Martyrs Eutropius and Cleonicus of Amasea, and Basiliscus of Comana (ca. 308).
St. Piama, virgin (337).
Volokolamsk Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (1572).
Martyr Hemetherius of Spain (ca. 298). St. Alexandra of Alexandria (4th c.). St. Winwaloe, abbot of Landevennec, Brittany (ca. 530). St. Caluppan of Auvergne (Gaul) (576). St. Non, mother of St. David of Wales (6th c.). St. John IV (Chrysostom), catholicos of Georgia (1001). Hieromartyr Theodoretus, priest, of Antioch (361-363) (Gr. Cal).
Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy
voice for understanding; if thou seekest her as silver,
and searchest for her as for hid treasures; then shalt
thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the
knowledge of God (Prov. 2:3–5). The root of a
God-pleasing life is fear of the Lord. When it comes to
you, then, as a creative force, it will restructure
everything within you and recreate in you a beautiful
order—a spiritual cosmos. How can you acquire the
fear of God? It is in you, only it is smothered. Resurrect
it. Give voice to your reason, and open your heart to
accept the influence of truth. Until now, your reason was
not given a voice—it was enslaved, and did not dare
to speak sensibly. Let it now speak. It will begin to
speak about God’s omnipotence, which upholds you and
could abandon you at any instant; about God’s
omnipresence and omniscience, which sees everything within
you and is wrathful with you for all that is bad within
you; about God’s justice, which is ready to punish
you now, but is restrained until the time by His mercy;
about death, which at every instant is ready to catch you
and give you over to judgement and retribution. Listen and
bring your heart to a feeling of these truths. Awaken this
feeling—and together with it will come the fear of
God. This is the dawn of life.