ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY Orthodox Calendar 2015
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Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Theodore the Sykeote, bishop of Anastasiopolis (613).

Holy Apostle Nathaniel of the Twelve, Apostles Apelles, Luke (not the Evangelist), and Clement, of the Seventy (1st c.). St. Vitalis, monk of the monastery of Abba Seridus at Gaza (609-620). Translation of the relics of St. Vsevolod (in holy baptism Gabriel), prince and wonderworker of Pskov (1834). New Hieromartyr Platon, bishop of Banja Luka (1941).

Martyr Epipodius of Lyons (ca. 177). Martyr Leonidas of Alexandria (202). St. Ananias, abbot, of Malles (Crete) (1907).

Repose of Blessed Fool-for-Christ Athanasius Andreyevich Saiko of Orel (1967) and Blessed Fool-for- Christ Ekaterina of Piukhtitsa Convent (Estonia) (1968).

Thoughts for Each Day of the Year
According to the Daily Church Readings from the Word of God
By St. Theophan the Recluse

St. Theophan the Recluse

Tuesday. [Acts 10:21–33; John 7:1–13]

   The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil (John 7:7). The Lord did not say this to His disciples; to His disciples He foretold later that the world would hate and persecute them also, because He has taken them out of the world. So, note what the world hates, and you will learn of Christ’s lot. The world rebels most strongly against what is of Christ, what is closest to Him, and more like unto His spirit. This is an external indicator, but for those who live externally this is enough. The world does not act on its own, but is kindled in its works by its prince—satan, the works of whom the Lord destroyed, and continues to destroy in believers and with believers. He cannot do anything to the Lord directly; this is why he directs his anger upon those who believe in Him, so that in frustrating them he will frustrate the Lord. He does not act directly in this, but through his agencies, which make up the world. This does not mean that he is strong; do not fear him, but rather be bold, for the Lord overcame the world and the prince thereof. Satan is not in a condition to do anything to one who does not yield on his own.