Commemoration of the Meeting of the Vladimir Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (1395). Martyrs Adrian and Natalia and 23 companions, of Nicomedia (305-311). St. Maria of Diveyevo, fool-for-Christ (1931).
St. Adrian, founder of Ondrusov Monastery (Karelia) (1549). St. Adrian of Uglich (after 1504). Blessed Cyprian of Storozhev, former outlaw (16th c.). Finding of the relics of St. Bassian, schemamonk of Alatyr Monastery (1748). New Hieromartyr Nectarius (Trezvinsky), bishop of Yaransk (1937).
New Hiero-confessor Roman Medved, archpriest, of Moscow (1937).
The miraculous renewal of the Vladimir Icon of the Theotokos in Harbin (Manchuria) (1925).
St. Maximus, archbishop of Jerusalem (347). St. Tithoes of the Thebaid, disciple of St. Pachomius the Great (4th c.). St. Ibestion the Confessor, Egyptian ascetic (ca. 450). St. Zer-Jacob, missionary of Ethiopia. Monk Ioasaph, prince of India (4th c.)
Saturday. [I Cor. 4:17-5:5; Matt. 24:1-13]
Because iniquity shall abound,
the love of many shall wax cold. Love is destroyed
by transgressions; the more sins, the less love. Where
there is all sin, do not seek love. Therefore, he who
seeks the spread of love and curtailment of lack of love
ought to be concerned with decreasing sin and cutting
short the sin-loving realm. This is the true foundation
for humanism! Having taken up this work, one must use all
means to oppose sin. External sins are the fruit of inner
sinfulness. Inner sinfulness is rooted in egoism and its
offspring. Consequently, humanists need to make it a rule
for themselves to suppress egoism by all means; egoism is
suppressed most forcefully by not allowing one’s own
will. Do not allow yourself to have your own will, and
soon you will overcome egoism. On the contrary, no matter
what means you want to use against egoism, you won’t
be able to do anything with it if you give freedom to your
will. It would follow that wherever people seek their own
little will, they are seeking an expansion of egoism and
the waxing cold of love—and they are seeking the
greater evil. Yet such is the spirit of the current
time—and evil is growing.