The Conception by St. Anna of the Most Holy Theotokos.
Righteous Anna (Hannah), mother of the Prophet Samuel (1100 b.c.). St. Sophronius I, bishop of Cyprus (6th c.). St. Stephen “the New Light,” of Constantinople (912).
Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos “Unexpected Joy.”
Commemoration of the Founding of the Church of the Resurrection at Jerusalem (335). Martyr Narses of Persia. St. Valeria of Aquitaine (2nd c.). Martyr Sositheus of Persia (553).
Repose of Archimandrite Theodosius of Tismana and Sophroniev Monasteries (1802) and Elder Anthimus the Bulgarian, of Mt. Athos (1867).
Friday. [Heb. 7:18-25; Luke 21:37-22:8]
Satan entered into Judas, and taught
him how to betray the Lord; he agreed, and betrayed Him.
Satan entered because the door was opened for him. What is
within us is always closed; the Lord Himself stands
outside and knocks, that we might open. What causes it to
open? It is opened by sympathy, predisposition, or
agreement. If all of this is inclined in the direction of
the Lord, He enters. If satan enters, and not the Lord,
the person himself is guilty. If you do not allow thoughts
pleasing to satan, if you do not sympathize with them, or
dispose yourself to their suggestions and agree to do
them, satan walks nearby and then leaves, for he is not
given power over anyone. If he takes possession of anyone,
it is because that person gives himself over in slavery to
him. The source of all evil is one’s thoughts. Do
not allow bad thoughts and you will forever close the door
of your soul to satan. That bad thoughts come—what
can you do? Nobody on the earth is without them; there is
no sin here. Chase them away, and that will end
everything. If they come again, chase them away
again—and so on for your entire life. When you
accept thoughts and become engaged in them, it is not
surprising that sympathy toward them appears as well; then
they become even more persistent. After sympathy come bad
intentions either for these or other bad deeds. Vague
intentions then define themselves by an inclination toward
one thing or another. Choice, agreement and resoluteness
set in, and then sin is within! The door of the heart is
opened wide. As soon as agreement forms, satan jumps in
and begins to tyrannize. Then the poor soul is driven
wearisomely like a slave or a pack-animal into doing
indecent things. If it had not allowed bad thoughts,
nothing of the sort would have happened.