Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos “The Joy of All Who Sorrow” (Moscow) (1688). Martyr Arethas of Omir and 4,299 martyrs with him, including Martyr Syncletica and her two daughters (523). St. Zosima (Verkhovsky), elder, of Siberia (1833).
Blessed Elesbaan, king of Ethiopia (553-555). St. Arethas, recluse, of the Kiev Caves (1190). St. Sisoes of the Kiev Caves (13th c.). St. Theophilus the Silent, of the Kiev Caves (12th c.-13th c.). St. Athanasius, patriarch of Constantinople (1311). St. John, recluse, of the Pskov Caves (1616).
New Hieromartyrs Lawrence (Knyazev), bishop of Balakhnin, and Alexis Porfiriev, archpriest, and with them New Martyr Alexis Neidhardt (1918). New Hieromartyr Arethas (Mitrenin), hieromonk of Valaam (1932).
St. Senoch, abbot, of Tours (Gaul) (576).
Repose of Blessed Eudocia of Ryazan (1890) and Hieroschemamonk Barsanuphius of Valaam (1910).
Tuesday. [I Thess. 1:6-10; Luke 11:1-10]
The Lord gave a common prayer for
everyone, combining in it all of our needs, spiritual and
bodily, inner and outer, eternal and temporal. But since
it is impossible to include everything which one has to
pray to God about in life in only one prayer, a rule is
given after the common prayer for private requests about
something: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye
shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. So
it is done in the Church of God: Christians pray in common
about common needs, but each privately sets his own needs
and requirements before the Lord. We pray in common in
churches according to established rites, which are nothing
other than the Lord’s Prayer which has been
explained and presented in various ways; while privately,
at home, everyone asks the Lord about his own things in
whatever way he can. Even in church one can pray about
one’s own concerns, and at home one can pray with a
common prayer. We must concern ourselves about only one
thing: that when we stand at prayer, at home or in church,
we have true prayer in our soul, true turning and lifting
up of our mind and heart to God. Let everyone do this as
he is able. Do not stand like a statue, and do not mutter
the prayers like a street organ wound up, playing songs.
As long as you stand like that, and as long as you mumble
the prayers, you are without prayer, the mind wandering
and the heart full of vain feelings. If you already stand
in prayer and are adjusted to it, is it difficult for you
to draw your mind and heart there as well? Draw them
there, even if they have become unyielding. Then true
prayer will form and will attract God’s mercy, and
God’s promise to prayer: ask and it will be given,
it will be fulfilled. Often it is not given because there
is no petition, but only a posture of petitioning.