Hieromartyr Dorotheus, bishop of Tyre (ca. 362).
Martyrs Marcian, Nicander, Hyperechius, Apollonius, Leonides, Arius, Gorgias, Selenias, Irenaeus, and Pambo, of Egypt (ca. 305-311). St. Anubius, confessor and anchorite, of Scetis (4th c.). St. Theodore the Wonderworker, hermit, of the Jordan (6th c.). Abba Dorotheus of Gaza (ca. 620). Translation to Chernigov of the relics of the Blessed Igor-George, tonsured Gabriel, great prince of Chernigov and Kiev (1150). St. Constantine, metropolitan of Kiev (1159). St. Theodore Yaroslavich of Novgorod, brother of St. Alexander Nevsky (1233). Uncovering of the relics (1599) of Sts. Jonah and Bassia, monks, of Pertoma (Solovki) (1599).
New Hieromartyr Nicholas Riurikov, archpriest, of Vladimirskoye (Siberia) (1943).
St. Illidius (Allyre), bishop of Clermont (Gaul) (385). St. Dorotheus of Thebes (ca. 395). Hieromartyr Boniface (Wynfrith), archbishop of Mainz and enlightener of Germany, and those martyred with him, including St. Adalar, bishop of Erfurt (754). Martyr Sanctius (Sancho), soldier, at Cordoba (851). St. Dorotheus, abbot, at Chiliokama on the Black Sea (11th c.). St. Peter, monk, of Korisha, Serbia (1275). Sts. Agapius and Nicodemus, stewards of Vatopedi (14th c.). New Martyr Mark of Smyrna, on Chios (1801).
Saturday. [Rom. 1:7–12; Matt. 5:42–48]
Love your enemies, bless them that
curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for
them which despitefully use you, and persecute
you (Matt. 5:44). There is nobody on the earth
without love. People love their parents and relatives,
benefactors and protectors. But the feeling of love toward
parents, relatives, protectors and benefactors is natural
and forms unaided in the heart; that is why the Lord does
not give it value. True Christian love is proved by our
relationship to enemies. Not only should light and
incidental annoyances not extinguish our love for others,
but not even attacks and persecutions, misfortunes and
deprivations, intentionally and hostilely inflicted. We
must not only bless these people, but also do good to them
and pray for them. See whether you have such a disposition
toward your enemies, and judge by this whether you have
Christian love, without which there is no salvation.