Martyr Christina of Tyre (ca. 300). Holy Martyrs and Passion-bearers Boris and Gleb of Russia, in holy baptism Romanus and David (1015).
St. Polycarp, archimandrite, of the Kiev Caves (1182). St. Pachomius, abbot, near Vologda (1479). St. Bogolep, child schemamonk, of Cherny Yar, near Astrakhan (1654). St. George (Konissky), archbishop of Mogilev (1795).
New Hiero-confessor John Kalinin, priest, of Olenevka (1951). 17 New Martyrs of Mgarsk Monastery (Poltava): Abbot Ambrose, hieromonks Arcadius, Ioannicius, Jonah, Joseph, Nicanor, Athanasius, Theophan, Serapion, Nicostratus, and Julian, and monks Ioannicius, Herman, Nazarius, Parthenius, Potapius, and Dorymedon (1919).
St. Declan, bishop of Ardmore (Ireland (5th c.). St. Bernulphus, bishop of Utrecht (Neth.) (1054). St. Hilarion of Tvali, Georgia (1041). New Martyr Theophilus of Zakynthos, at Chios (1635). New Martyr Athanasius of Nicaea, at Constantinople (1670). Serbian New Martyrs of Prebilovci (Herzegovina) (1941).
Repose of Blessed Monk Tikhon of Turukhan in Siberia (1682).
Friday. [I Cor. 7:35-8:7; Matt. 15:29-31]
Without attentiveness in everyday
affairs you cannot do anything properly; but in spiritual
matters—it comes first. It notices what is bad and
brings it before the inner judge; sets the guard of the
inner chamber, where the best course of action is
discussed, and then protects the one who carries out the
decisions. This is not surprising, because the spiritual
life in its fullness is called a sober life, and in
patristic writings we meet mostly words about soberness or
attentiveness, for they are one and the same. Therefore,
how important it is to make a habit of attentiveness! The
initial labor of those who have begun to be concerned
about their souls is usually directed toward this. And
their work only begins to resemble work from the point
where attentiveness begins to be gathered within
themselves; usually the attentiveness is all external, and
not internal. From this moment the inner life is conceived
and with this attentiveness it ripens and strengthens.
What does this mean? It means standing with the mind in
the heart before the Lord and consciously discussing all,
and undertaking all before His face. This job, obviously,
is complicated. It becomes successful with prayer, and is
as much strengthened by it, as it strengthens prayer