Martyrs Manuel, Sabel, and Ismael, of Persia, at Constantinople (362).
Uncovering of the relics of the Alfanov Brothers of Novgorod: Sts. Nicetas, Cyril, Nicephorus, Clement, and Isaac, founders of the Sokolnitzki Monastery in 1389 (1562). St. Ananias the Iconographer, of Novgorod (1581).
New Hiero-confessor Maximus (Popov), hieromonk, of Ryabash (Bashkiria) (1934). New Hieromartyr Nicander (Prusak), hieromonk, of Yaroslavl (1918).
Martyr Djan Darada, the Ethiopian eunuch of Queen Candace (1st c.). Hieromartyr Philoneides, bishop of Kurion on Cyprus (ca. 306). Sts. Joseph and Pior, of Scetis, disciples of St. Anthony the Great (4th c.). St. Hypatius, abbot, of the monastery of the Rufinianes (446). Saint Herveus of Plouvien (6th c.). Martyr Nectan of Hartland (Devon) (6th c.). St. Botolph, abbot and confessor, of Ikanhoe, England (680) and his brother, St. Adolph the Confessor, bishop of Maastricht (7th c.). Martyr Shalva of Akhaltsikhe, Georgia (1227). Hieromartyr Isaurus, deacon, and with him Martyrs Innocent, Felix, Hermias, Basil, Peregrinus, Rufus, and Rufinus, of Appolonia in Macedonia (284).
Repose of Elder Gervasius (Paraskevopoulos) of Patras (1964).
Tuesday. [Rom. 10:11-11:2; Matt. 11:16-20]
The Lord says that we, not heading the
Gospels, are like those to whom merry songs are sung, but
they do not dance; sad songs are sung, and they do not
cry. You cannot do anything with them. We are promised the
heavenly Kingdom, most bright and joyous, but we are
unmoved, as if they were not speaking to us. We are
threatened with impartial judgment and unending torments,
but we are not alarmed; it is as if we do not hear.
Downtrodden, we have lost all feeling of true
self-preservation. We move as ones being led directly to
destruction, and haven’t a care for our destiny. We
have lost heart, given ourselves over to
carelessness—what will be, will be! Look at our
state! Isn’t this why suicides are so frequent? It
is the fruit of modern teachings and views on man and his
[in]significance! There is progress for you! There is
enlightenment! It would be better to be totally ignorant,
but save your soul with fear of God, than, having attained
the title of an enlightened person, to perish unto the
ages, never thinking your entire life about what will
happen after death. Not a single jot shall pass from the
word of God, which describes both the heavenly kingdom and
hell—all will be as it is written. Take this to
heart, everyone, as something which touches you
personally; and take care for yourself, with all your
strength, and as long as time remains.