St. Maximus the Confessor (662). Martyr Neophytus of Nicaea (303-305). Martyrs Eugene, Candidus, Valerian, and Aquila, at Trebizond (3rd c.-4th c.). St. Maximus the Greek, monk, of Russia (1556).
Virgin-martyr Agnes of Rome (ca. 305). Martyr Anastasius, disciple of St. Maximus the Confessor (662). St. Timon, monk, of Nadeyev and Kostroma (1840).
“Paramythia” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (807), at Vatopedi (Mt. Athos).
Hieromartyrs Fructuosus, bishop of Catalan (Spain), and with him deacons Augurius and Eulogius (259). St. Zosimas, bishop of Syracuse (662). Synaxis of the Church of Holy Peace by the Sea, Constantinople. St. Callistratus, catholicos-patriarch of Georgia (1952).
Saturday. [II Tim. 3:1–9; Luke 20:45–21:4]
Who are those having a form of
godliness, but denying the power thereof? (II
Tim. 3–5). Who are those others, ever learning,
and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth?
(II Tim. 3:7). The former are those who maintain all the
external routines in which a godly life is manifested, but
who do not have a strong enough will to maintain their
inner dispositions as true godliness demands. They go to
church and stand there readily. But they do not make the
effort to stand with their mind before God continuously
and to reverently fall down before Him. Having prayed a
bit, they release the reins of the control of their mind;
and it soars, circling over the entire world. As a result,
they are externally located in church, but by their inner
state they are not there: only the form of godliness
remains in them, while its power is not there. You must
think about everything else in this manner.
The latter are those who, having entered
the realm of faith, do nothing but invent
questions—“What is this? What is that? Why
this way? Why that way?” They are people suffering
from empty inquisitiveness. They do not chase after the
truth, only ask and ask. And having found the answer to
their questions, they do not dwell on them for long, but
soon feel the necessity to look for another answer. And so
they whirl about day and night, questioning and
questioning, and never fully satisfied with what they
learn. Some people chase after pleasures, but these chase
after the satisfaction of their inquisitiveness.