Great-martyr Catherine of Alexandria (305-313). Great-martyr Mercurius of Caesarea in Cappadocia (ca. 259). Martyr Mercurius of Smolensk (1238).
Martyrs Augusta (Faustina) the Empress, Porphyrius Stratelates, and 200 soldiers, at Alexandria with Great-martyr Catherine (305-313). St. Mercurius the Faster, of the Far Caves in Kiev (14th c.). St. Simon, founder of Soiga Monastery (Vologda) (1561). St. Luke, steward of the Kiev Caves (13th c.).
St. Hermogenes, bishop of Agrigentum (ca. 260). St. Romanus of Bordeaux (382). St. Gregory, founder of the monastery of the Golden Rock in Pontus. St. Portianus of Arthone (Gaul) (527). St. Protasius, hermit, of Auvergne (Gaul) (6th c.). St. Nicodemus the Younger, of Philokalos Monastery in Thessalonica (ca. 1305). Hieromartyr Clement, pope of Rome (101) (Gr. Cal). Hieromartyr Peter, archbishop of Alexandria (311) (Gr. Cal). St. Malchus of Chalcis in Syria (4th c.).
Monday. [I Tim. 5:1-10; Luke 17:20-25]
Having said that the Son of Man will
appear in his day like lightning, instantly illuminating
everything under heaven, the Lord added: But first must
He suffer many things, and be rejected of this
generation. The word order here makes it apparent that
this “must suffer” should precede Lord’s
appearance in glory. Thus, the whole time until that day
is the time of the Lord’s suffering. He suffered in
His person at one known time; after that His sufferings
continue in believers—suffering as they are born,
their upbringing in the spirit and protection from actions
of the enemy, both inner and outer—for the
Lord’s union with His own is not just mental or
moral, but living. Everything that touches them is
accepted by Him as well, as the head. Therefore, it is
impossible not to see that the Lord indeed suffers much.
The most painful sorrows are the falls of believers; even
more painful for Him is when they fall away from the
faith. But these are the final wounds; as continuously
wounding arrows are the sorrows, temptations, and wavering
faith of unbelief. Words and writings that exude unbelief
are kindled arrows of the evil one. Nowadays, the evil one
has led many blacksmiths to forge such arrows. The hearts
of believers ache when they are struck by them and see
others being struck. The Lord aches too. But the day of
the Lord’s glory will appear—then all the
secret darkness will be revealed, and those who have
suffered will rejoice with the Lord. Until that time we
must endure and pray.