Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos “Of Smolensk” (1047). Holy Apostles of the Seventy and Deacons: Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, and Parmenas (1st c.). St. Pitirim, bishop of Tambov (1698). Synaxis of the Saints of Tambov.
Martyr Julian of Dalmatia (ca. 138-161). Martyr Eustathius the Soldier, of Ancyra (ca. 316). Martyr Acacius of Apamea (ca. 321). St. Paul of Xeropotamou, Mt. Athos (996). St. Moses, wonderworker, of the Kiev Caves (13th c.-14th c.). St. Anthony, bishop of Rostov, Yaroslavl, and Belozersk (1336). St. Joseph, founder of Holy Trinity-Kozlov Monastery (Michurinsk) (1660-1661). St. Daria, abbess, of Sezenovo (1858).
New Hieromartyr Basil (Erekaev), hieromonk of Sarov Monastery (1937).
Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos “Umileniye” (“Of Tender Feeling”) of Diveyevo, before which St. Seraphim reposed (1885). Icons of the Most Holy Theotokos “Of the Lavra in Suprasl” (Poland) (16th c) and “Seven Lakes” (17th c.).
Sts. Ursus and Leobatius (Leubais), abbots, of Gaul (ca. 500). St. Samson, bishop of Dol, in Brittany (ca. 565). St. Irene Chrysovolantou of Cappadocia (912). St. George the Builder, of Iveron, Mt. Athos (1029). New Martyr David of Aleppo (1660). New Hieromartyr Ignatius of Jablechna (Chelm and Podlasie, Poland) (1942).
Blessed, brethren, are all those of us who haven’t lost the ability to satisfy the hunger of our souls through hearing the word of God and the prayers of the Church, who willingly hurry here according to the commandment of the Lord and the Apostles.
Just as Christ trampled down death with His death, so the holy brothers, faithful to their cross, trampled through their passion-bearing upon the law of this world, in which enmity and strife, discord, pride and self-exaltation, obstinacy and stubbornness, and touchiness reign.
Have you fallen into temptation? You will find the greatest consolation there. Have you fallen into sins? You will find countless healings. Have you fallen into poverty or some other misfortune? You will see many harbors.
A pleiade of approximately 1500 men—archpastors and pastors who were upstanding, sober, chaste, pious, honest, hospitable, instructive—over the course of three centuries formulated and clothed in verbal expressions what every person who calls himself a Christian should know.