Holy Prophet and God-seer Moses (1531 b.c.). Hieromartyr Babylas, bishop of Antioch, with Martyrs Urban, Prilidian, and Epolonius, and their mother Christodula (251). New Hieromartyr Parthenius, abbot, of Kiziltash Monastery in the Crimea (1867). Uncovering of the relics of St. Ioasaph, bishop of Belgorod (1911). Second uncovering of the relics (1989) of St. Metrophanes (Macarius in schema), bishop of Voronezh. Synaxis of the Saints of Voronezh.
Martyr Hermione, daughter of Apostle Philip the Deacon (ca. 117). Martyrs Theodore, Ammianus, Julian, Oceanus, and Centurionus, of Nicomedia (288). Martyr Babylas of Nicomedia, and with him 84 children (4th c.). New Hieromartyr Peter, metropolitan of Dabro-Bosnia (1941).
New Hieromartyrs Gregory (Lebedev), bishop of Schlisselburg, Sergius (Druzhinin), bishop of Narva, and Stephen (Kuskov), hieromonk, of Nikolskoye (Tver) (1937).
Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos “The Unburnt Bush.” (1680)
St. Petronius of Egypt, disciple of St. Pachomius the Great (346). St. Symeon, abbot and wonderworker of Gareji (1773). St. Anthimus the Blind, new ascetic, of Cephalonia (1782).
Saturday. [I Cor. 4:1-5; Matt. 23:1-12]
He that is greatest among you shall
be your servant. As the Lord tells us, greatness is
measured not by birth, not by power, nor by abilities and
resources, but by the ability to arrange good for others.
He who is more tireless and acts more broadly in this vein
is greatest. As in a family, the greatest member is
sincerely concerned for the whole family, and he considers
it an honor and advantage to soothe all, to do such that
things will be good for everyone, so in a Christian
society he who wants to be greatest must take on complete
care for the Christian comfort of all those in his spheres
of existence, and in the area of activity which he has
chosen for himself. But it is even better to abandon every
thought about greatness and have heartfelt care for
greater service for the good of all those around you, and
then you will be greatest in the eyes of God, and people
will perhaps recognize you as such, also. If only all who
are greater would make this law of Christ the law of their
conscience, what prosperity and ease would arise
immediately among us! But the misfortune is that greatness
among us begins quickly to serve itself and its own
interests, and almost always joins this with demands of
being served itself rather than it serving others, and
soothes its conscience with the proper running of official
affairs. This is why there are many superiors, but good
does not prosper in our midst, and all good institutions
do not bring forth that good which is expected of