Saint remembered:

Basil the Holy Martyr of Ancyra

Reading from the Synaxarion:

Saint Basil strove in martyrdom during the short reign of Julian the Apostate, from 361-363. The Saint was denounced as a Christian to Saturninus, Governor of Ancyra, who, when Basil would not deny Christ, had him hanged from a post and scraped on his sides, then beaten, and cast into prison. A few days later, when Julian himself came through Ancyra, the Saint was brought before him and was asked to deny Christ, Whom he rather confessed the more. Julian then had strips cut in his flesh, so that they were left hanging from his body in front and in back. The valiant Martyr tore one of these strips off of his body and cast it into Julian's face. At this Julian commanded that iron spits be heated fiery hot; Saint Basil's belly, his back, and all his joints were pierced with them, and he received the crown of martyrdom.


Old Testament Reading

The reading is from Proverbs 3:19-34

The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens; by his knowledge the deeps broke forth, and the clouds drop down the dew.

My son, keep sound wisdom and discretion; let them not escape from your sight, and they will be life for your soul and adornment for your neck. �Then you will walk on your way securely and your foot will not stumble. �If you sit down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. �Do not be afraid of sudden panic, or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes; for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught. �Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.

Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it" -- when you have it with you. �Do not plan evil against your neighbor who dwells trustingly beside you. �Do not contend with a man for no reason, when he has done you no harm. �Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways; for the perverse man is an abomination to the Lord, but the upright are in his confidence. �The Lord's curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the abode of the righteous. �Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he shows favor.