Hieromartyr Clement, bishop of Ancyra, and Martyr Agathangelus (ca. 312).
St. Mausimas the Syrian, priest, near Cyrrhus (4th c.). St. Salamanes the Silent, of the Euphrates, monk (ca. 400). St. Paulinus the Merciful, bishop of Nola (431). Commemoration of the Sixth Ecumenical Council (680-681). St. Gennadius of Kostroma, monastic founder (1565). Translation of the relics (1786) of St. Theoctistus, archbishop of Novgorod (1786). Synaxis of the Saints of Kostroma. St. Barlaam, founder of Chikoisk Monastery (Siberia) (1846).
New Hieromartyr Seraphim (Bulashov), abbot, of Holy Transfiguration Guslitsky Monastery (Moscow) (1938).
St. Eusebius, recluse of Mt. Coryphe, near Antioch (4th c.). St. Dionysius of Olympus and Mt. Athos (1541). St. Ildephonsus (Alphonse, Alonzo), archbishop of Toledo (667).
Repose of Abbot Damascene of Valaam (1881) and Archimandrite John (Krestiankin) of the Pskov Caves Monastery (2006).
Monday (35th). [I John 2:18–3:10; Mark
Yesterday the parable about the prodigal son invited us to
return from dissipation to the good path. Now the holy
Apostle John inspires us for this, giving assurance that
if we do this, when the Lord appears, we will be like Him.
What can compare with such a dignity?! I should think that
upon hearing this, you would be filled with a desire to
attain this for yourself. It is a good and most
importantly needful thing! Do not delay undertaking that
through which it is attained. Read further: every
man that hath this hope in Him, purifies himself, even as
He is pure (I John 3:3). Is there anything
within you in need of purifying? Of course—no small
amount of things will be found. Make haste: for where the
Lord is, no thing that defileth shall enter in (cf. Rev.
21–27). But do not be taken aback by the difficulty
of this matter. The Lord Himself will be your helper in
all things. Simply desire it wholeheartedly and turn to
the Lord for His much needed help. His grace-filled
strength will stream into your effort, and things will go
easily and successfully. As there is no sin that can
overcome the mercy of God, so there is no moral
uncleanness which could resist the grace-filled strength
that consumes it. Only on your part, let there be a lack
of desire for this uncleanness, an earnest effort to
repulse it, and your refuge in faith with the Lord.