Martyrs Menodora, Metrodora, and Nymphodora, at Nicomedia (305-311).
Holy Apostles Apelles, Luke (not the Evangelist), and Clement, of the Seventy (1st c.). Martyr Barypsabas, in Dalmatia (2nd c.). St. Pulcheria the Empress (453). Sts. Peter and Paul, bishops of Nicaea (9th c.). St. Paul the Obedient, of the Kiev Caves (13th c.-14th c.). St. Ioasaph, monk, of Kubensk (Vologda) (1453). St. Theodoritus, archbishop of Ryazan and Murom (1617).
New Hieromartyrs Meletius (Fedyunev), hieromonk, of Kuzhba (Komi), and Gabriel (Yatsik), archimandrite, of Donskoy Monastery (Moscow) (1937), and Warus (Shmarin), bishop of Lipetsk (1938).
St. Finian, abbot, in Ulster (579). St. Salvius, bishop of Albi (Gaul) (584). St. Theodaard of Maastricht (668). St. Cassian, abbot, of Spaso-Kamenny and White Lake Monasteries (1469).
Repose of Elder Tikhon of Kapsala, Mt. Athos (1968).
Friday. [Gal. 4:8-21; Mark 6:45-53]
Be of good cheer: it is I; be not
afraid. Here is the pillar of our hope! Whatever
misfortune or sorrow might there be, remember that the
Lord is near, and be inspired through courageous patience.
As at that time He suddenly appeared before the apostles
who were in calamity on the sea, so will He show His help
and intercession suddenly to you when you are in calamity.
He is everywhere and is always ready with His protection.
Stand only with Him or before Him in faith, prayer, hope,
and devotion to His holy will. There will occur a union of
the spirit with the Lord, and from this comes every good
thing. However, this does not mean that there immediately
will be dignity, and glory and honor, and other such
things. The external things might remain as they are, but
there will arise a courageous and good-humoured abiding in
the order of events which it pleases the Lord to arrange
for a person. And this is the main thing that everyone in
calamity should seek—happiness on the inside, and
not on the outside. Inner blessedness always exists among
those who are in living union with the Lord.