Translation of the relics of St. Nicephorus the Confessor, patriarch of Constantinople (846).
Martyrs Africanus, Publius, and Terence, at Carthage (3rd c.). Martyr Alexander of Macedonia (ca. 305). Martyr Christina of Persia (4th c.).
New Hieromartyr Gregory Pospelov, archpriest, of Kronstadt (1921). New Hieromartyr Stephen (Bekh), bishop of Izhevsk (1933). New Hieromartyr Michael Okolovich, archpriest, of Irkutsk (1938).
Hieromartyr Publius, bishop of Athens and disciple of St. Dionysius the Areopagite (2nd c.). St. Gerald, abbot, of Mayo (731). Empress Helen of Constantinople (Ypomoni in monasticism) (1450).
Repose of Elder Ephraim of Valaam (1946) and Bishop Tikhon (Tikhomirov) of Kyrillov (1955).
He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that
loveth him chasteneth him betimes (Prov. 13:24). Never
mind the children—let us work on ourselves. For each
of us this means the following: do not spare yourself,
chasten yourself earnestly. Self-pity is the root of all
our crawling into sin. He who does not indulge himself is
always steadfast in good. Most of all you must keep your
flesh, that slow-witted slave, in the strictest
discipline. When you tire the flesh, it is humble; but
give it only a small privilege, and already it begins to
show its claws and to rage with passion-loving eyes. But
what is amazing is that no matter what is said, everyone
stands up for the flesh, and invents all sorts of pleasing
things for it. Even science, it seems, would not move
forward without this. What sort of science is this?