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December 17, 2021
Prophet Daniel and the Three Holy Youths, Ananias, Azarias, and Misael (c600BC)
Venerable Daniel the Confessor, in Schema Stephen, of Spain and Egypt (10th)
Holy Hierarch Dionysios, archbishop of Aegina and Wonderworker of Zakynthos (1624)
Martyrs Patermouthios, Kopris, and Alexander of Egypt
Athnasius, Nicholas, and Anthony, founders of Vatopedi Monastery
Friday of the 26th week after Pentecost
1 Tim 4.4-8, 16 (Epistle)
My son Timothy, every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed. But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness. For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come. . . . Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.
Mark 9.33-41 (Gospel)
At that time, Jesus and his disciples came to Capernaum. And when He was in the house He asked them, “What was it you disputed among yourselves on the road?” But they kept silent, for on the road they had disputed among themselves who would be the greatest. And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.” Then He took a little child and set him in the midst of them. And when He had taken him in His arms, He said to them, Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me. Now John answered Him, saying, “Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us.” But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me. For he who is not against us is on our side. For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.