Martyr Eudocia of Heliopolis (160-170).
Martyr Antonina of Nicaea (3rd c.-4th c.). Virgin Domnina, ascetic, near Cyrrhus (450-460). St. Martyrius, founder of Zelenets Monastery (Novgorod) (1603).
New Hieromartyrs Anthony (Korzh), hierodeacon of Kiziltash Monastery (Crimea), Peter Lyubimov, archpriest, of Kishkino (Moscow), and Benjamin Famintsev, archpriest, of Meshcherino (Moscow) (1938). New Martyr Abbess Antonina of Kizliar (1924).
St. Albinus, bishop of Angers (550). St. David of Wales, bishop (6th c.). St. Suitbert (Swidbert), bishop in southern Westphalia and monastic founder on the Rhine River (713). St. Leo-Luke of Corleone, Sicily (ca. 900). St. Agapius of Kolitsou Skete of Vatopedi, Mt. Athos, and his four companions (13th c.). New Martyr Paraskevas of Trebizond (1659).
Baptism (kreshenie) in the Russian language sounds
like cross (krest). This is fortunate consonance,
for although the visible action of baptism is submersion,
its essence is a co-crucifixion with Christ on the inner,
spiritual cross. The Apostle Paul says: our old man is
crucified with him in baptism (Rom. 6:6). This is not
some sort of mechanical act, but a moral change, or a
revolution of thoughts, goals, desires, and sympathies.
Before, all of these were stained with self-pleasure; now
all are selflessly dedicated to God, in Christ Jesus, by
the grace of the Holy Spirit. [If you were baptized as an
infant] you will say, “I didn’t understand
that when I was baptized.” Now you understand; set
it in your conscience to carry out the meaning of baptism,
for your baptism is indelible. Even at the judgement its
seal will be visible either for you, or against you.