Afterfeast of the Theophany. St. Gregory of Nyssa (после 394). St. Dometian, bishop of Melitene (601). St. Marcian, priest, of Constantinople (5th c.). St. Paul, founder of Obnora Monastery (Vologda) (1429). St. Antipas of Calapodeshti (Romania) and Valaam Monastery (1882). St. Theophan the Recluse, bishop of Tambov (1894).
Blessed Theosebia the Deaconess, sister of Sts. Macrina, Basil the Great, Peter of Sebaste, and Gregory of Nyssa (385). St. Macarius, founder of Pisma Monastery (Kostroma) (14th c.). Monk-martyr Ephraim, elder of Obnora, and six monks of Obnora whose relics are incorrupt (1538).
New Hieromartyrs Peter Uspensky, archpriest of Radushino (Zaraisk) (1930), and Anatole (Grisyuk), metropolitan of Odessa and Cherson (1938). New Martyr Arsenia (Dobronravova), abbess of the Holy Resurrection–St. Theodore Convent (Shuisk) (1939).
St. Ammon, monk, of Nitria (5th c.).
Monday (32nd). [James 2:14–26; Mark 10:46–52]
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he
hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him?
The path to faith is repentance. In repenting what does
one say? “I have sinned; I will not do it again.
I will not sin; therefore I will live by the
commandments.” Repentance does not depart with
the acceptance of faith; but uniting with faith, it
remains through to the end. So too this resolution to
live by the commandments remains in force in the
presence of faith. Consequently, if the believer came
to faith along a direct path—that is, the path of
repentance—he is zealous in fulfilling the
commandments, or is a doer of good works. Faith gives
him a most powerful motivation for this; faith also
gives him grace-filled strength to accomplish this
through the Holy Mysteries. Thus, faith furthers works.
Works in turn make faith perfect, for until that which
someone believes is done in deed, faith is not really
faith. It becomes apparent only in works; not only
apparent, but strong. Works influence back upon faith
and strengthen it.
the text, the King James Version
will be used for New Testament quotes and allusions.