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Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомAfterfeast of the Meeting of Our Lord. Совершается служба на шестьHoly and Righteous Symeon the God-receiver and Anna the Prophetess (1st c.). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Nicholas, Equal-to-the-Apostles, enlightener of Japan (1912).

Prophet Azariah (10th c. в до Р.10th c..). Martyrs Papias, Diodorus, and Claudianus, at Perge in Pamphylia (250). Martyr Blaise of Caesarea in Cappadocia (3rd c.). Martyrs Adrian and Eubulus, at Caesarea in Cappadocia (ca. 308-309). St. Romanus, prince of Uglich (1285). St. Symeon, bishop of Polotsk and Tver (1289). St. Svyatoslav-Gabriel and his son St. Dimitry, of Yuriev (1253).

New Hieromartyr Vladimir (Zagreba), hieromonk of Borisoglebsk Monastery (Novotorzhok) (1938).

Martyr Paul the Syrian (284-305). St. Lawrence, archbishop of Canterbury (619). St. Werburga of Chester, abbess (ca. 700). St. Ansgar, bishop of Hamburg, enlightener of Denmark and Sweden (865). St. James, archbishop of Serbia (1292). St. Sabbas of Ioannina (15th c.). St. Ignatius of Mariupol in Crimea, metropolitan of Gothia and Kafa (1786). New Martyrs Stamatius and John, brothers, and Nicholas, their companion, at Spetses on Chios (1822).

Repose of Schemamonk Paul of Simonov Monastery (1825), disciple of St. Paisius (Velichkovsky), and Hieromonk Isidore of Gethsemane Skete, Moscow (1908).

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.

Articles

Holy, Righteous Simeon the God-Receiver

Righteous Simeon the God-Receiver was, according to the testimony of the holy Evangelist Luke, a just and devout man waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. God promised him that he would not die until the promised Messiah, Christ the Lord, came into the world.

Holy, Righteous Anna the Prophetess

She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband for seven years from her virginity; and she was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not leave the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.

Saint Nicholas of Japan and His Legacy

St. Nicholas’ personal example of love and respect for the Japanese people and their history, language,and customs left a good impression on the Japanese authorities and helped contribute to the growth of the Orthodox mission. St. Nicholas’ fluency in Japanese led to his being occasionally called upon to be present during official government meetings between Japanese and Russian representatives.

Martyr Blaise of Caesarea, in Cappadocia

Saint Blaise of Caesarea lived in the third century. He was from Caesarea in Cappadocia (Asia Minor) and was a shepherd.

Right-Believing Prince Roman of Uglich

He established a poor-house and took in the destitute, who came to him from everywhere. In the principality he built fifteen more churches. Saint Roman was present every day at the divine services, and he often conversed with pious monks.

Venerable Werburgh of Mercia, Patroness of Chester

Dmitry Lapa

The seventh century played a key role in the history of Christianity in England, as all seven early English kingdoms were converted to the Orthodox faith in that century; the period can be called “the golden age of English Orthodoxy.”
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