Martyr Isidore of Chios (251). St. Isidore, fool-for-Christ and wonderworker, of Rostov (1474).
Martyr Maximus, under Decius (ca. 250). St. Serapion the Sindonite, monk, of Egypt (5th c.). St. Nicetas, recluse, of the Kiev Caves, bishop of Novgorod (1108). St. Leontius, patriarch of Jerusalem (1175). St. Andrew, abbot of the Holy Trinity–St. Raphael Monastery (Tyumen) (1820). Uncovering of the relics of St. Tikhon, bishop of Voronezh, wonderworker of Zadonsk (1846).
New Hieromartyr Peter Rozhdestvin, archpriest, of Lanino (Ryazan) (1939). New Hiero-confessor Matthew, hieromonk, of Yaransk (1927).
St. Aprunculus, bishop of Langres, later of Clermont (ca. 488). Hieromartyr Therapontus, bishop of Cyprus (632). New Martyr Mark of Crete, at Smyrna (1643). New Martyr Raiko-John of Shumena, Bulgaria (1802). Sts. Alexander, Barbarus, and Acolythus, martyred at the Church of Holy Peace by the Sea, in Constantinople.
Commemoration of the martyrdom by the Poles of Abbot Anthony with 40 monks and 1,000 laymen of the St. Paisius of Uglich Monastery and Abbot Daniel with 30 monks and 200 laymen of the St. Nicholas Monastery (Kostroma) (1609).
I never saw him again, but our meeting turned my life around. I started persistently asking the Patriarchate for a transfer somewhere deep in the mountains, to a remote monastery: “Anywhere! Anywhere where it will be more difficult and more secluded,” I asked.
The last three hermits arrived here in 1998 and have remained in the caves ever since. They haven’t seen anyone from the outside world except him, and even he sees them rarely, when he brings them rusks and Holy Communion.
It was a cold, dark night, and suddenly he saw St. Sergius of Radonezh coming to him, saying: “I’m taking care of those of you who are in exile, outside the monastery, even more,” and he held out a prosphora.
The Sunday of the Samaritan Woman again recalls how from ordinary water, the Lord raised the Samaritan Woman’s thoughts to the comprehension of the water of life, and from bodily to spiritual thirst, that is, to the thirst for hearing His word, to the thirst for the grace of the Holy Spirit, Who arouses spiritual thirst in people.
Today we are experiencing a wave of trials and events that are changing the life we are used to; that way of life, which has existed for probably the last fifteen to twenty years, has suddenly been shaken.
Currently, according to my own observations, the people take less interest in the economic dimension than spiritual aspect. And this is very important; it seems as though we are gradually coming to the realization that even though money and the comforts of life do matter, there are other things that still matter more.
Only in peace of soul is there true blessedness for us; only those who possess an untroubled conscience before God and their fellow man can really be called happy. It is never too late to obtain this happiness, this peace: one need only actively strive towards God to the limit of one's abilities, trying to live in love and peace with others and to resolve firmly to begin a new, pious life.
Whoever sincerely desires his own salvation does everything that serves for his salvation. Whoever sincerely desires his salvation distances himself from everything that hinders the work of salvation. These two signs are as true as they are simple.
When he heard about the holy life of Saint Daniel of Pereyaslavl, the thirteen-year-old Gregory tearfully begged the Elder to permit him to join him. The Elder accepted the boy as a novice and, after a short time, gave him monastic tonsure with the name Gerasimus.
There were two Paschal celebrations that particularly remain in my memory, because of the special feelings this feast had bestowed upon my heart and soul. I also remember them because seemingly mundane things, actions, and events can all of a sudden result in a genuinely spiritual revelation…