Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel.
Hieromartyr Irenaeus, bishop of Sirmium (304). Hieromartyrs Bathusius and Bercus, priests, Monk-martyr Arpilus, and Martyrs Abibus, Agnus, Reasus, Igathrax, Iscoeus (Iskous, Escoes), Silas, Signicus, Sonerilas, Suimbalus, Thermus, Phillus (Philgas), Anna, Alla, Larissa, Monco (Manca), Mamica, Uirko (Virko), Animais (Animaida), Gaatha the queen of the Goths, and Duklida, in the Crimea (ca. 375). St. Malchus of Chalcis in Syria (4th c.). St. Eutychius, subdeacon, of Alexandria (4th c.). St. Basil the Younger, anchorite, near Constantinople (10th c.).
Martyr Codratus (Quadratus), and with him 40 Martyrs, who suffered under Diocletian (284-305). Hieromartyr Eusebius, bishop of Kival, and Martyr Pullius the Reader. Hieromartyr Montanus, priest, and his wife Maxima, at Sirmium (ca. 304). St. Braulio of Saragossa in Iberia (646). St. Ludger, bishop of Munster and missionary to northwestern Germany (809). New Martyr George of Sofia, at Adrianople (1437). St. Stephen the Confessor and Wonderworker, abbot, of Tryglia (815).
The Lord had said unto Abraham: Get thee out of thy
country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s
house, unto a land that I will show thee (Gen. 12:1).
This is an explicit image for the change of heart which
occurs in true believers, when they sincerely take upon
themselves their cross, and follow Christ. They leave
their father—selfishness, crucifying it through
self-denial; they leave their kindred—their personal
sinful leanings, passions and habits, crucifying them
through the resolution to follow unswervingly and in all
things the passion-slaying commandments of the Lord; they
leave their country, the entire sinful realm, the world
with all of its demands, crucifying it with the resolution
to be alien to it—although for this it might be
necessary to endure not only loss of property and social
status, but even to endure death itself.