Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos “Of Smolensk” (1047). Holy Apostles of the Seventy and Deacons: Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, and Parmenas (1st c.). St. Pitirim, bishop of Tambov (1698). Synaxis of the Saints of Tambov.
Martyr Julian of Dalmatia (ca. 138-161). Martyr Eustathius the Soldier, of Ancyra (ca. 316). Martyr Acacius of Apamea (ca. 321). St. Paul of Xeropotamou, Mt. Athos (996). St. Moses, wonderworker, of the Kiev Caves (13th c.-14th c.). St. Anthony, bishop of Rostov, Yaroslavl, and Belozersk (1336).
New Hieromartyr Basil (Erekaev), hieromonk of Sarov Monastery (1937).
Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos “Umileniye” (“Of Tender Feeling”) of Diveyevo, before which St. Seraphim reposed (1885). Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos “Of the Lavra in Suprasl” (Poland) (16th c).
Sts. Ursus and Leobatius (Leubais), abbots, of Gaul (ca. 500). St. Samson, bishop of Dol, in Brittany (ca. 565). St. Irene Chrysovolantou of Cappadocia (912). St. George the Builder, of Iveron, Mt. Athos (1029). New Martyr David of Aleppo (1660). New Hieromartyr Ignatius of Jablechna (Chelm and Podlasie, Poland) (1942).
Repose of Abbess Daria of Sezenovo (1858).
Friday. [II Cor. 4:13-18; Matt. 24:27-33, 42-51]
Watch; for ye know not, what hour
your Lord doth come. If only this were remembered,
there would be no sinners. But it is not remembered,
although everyone knows that it is unquestionably true.
Even the strictest ascetics were not strong enough to
easily keep this in mind, and made efforts to fix it in
their consciousness so that it would not leave—one
kept a coffin in his cell, another begged his co-ascetics
to ask about his coffin and grave, another kept pictures
of death and judgment, another in other ways. If death
does not touch a soul, the soul does not remember it. But
in no way can what immediately follows death not touch a
soul; a soul cannot but be concerned about this, since it
is the judgment of its fate for eternal ages. Why does a
soul not remember this? It deceives itself that death will
come not soon, and that perhaps somehow things won’t
go badly for us. How bitter! It goes without saying that a
soul which abides in such thoughts is careless and
self-indulgent. So, how can it think that judgment will go
favorably for it? No, one must behave like a student who
is facing an exam: no matter what he does, the exam does
not leave his head; such remembrance does not allow him to
waste even a minute in vain, and he uses all his time to
prepare for the exam. When will we acquire a mindset like