St. Theodora of Alexandria (490). Translation of the relics of Sts. Sergius and Herman of Valaam (1542-1550). St. Silouan, elder, of St. Panteleimon Monastery, Mt. Athos (1938).
Martyrs Demetrius, his wife Evanthia, and their son Demetrian, at Skepsis on the Hellespont (1st c.). Martyr Ia of Persia and 9,000 martyrs with her (362-364). St. Euphrosynus the Cook, of Alexandria (9th c.). Martyrs Diodorus, Didymus, and Diomedes, of Laodicea (362-364). Glorification of St. Xenia of St. Petersburg, fool-for-Christ (1978). St. John, abbot, of Svyatogorsk Monastery (1970). Synaxis of the Saints of the Svatogorsk Monastery.
Weeping Kazan Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos “Of Kaplunovka.” (1689)
Martyrs Serapion, Cronides, and Leontius, of Alexandria (237). St. Paphnutius the Confessor, bishop in the Egyptian Thebaid (4th c.). St. Deiniol, abbot and bishop, of Bangor, Wales (584). Holy Martyr Theodora of Vasta in the Peloponnese. St. Elias the Cave-dweller, of Calabria (ca. 960).
Repose of the young Elder Melchizedek of Mzensk (1846).
Thursday. [Eph. 4:14-19; Mark 11:27-33]
The Saviour proves that He was sent
from heaven using the testimony of John the Forerunner.
They were silent, for there was nothing to say to the
contrary, yet they did not believe. Another time He proved
the same thing through His deeds, and they thought up a
new twist: [He casteth out devils] by the prince
of the devils (Mt. 9:34, Mk. 3:22). But when this
twist was exposed to be completely inappropriate, they
again were silent, but nevertheless did not believe. Thus
unbelievers never believe no matter what you tell them and
how convincingly you prove the truth. They cannot say
anything to the contrary, while nevertheless they do not
believe. One might say that their mind is paralyzed, since
they reason sensibly about other things. Only when the
issue touches upon faith do they become confused in their
concepts and words. They also become confused when they
present their outlooks as a substitute for the tenets of
faith given by God. Here their doubt raises such a
buttress that it is like a firm cliff. If you hear their
entire theory through, you will see that a child could
figure out that this is a spider’s web; but they do
not see it. O unfathomable blindness! One can explain the
obstinacy of unbelievers as their not wanting to believe,
but where does this come from? Where does it get such
power that it makes a sensible man consciously cling to an
illogical form of thoughts? This is darkness. Is it not
from the father of darkness?