Virgin-martyrs Agape, Irene, and Chionia, in Illyria (304).
Martyrs Leonidas, Chariessa, Nika, Galina, Callista (Calisa), Nunechia, Basilissa, Theodora, and Irene, of Corinth (250). Hieromartyrs Felix, bishop, and Januarius, priest, and Martyrs Fortunatus and Septimus, of Lycaonia (258). St. John, fool-for-Christ, of Verkhoturye (1701). St. Theodora-Bassa, princess of Novgorod (1378).
Weeping Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos “Ilyin Chernigov.” (1658)
St. Fructuosus of Braga in Iberia (665). New Martyr Michael of Smyrna (1772). New Monk-martyr Christopher of Dionysiou, Mt. Athos, at Adrianople (1818).
The crucifixion of Christ the Lord and the synaxis of
Archangel Gabriel! A new consoling combination! Gabriel
proclaims beforehand the birth of the Forerunner; Gabriel
brings good tidings to the Virgin; he, very likely,
proclaimed the joy of the birth of the Saviour; no one
else proclaimed to the women about the resurrection of
Christ the Lord. Therefore Gabriel is the herald and
bearer of every joy. The crucifixion of Christ is the joy
and gladness of all sinners. A sinner, coming to a feeling
of his sinfulness and of the all-righteous truth of God,
has nowhere to take shelter, except under the shadow of
the cross. Here he accepts the assurance that he has no
forgiveness while he stands alone before God with his sins
and even with tears over them. The only salvation for him
is in the death on the cross of the Lord. On the cross the
handwriting of all sins was torn apart (cf. Col 2:14). And
each who accepts this with complete faith is made a
participant in this mystery of forgiveness. As this faith
ripens, confidence of forgiveness ripens as well, and also
comfort from the feeling of entering into the state of
forgiveness for all ages. The cross is the source of joy,
because a sinner drinks with faith from it the joy of
forgiveness. In this sense, it is in its own way an
archangel, bringing good tidings of joy.