Hieromartyrs Anthimus, bishop of Nicomedia, and Theophilus, deacon, and Martyrs Dorotheus, Mardonius, Migdonius, Peter, Indes, Gorgonius, Zeno, Domna (virgin), and Euthymius (302). St. Theoctistus of Palestine, fellow-faster with St. Euthymius the Great (467). Blessed John “the Hairy,” fool-for-Christ, of Rostov (1580).
St. Phoebe, deaconess, at Cenchreae, near Corinth (1st c.). Hieromartyr Aristion (Kelladion), bishop of Alexandria (ca. 167). Martyr Basilissa of Nicomedia (309). St. Ioannicius II, first patriarch of Serbia (1354).
New Hieromartyrs Pimen (Belolikov), bishop of Vernensk, and Meletius (Golokolosv), hieromonk of the Issyk-Kul Holy Trinity Monastery (Kyrgyzstan) (1918).
St. Constantine the New, emperor of Byzantium (641). St. Aigulphus of Provence (Gaul) (676). St. Remaclus, bishop of Maastricht (677). St. Edward, martyr and king of England (978). New Martyr Polydorus of Leucosia (Cyprus), at New Ephesus (1794).
Repose of Priest Peter, fool-for-Christ, of Uglich (1866).
Saturday. [I Cor. 4:17-5:5; Matt. 24:1-13]
Because iniquity shall abound,
the love of many shall wax cold. Love is destroyed
by transgressions; the more sins, the less love. Where
there is all sin, do not seek love. Therefore, he who
seeks the spread of love and curtailment of lack of love
ought to be concerned with decreasing sin and cutting
short the sin-loving realm. This is the true foundation
for humanism! Having taken up this work, one must use all
means to oppose sin. External sins are the fruit of inner
sinfulness. Inner sinfulness is rooted in egoism and its
offspring. Consequently, humanists need to make it a rule
for themselves to suppress egoism by all means; egoism is
suppressed most forcefully by not allowing one’s own
will. Do not allow yourself to have your own will, and
soon you will overcome egoism. On the contrary, no matter
what means you want to use against egoism, you won’t
be able to do anything with it if you give freedom to your
will. It would follow that wherever people seek their own
little will, they are seeking an expansion of egoism and
the waxing cold of love—and they are seeking the
greater evil. Yet such is the spirit of the current
time—and evil is growing.