Saints and Feasts: Emilian the Confessor & Bishop of Cyzikos, Our Holy Father Myronus the Wonderworker, Bishop of Crete, Holy New Martyrs Triantaphillus of Zagoras and Anastasius of Thessolonica, Gregory of Sinai and Mount Athos, Afterfeast of the Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Anastatios the Martyr from Bulgaria
Epistle Reading: St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 10:28-33; 11:1-8
Brethren, if some one says to you, "This has been offered in sacrifice," then out of consideration for the man who informed you, and for conscience's sake - l mean his conscience, not yours - do not eat it. For why should my liberty be determined by another man's scruples? If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of that for which I give thanks? So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please all men in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved. Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I have delivered them to you. But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a woman is her husband, and the head of Christ is God. Any man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head, but any woman who prays of prophesies with her head unveiled dishonors her head - it is the same as if her head were shaven. For if a woman will not veil herself, then she should cut off her hair, but if it is disgraceful for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her wear a veil. For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. (For man was not made from woman, but woman from man.)
Gospel Reading: Matthew 16:24-28
The Lord said to his disciples, "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or what shall a man give in return for his life? For the Son of man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father and then he will repay every man for what he has done. Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom."