St. George the Confessor, bishop of Mytilene (820).
Martyr Calliopus, at Pompeiopolis in Cilicia (304). Hieromartyr Rufinus, deacon, and Martyrs Aquilina and 200 soldiers, at Sinope (ca. 310). St. Daniel of Pereyaslavl, founder of St. Daniel Monastery (1540). St. Leucius, abbot, of Volokolamsk (1492). St. Nilus, founder of Sora Skete (Belozersk) (1508). Uncovering of the relics of St. Serapion, archbishop of Novgorod (1517). St. Gabriel, archbishop of Ryazan and Zaraisk (1862).
St. Hegesippus the Chronicler, of Palestine (ca. 180). St. Serapion the Sindonite, monk, of Egypt (5th c.). Venerable Brynach of Wales (6th c.). St. George, patriarch of Jerusalem (807). St. Gerasimus, hieromonk, of Patmos (1739).
Repose of Schemamonk Theodore of Svir (1822) and Schemamonk Agapitus the Blind, of Valaam (1905).
Thursday. [Acts 2:38–43; John 3:1–15]
Beneficial is the work of those who,
using sensible reason, crush the enormous lie mustered
against the truth of the resurrection. Read and arm
yourself with this reason; meanwhile, do not be too lazy
to allow more and more space for the power of
Christ’s Resurrection to enter into you. The more
you do this, the more you will breathe the air of the
Resurrection, and you will become quite safe from all the
darts of the enemy, which are directed against this truth.
You ask, what is needed for this? Nothing special: be the
way you ought to be according to the vow you made in holy
baptism, which is our resurrection. You spat on satan and
all his works? So continue to preserve yourself thus in
relation to him. Did you unite yourself with Christ? Then
abide with Him. The deeds of darkness and light are
obvious. Flee from the former and make all diligence with
the latter. But do this without any compromises, even the
smallest, so that the norm of your life becomes the
following: there is no communion of light with darkness,
or of Christ with Belial (cf. II Cor. 6:15).