Hieromartyr Eusebius, bishop of Samosata (380).
Martyrs Zeno and his servant Zenas, of Philadelphia in Arabia (Amman) (304). Martyrs Galacteon, Juliana, and Saturninus, of Constantinople. St. Gregory, metropolitan of Wallachia (1834). St. Alban, protomartyr of Britain (304).
St. Athanasius, bishop of Chytri on Cyprus (4th c.). St. Paulinus the Merciful, bishop of Nola (431). 1,480 martyrs of Samaria in Palestine (ca. 615). St. Basil, abbot, of Patalaria Monastery (8th c.-9th c.).
Repose of Righteous Mary the Cave-digger, of White Mountain Monastery near Voronezh (1822), and Hieromonk Andrew, slain at Comana, Georgia (1993).
Wednesday. [Rom. 15:7-16; Matt. 12:38-45]
In every person who lives unrepentant
in sin there lives a demon, as if in a house, who takes
charge over everything within him. When by the grace of
God such a sinner comes to contrition over his sins,
repents and ceases to sin—the demon is cast out from
him. At first the demon does not disturb the one who has
repented, because there is much fervour within him in the
beginning, which burns demons like a fire, and repulses
them like an arrow. But then, when fervour begins to grow
cold, the demon approaches from afar with its suggestions,
throws in memories about former pleasures and calls him to
them. If the penitent does not beware, he will soon pass
from a sympathy to a desire for sin; if he does not come
to his senses and return himself to the state of his
former soberness, then a fall is not far off. From desire
are born the inclination for sin and decision to commit
it—the inner sin is ready; the outer sin is only
waiting for a convenient occasion. When an occasion
presents itself, the sin will be accomplished. Then the
demon will enter again, and begin to drive a person from
sin to sin even faster than before. The Lord portrayed
this with the parable about the second return of the demon
into the clean, swept house.