Holy Apostle Simon the Zealot (1st c.).
Martyrs Philadelphus, Cyprian, Alphaeus, Onesimus, Erasmus, and 14 others, in Sicily (251). Martyr Hesychius the Palatine, of Antioch (4th c.). St. Isidora the Fool-for-Christ, of Tabennisi (Egypt) (6th c.). Blessed Thais (Taisia) of Egypt (5th c.). St. Simon, bishop of Vladimir and Suzdal (Kiev Caves) (1226). Blessed Simon of Yurievets and Zharki, fool-for-Christ (1584). Translation of the relics of Martyr Basil of Mangazeya in Siberia (1670). St. Synesius of Irkutsk (1787).
St. Conleth, hermit and bishop of Kildare (ca. 520). St. Lawrence, monk, of Egypt (6th c.). St. Comgall, founder and abbot of Bangor (ca. 603). St. Lawrence, monastic founder at Mt. Pilion in Volos (14th c.). Martyr Eustathius the Youth, at Theodosia (Crimea) (1752).
Repose of Eldress Thaisia of Voronezh (1840) and Hieromonk Andrew (in schema Abramius) of Whitehoof Convent (1902), and slaying of Soldier Eugene Rodionov in Chechnya (1996).
Saturday. [Acts 15:35–41; John 10:27–38]
Though ye believe not Me, believe
the works, says the Lord (John 10:38). The works of
the Lord were obvious to all, and He could point to them
openly. They are: the healing of various diseases, the
driving out of demons, power over nature, knowledge of
thoughts of the heart, the prophesying of the future,
power of the word, and dominion over souls. All of these
clearly proved that Jesus Christ was from God, and that
His word was the truth. For us other works were added to
these—a marvellous death, resurrection, ascension,
descent of the Holy Spirit, foundation of the Church,
marvellous spiritual gifts in believers, triumph over
pagans and grace-filled power which to this day has not
ceased to act in the Church of God. All of these are the
works of the Lord. To any unbeliever one can say: if you
do not believe the word, believe these works, which loudly
witness to the Godhood of our Lord Jesus Christ; and
having come to belief, accept His entire truth. But how
did those Jews answer the Lord at that time? They
sought again to take him (John 10:39). What do
today’s unbelievers do? They sit and weave lie onto
lie, in order to “take” not the Lord—for
this is not according to their strength—but to take
those who are simple in faith and cannot unravel their sly