July 9, 2014 + On Having Firm Resolve Not to Become Angry
From Abba Isidore
Isidore the Priest was a monk of Scetis and early companion of Macarius (the Great). He is mentioned by Cassian as one of the heads of the four communities in Scetis.
2. A brother asked him, 'Why are the demons so frightened of you?' The old man said to him, 'Because I have practiced asceticism the day I became a monk, and not allowed anger to reach my lips.'
3. He also said that for forty years he had been tempted to sin in thought but that he had never consented either to covetousness or to anger.
7. Abba Isidore said, 'One day I went to the market place to sell some small goods; when I saw anger approaching me, I left the things and fled.'
From Selections from the Sayings of the Desert Fathers, translated by Benedicta Ward
Hieromartyr Pancratius the Bishop of Taormina in Sicily
As a flaming arrow you were sent from on high to the throne of Taormina to wound godless impiety and to illumine the hearts of the faithful, confirming them in the faith through the word of God. And having completed your course you did suffer unto bloodshed. O Hieromartyr Pancratius, pray for all who praise your memory.
Kontakion, Tone 8
You were a brilliant star in Taormina, O blessed Pancratius, and you became a hieromartyr for Christ. Standing before Him now, pray for those who honor you.