Martyr Isidore of Chios (251). St. Isidore, fool-for-Christ and wonderworker, of Rostov (1474).
Martyr Maximus, under Decius (ca. 250). St. Serapion the Sindonite, monk, of Egypt (5th c.). St. Nicetas, recluse, of the Kiev Caves, bishop of Novgorod (1108). St. Leontius, patriarch of Jerusalem (1175). St. Andrew, abbot of the Holy Trinity–St. Raphael Monastery (Tyumen) (1820). Uncovering of the relics of St. Tikhon, bishop of Voronezh, wonderworker of Zadonsk (1846).
New Hieromartyr Peter Rozhdestvin, archpriest, of Lanino (Ryazan) (1939). New Hiero-confessor Matthew, hieromonk, of Yaransk (1927).
St. Aprunculus, bishop of Langres, later of Clermont (ca. 488). Hieromartyr Therapontus, bishop of Cyprus (632). New Martyr Mark of Crete, at Smyrna (1643). New Martyr Raiko-John of Shumena, Bulgaria (1802). Sts. Alexander, Barbarus, and Acolythus, martyred at the Church of Holy Peace by the Sea, in Constantinople.
Commemoration of the martyrdom by the Poles of Abbot Anthony with 40 monks and 1,000 laymen of the St. Paisius of Uglich Monastery and Abbot Daniel with 30 monks and 200 laymen of the St. Nicholas Monastery (Kostroma) (1609).
Saturday. [Acts 20:7–12; John 14:10–21]
And whatsoever ye shall ask of the
Father in my name, that will I do (John 14:13). What a
consoling promise! But how few make use of it! People
rarely keep this in mind. There are people who do not
understand this at all, and do not accept it. Why is this
so? Because they do not love the Lord, and they do not
fulfil His commandments. This unfaithfulness of the heart
toward the Lord relinquishes any boldness to petition the
Lord, just as a lazy servant does not dare ask something
of his masters, for he knows that he does not deserve any
mercy. The established prayers are read in their usual
course, and they contain very great petitions; but they
are merely read, and this, as we well know, is far from
prayer and petitioning. We cannot stand with true prayer
before the Lord and extend our petitions to Him until our
conscience is clear before Him.