St. James the Confessor, bishop, of the Studion (8th c.-9th c.). St. Seraphim of Vyritsa (1949).
St. Cyril, bishop of Catania (1st c.-2nd c.). St. Thomas, patriarch of Constantinople (610). St. Pachomius, abbot, of Nerekhta (1384).
St. Beryllus, bishop of Catania (2nd c.). St. Serapion, bishop of Thmuis, Egypt (ca. 358). St. Lupicinus, desert-dweller, of the Jura Mountains (Gaul) (480). St. Enda, monk, of Aran (Ireland) (530). St. Sophronius, abbot, of the monastery of St. Theodosius in Palestine (542). New Martyr Michael of Agrapha, at Thessalonica (1544). Martyrs Philemon and Domninus of Rome. St. Serapion the Sindonite, monk, of Egypt (5th c.).
Saturday. [Heb. 10:32–38; Mark 2:14–17]
I came not to call the righteous,
but sinners to repentance (Mark 2:17). Through the
mouth of Wisdom the Lord called the foolish to Himself. He
Himself wandered upon the earth, calling sinners. Neither
the proud, “clever ones,” nor the self-willed
and righteous have a place with Him. Let intellectual and
moral weakness rejoice! Mental and active power, step
aside! Total weakness that acknowledges itself as such and
hastens with faith to the Lord Who healeth the weak and
filleth the impoverished, will become strong both
intellectually and morally, but will continue to
acknowledge both its intellectual poverty and evil
inclinations. The power of God, under this unprepossessing
cover and made perfect in weakness, invisibly creates a
different person who is bright mentally and morally. This
brightness is often manifest here, but it is always
manifest there, in heaven. Behold what is hidden from the
wise and prudent and is revealed only to babes (cf. Matt.