Martyrs Agathonicus of Nicomedia and his companions Zoticus, Theoprepius, Acindynus, Severian, Zeno, and others, who suffered under Maximian (305-311). St. Isaac I (Antimonov), archimandrite, of Optina Monastery (1894). New Hieromartyr Gorazd (Pavlick), bishop of Prague (1942).
Hieromartyr Athanasius, bishop of Tarsus in Cilicia (270-275), St. Anthusa of Seleucia (298), and Martyrs Charesimus and Neophytus (270-275). Virgin-martyr Eulalia of Barcelona (303). St. Bogolep of St. Paisius of Uglich Monastery (16th c.).
New Hieromartyr Macarius (Gnevushev), bishop of Orel (1918). New Hieromartyrs Andrew (Ukhtomsky), archbishop of Ufa and Menzelin, Alexis (Orlov), archbishop of Omsk, Theodore (Smirnov), bishop of Penza (1937). New Hieromartyrs John (Troyansky), bishop of Veliki Luki, Hierotheus (Glazkov), hieromonk, of Lyubim (Yaroslasvl), John (Laba) and Hilarion (Tsurikov), hieromonks, of Mirzoyan (Kazakhstan) (1937).
Georgian Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (Moscow) (1650).
St. Symphorian of Autun (2nd c.). Martyr Julian of Heliopolis in Syria (ca. 362). St. Ariadne (515), daughter of Emperor Leo I. St. Sigfrid, abbot, of Wearmouth (ca. 688).
Tuesday. [Gal. 2:21-3:7; Mark 6:1-7]
From whence hath this man these
things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto
him? Thus spoke the people of Nazareth about the Lord,
having known His former life of low estate. The same
happens with everyone who truly follows the Lord. He who
strictly holds to the path of the Lord changes completely
once he has labored to overcome all that is not right
within himself. His whole constitution—his gaze,
walk, speech, and behaviour all bear the mark of
particular harmony and dignity, though he may have come
from a lowly background, and has no education. It is then
heard, “From whence hath this man these
things?” If things that are bodily and visible are
so transformed, what can be said of the inner things, of
the soul, which are more directly and closely subject to
the action of transforming grace, and to which the
externals serve only as an expression and consequence? How
bright, exact and determined are his thoughts about
everything! How true is his judgment about what exists and
occurs! His viewpoint on everything is higher than that of
philosophers! And his intentions, actions and
undertakings? All is pure, holy, reflecting heavenly
brightness. In truth, this is a new person! He has not
received an education, has not heard lectures in
universities, and has no [illustrious] upbringing at all,
and yet he is most well-mannered and wise. Attentiveness
toward oneself, labour over oneself, prayer and drawing
near to God refashioned everything through God’s
grace; and nobody saw how it happened. That is why the
question arises, “From whence hath this man these