Hieromartyr Pancratius, bishop of Taormina in Sicily (1st c.).
Hieromartyr Cyril, bishop of Gortyna on Crete (ca. 303). Monkmartyrs Patermuthius and Coprius, and Martyr Alexander the Soldier, of Egypt (361-363). Sts. Patermuthius and Coprius, ascetics, of Egypt (5th c.). St. Theodore, bishop of Edessa (9th c.). St. Euthymius the Enlightener of Karelia (1435). Hieromartyr Peter, priest, of Cherevkov (Vologda) (early 17th c.).
Hieromartyrs at Wurzburg: Killian, bishop in East Franconia and Thuringia, and his companions Hieromonk Colman and Hierodeacon Totman (689). St. Everild, abbess, of Northumbria (ca. 700). St. Theodosius, stylite, of Edessa (9th c.). St. Photius, founder of Akapniou Monastery in Thessalonica (10th c.). Sts. Dionysius the Rhetorician (1606) and Metrophanes (17th c.), of Little St. Anne’s Skete, Mt. Athos. New Hieromartyr Methodius, bishop of Lappa on Crete (1793). Uncovering of the relics of St. Gabriel, archimandrite of St. Elias Skete, Mt. Athos (1994).
Repose of Righteous Patermuphy of Valaam and St. Alexander Nevsky Lavra (ca. 1825), Hierodeacon Melchizedek of the Roslavl Forests (1840), and Priest Ilie Lacatusu of Romania (1983).
Eighth Sunday After Pentacost. [I Cor. 1:10-18; Matt.
Before the miraculous filling of the five thousand
people, the disciples of the Lord wanted the people to be
sent away; but the Lord said to them: They need not
depart; give ye them to eat. Let us learn this word,
and each time the enemy suggests to us to refuse someone
who asks for something, let us say from the face of the
Lord: “They need not depart, give ye them to
eat”—and let us give whatever we find at hand.
The enemy destroys the desire to offer charity, and
suggests that maybe the asker is not worthy of being given
to; but the Lord did not investigate the worthiness of
those sitting there: he served everyone equally, while of
course, not everyone was equally devoted to Him; perhaps
there were even those who later cried: “crucify
him.” Such is God’s overall providence toward
us: He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the
good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust
(Matt. 5:45). If only the Lord would help us even a tiny
bit to be merciful, as our heavenly Father is
merciful (Luke 6:36).