Hieromartyr Timothy, bishop of Prusa (ca. 361-363). Uncovering and translation of the relics of St. Basil, bishop of Ryazan (1609). Synaxis of the Saints of Ryazan. St. John, metropolitan of Tobolsk and all Siberia (1715). Synaxis of the Saints of Siberia. St. Tamar (Mardzhanishvili), schema-abbess of the St. Seraphim–Znamensky Skete (Moscow) (1936).
Martyr Alexander and Virgin-martyr Antonina, at Crodamon (ca. 313). St. Theophanes, monk, and St. Pansemne, former harlot, of Antioch (369). St. Bassian, bishop of Lodi in Lombardy (409). St. Silouan of the Far Caves in Kiev (13th c.-14th c.). Blessed Cosmas, fool-for-Christ, of Verkhoturye (1706).
St. Asterius, bishop of Petra (4th c.). St. Canides, monk, of Cappadocia (ca. 460). 222 Chinese New Martyrs of the Boxer Uprising, at Beijing and other places: Hieromartyr Metrophanes Chang (Chang Tzi-tzung), his wife Tatiana, his sons John and Isaiah, Isaiah’s fiancée Maria, the church-school teachers Paul Wang and Ia Wen, and others (1900).
Repose of Elder Nahum of Solovki (1853) and Schemamonk Sergius of Valaam (1860).
Thursday. [Rom. 5:10–16; Matt. 8:23–27]
They set off for the other side of the sea.
The Lord was sleeping. A tempest arose and everyone was
terrified, but they forgot that the Lord was with them,
and thus there was nothing to fear. This also happens in
the earthly and spiritual course of life. When a tempest
of misfortunes or passions arises we usually become
worried to the point of paralyzation, and think that this
is normal; but the Lord sends us a lesson: O ye
of little faith! (Matt. 8:26). And justly! It
is impossible not to notice what is happening, but it is
possible to maintain a wise calmness. First and foremost,
see what the Lord wants of you, and submit humbly to His
strong hand. Do not rush about, do not become frenzied.
Then lift up your faith that the Lord is with you and fall
to His feet in prayer. Dot cry, “I perish!”
but with devotion call out, “Lord! If Thou
wilt—Thou canst do all things. Not my will, but Thy
will be done.” Believe, that this is how you will
safely escape the tempest that has arisen.