St. Theodore Trichinas ('the Hair-shirt Wearer'), hermit, near Constantinople (400).
Blessed Gregory (593) and Anastasius I, patriarchs of Antioch (599). St. Anastasius, abbot, of the monastery of St. Catherine at Sinai (695). St. Tamara, queen of Georgia (13th c.). St. Alexander, founder of Oshevensk Monastery (Arkhangelsk) (1479). Child-martyr Gabriel of Slutsk (Poland) (1690). Translation of the relics (1991) of St. Nikolai (Velimirovich), bishop of Ochrid and Zhicha (1956) from America to Serbia.
New Hiero-confessor Theodosius (Ganitsky), bishop of Kolomna (1937).
Apostle Zacchaeus of the Seventy, bishop of Caesarea in Palestine (1st c.). Sts. Bretanion (Vetranion) (ca. 378), and Theotimus (ca. 412), bishops of Tomis in Moesia. St. Caedwalla, king of the West Saxons (689). Hieromartyr Anastasius II, patriarch of Antioch (609). Sts. Athanasius (1380) and Ioasaph (1423) of Meteora, abbots.
Repose of Schemamonk Ignatius of St. Nicephorus Monastery in Olonets (1852).
Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women. [Acts 6:1–7; Mark
The tireless women! They would not give
sleep to their eyes nor slumber to their eyelids (cf. Ps.
132) until they found their Beloved! But the men as if
dragged their feet: they went to the tomb, saw it empty,
and remained in confusion about what it could mean because
they did not see Him. But does this mean that they had
less love than the women? No, here was a reasoning love
which feared making a mistake due to the high price of
this love and its object. When they too saw and touched
Him, then each of them, not with his tongue, like Thomas,
but with his heart confessed: my Lord and my God
(John 20:28), and already nothing could separate them from
the Lord. The myrrh-bearers and the Apostles are an image
of the two sides of our life: feeling and reasoning.
Without feeling life is not life; without reasoning life
is blind, offers little sound fruit and much is wasted. We
must combine both. Let feeling go forward and arouse; let
reason determine the time, place, method and generally the
practical arrangement of what the heart suggests for us to
do. Within, the heart comes first, but in practical
application, reason comes first. When the feelings become
educated in discerning good and evil, then perhaps it will
be possible to rely on the heart alone. Just as shoots,
flowers and fruits grow naturally from a living tree, so
does goodness alone emerge from the heart, rationally
mingling into the course our life.