Martyr Irenarchus and Seven Women-martyrs, at Sebaste (303). Monk-martyr Stephen the New (767).
Martyrs Basil, Stephen, Gregory (2), John, Andrew, Peter, Anna, and many others, who suffered with St. Stephen the New (767). Blessed Theodore, archbishop of Rostov (1394).
New Hieromartyr Seraphim (Chichagov), metropolitan of St. Petersburg (1937). New Hieromartyrs Raphael (Tyupin), hieromonk of the Zlatoustov Monastery (Moscow), and Monkmartyr Vincent (Nikolsky) of Optina Monastery (1937).
Hieromartyrs Timothy and Theodore, bishops; Peter, John, Sergius, Theodore, and Nicephorus, priests; Basil and Thomas, deacons; Monk-martyrs Hierotheus, Daniel, Chariton, Socrates, Comasius, and Eusebius; and Martyr Etymasius, at Tiberiopolis (361). St. Theodore, bishop of Theodosiopolis in Armenia (end of 6th c.). St. Oda, virgin, of Brabant (Neth.) (726). New Martyr Christos the Gardener, of Albania, at Constantinople (1748).
Monday. [II Tim. 2:20-26; Luke 19:37-44]
The people cry out: “hosanna!”—while the
Lord weeps. Does not something similar occur at our church
celebrations? In those days, there was a solemn
resemblance; but the Lord looked at what was in the souls
invisibly, and saw it to be worthy of weeping. For us
also, the holiday is always visibly festive; but is
everyone’s inner mood this way? One has no
understanding at all of the power and meaning of holidays;
another gropingly feels something darkly, but sees nothing
clearly; while another remains almost unnoticed, but his
feeling and mood are worthy of the festive occasion. Our
holidays take many sacrifices. But how many of them are
intended for the Lord and one’s brothers and
sisters? Either none, or the most insignificant bit;
one’s belly and vain rushing around take almost all.
This cannot be concealed from the Lord, and it is not
surprising if, to speak in a human way, He weeps when we
utter festive exclamations. These are those redeemed,
justified, adopted as sons!…They gave a promise,
took on an obligation to walk in the spirit and not commit
fleshly lusts, while here what goes on among them? The
sons of the Kingdom are worse than the basest