Hieromartyr Pancratius, bishop of Taormina in Sicily (1st c.).
Hieromartyr Cyril, bishop of Gortyna on Crete (ca. 303). Monkmartyrs Patermuthius and Coprius, and Martyr Alexander the Soldier, of Egypt (361-363). Sts. Patermuthius and Coprius, ascetics, of Egypt (5th c.). St. Theodore, bishop of Edessa (9th c.). Uncovering of the relics of St. Gabriel, archimandrite of St. Elias Skete, Mt. Athos (1994). Hieromartyr Peter, priest, of Cherevkov (Vologda) (early 17th c.).
Hieromartyrs at Wurzburg: Killian, bishop in East Franconia and Thuringia, and his companions Hieromonk Colman and Hierodeacon Totman (689). St. Everild, abbess, of Northumbria (ca. 700). St. Theodosius, stylite, of Edessa (9th c.). St. Photius, founder of Akapniou Monastery in Thessalonica (10th c.). Sts. Dionysius the Rhetorician (1606) and Metrophanes (17th c.), of Little St. Anne’s Skete, Mt. Athos. New Hieromartyr Methodius, bishop of Lappa on Crete (1793).
Repose of Righteous Patermuphy of Valaam and St. Alexander Nevsky Lavra (ca. 1825), Hierodeacon Melchizedek of the Roslavl Forests (1840), and Priest Ilie Lacatusu of Romania (1983).
Thursday. [Rom. 15:17-29; Matt. 12:46-13:3]
For whosoever shall do the will of
My Father which is in Heaven, the same is My brother, and
sister, and mother. By this the Lord gives us to know
that the spiritual kinship which He came to plant and
raise up on the earth is not the same as fleshly kinship;
although in the form of its relationships, the spiritual
is the same as the fleshly. The spiritual also contains
fathers and mothers—they are those who give birth to
people with the word of truth or the gospel, as the
apostle Paul says. And it contains also brothers and
sisters—they are those who are born spiritually from
one person and grow in one spirit. The connection between
[spiritual] relatives is founded on the action of grace.
It is not external, not superficial, but as deep and alive
as the fleshly connection, only it has its place in
another much higher and important sphere. This is why it
predominates over the fleshly, and when necessary, it
brings the fleshly as a sacrifice to its spiritual
interests without regret, in full certainty that this
sacrifice is pleasing to God and is required by