1 Kingdoms 14:1-15:9; Psalm 82; Proverbs 17:16·20; Luke 9:37·62
Genesis 46:1-7 Proverbs 23:15-24:5
This holy martyr was a married man, living in Cappadocia. During the reign of Julian the Apostate he, along with some other Christians, destroyed the pagan temple to the goddess Fortuna. (The Prologue says that it was his wedding day). For this he and his companions were cruelly tortured, then beheaded. At that time St Basil the Great governed the Church in that part of Cappadocia. When the apostate Emperor, going to fight the Persians, came to the town in which Eupsychius was martyred, St Basil went to meet him, bringing three barley loaves as a sign of honor and welcome. The Emperor, ever hostile to Christians, ordered that the bishop be given a fistful of hay in return. Saint Basil said to the Emperor 'You ridicule us now, O King; we bring you bread, by which we are fed, and you give us miserable food that you, with all your power, are unable to turn into nourishment for men.' The Emperor perished in the Persian campaign.
1 Kingdoms 10:17-13:22; Psalm 81; Proverbs 17:11·15; Luke 9:18·36
Genesis 43:26-31, 45:1-16 Proverbs 21:23-22:4
All of these are numbered among the Seventy, and all are mentioned in the Epistles of St Paul. Herodion was a kinsmen of St Paul: 'Salute Herodion my kinsman' (Romans 16:11). After many sufferings for the Gospel, he worked with the Apostle Peter in Rome, and was beheaded with him. Agabus was granted a spirit of prophecy: two of his prophecies are important in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 11:28, 21:11). Rufus was Bishop of Thebes. 'Salute Rufus, chosen in the Lord' (Romans 16:13). Asyncritus (Romans 16:14) was Bishop of Hyrcania in Asia. Phlegon, (Romans 16:14) was Bishop of Marathon in Thrace. Hermas (Romans 16:14) was a bishop in Dalmatia.
1 Kingdoms 8:1-10:16; Psalm 80; Proverbs 17:6·10; Luke 9:1·17