Apostle Thaddeus of the Seventy (44). Martyr Bassa of Edessa and her sons Theognius, Agapius, and Pistus (305-311). St. Abramius, archimandrite, wonderworker of Smolensk (1220), and his disciple St. Ephraim (1238). St. Martha, schemanun of Diveyevo (1829).
St. Abramius the Lover of Labor, of the Near Caves in Kiev (12th c.-13th c.). St. Cornelius, founder of Paleostrov Monastery (Karelia) (1420), and his disciple St. Abramius (15th c.).
New Hieromartyr Ignatius (Dalanov), hieromonk of Optina Monastery (1942).
Holy Forefathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (ca. 2000 b.c.). St. Avitus, bishop of Clermont (Gaul) (594). St. Sarmean, catholicos of Kartli, Georgia (774). St. Theocleta the Wonderworker, of Asia Minor (840). St. Isaiah of Mt. Athos (14th c.). Hieromartyrs Romulus, priest, and the deacons Donatus and Silvanus, and Martyr Venustus (Romania). New Hieromartyr Symeon, bishop of Samokov (Bulgaria) (1737). Translation of the relics of St. Nectarius (Kephalas), metropolitan of Pentapolis (1953).
Monday. [Gal. 2:11-16; Mark 5:24-34]
The woman with the issue of blood had
only to touch the Lord with faith, and power went out of
the Lord into her: straightway the fountain of her
blood was dried up. The issue of blood is an image of
passionate thoughts and intentions, incessantly springing
forth from the heart, if it has not yet been cleansed from
all sympathy to sin—this is our sinful disease. It
is sensed by those who have repented and zealously strive
to keep themselves pure not only outwardly, but inwardly
as well. Such people see that evil thoughts incessantly
proceed from the heart, and they grieve over this and seek
healing. But it is not possible to find such healing in
oneself or others; it comes from the Lord, or more
precisely, it comes when the soul touches the Lord and
power goes out of the Lord into the soul. In other words,
it comes when tangible contact with the Lord occurs, to
which a particular warmth and inner burning testifies.
When it happens, I say, immediately the soul feels that it
“was healed of that plague.” This is a great
good; but how can it be attained? The woman with the issue
of blood pressed towards the Lord and received
healing—we too must press towards the Lord, going
without laziness by the narrow way of inner and outer
spiritual endeavours. Everything is narrow and pressing
for those who go by this way, and the Lord is not in
sight. But then suddenly there is the Lord. And joy! The
Kingdom of God does not come noticeably…