Apostles Jason and Sosipater, of the Seventy, and their companions: Martyrs Saturninus, Jakischolus (Inischolus), Faustianus, Januarius, Marsalius, Euphrasius, Mammius, the virgin Cercyra, and Christodulus the Ethiopian, at Corfu (1st c.). Martyrs Dada, Maximus, and Quintilian, at Dorostolum in Moesia (286).
Martyrs Zeno, Eusebius, Neon, and Vitalis, who were converted by Apostles Jason and Sosipater (ca. 63). St. Cyril, bishop of Turov (ca. 1183). St. Cyril, founder of Syrinsk Monastery (Karelia) (1402). St. Basil (Kishkin), hieroschemamonk of Glinsk and Ploshchansk hermitages (1831).
St. Auxibius II, bishop of Soli on Cyprus (4th c.). Martyr Tibald of Pannonia (304). St. Cronan, abbot of Roscrea Monastery, Ireland (7th c.). Nine Martyrs at Cyzicus: Theognes, Rufus, Antipater, Theostichus, Artemas, Magnus, Theodotus, Thaumasius, and Philemon (286-299) (Gr. Cal).
Repose of Archimandrite Hilarion (Argatu) of Cernica (1999) and Hieroschemamonk Dionysius (Ignat) of Kolitsou Skete, Mt. Athos (2004).
Wednesday. [Acts 4:13–22; John 5:17–24]
Whether it be right in the sight of
God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For
we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and
heard (Acts 4:19–20). Thus spoke the holy
apostles Peter and John to the authorities when the latter
forbade them to speak about the Lord Jesus resurrected,
after they healed a man lame from childhood by His name.
They did not fear threats, for the obviousness of the
truth did not allow them to be silent: we have seen and
heard, they said, and our hands have handled, as Saint
John later added (I John 1:1). They are eye-witnesses.
According to the principles of human knowledge,
eye-witnesses are the first reliable witnesses of the
truth. There is not a single field of human knowledge that
has such witnesses. For, eighteen and a half centuries
have passed since that time, and the power of their
testimony has not diminished at all, and consequently the
obviousness of the truth testified by them has not
diminished. If people fall away into
faithlessness—and now there are very many who are
falling away—they fall away for no reason other than
a lack of good sense. They do not want to examine things
and are carried away by phantoms to which the delusion of
a depraved heart willingly imparts some probability. Poor
souls! They are perishing, fancying that they have landed
at last on the proper track, and are rejoicing especially
that they have entered this track first and have become
leaders for others. But it is not a great joy to sit on
the throne of the destroyers.