Martyr Nestor of Thessalonica (306).
St. Nestor the Chronicler, of the Kiev Caves (1114). Martyrs Capitolina and Eroteis, of Cappadocia) (304). Uncovering of the relics, in Pereyaslavl-Zalessky, of St. Andrew, prince of Smolensk (1539). Martyrs Mark of the island of Thasos and those with him (304).
New Hieromartyr Sergius (Chernukhin), abbot, of Danilov Monastery (Moscow) (1942).
St. Claudia Procula, wife of Pontius Pilate (1st c.). St. Cyriacus, patriarch of Constantinople (1390). St. Demetrius of Basarabov (1685).
Repose of Hieroschemamonk Antiochus of Svir, disciple of Elder Theodore of Svir (1832).
Saturday. [II Cor. 8:1-5; Luke 8:16-21]
Nothing is secret, that shall not be
made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be
known and come abroad. Therefore, no matter how much
we hide of our bad deeds, a record of them is made
independently of us, which in its time will be presented.
What is the parchment on which this record is written? Our
conscience. We sometimes force it to be silent—and
it is silent. But although it is silent, it does its work,
keeps a most precise chronicle of our deeds. What is one
to do if many bad things are written there? One must wipe
out what is written there. With what? With tears of
repentance. These tears will wash away everything and not
a single trace will remain of these bad things written. If
we do not wash them away, then at the judgement we
ourselves will have to read everything written. But since
then the truth will reign in our consciousness, we
ourselves will pronounce our judgement, and the Lord will
confirm it. Then there will be a decision which cannot be
appealed, because each person will condemn himself, and
will have nothing to do with anyone else. All of this will
occur in the twinkling of an eye: you will look and see
what you are. You will immediately hear from the Lord, Who
is omnipresent, a confirmation of the judgement; and then
it will be the end of everything.…