Apodosis of the Theophany. The Holy Fathers slain at Sinai and Raithu: Isaiah, Sabbas, Moses and his disciple Moses, Jeremiah, Paul, Adam, Sergius, Domnus, Proclus, Hypatius, Isaac, Macarius, Mark, Benjamin, Eusebius, Elias, and others (4th c.-5th c.). St. Nina (Nino), Equal-to-the-Apostles, enlightener of Georgia (335).
St. Joseph Analytinus of Raithu Monastery (4th c.). St. Theodulus, son of St. Nilus of Sinai (5th c.). St. Stephen, abbot of Chenolakkos Monastery near Chalcedon (8th c.). St. Acacius, bishop of Tver (1567). St. Meletius, bishop of Ryazan, missionary to Yakutia (1900).
New Hiero-confessor John (Kevroletin), hieroschemamonk, of Verkhoturye (1961). New Martyrs slain at Raithu Monastery near Kazan: hieromonks Joseph, Anthony, Barlaam, Job, and Sergius, and novice Peter (1930).
St. Kentigern (Mungo), first bishop of Strathclyde (Glasgow), Scotland (612). St. Fulgentius, bishop of Ecija, Spain (632). St. Sava I, enlightener and first archbishop of Serbia (1235).
Repose of Nicholas Motovilov (1879), disciple of St. Seraphim of Sarov, and Hieromonk Cosmas, missionary to Zaire (1989).
Saturday. [II Tim. 2:11–19; Luke 18:2–8]
To more strongly impress the truth that men ought
always to pray, and not to faint (Luke 18:1)
and that if their prayer is not soon heard, that they
should continue to pray, the Lord told a parable about the
judge who did not fear God and neither regarded man. The
judge complied at last with the widow’s petition,
not because he feared God and regarded man, but only
because that widow would not give him peace. So, if such a
callous man could not withstand the persistence of this
woman’s petition, will not God, who loves mankind
and is filled with mercy, fulfil a petition raised up to
Him persistently, with tears and contrition?! Here is the
answer to why our prayers are often not heard: Because we
do not send up our petitions to God zealously, but as
though in passing; furthermore, we pray once today, then
expect our prayer to be answered by tomorrow, not thinking
to sweat and trouble ourselves any more in prayer. That is
why our prayer is neither heard nor answered. We ourselves
do not fulfil as we ought the law laid down for
prayer—the law of hope-filled and zealous