St. Nicetas the Confessor, abbot, of Medikion (824).
Martyrs Elpidephorus, Dius, Bithonius, and Galycus (3rd c.). Virgin-martyr Theodosia of Tyre (307-308). St. Illyrius, monk of Mt. Myrsinon in the Peloponnese. St. Philip I, metropolitan of Moscow (1473). St. Nectarius, founder of Bezhetsk Monastery (Tver) (1492).
Icons of the Most Holy Theotokos “The Unfading Flower” and Iveron.
Martyrs Cassius, Philip, and Eutychius, of Thessalonica (304). Martyr Ulphianus of Tyre (306). Martyrs Evagrius, Benignus, Chrestus, Arestus, Kinnudius, Rufus, Patricius, and Zosima, at Tomis in Moesia (ca. 310). St. Fara (Burgundofara) of Eboriac (now Faremoutiers) (7th c.). St. Joseph the Hymnographer, of Sicily (883). New Martyr Paul the Russian, at Constantinople (1683). St. Amphilochius (Makris), elder, of Patmos (1970).
Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also
shall cry himself, but shall not be heard (Prov.
21:13). And we often marvel why God does not listen to our
prayers? Here is the reason! Because there surely have
been instances when we have stopped our ears from hearing
the entreaties of the needy; so the Lord does not hear us
either. It is no great woe if a prayer about something
temporal is not heard; but how woeful if the Lord will not
listen to us when we start to pray to Him about the
forgiveness of our sins. He will not listen if the cry to
Him of those whom we have scorned is stronger than our
prayers. We must hurry to avert this extreme misfortune,
according to the example of Zaccheus, whose wise decision
caused the Lord to say, This day is salvation come to
this house (Luke 19:9).