St. Tikhon, bishop of Amathus on Cyprus (425). St. Tikhon of Kaluga, or Medyn, founder of the St. Tikhon of Kaluga Monastery (1492). St. Tikhon of Lukhov (Kostroma) (1503). St. Moses of Optina, founder and archimandrite of the Skete of St. John the Baptist (1862). Translation of the relics of St. Theophan the Recluse, bishop of Tambov (2002).
Hieromartyr Tigrius, priest, and Martyr Eutropius, reader, of Constantinople (404). St. Tikhon, founder of Krestogorsk Monastery (Vologda) (17th c.).
New Hieromartyr Hermogenes (Dolganev), bishop of Tobolsk, and those with him (1918).
Hieromartyr Mark, bishop of Apollonias (1st c.). Martyr Kaikhosro of Georgia (1612).
Repose of Elder Gerasim of St. Tikhon of Kaluga Monastery (1898) and Righteous Maria (1943), disciple of St. Paul of Taganrog.
Monday. [Rom. 9:18-33; Matt. 11:2-15]
The Kingdom of Heaven suffereth
violence, and the violent take it by force. The
kingdom suffereth violence—that is, it is attained
with violence, with labour, force, and difficult spiritual
struggles; therefore only those who lead a labor-filled
ascetic life attain it. This is how comfort of every sort
is renounced along the path to the kingdom. Pleasures of
all types distance us from the kingdom; but these days we
have concern only for pleasures, sometimes emotional, but
more often fleshly: to eat, drink, have fun, make merry
and luxuriate in everything. We have said to the kingdom,
“I beg you to excuse me,” though there is a
feast in the kingdom—a royal feast, one so sumptuous
that we could not even conceive of it, because we do not
have the taste for it. What there is considered sweet, to
us is bitter; what there is pleasant, for us is repulsive,
what there gladdens, for us is a burden—we have gone
totally separate ways. And the kingdom, together with the
violent who take it by force, withdraws from us. We are
glad, even ready to drive them away more quickly, indeed
we already have started talking about it; but the evil one
does not manage to arrange this.