Apostle Hermes of the Seventy (1st c.). Martyr Hermias, at Comana (2nd c.).
Martyr Philosophus, at Alexandria (3rd c.). First translation of the relics of Hieromartyr Philip, metropolitan of Moscow and all Russia, to Solovki (1591).
New Hieromartyr Archpriest Philosophus Ornatsky, with his sons Martyrs Nicholas and Boris, in St. Petersburg (1918). New Hieromartyrs Hierotheus (Afonin), bishop of Nikolsk (1928), and Hieroschemamonk Seraphim (Nikolsky) (1923).
Martyr Marus the Magician, converted on witnessing the martyrdom of St. Hermias (160). St. Eustathius, patriarch of Constantinople (1025). St. Philotheus, metropolitan of Tobolsk (1727). Finding of the relics of New Martyr Nicholas the Deacon, of Mytilene (1960).
Repose of Archimandrite Macarius of Peshnosha Monastery (1811).
Saturday. [Rom. 1:7–12; Matt. 5:42–48]
Love your enemies, bless them that
curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for
them which despitefully use you, and persecute
you (Matt. 5:44). There is nobody on the earth
without love. People love their parents and relatives,
benefactors and protectors. But the feeling of love toward
parents, relatives, protectors and benefactors is natural
and forms unaided in the heart; that is why the Lord does
not give it value. True Christian love is proved by our
relationship to enemies. Not only should light and
incidental annoyances not extinguish our love for others,
but not even attacks and persecutions, misfortunes and
deprivations, intentionally and hostilely inflicted. We
must not only bless these people, but also do good to them
and pray for them. See whether you have such a disposition
toward your enemies, and judge by this whether you have
Christian love, without which there is no salvation.