Forefeast of the Procession of the Precious Wood of the Life-giving Cross of the Lord. Righteous Eudocimus of Cappadocia (9th c.).
Martyr Julitta, at Caesarea in Cappadocia (304-305). St. Germanus, bishop of Auxerre (448). New Monk-martyr Dionysius of Vatopedi, Mt. Athos (1822).
New Hieromartyrs Benjamin (Kazansky), metropolitan of Petrograd, and Sergius (Shein), archimandrite, and with them New Martyrs George Novitsky and John Kovsharov, at Petrograd (1922). New Hiero-confessor Basil (Preobrazhensky), bishop of Kineshma (1945).
Righteous Joseph of Arimathea (1st c.). St. Neot, hermit, in Cornwall (ca. 877). St. John the Exarch of Bulgaria (ca. 917-927). St. Arsenius, bishop of Ninotsminda, Georgia (1082). Consecration of the Church of the Most Holy Theotokos of Blachernae. Translation of the relics of Apostle Philip to Cyprus.
Repose of Elder Gerasim the Younger, of the St. Sergius Skete (Kaluga) (1918).
Tuesday. [I Cor. 12:12-26; Matt. 18:18-22; 19:1-2, 13-15]
Wanting to know how many times one should forgive
his brother, Saint Peter asked with the suggestion:
forgive till seven times? Saying this, he thought
that he chose the greatest amount. How short is human
patience! The Lord, applying His longsuffering to our
infirmities, determined, I say not unto thee, Until
seven times: but Until seventy times seven. This is
the same as saying: always forgive and do not think about
not forgiving. All-forgivingness shall be the distinctive
feature of a Christian spirit, as all-forgivingness is the
source and constant support of our life in the Lord, from
God Himself. Customary forgiving everyone of everything is
the outer clothing of Christian love, which according to
the Epistle, suffereth long, and is kind, is not
easily provoked, beareth all things (I
Cor. 13:4-7). It is the most faithful guarantee of
forgiveness at the last judgment; for if we forgive, our
heavenly Father will also forgive us (Matt. 6:14). In such
a manner, if you want to go to heaven—forgive
everyone, sincerely, from the bottom of your heart, so
that not even a shadow of hostility remains.
Wednesday. [I Cor. 13:4-14:5; Matt. 20:1-16]
In the parable about the hirelings, even he who
worked only one hour was rewarded equally to the others by
the master of the house. The hours of the day in this
parable is an image of the course of our life. The
eleventh hour is the final time in this life. The Lord
shows that even those who lived without working for Him up
to that moment can start to work and please Him no less
than others. Therefore, old age is no excuse; let no one
despair, supposing that there is no point in starting to
work. Start, and do not be cowardly; the Lord is merciful;
He will give you all that He gives others, here, according
to the measure of grace, and there, according to the rank
of truth. Just have more fervour, and grieve more
contritely about the carelessness in which almost all of
your life was spent. You will say, the master of the house
called those in the parable. So, let the Lord call me. But
isn’t He calling? Could it really be that you do not
hear the voice of the Lord in the Church, saying, come
unto Me all ye, and the Apostles’ call, as
though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in
Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God (II Cor.