ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY Orthodox Calendar 2016
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Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомApostles Archippus and Philemon of the Seventy, and Martyr Apphia (1st c.). St. Theodore, abbot, of Sanaxar Monastery (1791).

Martyrs Maximus, Theodotus, Hesychius, and Asclepiodota of Adrianople (305-311). Sts. Eugene and Macarius, priests, confessors at Antioch (363). St. Rabulas of Samosata (ca. 530). St. Dositheus of Gaza (7th c.).

New Hieromartyr Vladimir (Terentiev), abbot, of Zosima Hermitage (Smolensk) (1933).

St. Mesrop the Translator, of Armenia (439). St. Conon, abbot in Palestine (555). New Nun-martyr Philothea of Athens (1589). New Hieromartyr Nicetas, hieromonk, of Epirus and Mt. Athos, at Serres (1809).

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

Thursday. [I John 4:20–5:21; Mark 15:1–15]

This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith (I John 5:4)—the Christian faith. To overcome the world—what does that mean? Not to exterminate all those who love the world, or to annihilate and destroy all which is loved by the world. It means rather that while living amidst those who love the world and moving amidst customs loved of the world, we live and be alien to everyone and everything. As soon as you have rejected the world and everything worldly, you have by this very action overcome the world. But who teaches you to reject the world and who gives you strength for this? Our [Orthodox] Faith gives the strength. It discloses the destructiveness of the delusions of the world and inspires the desire to free oneself of their nets. Then, when one resolves to break these bonds, repents and approaches the Mysteries of renewal—baptism or repentance—faith allows him to mystically feel the sweetness of a life opposed to the world, a sweetness with which all the pleasures of the world cannot in any way enter into comparison. As a result, a loathing for everything worldly dwells in the heart, which actually is overcoming the world. But in this mystical action, as a result of which loathing for the world is born, the power to steadfastly abide in this loathing and alienation from the world also is granted; and this is a victory decisive and lasting.