Martyr Leontius, and with him Martyrs Hypatius and Theodulus, at Tripolis in Phoenicia (70-79).
St. Leontius, canonarch of the Kiev Caves (14th c.).
New Hieromartyr Nicanor (Morozkin), archimandrite, of Spas-Ruzsky (Moscow) (1938). Uncovering of the relics of New Hiero-confessor Victor (Ostrovidov), bishop of Glazov (1997).
Bogolubov Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (1155). Piukhtitsa Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (1894).
Martyr Aetherus of Nicomedia (305). St. Marina the Virgin, of Bithynia (8th c.). St. Leontius the Myrrh-gusher, of Dionysiou, Mt. Athos (ca. 1580).
Saturday. [Rom. 6:11-17; Matt. 8:14-23]
To one of those who wanted to follow
the Lord, He said: The Son of man hath not where to lay
his head, and to another who wanted first to bury his
father, He said to leave the dead; others will bury him,
but you follow Me. This means that he who wants to follow
the Lord should not expect any comfort on the earth after
following Him, but only deprivations, needs and sorrows;
and it means that worldly cares, even the most legitimate,
are not compatible with following Him. It is necessary to
decisively renounce everything, so that nothing attaches
you to the earth, and then to condemn yourself to many
sufferings or your cross. Having thus prepared yourself,
follow the Lord. This is the direct will of the Lord! But
who is this commandment for—only the Apostles, or
for all Christians? Let each figure it out himself. Deny
yourself and take up the cross. Was this said to everyone?
Love the Lord more than father and mother, brothers and
sisters, wife and children—is this said to everyone?
The conclusion is clear. What should we do? One time the
Apostles posed the same question to the Lord, and He
answered them, The things which are impossible with men
are possible with God (Luke 18:27).