St. Parthenius, bishop of Lampsacus on the Hellespont (4th c.). St. Luke of Mt. Steirion (ca. 946).
The 1,003 Martyrs of Nicomedia (303). St. Euthymius, monk of Glinsk Hermitage (1866).
New Hieromartyr Barlaam (Ryashentsev), archbishop of Perm (1942).
Hieromartyr Augulius, bishop of Augusta (ca. 305). Six Martyrs of Phrygia (ca. 305). St. Mastridia of Jerusalem, woman ascetic of the desert (ca. 580). New Martyr George of Alikianes on Crete (1867). St. Aprionus, bishop of Cyprus (Gr. Cal).
Repose of Archimandrite Gennadius, ascetic of the Roslavl Forests (1826), and commemoration of his disciple Abramius, desert-dweller of Whitehoof Convent (1868), and the latter’s spiritual daughter Abbess Alexandra (1883).
So will I save you, and ye shall be a
blessing, promises the Lord through the prophet
Zechariah (Zech. 8:7–23). But under what condition?
Under the condition that every man will speak the truth to
his neighbour, that men will righteously sort out their
affairs amongst themselves, that men will not remember
wrongs in their hearts against their neighbour, that they
will love no false oath, and will love truth and peace. If
these conditions are met, says the Lord, they shall be
My people, and I will be their God, in truth and
righteousness (Zech. 8:8), and His blessing shall
spread among them. Then all strangers shall hear and say,
“Let us go speedily to them to pray before the Lord,
for we have heard that the Lord is with them (cf. Zech.
8:21–3). Yea, many people and strong nations
shall come to seek the Lord of hosts (Zech. 8:22).
Thus did the high moral purity of the first
Christians attract people and nations to the Lord. Those
who live always according to the spirit of Christ are,
without the use of words, the best preachers of Christ and
the most convincing apostles of Christianity.