Monk-martyr Nicon and 199 disciples, in Sicily (251).
Martyrs Philetas the Senator, his wife Lydia, their sons Macedon and Theoprepius, the notary Cronides, and Amphilochius the Captain, in Illyria (117-138). St. Nicon, abbot of the Kiev Caves (1088). Martyr Basil of Mangazeya in Siberia (1600).
New Hieromartyr Elijah (Vyatlin), hieromonk of the Lukianov Monastery of the Nativity of the Theotokos (Vladimir) (1938). New Hieroconfessor Sergius (Srebryansky), archimandrite, of Tver (1948).
Martyr Dometius in Phrygia (360-361). St. Bassian, archbishop of Rostov (1481). New Monk-martyr Luke the New, of Adrianople and Mt. Athos, at Mytilene (1802). ew Martyr Panagiotis, at Jerusalem (1820). St. Helen, nun of the Florovsk Ascension Convent in Kiev (1834).
Repose of Elder Porphyrius of Glinsk Hermitage (1868).
Baptism according to Apostle Peter is the answer of a
good conscience toward God (I Pet. 3:21).
He who has been baptized gives a vow to live the rest
of his time according to a pure conscience, according
to the whole breadth of the Lord’s commandments,
accepted in his conscience. Moral purity is a
characteristic of one who is baptized. The Apostle Paul
compares the brightness of this life with the
brightness of the resurrected Lord. That like as
Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the
Father, even so we also should walk in newness of
life (Rom. 6:4). In baptism, the old sin-loving man
dies and a new man arises, zealous to do good works.
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves, ye who are
baptized, to be dead indeed unto sin but alive unto
God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin
therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should
obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your
members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but
yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from
the dead, and your members as instruments of
righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion
over you (Rom. 6:11–14).
Slavonic for I Pet. 3:21 reads: the promise of a
good conscience toward God