Holy Apostle Philip of the Seventy, one of the seven deacons (1st c.). St. Theophanes Graptus (“the Branded”), confessor and hymnographer, bishop of Nicaea (850). Synaxis of the Elders of Optina: Sts. Leonid (repose) (1841), Macarius (1860), Moses (1862), Anthony (1865), Hilarion (1873), Ambrose (1891), Anatole I (1894), Isaac I (1894), Joseph (1911), Barsanuphius (1913), Anatole II (1922), Nektary (1928), New Hieroconfessor Nikon (1931), and New Hieromartyr Archimandrite Isaac II (1938).
Martyrs Zenaida (Zenais) and Philonilla, of Tarsus in Cilicia (1st c.). St. Theophanes, faster, of the Kiev Caves (12th c.).
Sts. Nectarius (397), Arsacius (405), and Sinisius (427), archbishops of Constantinople. St. Cainnech (Kenneth), abbot, of Aghaboe (Ireland), and missionary in Scotland (600). St. Ethelburga, foundress of the monastery of Barking (England) (ca. 676). St. Gommar, patron of Lier (Neth.) (775). Commemoration of the Miracle from the Icon of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Beirut of Phoenicia (7th c.).
Wednesday. [Col. 1:18-23; Luke 8:22-25]
When they got in the ship to sail to
the other side of the lake, did the apostles think that
they would meet with a tempest and expose their lives to
danger? Meanwhile, a tempest suddenly arose and they did
not expect to remain alive. Such is the path of our life!
You do not know how or from where misfortune will sweep
in, capable of destroying us. Air, water, fire, beasts,
man, bird, house, in a word—everything around us
could suddenly be transformed into a weapon for our death.
From this comes a law: live in such a way that every
minute you are ready to meet with death and fearlessly
enter into its realm. This minute you are alive, but who
knows whether you will be alive the next? Keep yourself
according to this thought. Do everything you have to,
according to the routines of your life, but in no way
forget that you could immediately move to a country from
which there is no return. Forgetting this will not
postpone the determined hour, and intentional expulsion of
this decisive upheaval from your thoughts will not lessen
the eternal meaning of what will happen after it. Commit
your life and all into the hands of God; spend hour after
hour with the thought that each hour is the last. From
this the number of empty pleasures will decrease; while at
death this deprivation will be immeasurably recompensed
with a joy to which there is nothing equal in the joys of