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31st Week after Pentecost. Tone 5.
Strict fast.
Monastic rule: xerophagy (bread, uncooked fruits and vegetables).

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомEve of the Theophany Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомHieromartyr Theopemptus, bishop of Nicomedia, and Martyr Theonas (303) Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Syncletica of Alexandria (ca. 350). St. Symeon, hieroschemamonk of the Pskov Caves Monastery (1960)

Prophet Micah (9th c. b.c.). Virgin Apollinaria of Egypt (ca. 470) St. Phosterius the Hermit (6th c.) St. Menas of Sinai (6th c.) St. Gregory, monk, of Crete (ca. 820). St. Theophan, schema-archimandrite, of the Rykhlovsk Monastery (Ukraine) (1977).

St. Talida, abbess at Antinoe, and her disciple Taora (5th c.) New Monkmartyr Romanus of Carpenision and Kapsokalyvia, at Constantinople (1694).

Repose of Monk Alexander of Valaam (1810).

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

Sunday Before Theophany[1] (31st). [II Tim. 4:5–8; Mark 1:1–8]

Before the Lord’s appearance to the people, before He began the work of Divine economy[2] of our salvation, Saint John the Forerunner was sent to prepare people for receiving Him. This preparation consisted in a call to repentance. Since then, repentance has become the path to the Lord and Saviour, and the threshold to faith in Him. The Saviour Himself began His preaching with the words: Repent ye, and believe the gospel (Mark 1:15). Repentance and faith lead a person who seeks salvation back and forth between these two states. Repentance weighs him down with the burden of his sins and frightens him with the impartial judgement of God’s righteousness. But faith comes along and shows him the Deliverer Who has taken away the sins of the world. He who repents cleaves to the Deliverer, and laying down the burden of his sins through confession, joyfully runs after Him along the path of His commandments. Faith in this manner is born of repentance and is founded on it. He who repents holds firmly onto faith according to his feeling of deliverance. Faith is alive through repentance. Without repentance faith would be like a sapling which is without an animating current—withered and not giving of life.


[1] Theophany, or in Russian, Bogoyavlenie,  means “God has appeared.” This feast day is otherwise known as Epiphany.

[2] Throughout this book, the Russian word, domostroitelstvo, will be translated as “Divine economy,” which refers to God’s stewardship, overseeing our salvation, as a steward oversees a household. The epitome of God’s Divine economy is Christ’s incarnation, and salvation through Him.

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