Prophet Jeremiah (6th c. b.c.). St. Paphnutius, abbot, of Borovsk (1477).
Hieromartyr Batas, abbot, of Nisibis (4th c.). St. Tamara, queen of Georgia (1213). Hieromartyr Macarius, metropolitan of Kiev (1497). St. Gerasimus, founder of Boldino Monastery (Smolensk) (1554). New Monk-martyrs Euthymius (1814) and Ignatius (1814) and Acacius of Serres (1816), at Constantinople. St. Luke (Shvets), schemamonk of Glinsk Hermitage (1898).
New Hiero-confessor Tryphon of Svyatogorsk Monastery (1939).
“Unexpected Joy” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos.
St. Brieuc, abbot, in Brittany (ca. 502). Martyr Sigismund, king of Burgundy (524). St. Ultan, Irish missionary monk, of Burgh Castle (East Anglia), Fosse, and Peronne (Gaul) (680). New Monk-martyr Romanus of Raqqa (780). St. Michael, ascetic, of Chalcedon (8th c.-9th c.). St. Zosimas, bishop of Kumurdo (15th c.-16th c). St. Panaretus, bishop of Paphos on Cyprus (1791). St. Nicephorus of Chios, monk (1821). New Martyr Maria of Merambelos on Crete (1826). Martyr Philosophus at Alexandria (252). St. Isidora the Fool-for-Christ, of Tabennisi, Egypt (ca. 365).
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman. [Acts 11:19–26,
29–30; John 4:5–42]
The Samaritan’s woman fellow
citizens said to her after two days with the Saviour in
their midst, Now we believe not because of thy saying:
for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is
indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world (John
4:42). It happens this way with everyone. At first they
are called to the Lord by an external word, or as for many
now, simply by birth. But when they taste in practice what
it is to live in the Lord, they no longer cleave to the
Lord through their external affiliation with Christian
society, but through their inner union with Him. It is
necessary for all who are born in Christian societies to
make this a law for themselves; that is, to not limit
themselves to mere external affiliation with the Lord, but
to seek to unite with Him inwardly, that they may always
bear witness within themselves that they are standing in
the truth. Why is this necessary? It is necessary to
embody within oneself the truth of Christ. The truth of
Christ is a restoration of what is fallen. Thus, put off
the old man, which is corrupt according to deceitful
lusts, and put on the new man, which is created after God
in righteousness and true holiness (cf. Eph.
4:22–24), and you will know within yourself that the
Lord Jesus Christ is in truth the Saviour—not only
for the world, but also for you.