St. Macarius the Great of Egypt (390-391). St. Mark, archbishop of Ephesus (1444). Blessed Theodore of Novgorod, fool-for-Christ (1392). St. Macarius the Roman, abbot (Novgorod) (16th c-17th c.).
Virgin-martyr Euphrasia of Nicomedia (303). St. Macarius of Alexandria (394-395). St. Anthony the Stylite, of Martqopi, Georgia (6th c.). St. Arsenius, archbishop of Corfu (8th c.). St. Macarius the Faster, of the Kiev Caves (12th c.). St. Macarius, hierodeacon of the Kiev Caves (13th c.-14th c.). Uncovering of the relics of St. Sabbas, founder of Storozhev Monastery (Zvenigorod) (1652).
New Hieromartyr Peter Skipetrov, archpriest, of Petrograd (1918).
St. Branwalader (Breward) of Cornwall and the Channel Islands (6th c.). Martyr Anthony Rawah the Qoraisite (797). Translation of the relics (950) of St. Gregory the Theologian (389). St. Meletius, confessor, of Mt. Galesion, monk (1286).
Repose of Schemanun Anatolia of Diveyevo (1949).
Thursday. [I John 1:8–2:6; Mark 13:31–14:2]
What the Apostle directed us towards yesterday, the Gospel
now suggests directly to us: Take ye heed, watch
and pray: for ye know not when the time.… Watch ye
therefore ... lest coming suddenly he find you
sleeping (Mark 13:33, 35–6). It is
necessary to wait, and every instant to keep in mind that
the Lord is about to appear and shine like lightning from
one end of the universe to the other. It is thought by
some that it is possible to replace this waiting upon the
Lord with waiting for death. This is good, or at least
this should be done. But awaiting the coming of the Lord
is one thing, and awaiting death another. They lead to
different thoughts, and to different feelings born under
the impact of these different thoughts. Await the day of
the Lord, when all will end in an irrevocable
determination. After our death, time will still continue
in an undecided state; but the day of the Lord will assign
everything for eternal ages, and it will be sealed, so you
cannot expect any changes. “I have been
waiting,” you say. So wait longer, and continue to
wait. “But this,” you say, “will poison
all my joys.” It will not poison your joys—it
will only drive away from your everyday life those joys
that are illegitimately so-called. You will still rejoice,
only in the Lord. It is possible to wait for the Lord with
this joy; and if the Lord finds you in this joy, He will
not call you to account, but will praise you.
Friday. [I John 2:7–17; Mark 14:3–9]
The world passeth away, and the lust
thereof (I John 2:17). Who does not see this?
Everything around us passes away—things, people,
events; and we ourselves are passing away. Worldly lust
also passes; we scarcely taste the sweetness of its
satisfaction before both the lust and the sweetness
disappear. We chase after something else, and it is the
same; we chase after a third thing—again the same.
Nothing stands still; everything comes and goes. What? Is
there really nothing constant?! There is, says the
Apostle: he that doeth the will of God abideth for
ever (I John 2:17). How does the world, which is so
transient, endure? Because God so desires that the world
endure. The will of God is the world’s unshakeable
and indestructible foundation. It is the same among
people—whosoever begins to stand firmly in the will
of God is made steadfast and firm at once. One’s
thoughts are restless when chasing after something
transient. But as soon as one comes to his senses and
returns to the path of the will of God, his thoughts and
intentions begin to settle down. When at last one succeeds
in acquiring the habit for such a way of life, everything
he has, both within and without, comes into quiet harmony
and serene order. Having begun here, this deep peace and
imperturbable serenity will pass over to the other life as
well, and there it will abide unto the ages. Amidst the
general transience of things around us, this is what is
not transient, and what is constant within us: walking in
the will of God.
Monday (36th). [III John 1:1–14; Luke
What does it mean to walk in truth
(III John 1:4)? It means accepting truth in your heart,
abiding in such thoughts and feelings as the truth
requires. Thus, it is the truth that God is everywhere and
sees everything. He who accepts this truth with his heart
and begins to keep himself both inwardly and outwardly as
if God Himself were before him and were seeing everything
within him, is walking in this truth. It is the truth that
God contains all, and that without Him we cannot do
anything successfully. He who accepts this with his heart,
and turns in prayer in whatever he does for help to God,
accepting whatever happens to him as being from the hand
of the Lord—is walking in this truth. It is the
truth that death could steal us away at any hour, and
after death immediately comes the judgement. He who
accepts this truth with his heart, and begins to live as
if he were about to die this minute and appear before the
judgement of God, is walking in this truth. So it is
concerning every other truth.