Martyrs Timothy the Reader and his wife Maura, of Antinoe in Egypt (ca. 286). St. Theodosius, abbot of the Kiev Caves Monastery and founder of coenobitic monasticism in Russia (1074).
St. Peter the Wonderworker, bishop of Argos (ca. 928). St. Theophanes of Vatopedi, metropolitan of Peritheorion (после 1353). Schema-abbess Juliana (1393) and Schemanun Eupraxia (1394), of the Monastery of the Conception in Moscow. St. Gregory, bishop of Rostov and Yaroslavl (1416).
“Svensk” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (1288).
Great-martyr Xenia the Wonderworker, of the Peloponnese (318). St. Ecumenius the Wonderworker, bishop of Tricca (4th c.). St. Mamai, catholicos of Georgia (744). Sts. Michael and Arsenius the Georgians (9th c.). St. Ansfried, bishop of Utrecht (1010). Martyr Paul of Vilnius, Lithuania (17th c.). New Martyr Achmed (Ahmet) the Calligrapher, at Constantinople (1682). St. Irodion, abbot, of Lainici Monastery (Romania) (1900). Martyrs Diodorus and Rhodopianus, deacon, at Aphrodisia in Anatolia (285-305). Finding of the relics of St. Luke of Mt. Steirion (953). Sts. Silas (1783), Paisius and Nathan (1784), monks of Putna Monastery (Moldova).
Wednesday. [Acts 18:22–28; John 12:36–47]
Lord who hath believed our
report? (Is. 53:1), the Prophet Isaiah laments in
astonishment. Now it would be fitting to cry out,
“Who now sincerely believes Thy word, O Lord?”
Almost everyone has become slack. Many are yet silent
about their unbelief; while it is rare to find a heart
that has not turned in the other direction. What is the
reason for this? Interest in unbelief has begun to be
felt; the need for unbelief has developed, for concealing
interests of the heart which do not agree with faith. Here
is the root of evil. Reason is not the adversary of faith,
but a corrupt heart is. Reason is only guilty here in that
it submits to the heart, and begins to
philosophize—not according to the foundations of
truth, but according to the desires of the heart.
Furthermore, powerful arguments for the truth seem
worthless to the mind, and some trifling argument against
the truth becomes a whole mountain. In general, confusion
comes into the mental realm, blinding the mind, which does
not and cannot see, no matter what you tell it.