St. Tikhon, bishop of Amathus on Cyprus (425). St. Tikhon of Kaluga, or Medyn, founder of the St. Tikhon of Kaluga Monastery (1492). St. Tikhon of Lukhov (Kostroma) (1503). St. Moses of Optina, founder and archimandrite of the Skete of St. John the Baptist (1862). Translation of the relics of St. Theophan the Recluse, bishop of Tambov (2002).
Hieromartyr Tigrius, priest, and Martyr Eutropius, reader, of Constantinople (404). St. Tikhon, founder of Krestogorsk Monastery (Vologda) (17th c.).
New Hieromartyr Hermogenes (Dolganev), bishop of Tobolsk, and those with him (1918).
Hieromartyr Mark, bishop of Apollonias (1st c.). Martyr Kaikhosro of Georgia (1612).
Repose of Elder Gerasim of St. Tikhon of Kaluga Monastery (1898) and Righteous Maria (1943), disciple of St. Paul of Taganrog.
Thursday. [Rom. 11:13-24; Matt. 11:27-30]
Come unto Me, all ye that labor and
are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. O divine, O
dear, O sweetest voice of Thine! Let us all follow the
Lord Who calls us! But first we must feel something
difficult and burdensome for us. We must feel that we have
many sins, and that these sins are grave. From this
feeling is born the need to seek relief. Faith will then
show us that our only refuge is in the Lord and Saviour,
and our steps will direct themselves toward Him. A soul
desiring to be saved from sins knows what to say to the
Lord: “Take my heavy, sinful burden from me; and I
will take on Thy easy yoke.” And it happens like
this: the Lord forgives the sins, and the soul begins to
walk in His commandments. The commandments are the yoke,
and sins are the burden. But comparing the two, the soul
finds that the yoke of the commandments is light as a
feather, while the burden of sins is heavy as a mountain.
Let us not fear readily accepting the Lord’s easy
yoke and His light burden. In no other way can we find
rest unto our souls.