Martyrs Nazarius, Gervasius, Protasius, and Celsus, of Milan (54-68). St. Parasceva (Petka) of Epibatima, Thrace, whose relics are in Iasi, Romania (11th c.).
Hieromartyr Silvanus, priest, of Gaza, and with him 40 martyrs (311). St. Nikola Sviatosha, prince of Chernigov and wonderworker, of the Kiev Caves (1143). St. Cosmas, founder of Yakhromsk Monastery (Vladimir) (1492).
New Hieromartyr Michael Lektorsky, archpriest, of Novo-Titarovskaya (Kuban) (1921). New Hiero-confessor Ambrose (Polyansky), bishop of Kamenets-Podolsk (1932). New Hieromartyr Peter Lebedev, archpriest, of Rodniki (Ivanovo) (1937). New Hieromartyr Maximillian (Marchenko), abbot, of Zagorsk (Moscow) (1938).
Yakhromsk Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (15th c.).
Martyr Peter Apselamus of Eleutheropolis in Palestine (309). St. Burchard, first bishop of Wurzburg, English missionary to Germany (754). St. Ignatius, metropolitan of Mithymna (1566). St. Cosmas the Hymnographer, bishop of Maiuma (787).
Tuesday. [Col. 1:1-2, 7-11; Luke 8:1-3]
The Lord preaches, the women serve Him
from their substance, and are thus as participants in his
very preaching. It is not given to everyone to preach the
Gospels, but everyone can help spread them, and be
participants in this most important matter on the earth.
There were many such participants, both men and women, at
the time the holy apostles preached; and then at the time
of their successors, and finally, throughout the entire
history of the Church. Such participants exist to this
day. Our apostles in the Caucasus and in various areas of
Siberia labour zealously, suffering every need and
deprivation. They continue the work of the Lord and the
holy Apostles. Those men and women who send them help join
the ranks of the women who served the Lord, and become
worthy of equal recompense. The Lord said: He that
receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth Me (John 13:20).
This means that He equates Himself with the one who is
sent to preach; it would follow that He equates the
service rendered to his messengers with serving Him.
According to the law of His goodness and truth, the way a
person receives one determines the reward he will receive
(Matt. 10:41). This would seem to be sufficient incentive
to keep giving alms to help in the great work of preaching
of the Gospels.