Hieromartyr Athenogenes, bishop of Heracleopolis, and his ten disciples (ca. 311).
Martyrs Paul and two sisters, Chionia (Thea) and Alevtina (Valentina), at Caesarea in Palestine (308). Martyr Antiochus, physician, of Sebaste (4th c.). Virgin-martyr Julia of Carthage, at Corsica (ca. 440 или 613). St. Theodotus, monk of Glinsk Hermitage (1859). St. Magdalena, schema-abbess of New Tikhvin Convent in Siberia (1934).
New Confessor Matrona Belyakova, fool-for-Christ, of Anemnyasevo (1936). New Hieromartyrs James (Maskaev), archbishop of Barnaul, and priests Peter and John, and with them Monk-martyr Theodore (Nikitin) and Martyr John (1937). New Hieromartyr Ardalion (Ponamarev), archimandrite, of Kasli (Chelyabinsk) (1938).
Icon of the Mother of God of Chirsk-Pskov (1420).
Martyr Helier of Jersey (6th c.). St. John of Vishnya and Mt. Athos, activist against Uniatism (c. 1630). New Martyr John of Turnovo (1822). 15,000 Martyrs of Pisidia.
Saturday. [Rom. 13:1-10; Matt. 12:30-37]
A good man out of the good treasure of the heart
bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the
evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. What you put
in the treasury is what you receive: if you put in
gold—you will take away gold; if you put in
copper—you will take away copper. Of course, copper
can be passed off as gold; but an expert will immediately
recognize the forgery. How can we make it so that in our
treasury there is only gold; that is, so that in the heart
there is only good? The heart by its nature is a treasury
of good things; evil came later. Take an anatomical knife
of attentiveness and lack of self pity, separate what is
unnatural and cut it out. One after the other the evil
will leave, while the good will become strengthened and
spread; what will remain, at last, will be only good. The
question is how to determine what is natural and
unnatural. Do not listen to today’s
explain everything inside out: what is natural, for
them is unnatural; while what is unnatural, for them is
natural—they call evil good, and good evil. Look
at what the Lord says in the Gospels and the holy
apostles in their writings, and according to their
instructions determine what is natural. In such a
manner, at last, you will gather much good and will
bring it forth out of your heart. Pray to the Holy
Spirit: “O treasury of good things, entreasure
good in my heart!”
“naturalists” is meant those people who
rely on natural science for answers, and deny religion.