Holy Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas (1st c.).
St. Barnabas, ascetic of Vetluga (1445). Translation of the relics of St. Ephraim, founder of the Sts. Boris and Gleb Monastery (Novotorzhok) (1572). St. Arcadius, monk, of Vyasma (ca. 1592).
Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos “It Is Truly Meet” (Axion Estin) (10th c.).
Commemoration of the appearance of the Archangel Gabriel to a monk on Mt. Athos, and the revelation of the hymn “It Is Truly Meet” (Axion Estin) (982). 222 Chinese New Martyrs of the Boxer Uprising, at Beijing and other places: Hieromartyr Metrophanes Chang (Chang Tzi-tzung), his wife Tatiana, his sons John and Isaiah, Isaiah’s fiancée Maria, the church-school teachers Paul Wang and Ia Wen, and others (1900). St. Barnabas of Basa near Limasol on Cyprus.
Repose of the recluse Melania of Eletz and Zadonsk (1836) and Ivan Vasilievich Kireyevsky, philosopher and Patristic translator (1856).
Saturday. [Rom. 3:28-4:3; Matt. 7:24-8:4]
The present Gospel reading says that
one who hears the sayings of the Lord and does them is
like one who builds a house upon a rock; but one who hears
them and does not do them is like one who builds a house
upon the sand. Everyone should learn this by heart and
repeat it often; the truth contained in it is graphically
clear and anyone can understand it. Everyone has had many
experiences of this. Take your thoughts, for example.
While you are thinking about something, they are unstable
and restless, but when you write them down, they become
solid and fixed. The outcome of any project is unsure and
its details can change many times before it is begun; yet
any further cogitation ceases once you have set it in
motion. In this manner, moral rules are alien to us when
not fulfilled, they are outside of us and shaky. But when
we fulfil them, they enter within, settle in the heart and
form the basis of our character—good or evil. See
then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as
wise (Eph. 5:15).