Martyrs Manuel, Sabel, and Ismael, of Persia, at Constantinople (362).
Uncovering of the relics of the Alfanov Brothers of Novgorod: Sts. Nicetas, Cyril, Nicephorus, Clement, and Isaac, founders of the Sokolnitzki Monastery in 1389 (1562). St. Ananias the Iconographer, of Novgorod (1581).
New Hiero-confessor Maximus (Popov), hieromonk, of Ryabash (Bashkiria) (1934). New Hieromartyr Nicander (Prusak), hieromonk, of Yaroslavl (1918).
Martyr Djan Darada, the Ethiopian eunuch of Queen Candace (1st c.). Hieromartyr Philoneides, bishop of Kurion on Cyprus (ca. 306). Sts. Joseph and Pior, of Scetis, disciples of St. Anthony the Great (4th c.). St. Hypatius, abbot, of the monastery of the Rufinianes (446). Saint Herveus of Plouvien (6th c.). Martyr Nectan of Hartland (Devon) (6th c.). St. Botolph, abbot and confessor, of Ikanhoe, England (680) and his brother, St. Adolph the Confessor, bishop of Maastricht (7th c.). Martyr Shalva of Akhaltsikhe, Georgia (1227). Hieromartyr Isaurus, deacon, and with him Martyrs Innocent, Felix, Hermias, Basil, Peregrinus, Rufus, and Rufinus, of Appolonia in Macedonia (284).
Repose of Elder Gervasius (Paraskevopoulos) of Patras (1964).
Friday. [Rom. 11:25-36; Matt. 12:1-8]
If ye had known what this meaneth, I
will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have
condemned the guiltless. Thus, in order to be saved
from the sin of condemnation, we must obtain a merciful
heart. A merciful heart not only does not condemn a
seeming infringement of the law, but neither will it
condemn an obvious one. Instead of judgment it feels pity,
and would sooner weep than reproach. Truly the sin of
condemnation is the fruit of an unmerciful, malicious
heart that takes delight in debasing its neighbor, in
blackening its neighbor’s name, in trampling his
honor underfoot. This is a murderous affair, and is done
in the spirit of the one who is a murderer from the
beginning [John 8:44]. Here there occurs much slander as
well, which comes from the same source—for that is
what the devil is, a slanderer, spreading slanderousness
everywhere. Hurry to arouse pity in yourself every time
the evil urge to condemn comes over you. Then turn in
prayer to the Lord with a compassionate heart, that He
might have mercy upon all of us, not only upon the one
whom we wanted to condemn, but upon us as
well—perhaps even more so upon us—and the evil
urge will die.