Martyr Callinicus of Gangra, in Asia Minor (ca. 250).
Virgin-martyr Seraphima (Serapia) of Antioch (117-138). Martyr Theodota and her three sons, in Bithynia (ca. 304). St. Lupus the Confessor, bishop of Troyes (Gaul) (479). Martyr Eustathius of Mtskheta, Georgia (589). Sts. Constantine and Cosmas, abbots, of Kosina (Stara Rus) (13th c.). St. Romanus, founder of Kirzhach Monastery, disciple of St. Sergius of Radonezh (1392). Martyr Daniel Kushnir of Mlievich (Ukraine) (1766).
New Hieromartyrs Seraphim (Bogoslovsky) and Theognostus (Pivovarov), hieromonks of a skete at Kyzyl-Zharskoe (Kazakhstan) (1921). New Hieromartyr Anatole (Smirnov), hieromonk and hermit of the Caucasus Mountains, Abkhazia (1930-1935). New Hieromartyr Pachomius (Rusin), hieromonk, of Alma Ata (Kazakhstan) (1938).
Nativity of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, archbishop of Myra in Lycia (3rd. c.). St. Theodosius the Younger, emperor (450). St. Constantine I, patriarch of Constantinople (676). St. Olaf, king of Norway (1030). Hieromartyr Bessarion of Smolyan, Bulgaria (1670).
Repose of Archpriest Georges Florovsky (1979).
Saturday. [I Cor. 1:3-9; Matt. 19:3-12]
The Lord says that originally God
Himself blessed the marriage union, and put this law into
our nature. About those who do not want to get married He
said: He that is able to receive it, let him receive
it. It is clear that although He admitted that
marriage is a natural law, it is not so indispensable and
inescapable that there is no room for celibacy. He allows
celibacy, but guards it with a condition which brings it
nearer to the law of nature. A eunuch from birth is
celibate according to a natural law; but he who by his own
will puts himself in the same state as that of the natural
eunuch’s by birth without the participation of will,
moves onto one level with him in relation to natural
needs. Consequently, in this sense, both the former and
the latter are natural celibates. Why is the state of a
celibacy—considered unnatural? Because people do not
understand nature. For them “natural” means
what is natural for the body, but what is natural for the
spirit, and what becomes natural [for the body] as a
consequence of the spirit’s influence, people do not
want to consider natural. It would be a different matter
if these were all materialists, but this is not so.
Discuss some other subject with them and they will speak