Forefeast of the Meeting of Our Lord. Martyr Tryphon of Campsada, near Apamea in Syria (250).
Martyrs Perpetua, and the catechumens Saturus, Revocatus, Saturninus, Secundulus, and Felicitas, at Carthage (202-203). St. Peter of Galatia, hermit near Antioch in Syria (429). St. Vendemianus, hermit of Bithynia (ca. 512).
New Hieromartyr Nicholas Mezentsev, archpriest, of Simferopol (1938).
St. Brigid of Kildare (523). St. Seiriol, abbot of Penmon (Anglesey) (6th c.). Martyr Elias the New, of Damascus (779). Sts. David (784), Symeon (843), and George (844), confessors of Mytilene. St. Basil, archbishop of Thessalonica (895). St. Tryphon, bishop of Rostov (1468). New Martyr Anastasius at Nauplion (1655).
Also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all
your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with
mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and
turn unto the Lord your God: for He is gracious and
merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness. Blow the
trumpet, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly …
let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride
out of her closet … let the priests, the ministers
of the Lord, weep and say: “Spare thy people, O
Lord!” (Joel 2:2–17).
Who now hearkens unto this voice, resounding in the
Church? If on the city squares a thunderous voice should
resound from heaven, saying, “Spare yourselves, O
people, so that the Lord will spare
you!”—perhaps someone would hear it and awake
from his ecstasy of pleasures, lusts and wine. The priests
do not cease to plead, “Spare O Lord!” But
from the Lord comes the just yet terrible answer, “I
will not spare, for there are none seeking to be
spared.” Everyone is standing with their back to the
Lord; they have turned from Him and forgotten Him.