Hieromartyrs Hermolaus, Hermippus, and Hermocrates, at Nicomedia (ca. 305).
Nun-martyr Parasceva of Rome (138-161). St. Moses the Hungarian, of the Kiev Caves (ca. 1043). St. Theodosius of the Caucasus (1948). St. Isaac, hieromonk of Svyatogorsk Monastery (1903).
New Hieromartyr Sergius Strelnikov, archpriest, of Orshanka (Vyatka) (1937).
Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos “Of Emvolon” in Constantinople.
Martyr Oriozela of Reuma, near the Bosphorus (ca. 250). Virgin-martyr Jerusalem, near the Bosphorus (3rd c.). St. Gerontius, founder of St. Anne’s Skete, Mt. Athos (13th c.). St. Sava III, archbishop of Serbia (1316). St. Iakov Netsvetov of Atka Island and Ikogmute, missionary priest to the Yup’ik on the Yukon River (1867). St. Ignatius, monk, of Mt. Steirion.
Repose of Elder Theophanes of Solovki (1819) and Archimandrite Nathaniel (Pospelov) of Pskov Caves Monastery (2002).
Seventh Sunday After Pentacost. [Rom. 15:1-7; Matt.
According to your faith be it unto
you, said the Lord to the two blind men, and
immediately their eyes were opened. The greater the faith
is, the greater is the influx of Divine power. Faith is
the receiver, lips, and receptacle of grace. Just as one
person’s lungs are large while another
person’s are small, and the large take in more air,
while the small take in less, so one person has a large
degree of faith, and another a small degree, and one
person’s faith receives more gifts from the Lord,
and another person’s fewer. God is everywhere,
encompasses everything and contains all, and loves to
dwell in human souls. But He does not forcibly enter them,
even though He is Almighty, but enters as if upon
invitation; for He does not want to infringe upon the
power which man has over himself, or infringe upon
man’s right to rule his own house—a right
which He has granted. Whosoever opens himself through
faith, God fills, but whosoever closes himself through
unbelief—God does not enter, though He is near.
Lord! Add to our faith, for faith too is Thy gift. Each of
us should confess: Poor and needy am I (Ps.