Apostles of the Seventy Silas and Silvanus, and with them Apostles Crescens, Epenetus, and Andronicus (1st c.). Martyr John the Soldier, at Tralles in Asia Minor (361-363). New Hiero-confessor Anatole II (Potapov), elder, of Optina Monastery (1922).
Hieromartyr Polychronius, bishop of Babylon in Mesopotamia; Hieromartyrs Parmenius, Elimas, and Chrysotelus, priests, and Luke and Mocius, deacons, and Martyrs Maximus and Olympius, at Cordoba (ca. 251). Hieromartyr Valentine, bishop of Interamna (Terni) in Italy, and Martyrs Proculus, Ephebus, Apollonius, and Abundius (ca. 273). Uncovering of the relics of St. Herman of Solovki (1484). Synaxis of the Saints of Samara.
Sitka Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos.
Martyrs Abdon and Sennen, princes of Persia, at Rome (251). Prince Tsotne Dadiani the Confessor, of Mingrelia, Georgia (13th c.). St. Stephen Vladislav of Serbia (1243). St. Angelina (Brancovic), despotina of Serbia (16th c.).
Saturday. [Rom. 15:30-33; Matt. 17:24-18:4]
The Lord paid the required church
tribute and [kept] all other practices, both church and
civic. He fulfilled this and taught the apostles to do the
same, and the apostles in turn passed this same law on to
all Christians. Only the spirit of life was made new;
externally all remained as it had been, except what was
clearly against the will of God—like, for instance,
participating in idolatry, etc. Then Christianity gained
the upper hand, displaced all former practices, and
established its own. One could expect that it would thus
be easier for the spirit of Christianity to develop and
strengthen. So it was, but not for everyone. A large
percent mastered external Christian practices but stopped
there, not concerning themselves with the spirit of life.
It is the same today. Out of the entire sum of Christians,
who proves to be a Christian in spirit? What are the
others? “They bear the name as if they are alive,
but behold—they are dead.” When the apostles
preached the Gospels, their word drew God’s portion
out from the midst of the pagan world. Now through the
same word the Lord chooses His portion from amidst the
Christian world. “Whoso readeth, let him
understand,” and let him take care to find out for
certain whether he is in the portion of the Lord; and if
he cannot be certain of this, let him take care to belong
to the Lord, for in this alone lies salvation.