Hieromartyrs Januarius, bishop of Benevento, and his companions: Festus, Proclus, and Sosius, deacons; Martyrs Desiderius, reader; and Gantiol, Eutychius, and Acutius, at Pozzuoli (ca. 305). Martyrs Theodore of Perge in Pamphylia, his mother Philippa, and Dioscorus, Socrates, and Dionysius (ca. 138-161). Uncovering of the relics of St. Theodore, abbot, of Sanaxar Monastery (1999). St. Alexis, priest, of Bortsumany, Nizhni- Novgorod (1848).
Martyrs Isaac, Apollo, and Codratus, of Nicomedia (303). St. Maximus (Maximian), archbishop of Constantinople (434).
Martyr Alexandra the Empress, wife of Diocletian (303) (same as April 23). St. Beuno, abbot, of Clynnog Fawr, Wales (642). St. Maelruba of Apur Crossan, Ireland (722). St. James, abbot of Stromynsk Monastery (Radonezh) (1392). New Hieromartyr Protopresbyter Basil Martysz of Teratyn (Chelm and Podlasie, Poland (1945).
Repose of Schemamonk Nicetas (1907) and Hieroschemamonk Antipas II (1912), of Valaam, Elder Dometian of Tula (1908), and Nun Stefanida of Kosovo (Serbia) (1945).
Monday. [Acts 6:8–7:5, 47–60; John
Saint Stephan says: The most High
dwelleth not in temples made with hands...What house will
ye build Me? saith the Lord or what is the place of My
rest? (Acts 7:48–49). Only the temple in the
heart not made with hands can contain God, as the Lord
said: If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My
Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make
our abode with him (John 14:23). How this is
accomplished is unfathomable for us, but it is true
because it is obvious that then it is God which worketh
in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure
Do not reason, just give your heart away to the Lord,
and He Himself will establish of it a church for
Himself—but give it unsparingly. If there are
parts which are not given, then from the heart a whole
church cannot be established, for one thing will be
decayed, another broken—and what will come out,
if anything comes out, is a church with holes or
without a roof, or without doors. It is not possible to
live in such a church: the Lord will not be in it. It
will only seem that it is a church, but in reality will
be a conglomerate mass.
Slavonic for Phil 2:13 reads: God worketh in us both
desire and action, according to his good pleasure