Prophet Jeremiah (6th c. b.c.). St. Paphnutius, abbot, of Borovsk (1477).
Hieromartyr Batas, abbot, of Nisibis (4th c.). St. Tamara, queen of Georgia (1213). Hieromartyr Macarius, metropolitan of Kiev (1497). St. Gerasimus, founder of Boldino Monastery (Smolensk) (1554). New Monk-martyrs Euthymius (1814) and Ignatius (1814) and Acacius of Serres (1816), at Constantinople. St. Luke (Shvets), schemamonk of Glinsk Hermitage (1898).
New Hiero-confessor Tryphon of Svyatogorsk Monastery (1939).
“Unexpected Joy” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos.
St. Brieuc, abbot, in Brittany (ca. 502). Martyr Sigismund, king of Burgundy (524). St. Ultan, Irish missionary monk, of Burgh Castle (East Anglia), Fosse, and Peronne (Gaul) (680). New Monk-martyr Romanus of Raqqa (780). St. Michael, ascetic, of Chalcedon (8th c.-9th c.). St. Zosimas, bishop of Kumurdo (15th c.-16th c). St. Panaretus, bishop of Paphos on Cyprus (1791). St. Nicephorus of Chios, monk (1821). New Martyr Maria of Merambelos on Crete (1826). Martyr Philosophus at Alexandria (252) (Gr. Cal). St. Isidora the Fool-for-Christ, of Tabennisi, Egypt (ca. 365) (Gr. Cal).
Saturday. [Acts 5:21–33; John 6:14–27]
What Peter and John first said to the
authorities, later all the apostles said to the
authorities: We ought to obey God rather than men. The
God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and
hanged on a tree. Him hath God exalted with His right hand
to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to
Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are His witnesses
of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God
hath given to them that obey Him (Acts 5:29–32).
What sincerity, fullness, definiteness and clarity of
confession! God arranged in such a way for the Crucified
to be our Saviour through the forgiveness of sins in
repentance. The witnesses are the Apostles as observers,
and the Holy Spirit, manifestly acting in the apostles and
in all believers. The same witnesses are powerful through
to our own days. What the holy Apostles say is the same as
if we ourselves saw and heard it with our eyes and ears.
And the Spirit of grace acts uninterruptedly in the holy
Church, in miracle-working, in the conversion of sinners,
and especially in the transformation of those earnestly
working for the Lord, in their sanctification and filling
with obvious grace-filled gifts. The transformation of
people gives great power to miracle-working, and these
together are powerful in forming a firm conviction of the
truth of Christ, in all truth-loving souls. Thanks be to
the God of truth, Who hath revealed His truth to us so