Hieromartyrs Anthimus, bishop of Nicomedia, and Theophilus, deacon, and Martyrs Dorotheus, Mardonius, Migdonius, Peter, Indes, Gorgonius, Zeno, Domna (virgin), and Euthymius (302). St. Theoctistus of Palestine, fellow-faster with St. Euthymius the Great (467). Blessed John “the Hairy,” fool-for-Christ, of Rostov (1580).
St. Phoebe, deaconess, at Cenchreae, near Corinth (1st c.). Hieromartyr Aristion (Kelladion), bishop of Alexandria (ca. 167). Martyr Basilissa of Nicomedia (309). St. Ioannicius II, first patriarch of Serbia (1354).
New Hieromartyrs Pimen (Belolikov), bishop of Vernensk, and Meletius (Golokolosv), hieromonk of the Issyk-Kul Holy Trinity Monastery (Kyrgyzstan) (1918).
St. Constantine the New, emperor of Byzantium (641). St. Aigulphus of Provence (Gaul) (676). St. Remaclus, bishop of Maastricht (677). St. Edward, martyr and king of England (978). New Martyr Polydorus of Leucosia (Cyprus), at New Ephesus (1794).
Repose of Priest Peter, fool-for-Christ, of Uglich (1866).
The Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost. [II Cor. 6:1-10;
The parable about the talents offers
the thought that life is a time for trading. That means
that it is necessary to hasten to use this time as a
person would hurry to a market to bargain for what he can.
Even if one has only brought bast shoes, or only
bast, he does
not sit with his arms folded, but contrives to call
over buyers to sell what he has and then buy for
himself what he needs. No one who has received life
from the Lord can say that he does not have a single
talent—everyone has something, and not just one
thing; everyone, therefore, has something with which to
trade and make a profit. Do not look around and
calculate what others have received, but take a good
look at yourself and determine more precisely what lies
in you and what you can gain for that which you have,
and then act according to this plan without laziness.
At the Judgment you will not be asked why you did not
gain ten talents if you had only one, and you will not
even be asked why you gained only one talent on your
one, but you will be told that you gained a talent,
half a talent or a tenth of its worth. And the reward
will not be because you received the talents, but
because you gained. There will be nothing with which to
justify yourself—not with nobleness, nor poverty,
nor lack of education. When this is not given, there
will be no question about it. But you had hands and
feet. You will be asked, what did you gain with them?
You had a tongue, what did you gain with it? In this
way will the inequalities of earthly states be levelled
out at God’s judgment.
Very inexpensive, unsophisticated items.