Holy and Glorious Great-martyr Demetrius the Myrrh-gusher, of Thessalonica (306). Commemoration of the Great Earthquake at Constantinople in 740 (740).
Martyr Lupus, slave of St. Demetrius of Thessalonica (306). St. Athanasius of Medikion Monastery (814). St. Theophilus of the Kiev Caves, archbishop of Novgorod (1482). St. Demetrius of Basarabov in Bulgaria (1685). St. Anthony, bishop of Vologda (1588). St. Alexander (Okropiridze), bishop of Guria and Mingrelia, Georgia (1907).
St. Cedd, bishop of Lastingham (664). St. Eata, bishop of Hexham and abbot of Lindisfarne (686). New Martyr Ioasaph, monk, of Mt. Athos, disciple of St. Niphon, patriarch of Constantinople (1536).
Repose of Hieroschemamonk Nilus of Kryuchi (1924), Elder Ignatius the Bulgarian, of Mt. Athos (1927), and Matushka Olga (A’rrsamquq) Michael of Kwethluk, Alaska (1979).
Friday. [I Thess. 2:14-19; Luke 11:23-26]
He that is not with me is against
me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth. It
turns out that one can labour an entire age and think that
all sorts of good is gathered, but it is all for nothing,
if it was not gathered with the Lord. What does it mean to
gather with the Lord? To labour and act according to faith
in the Lord, according to His commandments, with the help
of His grace, being inspired by His promises—to live
so that the spirit of life is the spirit of Christ. In the
world there are two domains—good and evil, truth and
falsehood. Only good and truth make up a true possession
which is lasting and valuable; but good and truth come
only from the Lord, and are acquired only with His help.
It is clear that he who gathers not with the Lord will not
gather truth and goodness, he will not gather what could
be called a true possession, which is lasting and
valuable. No matter what such a person gathers, it all has
no use, all is labour in vain, a vain waste of energy and