Martyrs Mamas of Caesarea in Cappadocia, and his parents, Theodotus and Rufina (3rd c.) St. John the Faster, patriarch of Constantinople (595). Sts. Anthony (1073) and Theodosius (1074), of the Kiev Caves.
3,628 Martyrs at Nicomedia (303-305). Synaxis of the Saints of Saratov.
New Hieromartyrs Barsanuphius (Lebedev), bishop of Kyrillov, and priest John Ivanov, and Martyrs Seraphima (Sulimova), abbess of the Therapontov Convent, and Anatole, Nicholas, Michael, and Philip, all at the St. Cyril of White Lake Monastery (1918). New Hieromartyr Damascene (Tsedrik), bishop of Starodub (1937). New Hieromartyrs Herman (Ryashentsev), bishop of Vyaznikov, and the priest Stephen Yaroshevich (1937).
“Kaluga” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (1748).
Righteous Eleazar, son of Righteous Aaron, and Righteous Phineas (ca. 1400 b.c.). St. Hieu, abbess of Tadcaster (England) (ca. 657).
Repose of Archbishop Vladimir of Kazan (1897).
Saturday. [I Cor. 10:23-28; Matt. 24:34-44]
Watch therefore; for ye know not
what hour your Lord doth come. To be vigilant does not
mean to sit with your arms folded, but rather to keep in
mind that the Lord will suddenly come, to behave and
conduct your affairs so as to be ready to meet Him at any
instant, not fearing reproach and condemnation. How is one
to do this? Very simply. Walk in the commandments, not
breaking a single one; and if it happens that you break
one—immediately cleanse yourself through repentance
and its proper fulfilment. Then everything in you will be
clean. And do not leave sin on your soul for a minute;
immediately repent, weep in your heart and run to your
spiritual father to confess and receive absolution, and
then again take on deeds according to God’s
commandments. If you set out zealously to be proper in
life—you will soon become proper; just don’t
remain for long in a fall. Falls in such a case will
become ever rarer, and eventually will completely cease,
with the help of the all-healing grace of God. Then there
will dwell in you the joyful assurance that you will not
meet the Lord unprepared.