Martyrs Sophia and her three daughters, Faith (Vera), Hope (Nadezhda), and Love (Lyubov), at Rome (ca. 137).
Martyr Theodota, at Nicaea (230). Martyr Agathoclia (230). 156 Martyrs of Palestine, including Peleus and Nilus, bishops, Zeno, priest, and Patermuthius and Elias, noblemen (310). St. Joachim I, patriarch of Alexandria (1567). St. Innocent, archimandrite, of Glinsk Hermitage (1888).
New Hieromartyrs Paul (Moiseyev) and Theodosius (Sobolev), archimandrites, and Nicodemus (Shchapkov) and Seraphim (Kulakov), hieromonks, of the St. Nicholas Koryazha Monastery (Arkhangelsk) (1918).
Hieromartyrs Heraclides and Myron, bishops of Cyprus (1st c.). Martyrs Lucy and her son Geminian, of Rome (303). Hieromartyr Lambert, bishop of Maastricht (704). St. Anastasius of Perioteron on Cyprus (12th c.). St. Eusipius of Cyprus.
Repose of Blessed Agapitus (1825), disciple of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk, and lay recluse Matthew of St. Petersburg (1904).
Wednesday. [Eph. 3:8-21; Mark 11:23-26]
If you do not forgive others’
trespasses against you, then your heavenly Father will not
forgive you your trespasses, said the Lord. Who does not
forgive others? A righteous person, or one who considers
himself righteous. To such a person nothing remains other
than to judge, pronounce sentences, and demand execution
of the guilty. Does a man who feels guilty have any time
for others? Would his tongue dare to judge another and
demand gratification from him, when his own conscience
unceasingly convicts and unceasingly threatens him with
God’s righteous judgment? So, is it better to sin
than to be self-righteous? No, in every way be zealous for
righteousness; but with all of your righteousness,
recognize that you are an unworthy slave, and recognize
this with undivided thought—that is, not that the
thought of your unworthiness is in the foreground, while
the feeling of righteousness hides in the background, but
preserve a full awareness and feeling of yourself as
unworthy. When you attain this, (and you must work for
this, for it is not acquired suddenly), then no matter how
your brother trespasses against you, you will not call him
to account, because your conscience will be repeating:
“and you do not deserve this only, it is not enough
for you.” Then you will forgive him; and having
forgiven, you yourself will be made worthy of forgiveness.
So for your whole life let there be forgiveness after
forgiveness, and at the judgment all will be forgiven