Synaxis of the Holy, Glorious, and All-Praised Twelve Apostles: Peter, Andrew, James and John the sons of Zebedee, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Jude the brother of James, Simon the Zealot, and Matthias.
St. Peter, prince of the Tatar Horde, wonderworker of Rostov (1290). Glorification of St. Sophronius, bishop of Irkutsk (1918). St. Andrew, prince of Bogoliubovo (1174). St. Stephen of Omsk (1877).
New Hieromartyrs Nicandor (Prusak), hieromonk of Tolga Monastery (Yaroslavl) (1918) and Theogenes (Kozyrev), archimandrite, of Chimkent (Kazakhstan) (1939).
Icon of the Mother of God of Balikin (1711).
Martyr Basilides the Soldier, at Alexandria (202). St. Martial, bishop of Limoges (3rd c.). St. Erentrude, abbess of Nonnberg Monastery, Salzburg (ca. 718). St. Dinara, queen of Khereti, Georgia (10th c.). St. Gelasius of Rimet (Transylvania) (14th c.). New Martyr Michael Paknanas the Gardener, of Athens (1770). New Hieromartyr Milan Popovic, priest, of Rmanj (1940s). New Martyr Alexander (Schmorell) of Munich (1943). Martyr Peter of Sinope.
Repose of Bishop Nestor (Zass) of the Aleutians and Alaska (1882).
Friday. [I Cor. 7:35-8:7; Matt. 15:29-31]
Without attentiveness in everyday
affairs you cannot do anything properly; but in spiritual
matters—it comes first. It notices what is bad and
brings it before the inner judge; sets the guard of the
inner chamber, where the best course of action is
discussed, and then protects the one who carries out the
decisions. This is not surprising, because the spiritual
life in its fullness is called a sober life, and in
patristic writings we meet mostly words about soberness or
attentiveness, for they are one and the same. Therefore,
how important it is to make a habit of attentiveness! The
initial labor of those who have begun to be concerned
about their souls is usually directed toward this. And
their work only begins to resemble work from the point
where attentiveness begins to be gathered within
themselves; usually the attentiveness is all external, and
not internal. From this moment the inner life is conceived
and with this attentiveness it ripens and strengthens.
What does this mean? It means standing with the mind in
the heart before the Lord and consciously discussing all,
and undertaking all before His face. This job, obviously,
is complicated. It becomes successful with prayer, and is
as much strengthened by it, as it strengthens prayer