Hieromartyrs Pamphilus, priest and Valens, deacon, and Martyrs Paul, Seleucus, Porphyrius, Julian, Theodulus, Elias, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Samuel, and Daniel, at Caesarea in Palestine (307-309). St. Macarius (Nevsky), metropolitan of Moscow, apostle to the Altai (1926).
St. Maruthas, bishop of Sophene and Martyropolis, and the Martyrs of Persia, whose relics rest in Martyropolis (4th c.). St. Basil Gryaznov of Pavlovo-Posadsky (1869).
St. Mary the New, of Byzia in Thrace (9th c.). New Monkmartyr Romanus of Carpenision and Kapsokalyvia, at Constantinople (1694). St. Flavian the Confessor, archbishop of Constantinople (ca. 449).
Monday (35th). [I John 2:18–3:10; Mark
Yesterday the parable about the prodigal son invited us to
return from dissipation to the good path. Now the holy
Apostle John inspires us for this, giving assurance that
if we do this, when the Lord appears, we will be like Him.
What can compare with such a dignity?! I should think that
upon hearing this, you would be filled with a desire to
attain this for yourself. It is a good and most
importantly needful thing! Do not delay undertaking that
through which it is attained. Read further: every
man that hath this hope in Him, purifies himself, even as
He is pure (I John 3:3). Is there anything
within you in need of purifying? Of course—no small
amount of things will be found. Make haste: for where the
Lord is, no thing that defileth shall enter in (cf. Rev.
21–27). But do not be taken aback by the difficulty
of this matter. The Lord Himself will be your helper in
all things. Simply desire it wholeheartedly and turn to
the Lord for His much needed help. His grace-filled
strength will stream into your effort, and things will go
easily and successfully. As there is no sin that can
overcome the mercy of God, so there is no moral
uncleanness which could resist the grace-filled strength
that consumes it. Only on your part, let there be a lack
of desire for this uncleanness, an earnest effort to
repulse it, and your refuge in faith with the Lord.