Afterfeast of the Theophany. St. Gregory of Nyssa (395). St. Dometian, bishop of Melitene (601). St. Marcian, priest, of Constantinople (5th c.). St. Paul, founder of Obnora Monastery (Vologda) (1429). St. Theophan the Recluse, bishop of Tambov (1894). St. Antipas of Calapodeshti (Romania) and Valaam Monastery (1882).
Blessed Theosebia the Deaconess, sister of Sts. Macrina, Basil the Great, Peter of Sebaste, and Gregory of Nyssa (385). St. Macarius, founder of Pisma Monastery (Kostroma) (14th c.). Monk-martyr Ephraim, elder of Obnora, and six monks of Obnora whose relics are incorrupt (1538).
New Hieromartyrs Peter Uspensky, archpriest of Radushino (Zaraisk) (1930), and Anatole (Grisyuk), metropolitan of Odessa and Cherson (1938). New Martyr Arsenia (Dobronravova), abbess of the Holy Resurrection–St. Theodore Convent (Shuisk) (1939).
St. Ammon, monk, of Nitria (5th c.).
Tuesday. [I Pet. 3:10–22; Mark 12:18–27]
But sanctify the Lord God in
your hearts (I Pet. 3:15). Sanctifying the Lord
in one’s heart is the soul and spirit of the hidden
man of the heart depicted above. As in the beginning, God
created the body of man out of particles of dust, breathed
into him the breath of life (cf. Gen. 2:7), and man became
as he ought to be, so the hidden man of the heart, created
on the inside from the indicated virtues, is only a real
spiritual man when his heart sanctifies the Lord God.
Thus, we read in the Lord’s Prayer,
“Hallowed Be Thy
Name.” If this does not occur, then the man, who
was modelled from the aforementioned virtues, will end
up a stillborn child, without the spirit of life. Let
this be known to those who think to get away with a few
virtues without having any relationship to God! What
does it mean to sanctify God in the heart? It means
showing great reverence before Him unceasingly, always
bearing in mind the thought of His omnipresence; being
eager at every instant to zealously please Him, and
with all fear to beware of everything unpleasing to
Him. Especially, it means committing all of your
temporal and eternal life unto His fatherly care; to
accept all that happens humbly, submissively and
thankfully, as coming straight from His hand.