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October 19, 2023
Holy Righteous John, Wonderworker of Kronstadt
Prophet Joel (800BC)
New Hieromartyr Alexis Stavrovsky (1918)
Blessed Cleopatra and her son John (327)
Martyr Ouaros and with him 7 Monkmartyr Teachers (c307)
Transfer of the relics of the Venerable John, abbot of Rila in Bulgaria (1238)
Hieromartyr Sadoc, bishop of Persia, and with him 128 Martyrs (342)
Venerable Leontius the Philosopher of St Sabbas Monastery
Thursday of the 20th week after Pentecost
Phil 3.1-8 (Epistle)
Brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe. Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation! For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh, though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.
Luke 9.49-56 (Gospel)
At that time, one of the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow with us.” But Jesus said to him, “Do not forbid him, for he who is not against us is on our side.” Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, and sent messengers before His face. And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him. But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem. And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?” But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them. And they went to another village.