Sunday, February 8 / January 26 (Church Calendar)
Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee / New Martyrs of Russia
Saints of the Day
January 26 / February 8. St. Xenophon and his wife, St. Mary, and their two sons, Saints Arcadius and John, of Constantinople. St.Symeon the Ancient of Mt. Sinai. Martyrs Ananias presbyter, Peter, and seven soldiers, in Phoenicia. Translation of the Relics of St. Theodore, abbot of the Studion. St. Joseph, Bishop of Thessalonica, brother of St. Theodore of the Studion. St. Gabriel, abbot at Jerusalem, and St. Ammon, disciple of St. Anthony the Great. St. David III, king of Georgia. New-Martyr Cyril, Metropolitan ofKazan (1937). New Hieromartyr Arcadius (1938). New-Martyr Matushka Maria of Gatchina (1930). (Greek Calendar: Two Martyrs of Phrygia. St. Clement of Mt. Stirion, monk. St. Xenophon of Robika, monk.) Repose of Metropolitan Gabriel of Novgorod and Petersburg (1801).
Quote of the Day
And what is it then, to follow Christ? To do good and to suffer for the sake of the will of God who desires our forbearance; to endure all, looking upon Christ who suffered; for many wish to be glorified with Christ, yet few seek to remain with the suffering Christ.
St. Tikhon of Zadonsk
Scripture Readings for the Day
2 Timothy 3:10-15
The Man of God and the Word of God
10 But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, 11 persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra—what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ 13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Photo of the Day
An aerial view of the Monastery, overlooking the Village of Dockton. Founded by Norwegian and Croatians immigrants, Dockton was once the site of the largest ship building dry docks, north of San Francisco, back in the 1880’s.