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Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомMartyr Julian of Tarsus in Cilicia (ca. 284-305). Uncovering of the relics of St. Maximus the Greek, of Russia (1996).

Hieromartyr Tertius (Terence) apostle of the Seventy, bishop of Iconium (1st c.). St. Julius, priest, of Novara, and his brother St. Julian, deacon (5th c.). Martyrs Archil II (744) and Luarsab II (1622) (Груз.), kings of Georgia. Martyr Theodore, right-believing prince of Starodub (1330).

New Hieroconfessor George (Lavrov), archimandrite, of Kaluga (1932). New Hieromartyr Jonah (Sankov), hieromonk, of Alpatievo (Moscow) (1938).

St. Cormac of the Sea, abbot, of Durrow Monastery (Ireland) (ca. 590). St. Raoul (Rudolph or Ralph), abbot, and archbishop of Bourges (Gaul) (866). Martyr Aphrodisius in Cilicia. New Martyr Nicetas of Nisyros, near Rhodes, at Chios (1732). Martyr Julian and his wife Basilissa, and with them Martyrs Celsius, his mother Marcianilla, Anastasius, the priest Anthony, seven brothers, and twenty prison guards, of Antinoe in Egypt (283- 305) (Gr. Cal).

Repose of Schemamonk John “the Muscovite,” of Valaam (1933).

Thoughts for Each Day of the Year
According to the Daily Church Readings from the Word of God
By St. Theophan the Recluse

St. Theophan the Recluse

Saturday. [Rom. 8:14-21; Matt. 9:9-13]

   When someone, by his fear of God and the demands of his conscience already has an awakened thirst for spiritual things, he possesses a certain sense enabling him to understand the meaning of words relating to the spiritual sphere, although they might be clothed in the form of a parable. For such people a parable does not hide the truth, but rather reveals it even more clearly. But he who is not of this disposition does not understand any spiritual content described in the form of a parable. Even if one were to offer him a word on these subjects that was not in the form of a parable he would only understand the words, and not comprehend the essence of the matter. It would go against all of his notions, and seem to him to be an absurdity which he would not hesitate to mock. This is precisely why the Lord talked to the people in parables. Whoever is spiritually inclined will understand a parable, whereas someone with no inclinations will not understand no matter what you say. Because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand…For this people’s heart is waxed gross (Matt. 13:12-15). Meanwhile, the parable did not deprive of needed instruction those who were capable of seeing the hidden truth: For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance.