Martyr Hyacinth of Caesarea in Cappadocia (108). Second translation of the relics of Hieromartyr Philip, metropolitan of Moscow and all Russia (1652).
Martyrs Diomedes, Eulampius, Asclepiodotus, and Golinduc (2nd c.). Martyrs Mocius and Mark (4th c.). St. Alexander, founder of the Monastery of the Unsleeping Ones, Constantinople (ca. 430). St. Anatolius, patriarch of Constantinople (458). St. Anatolius, recluse, of the Near Caves in Kiev (12th c.) and St. Anatolius (another), recluse, of the Far Caves in Kiev (13th c.). Repose of St. Basil, bishop of Ryazan (1295). Sts. Basil and Constantine, princes of Yaroslavl (13th c.). Sts. John and Longinus of Yarenga, monks of Solovki (1561). Blessed John of Moscow, fool-for-Christ (1589). St. Nicodemus of Khozyuga, monk of Kozhaezersk Monastery (1640). St. Basil, archbishop of Novgorod (1352). Blessed Michael, Herodion, Basil, and Thomas, fools-for-Christ, of Solvychegodsk (17th c.).
New Hieromartyr Anthony (Bystrov), archbishop of Arkhangelsk and Kholmogorsk (1931).
“Milk-Giver” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos of Hilandar, Mt. Athos.
St. Anatolius, bishop of Laodicea, and his successor, St. Eusebius (3rd c.). St. Germanus, bishop of the Isle of Man and enlightener of Peel, nephew of St. Patrick of Ireland (474). St. Isaiah the Solitary, of Scetis and Palestine (ca. 489). St. Symeon the Stylite (the third), of Cilicia (6th c.). St. George the Godbearer, of the Black Mountain, teacher of St. George of Mt. Athos (1068). St. Joachim, monk, of Notena in Achaia (17th c.). New Monk-martyr Gerasimus the New, of Carpenision, at Constantinople (1812). Martyrs Theodotus and Theodota, martyred with St. Hyacinth at Caesarea in Cappadocia (108).
Repose of Nun Euphrosyne “the Unknown,” of Kolyupanovo (Aleksin) (1855).
Sixth Sunday After Pentacost. [Rom. 12:6-14; Matt. 9:1-8]
The Lord forgives the sins of the man
sick of the palsy. One should rejoice; but the evil mind
of the learned scribes says: “This man
blasphemeth.” Even after the miracle of the healing
of the man sick of the palsy—a confirmation of the
comforting truth that the Son of man hath power on
earth to forgive sins—the people glorified God;
but nothing is said about the scribes, probably because
they continued to weave their deceitful questions even
after such a miracle. The mind without faith is a schemer;
it constantly hammers out its evil suspicions and weaves
blasphemy against the whole realm of faith. As for
miracles—it either doesn’t believe in them, or
it demands a tangible one. But when a miracle is given
that would obligate one to submit to the faith, this mind
is not ashamed to turn away from it, distorting or
slandering the miraculous works of God. It treats
irrefutable evidence of God’s truth in the same way.
It is sufficiently and cogently presented with both
experiential and intellectual proof, but it covers even
this with doubt. Sort out all that it produces and you
will see that in this there is only deceit, although its
own language calls it cleverness, and you are unwillingly
led to the conclusion that cleverness and deceit are one
and the same. In the realm of faith the Apostle says,
We have the mind of Christ. Whose mind is outside
of the realm of faith? The evil one’s. That is why
deceit has become its distinguishing