ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY Orthodox Calendar 2016
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Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомNine Martyrs at Cyzicus: Theognes, Rufus, Antipater, Theostichus, Artemas, Magnus, Theodotus, Thaumasius, and Philemon (286-299). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Memnon the Wonderworker, of Corfu (2nd c.). St. Nektary, elder, of Optina Monastery (1928).

Martyrs Diodorus and Rhodopianus, deacon, at Aphrodisia in Anatolia (284-305). St. Basil the Wonderworker of Ostrog, metropolitan of Zahumlje (1671) (Серб.). Holy Martyrs of Lazeti (Georgia) (17th c.-18th c.) (Груз.). Glorification of St. Amphilochius the Wonderworker, of Pochaev (1970).

St. John Tolaius, patriarch of Alexandria (482). St. Secundellus, deacon, in Gaul (6th c.). St. Wilfrid II, bishop of York (744). St. Nicetas, abbot, of Synnada (9th c.). St. Nicephorus of Sebaze (9th c.). St. John the New Merciful One, metropolitan of Thebes (12th c.). St. Arsenius, archbishop of Suzdal (1627). New Martyr Stanko the Shepherd, of Montenegro (1712). Apostles Jason and Sosipater, of the Seventy (63) (Gr. Cal).

Repose of Hieromonk Eulogius of Valaam (1969).

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 4:23–31; John 5:24–30]

   And they shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation (John 5:29). This is how everything ends! As each river flows into its own sea, so the flow of each of our lives comes, at last, to a place according to its nature. Those who will be resurrected unto life will also be at the judgment; but the judgment will only seal their justification, and determine their life, while the others will be resurrected only to hear the condemnation of eternal death. Their life and death are characterized even now—because some do living deeds, while others do dead and deadening deeds. Living deeds are those which are done according to the commandments, with joy of the spirit, unto the glory of God; dead deeds are those which are done in opposition to the commandments with forgetfulness of God, to please oneself and one’s passions. Dead deeds are all which although in form may not oppose the commandments, are done without any thought about God and eternal salvation, according to some aspect of self-love. God is life; only what contains part of Him is alive. And so whoever has only dead and deadening deeds is bound directly for death, and on the last day will come out into the condemnation of death; but whoever has all living deeds is bound for eternal life, and on the last day will come and receive it.