Afterfeast of the Meeting of Our Lord. Holy and Righteous Symeon the God-receiver and Anna the Prophetess (1st c.). St. Nicholas, Equal-to-the-Apostles, enlightener of Japan (1912).
Prophet Azariah (10th c. в до Р.10th c..). Martyrs Papias, Diodorus, and Claudianus, at Perge in Pamphylia (250). Martyr Blaise of Caesarea in Cappadocia (3rd c.). Martyrs Adrian and Eubulus, at Caesarea in Cappadocia (ca. 308-309). St. Romanus, prince of Uglich (1285). St. Symeon, bishop of Polotsk and Tver (1289). St. Svyatoslav-Gabriel and his son St. Dimitry, of Yuriev (1253).
New Hieromartyr Vladimir (Zagreba), hieromonk of Borisoglebsk Monastery (Novotorzhok) (1938).
Martyr Paul the Syrian (284-305). St. Lawrence, archbishop of Canterbury (619). St. Werburga of Chester, abbess (ca. 700). St. Ansgar, bishop of Hamburg, enlightener of Denmark and Sweden (865). St. James, archbishop of Serbia (1292). St. Sabbas of Ioannina (15th c.). St. Ignatius of Mariupol in Crimea, metropolitan of Gothia and Kafa (1786). New Martyrs Stamatius and John, brothers, and Nicholas, their companion, at Spetses on Chios (1822).
Repose of Schemamonk Paul of Simonov Monastery (1825), disciple of St. Paisius (Velichkovsky), and Hieromonk Isidore of Gethsemane Skete, Moscow (1908).
Thursday. [I John 4:20–5:21; Mark 15:1–15]
This is the victory that overcometh the world,
even our faith (I John 5:4)—the Christian
faith. To overcome the world—what does that mean?
Not to exterminate all those who love the world, or to
annihilate and destroy all which is loved by the world. It
means rather that while living amidst those who love the
world and moving amidst customs loved of the world, we
live and be alien to everyone and everything. As soon as
you have rejected the world and everything worldly, you
have by this very action overcome the world. But who
teaches you to reject the world and who gives you strength
for this? Our [Orthodox] Faith gives the strength. It
discloses the destructiveness of the delusions of the
world and inspires the desire to free oneself of their
nets. Then, when one resolves to break these bonds,
repents and approaches the Mysteries of
renewal—baptism or repentance—faith allows him
to mystically feel the sweetness of a life opposed to the
world, a sweetness with which all the pleasures of the
world cannot in any way enter into comparison. As a
result, a loathing for everything worldly dwells in the
heart, which actually is overcoming the world. But in this
mystical action, as a result of which loathing for the
world is born, the power to steadfastly abide in this
loathing and alienation from the world also is granted;
and this is a victory decisive and lasting.