St. Andrew, archbishop of Crete (740). St. Martha, mother of St. Symeon Stylites (the Younger), of the Wonderful Mountain (551). St. Andrew (Rublev), iconographer, of the Spaso-Andronikov Monastery (Moscow) (15th c.). Holy Royal Martyrs of Russia: Tsar Nicholas II, Tsaritsa Alexandra, Crown Prince Alexis, and Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia and with them New Martyr Eugene Botkin, physician (1918).
Martyrs Theodotus and Theodota, martyred with St. Hyacinth at Caesarea in Cappadocia (108). Hieromartyr Theodore, bishop of Cyrene in Libya, and with him Martyrs Cyprilla, Aroa, and Lucia (310). Burial of St. Andrew, prince of Bogoliubovo (1174). Uncovering of the relics of St. Euthymius the Wonderworker, archimandrite, of Suzdal (1507). New Hieromartyrs Sava, bishop of Gornji Karlovac (1941) and George Bogich, priest, of Nasice (1941).
New Hieromartyr Nilus, hieromonk, of Poltava (1918).
Hieromartyrs Innocent and Sabbatius, and 30 others with them, in Sirmium of Pannonia (304). Translation of the relics of St. Martin the Merciful, bishop of Tours (460-490). St. Ulrich of Augsburg and Bavaria (973). St. Michael Choniates, metropolitan of Athens (1222). Hieromartyr Donatus, bishop of Libya.
Repose of Hieroschemamonk John, founder of Sarov Monastery (1737), Righteous Confessor Andrew the Russian, at Cairo (ca. 1850), and Archpriest Tikhon Pelikh of Sergiev Posad (1983). Slaying of General Dragoljub (Drazha) Mihailovic of Serbia (1946).
Monday. [I Cor. 5:9-6:11; Matt. 13:54-58]
The Nazarenes did not believe the word
of the Lord, because when He lived in amongst them, He had
no attractive lustre or outward dignity that would command
involuntary respect from all. “We know who He
is,” they said; “there can’t be anything
extraordinary about Him.” Their reaction, however,
did not induce the Lord to assume an imposing appearance.
He remained extremely simple in appearance; later the
Apostles bore themselves the same way, as did all of those
who truly followed and emulated them. Why is this so?
Because it is there is no man-made lustre that could fully
correspond to the light of life in Jesus Christ. Moreover,
we recognize that it is better to relegate external
appearance the lowest value, so that it does not block
what is within. Let him who has eyes to see look directly
at the latter, without arresting his attention upon the
former. The holy Apostle Paul expressed it like this:
We have this treasure in earthen vessels (II Cor.
4:7). If we could see what was the outward appearance of
those persons whom we now revere and call upon in prayer,
we would not believe our eyes—they were so simple.
But to this day, those who have come to know the life in
Jesus Christ abandon care for their outward appearance and
turn fully within. That is why the former falls away on
its own, but the latter is raised up and grows. It often
happens that nobody even notices this inner brightness,
not even the one who possesses it. The human eye is evil;
it is not shown what is truly good, if this good can harm