St. Gregory the Wonderworker, of Neo-Caesarea (266). St. Nikon, abbot, of Radonezh, disciple of St. Sergius. (1426).
St. Lazarus the Iconographer, of Constantinople (857). Martyrs Gobron (Michael) and 133 soldiers, of Georgia (914).
Hieromartyr Basil, bishop of Hamah (ca. 282). Martyrs Zachariah the Cobbler and his wife Mary (3rd c.). Martyrs Gregory, Victor, and Geminus, of Heracleon in Thrace (304). 150 philosophers converted by St. Catherine and martyred at Alexandria (305). St. Longinus of Egypt (4th c.). St. Maximus (Maximian), archbishop of Constantinople (434). St. Vulfolaic, stylite, of Trier (6th c.). St. Gregory, bishop of Tours (594). St. Hilda, abbess of Whitby (680). St. John the Cobbler, of Olumba, Cairo, and Sinai (7th c.). St. Gennadius, steward of Vatopedi, Mt. Athos (14th c.). Archimandrite Sebastian (Dabovich), missionary in America (1940).
Friday. [I Tim. 4:4-8, 16; Luke 16:15-18, 17:1-4]
It is impossible but that offences
will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!
Therefore, one cannot live offhand, uninhibitedly. One
must look around carefully not to tempt anyone. The mind
is arrogant and does not look at anyone; but it arouses
temptations all around in deed, and even more, in word.
Tempting increases and magnifies the woe of the tempter,
but he does not sense this and even further expands his
temptations. It is good that God’s threat in return
for tempting here, on the earth, is almost never fulfilled
in hopes of correction; it is put off until the future
judgement and retribution; only then will the tempters
feel how great is the evil of tempting. Here almost nobody
thinks about whether he tempts or doesn’t tempt
those around him in his deeds and words. Two sins which
are very great in the eyes of God are not regarded as
anything by people: tempting and condemnation. The
tempter, according to the word of the Lord, would be
better off not alive; he who condemns is already
condemned. But neither the former nor the latter think
about it and cannot even say whether they sin in any such
way. What blindness, indeed, surrounds us and how
carelessly we walk in the midst of death!