The Holy Seven Youths (“Seven Sleepers”) of Ephesus: Maximilian, Jamblicus, Martinian, John, Dionysius, Exacustodian (Constantine), and Antoninus (250 and ca. 446).
Martyr Eleutherius of Byzantium (beg. of 4th c.). Martyr Eudocia of Anatolia in Persia (362-364).
New Hieromartyr Michael (Zhuk), hieromonk, of Staroye Zubarevo (Mordovia) (1937).
New Hieromartyr Cosmas of Aitolia, Equal-to-the-Apostles (1779). Martyrs Ia and 9,000 with her in Persia (363).
Thursday. [II Cor. 4:1-6; Matt. 24:13-28]
But he that shall endure unto the
end, the same shall be saved. However, not everyone
who endures will be saved, but only he who endures on the
Lord’s path. This life is given to us for that
reason—to endure; everyone endures something, even
through to the very end. But enduring does not lead to
benefit if it is not for the sake of the Lord and His holy
Gospels. Step onto the path of faith and the Gospel
commandments; occasions to endure will multiply, but from
that moment endurance will begin to bring forth crowns.
That endurance, which before was empty, will be made
fruitful. With what blindness does the enemy surround us,
that only the endurance which is encountered on the path
of good seems heavy and unbearable; but what he inflicts
on those who serve the passions seems light and free,
although it is actually heavier and more dismal than what
people bear in struggling with the passions and opposing
the enemy! But we are blind, and do not see this…
We labour, endure, and strain ourselves to the breaking
point for the sake of the enemy, and unto our own