Hieromartyr Symeon, bishop in Persia, and those with him: Hieromartyrs Abdechalas and Ananias, priests; Martyrs Ustazad and Azat, eunuchs; Fusicus, Ascitrea, and 1,150 others (344). St. Acacius, bishop of Melitene (ca. 435). St. Zosimas of Solovki (1478).
Martyr Adrian of Corinthus in Persia (251). St. Agapitus, pope of Rome (536). Uncovering of the relics of St. Alexander, founder of Svir Monastery (1641). St. Paisius, foolfor- Christ, of Kiev (1893).
Repose of Hieroschemamonk Constantine of Ekaterinburg (1960).
Thursday. [Acts 8:26–39; John 6:40–44]
Saint Philip asks the eunich:
understandest thou what thou readest? He answered:
how can I, except some man should guide me? (Acts
8:31). How often those who read the word of God and
writings of the fathers experience the same thing! What is
read is beyond our comprehension; the mind cannot heed or
grasp it, as if it were something foreign to it, about
topics of an unknown realm. This is why an interpreter is
needed, who is familiar with the meaning of the words.
Saint Philip had the same spirit as the one which brought
those prophecies, and so it was not difficult for him to
interpret what the eunuch found hard to understand. Thus
it is for us now: we must find a person who stands on such
a level of life and knowledge as is touched upon by the
scripture which is difficult for us, and he will interpret
it without difficulty, because each level has its own
spiritual view. He who stands on a lower level does not
see all that he who stands on the higher sees, and can
only guess about it. If it happens that the scriptures
which are incomprehensible for us touch upon subjects of
the higher level, but the interpreter met by us stands on
the lower, then he cannot explain it as he should, and
will apply everything to his own outlooks, and it will
remain for us as dark as before. One must marvel at how
people take on interpreting topics of Scripture while
being totally foreign to the realm to which these subjects
belong. And for them it does not come out as it should;
nor do they fail to get puffed up over their own