Holy and Glorious Prophet Elias (Elijah) (9th c. b.c.).
St. Abramius of Galich, or Chukhloma Lake, disciple of St. Sergius of Radonezh (1375). Uncovering of the relics of Hieromartyr Athanasius, abbot, of Brest-Litovsk (1649). Sts. Savva (1392) and Leontius (late 14th c.), disciples of St. Sergius of Radonezh.
New Martyrs Lydia and soldiers Alexei and Cyril, near Ufa (1928). New Hieromartyrs Archimandrite Tikhon (Krechkov), hieromonks George (Pozharov) and Cosmas (Vyaznikov), and priests John Steblin-Kamensky, Sergius Gortinsky, Theodore Yakovlev, Alexander Arkhangelsky, and George Nikitin, and with them Martyrs Euthymius Grebenshchikov and Peter Vyaznikov, at Voronezh (1930). New Hieromartyr Alexis Znamensky, archpriest, of Vinogradovo (Moscow) (1938).
Righteous Aaron the High Priest, brother of Prophet Moses the God-seer (ca. 1530 b.c.). Sts. Elias, patriarch of Jerusalem (518), and Flavian, patriarch of Antioch (512), confessors. St. Ethelwida, widow of King Alfred the Great (9th c.). Martyr Salome of Jerusalem and Kartli, who suffered under the Persians (13th c.). St. Elias (Chavchavadze) of Georgia (1907). St. Alexis Medvedkov, archpriest, of Ugine, France (1934). Sts. Elias Fondaminsky (1942), Priest Demetrius Klepinine (1944), George Skobtsov (1944), and Nun Maria (Skobtsova) (1945), of Paris.
Repose of Priest Valentine Amphiteatrov of Moscow (1908) and Schemanun Sarah of Borodino (1908).
Eighth Sunday After Pentacost. [I Cor. 1:10-18; Matt.
Before the miraculous filling of the five thousand
people, the disciples of the Lord wanted the people to be
sent away; but the Lord said to them: They need not
depart; give ye them to eat. Let us learn this word,
and each time the enemy suggests to us to refuse someone
who asks for something, let us say from the face of the
Lord: “They need not depart, give ye them to
eat”—and let us give whatever we find at hand.
The enemy destroys the desire to offer charity, and
suggests that maybe the asker is not worthy of being given
to; but the Lord did not investigate the worthiness of
those sitting there: he served everyone equally, while of
course, not everyone was equally devoted to Him; perhaps
there were even those who later cried: “crucify
him.” Such is God’s overall providence toward
us: He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the
good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust
(Matt. 5:45). If only the Lord would help us even a tiny
bit to be merciful, as our heavenly Father is
merciful (Luke 6:36).