Great-martyr Catherine of Alexandria (305-313). Great-martyr Mercurius of Caesarea in Cappadocia (ca. 259). Martyr Mercurius of Smolensk (1238).
Martyrs Augusta (Faustina) the Empress, Porphyrius Stratelates, and 200 soldiers, at Alexandria with Great-martyr Catherine (305-313). St. Mercurius the Faster, of the Far Caves in Kiev (14th c.). St. Simon, founder of Soiga Monastery (Vologda) (1561). St. Luke, steward of the Kiev Caves (13th c.).
St. Hermogenes, bishop of Agrigentum (ca. 260). St. Romanus of Bordeaux (382). St. Gregory, founder of the monastery of the Golden Rock in Pontus. St. Portianus of Arthone (Gaul) (527). St. Protasius, hermit, of Auvergne (Gaul) (6th c.). St. Nicodemus the Younger, of Philokalos Monastery in Thessalonica (ca. 1305). Hieromartyr Clement, pope of Rome (101). Hieromartyr Peter, archbishop of Alexandria (311). St. Malchus of Chalcis in Syria (4th c.).
Friday. [II Tim. 1:1-2, 8-18; Luke 19:12-28]
The parable of the ten pounds portrays the entire history
of mankind until the second coming of Christ. In it the
Lord speaks of Himself, of His sufferings, death, and
resurrection to the Heavenly Father, to reign over
mankind—all of which is His birthright. Those who
remain on the earth are divided into two parts: servants,
serving the Lord through obedience to the faith, and those
who do not want to have Him as king and serve Him, because
of their unbelief. To those who approach the Lord through
faith, with a readiness to serve Him, are given the gifts
of the Holy Spirit in the holy mysteries: this is a
pound—and every person numbered amongst the
believers receives it for serving. When everyone from the
human race capable of submitting to the Lord submits to
Him, then He will come again, as One who has received the
Kingdom. His first job will be to judge among the
servants: who acquired what with the grace given. Then
will follow judgment also over those who did not want to
have Him as king; that is who either did not believe, or
who fell from faith. Imprint these truths in your mind and
do not lose attention to them, for then there will be a
decision—do not expect any changes. Flee unbelief,
neither believe idly, but bring forth the fruits of faith.
Finding you faithful over a few things, the Lord will make
you ruler over many things (cf. Matt. 25:21).