St. Sampson the Hospitable of Constantinople (ca. 530). St. Joanna the Myrrhbearer (1st c.). Ven. Serapion of Kozheyezérsk (1611). St. Severus, Presbyter, of Interocrea in Italy (6th c.). Ven. George of Mt. Athos (Georgian—1066).
SAINT SAMPSON THE HOSPITABLE
Saint Sampson the Hospitable was the son of rich and illustrious Roman parents. In his youth he received an excellent education, he studied the medical arts, and doctored the sick without charge. After the death of his parents Saint Sampson generously distributed alms and set his slaves free, preparing himself to go into the wilderness.
With this intent in mind he soon journeyed from Rome to the East. But the Lord directed him onto a different path, that of service to neighbor, and so Saint Sampson came to Constantinople. Settling into a small house, the saint began to take in homeless wanderers, the poor and the sick, and he attended to them. The Lord blessed the efforts of Saint Sampson and endowed him with the power of wonderworking. He healed the sick not only through being a skilled physician, but also as a bearer of the grace of God. News of Saint Sampson spread abroad. The patriarch heard of his great virtue and ordained him to the holy priesthood.
It was revealed to the grievously ill Emperor Justinian (527-565), that he could receive healing only through Saint Sampson. In praying, the saint put his hand on the afflicted area, and Justinian was healed. In gratitude the emperor wanted to reward his healer with silver and gold, but the saint refused and instead asked Justinian to build a home for the poor and the sick. The emperor readily fulfilled his request.
Saint Sampson devoted the rest of his life to serving his neighbor. He survived into old age and after a short illness he departed peacefully to the Lord. The saint was buried at the church of the holy Martyr Mocius, and many healings were effected at his grave. His hospice remained open, and the saint did not cease to care for the suffering. He appeared twice to a negligent worker of the hospice and upbraided him for his laziness. At the request of an admirer of Saint Sampson the hospice was transformed into a church, and beside it a new edifice was built for the homeless. During the time of a powerful fire at Constantinople the flames did not touch the hospice of Saint Sampson. Through his intercession a heavy rain quenched the fire.
Troparion of the saint, tone 8
Through your patience, your unceasing prayer, your love for the poor and the help you gave to them, / you became worthy of your reward, O holy Sampson. / Intercede with Christ God that He may save our souls.
Kontakion of the saint, tone 8
We honor your relics, for you are an excellent physician and powerful intercessor; / as we gather to praise you with psalms and hymns, divinely-wise and venerable Sampson, / we glorify Christ, who granted you the grace of healing.
Romans 5:10-16 (Epistle)
- For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
- And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
- Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned –
- (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
- Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.
- But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.
- And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification.
Matthew 8:23-27 (Gospel)
- Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him.
- And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep.
- Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”
- But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.
- So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”