ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY Orthodox Calendar 2016
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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

Thursday. [Acts 2:38–43; John 3:1–15]

   Beneficial is the work of those who, using sensible reason, crush the enormous lie mustered against the truth of the resurrection. Read and arm yourself with this reason; meanwhile, do not be too lazy to allow more and more space for the power of Christ’s Resurrection to enter into you. The more you do this, the more you will breathe the air of the Resurrection, and you will become quite safe from all the darts of the enemy, which are directed against this truth. You ask, what is needed for this? Nothing special: be the way you ought to be according to the vow you made in holy baptism, which is our resurrection. You spat on satan and all his works? So continue to preserve yourself thus in relation to him. Did you unite yourself with Christ? Then abide with Him. The deeds of darkness and light are obvious. Flee from the former and make all diligence with the latter. But do this without any compromises, even the smallest, so that the norm of your life becomes the following: there is no communion of light with darkness, or of Christ with Belial (cf. II Cor. 6:15).