St. Athanasius the Great, archbishop of Alexandria (373). Translations of the relics of the Holy Passion-bearers Boris (1072) and Gleb (1115) of Russia, in holy baptism Romanus and David.
Martyrs Hesperus, Zoe, and their sons Cyriacus and Theodulus, at Attalia (2nd c.). St. Boris-Michael, prince of Bulgaria (ca. 908). St. Athanasius III, patriarch of Constantinople and wonderworker of Lubny (1654). Blessed Basil of Kadom, fool-for-Christ (1848).
St. Jacob (Putneanul), metropolitan of Moldova (1778).
Repose of Eldress Theodosia (Kosorotikhina) of Skopin (Ryazan) (2014).
Wednesday. [Acts 8:18–25; John 6:35–39]
Saint Peter says to Simon: Thou hast
neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not
right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy
wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine
heart may be forgiven thee (Acts 8:21–22). Thou
hast no part… But Simon did not even begin to think
that he had gone so far astray; externally he had not done
anything outrageous, only his thinking was wrong—so
wrong, that the Apostle was uncertain as to whether it
would be forgiven him even if he repented and prayed God.
That is how important the heart’s disposition is,
and the thoughts proceeding from it according to this
disposition! Judging by this, a person may be one way on
the outside, and completely another way on the inside.
Only God sees this inner state, and those to whom the
Spirit of God, which trieth all hearts, reveals it. With
what fear and trembling must we work out our salvation!
And how sincerely and zealously must we pray to God:
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right
spirit within me (Ps. 51). Then, at the judgment,
something terrible and amazing will happen. The Lord will
say: I know you not (Matt. 25:12) to those who were
not only sure of their own godliness, but who also
appeared godly to everyone else. What remains for us to
do? Only to cry out: “Thou who knowest all things,
save us O Lord!” As Thou knowest, give a saving
formation to our heart!