The Holy Forty Martyrs of Sebaste: Cyrion (or Quirio), Candidus, Domnus, Hesychius, Heraclius, Smaragdus, Eunoicus, Valens, Vivianus, Claudius, Priscus, Theodulus, Eutychius, John, Xanthias, Helianus, Sisinius, Angus, Aetius, Flavius, Acacius, Ecdicius, Lysimachus, Alexander, Elias, Gorgonius, Theophilus, Dometian, Gaius, Leontius, Athanasius, Cyril, Sacerdon, Nicholas, Valerius, Philoctimon, Severian, Chudion, Aglaius, and Meliton (ca. 320).
Martyr Urpasianus of Nicomedia (ca. 295). St. Caesarius, brother of St. Gregory the Theologian (ca. 369). St. Tarasius the Wonderworker, of Lycaonia. Translation to Vladimir of the relics of Martyr Abraham of the Bulgars on the Volga (1230). St. Jonah, archbishop of Novgorod (1470). St. Theodosius Levitsky, priest, of Balta (Odessa) (1845). St. Dimitra, nun and foundress of the Vvedensk Convent in Kiev (1878).
New Hieromartyrs Mitrophan Buchnoff, archpriest, of Voronezh (1931), and Ioasaph (Shakhov), abbot, of Popovka (Moscow) (1938).
“Albazin” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (“The Word Was Made Flesh”) (1666).
St. Philoromus the Confessor, of Galatia (4th c.). St. Pacianus, bishop of Barcelona (390). St. Bosa, bishop of York (705). St. Vitalis of Castronovo (994). New Martyrs (two priests and forty students) of Momisici (Montenegro) (1688).
Repose of Elder Cleopas of Ostrov-Vvedensk Monastery (1778) and Schema-archimandrite Theophilus of Kiev (1996).
Baptism (kreshenie) in the Russian language sounds
like cross (krest). This is fortunate consonance,
for although the visible action of baptism is submersion,
its essence is a co-crucifixion with Christ on the inner,
spiritual cross. The Apostle Paul says: our old man is
crucified with him in baptism (Rom. 6:6). This is not
some sort of mechanical act, but a moral change, or a
revolution of thoughts, goals, desires, and sympathies.
Before, all of these were stained with self-pleasure; now
all are selflessly dedicated to God, in Christ Jesus, by
the grace of the Holy Spirit. [If you were baptized as an
infant] you will say, “I didn’t understand
that when I was baptized.” Now you understand; set
it in your conscience to carry out the meaning of baptism,
for your baptism is indelible. Even at the judgement its
seal will be visible either for you, or against you.