Hieromartyr Cyprian and Virgin-martyr Justina, of Antioch, and with them Martyr Theoctistus, at Nicomedia (304). Blessed Andrew, fool-for-Christ, of Constantinople (911). St. Theodore Ushakov, admiral of the Russian Navy (1817).
Martyrs David and Constantine, princes of Argveti, Georgia (740). St. Anna, princess of Kashin (Euphrosyne in monasticism) (1368). St. Cassian the Greek, monk, of Uglich (1504). Blessed Cyprian of Suzdal, fool-for-Christ (1622).
St. Damaris of Athens (1st c.). Hieromartyr Leodegarius (Leger), bishop of Autun (679). Great-martyr Theodore (Gavra) of Atran in Chaldia of Pontus (1180).
Repose of Hieroschemamonk Theodosius of Karoulia, Mt. Athos (1937), Monk Roman the Soldier, of Valaam (1994), and Schema-archimandrite Alexander (Vasiliev) of the Pskov Caves Monastery (1998).
Monday. [Phil. 2:12-16; Luke 6:24-30]
Woe to those who are rich, who are
full, who laugh, and who are praised. But good shall come
to those who endure every wrongful accusation, beating,
robbery, or compulsory difficulty. This is completely
opposite to what people usually think and feel! The
thoughts of God are as far from human thoughts as heaven
is from the earth. How else could it be? We are in exile;
and it is not remarkable for those in exile to be offended
and insulted. We are under a penance; the penance consists
of deprivations and labours. We are sick; and most useful
for the sick are bitter medicines. The Saviour Himself all
of His life did not have a place to lay His head, and He
finished his life on the cross—why should his
followers have a better lot? The Spirit of Christ is the
spirit of preparedness to suffer and bear good-naturedly
all that is sorrowful. Comfort, arrogance, splendour, and
ease are all foreign to its searching and tastes. Its path
lies in the fruitless, dreary desert. The model is the
forty-year wandering of the Israelites in the desert. Who
follows this path? Everyone who sees Canaan beyond the
desert, boiling over with milk and honey. During his
wandering he too receives manna, however not from the
earth, but from heaven; not bodily, but spiritually. All
the glory is within.