
Martyrs Florus and Laurus of Illyria (2nd)
Hieromartyr Emilian the bishop and with him Hilarion, Dionysius, and Hermippus (c300)
Martyrs Hermes, Serapion, and Polienus of Rome (2nd)
Venerable Barnabas and Sophronios near Trebizond (412)
Ss John (674) and George (683), patriarchs of Constantinople
Venerable Christodoulos the Philosopher
Tuesday of the 11th week after Pentecost
2 Cor 2.14-3.3 (Epistle)
Brethren, thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ. Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to you or letters of commendation from you? You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.
Matt 23.23-28 (Gospel)
The Lord said to the Jews that came to Him,Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel! Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.