Hieromartyr Dorotheus, bishop of Tyre (ca. 362).
Martyrs Marcian, Nicander, Hyperechius, Apollonius, Leonides, Arius, Gorgias, Selenias, Irenaeus, and Pambo, of Egypt (ca. 305-311). St. Anubius, confessor and anchorite, of Scetis (4th c.). St. Theodore the Wonderworker, hermit, of the Jordan (6th c.). Abba Dorotheus of Gaza (ca. 620). Translation to Chernigov of the relics of the Blessed Igor-George, tonsured Gabriel, great prince of Chernigov and Kiev (1150). St. Constantine, metropolitan of Kiev (1159). St. Theodore Yaroslavich of Novgorod, brother of St. Alexander Nevsky (1233). Uncovering of the relics (1599) of Sts. Jonah and Bassia, monks, of Pertoma (Solovki) (1599).
St. Illidius (Allyre), bishop of Clermont (Gaul) (385). St. Dorotheus of Thebes (ca. 395). Hieromartyr Boniface (Wynfrith), archbishop of Mainz and enlightener of Germany, and those martyred with him, including St. Adalar, bishop of Erfurt (754). Martyr Sanctius (Sancho), soldier, at Cordoba (851). St. Dorotheus, abbot, at Chiliokama on the Black Sea (11th c.). St. Peter, monk, of Korisha, Serbia (1275). Sts. Agapius and Nicodemus, stewards of Vatopedi (14th c.). New Martyr Mark of Smyrna, on Chios (1801).
Second Sunday After Pentacost. [Rom. 2:10-16; Matt.
The Lord called Peter and Andrew, and
immediately, leaving all, they followed Him. He called
James and John, and they also immediately left all and
followed the Lord. Why did they follow Him so quickly and
willingly? Because they saw something better. Such is the
law that we have in our soul, that once it has tasted and
known what is better, it is repulsed by what is worse and
abandons it. Here is accomplished the same thing that
later the Lord described in His parable about the treasure
hid in a field, and about the pearl of great price. The
treasure and the pearl are faith in the Lord and communion
with Him according to the strength of faith. We have
already been declared possessors of this in baptism. Why
do we value this treasure so little, and so exchange it
for barren insignificance? Because we were not brought up
to cultivate a taste for this treasure, and it becomes
foreign to our heart. Our heart does not know this better
thing. It only knows that there is the bad, the very bad,
and the not so bad, and bases its outlook upon this
assessment. Here is the entire reason why the Lord calls
some and they come; but we, the chosen ones, run from