Afterfeast of the Exaltation of the Cross. Greatmartyr Nicetas the Goth (ca. 372).
Uncovering of the relics of St. Acacius the Confessor, bishop of Melitene in Pisidia (251). Martyrs Maximus, Theodotus, and Asclepiodota, of Adrianople (305-311). Martyr Porphyrius the Mime, of Caesarea (361). Uncovering of the relics of Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen (415). St. Joseph, abbot, of Alaverdi in Georgia (570). St. Philotheus the Presbyter, of Asia Minor (10th c.). St. Symeon, archbishop of Thessalonica (1430). St. Nicetas, disciple of St. Sergius of Radonezh and founder of the Theophany Monastery (Kostroma) (15th c.).
New Hiero-confessor Ignatius (Biryukov), archimandrite, of the Aleksievo-Akatov Monastery (Voronezh) (1932).
Sts. Bessarion I and Bessarion II, metropolitans of Larissa (1490-1540). St. Joseph the New, of Partos, metropolitan of Timisoara (Romania) (1656). St. Gerasimus, abbot, of Sourvia (ca. 1740). New Martyr John of Crete, at New Ephesus (1811).
Monday. [Eph. 1:22-2:3; Mark 10:46-52]
The blind man of Jericho raised up his
voice when he learned that the Lord was walking past. His
wail reached the Lord; nothing surrounding the Lord could
interfere with His hearing it, and the Lord called the
blind man over and returned his sight. At every time and
in every place the Lord does not just walk by, but is
there; He governs the whole world. As human thinking would
have it, this means that He has many cares; furthermore,
multitudes of angels surround Him with doxologies. But if
you are able to raise up your voice like the blind man of
Jericho, nothing will stop your wail from reaching the
Lord; He will hear and fulfil your petition. It does not
depend on the Lord; He Himself is near, and all that is
necessary for you is already prepared in Him; now all that
is wanting is you. Manage to raise up your voice to the
measure of the Lord’s hearing, and you will
immediately receive everything. What then is this measure?
Faith, hope, devotion to God’s will. But even these
measures have their own measures. What then should these
measures be? Ask the one who has prayed and received what
he requested; he will say to you: “I prayed about
this and about that and I received according to my
request; now I need this, I have been praying and have not
received it, and I know why: because I cannot in any way
ascend to that measure of prayer which I had
earlier.” It turns out that it is impossible to
determine this measure with literal preciseness. Only one
thing is definitely true, that the matter depends upon us,
and not on the Lord. As soon as you reach the point where
you are capable of acceptance, you will unquestionably