Afterfeast of the Meeting of Our Lord. Holy and Righteous Symeon the God-receiver and Anna the Prophetess (1st c.). St. Nicholas, Equal-to-the-Apostles, enlightener of Japan (1912).
Prophet Azariah (10th c. в до Р.10th c..). Martyrs Papias, Diodorus, and Claudianus, at Perge in Pamphylia (250). Martyr Blaise of Caesarea in Cappadocia (3rd c.). Martyrs Adrian and Eubulus, at Caesarea in Cappadocia (ca. 308-309). St. Romanus, prince of Uglich (1285). St. Symeon, bishop of Polotsk and Tver (1289). St. Svyatoslav-Gabriel and his son St. Dimitry, of Yuriev (1253).
New Hieromartyrs Vladimir (Zagreba), hieromonk of Borisoglebsk Monastery (Novotorzhok), Basil Zalessky, archpriest, of Astrakhan, and Adrian Troitsky, archpriest, of Kazan (1938).
Martyr Paul the Syrian (284-305). St. Lawrence, archbishop of Canterbury (619). St. Werburga of Chester, abbess (ca. 700). St. Ansgar, bishop of Hamburg, enlightener of Denmark and Sweden (865). St. James, archbishop of Serbia (1292). St. Sabbas of Ioannina (15th c.). St. Ignatius of Mariupol in Crimea, metropolitan of Gothia and Kafa (1786). New Martyrs Stamatius and John, brothers, and Nicholas, their companion, at Spetses on Chios (1822).
Repose of Schemamonk Paul of Simonov Monastery (1825), disciple of St. Paisius (Velichkovsky), and Hieromonk Isidore of Gethsemane Skete, Moscow (1908).
So will I save you, and ye shall be a
blessing, promises the Lord through the prophet
Zechariah (Zech. 8:7–23). But under what condition?
Under the condition that every man will speak the truth to
his neighbour, that men will righteously sort out their
affairs amongst themselves, that men will not remember
wrongs in their hearts against their neighbour, that they
will love no false oath, and will love truth and peace. If
these conditions are met, says the Lord, they shall be
My people, and I will be their God, in truth and
righteousness (Zech. 8:8), and His blessing shall
spread among them. Then all strangers shall hear and say,
“Let us go speedily to them to pray before the Lord,
for we have heard that the Lord is with them (cf. Zech.
8:21–3). Yea, many people and strong nations
shall come to seek the Lord of hosts (Zech. 8:22).
Thus did the high moral purity of the first
Christians attract people and nations to the Lord. Those
who live always according to the spirit of Christ are,
without the use of words, the best preachers of Christ and
the most convincing apostles of Christianity.