St. Daniel the Stylite, of Constantinople (490).
Martyrs Acepsius and Aeithalas, at Arbela in Assyria (354). Martyr Mirax of Egypt (ca. 640). St. Luke the New Stylite, of Chalcedon (979). St. Nicon “the Dry,” of the Kiev Caves (1101). St. Kuksha (Velichko), hieroschemamonk, of Odessa (1964).
New Hieromartyr Theophan (Ilminsky), bishop of Perm and Solikamsk, and with him two priests and five laymen (1918).
Monk-martyr Barsabas, abbot, of Ishtar, and ten companions, in Persia (342). St. Leontius, monk, of Monemvasia (ca. 1450). Synaxis of the Saints of Georgia.
Twenty Eighth Sunday after Pentacost. [Col. 1:12-18; Luke
Many are called, but few are chosen (Matt. 22:14).
All Christians are called; chosen are those Christians who
believe and live in a Christian manner. In the first
Christian times preaching called to faith; we are called
by our birth from Christians and upbringing among
Christians. And glory be to God! We pass half the road,
that is, entrance into Christianity and the taking root of
its principles in our heart from our very childhood,
without any labour. It would seem that our faith should be
all the stronger, and our life all the more correct
throughout all the time that follows. It was this way; but
from a certain point in time it has started to be
different. Unchristian principles are permitted in our
schools which ruin young people, and unchristian customs
have entered into society, which corrupt them after
leaving school. If according to the word of God there
always have been only a few chosen, it is no surprise that
in our time there are even fewer of them; such is the
spirit of the age—antichristian! What will be next?
If our manner of education and social customs are not
changed, true Christianity will weaken more and more, and
at last will entirely end; only the name of Christian will
remain, but the spirit of Christianity will not be there.
The spirit of the world will fill everything. What is one
to do? Pray…
Thirtieth Sunday after Pentacost. [Col. 3:12-16; Luke
The Holy Forefathers—these are truly great people!
If one were to generalize the thought which defines their
greatness, only those who fulfill God’s will for the
human race—a positive will—are truly great,
for there is much that happens only by God’s
allowance. There are also powerful figures who act apart
from God’s will and even against it. These too can
seem great, but not in and of themselves—only
according to those great counteractions which God’s
Providence puts forth to efface the evil caused by them.
We know God’s direct will concerning eternal
salvation; but God’s plans concerning the temporal
sojourn of people on the earth are hidden from us. That is
why it is difficult for us to determine who acts more
straightly, or more precisely according to God’s
will. One can only acknowledge one negative criteria as
true: He who acts against God’s determination for
the eternal salvation of people cannot be considered
great, no matter how ostentatious his deeds; for it is
evident that he is going against the obvious will of God.
Though this known will does not concern temporal, but
rather eternal things, it is doubtless that the one will
of God cannot contradict another.