Monday in the Twenty-Second Week after Pentecost
The Lesson of the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Colossians.
Colossians §255 (2:13-20).
Brethren: When you were dead in your sins, and the uncircumcision of your flesh; God hath quickened together with Christ, forgiving you all offences: blotting out the handwriting of the decree that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He hath taken the same out of the way, fastening it to the Cross: and despoiling the principalities and powers, He hath exposed them confidently in open shew, triumphing over them in Himself. Let no man therefore judge you in meat or in drink, or in respect of a festival day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the body is of Christ. Let no man seduce you, willing in humility, and religion of angels, walking in the things which he hath not seen, in vain puffed up by the sense of his flesh, and not holding the head, from which the whole body, by joints and bands, being supplied with nourishment and compacted, groweth unto the increase of God. If then you be dead with Christ from the elements of this world, why do you yet decree as though living in the world?
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke.
Saint Luke §43 (9:18-22).
At that time: Jesus was alone praying, and His disciples also were with Him: and He asked them, saying: Whom do the people say that I am? But they answered, and said: John the Baptist; but some say Elias; and others say that one of the former prophets is risen again. And He said to them: But whom do you say that I am? Simon Peter answering, said: The Christ of God. But He strictly charging them, commanded they should tell this to no man. Saying: The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the ancients and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and the third day rise again.