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Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Isidore of Pelusium, monk (ca. 436-440). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. George, prince of Vladimir (1238). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Cyril, founder of New Lake Monastery (Novgorod) (1532).

Martyrs Jadorus and Isidore, who suffered under Decius (3rd c.). Hieromartyr Abramius, bishop of Arbela in Assyria (ca. 344-347). St. Nicholas the Confessor, abbot, of the Studion (868). Sts. Abraham and Coprius, founders of Pechenga Monastery (Vologda) (15th c.).

New Hieromartyr Methodius (Krasnoperov), bishop of Petropavlovsk (1921). New Hieromartyrs Theodosius (Bobkov), hieromonk of the Chudov Monastery (Moscow), Nicholas Kandaurov, archpriest (Moscow), Boris Nazarov, archpriest, of Protasievo (Verey), Alexander Pokrovsky, archpriest, of Mineyevo (Moscow), Alexander Sokolov, archpriest, of Paveltsovo (Moscow), Peter Sokolov, archpriest, of Klin (Moscow), John Tikhomirov, archpriest, of Petrovskoye (Moscow), and Nicholas Pospelov, priest, of Bylovo (Podolsk) (1938). New Martyr Raphaela, schemanun, of Moscow (1938).

Hieromartyr Phileas, bishop of Thmuis, and Martyr Philoromus the Magistrate (ca. 303). St. John of Irenopolis (ca. 325). St. Evagrius, fellow-ascetic of St. Shio of Mgvime, Georgia (6th c.). Hieromartyr Aldate of Gloucester (6th c.). New Martyr Joseph of Aleppo in Syria (1686).

Repose of the royal recluse Nun Dosithea of Moscow (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

Friday. [II John 1:1–13; Mark 15:22–25, 33–41]

   Saint John the Theologian writes, many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh (II John 1:7). Such it was in his time, whereas now deceivers enter the world, who confess that Christ is come in the flesh, but who nevertheless are “deceivers and antichrists” (cf. II John 1:7). This more openly began in the time of Arias and continues to this day. However, the ancient deceivers stumbled more in the dogma about the person of Jesus Christ our Saviour, whereas from the time of Luther they began to stumble in the teaching about salvation in Him. How many such “teachers” have there been? Such “deceivers and antichrists” have appeared among us, who say “believe and it is enough;” nothing more is needed—neither the Church, nor the Sacraments, nor the priesthood. These too begin their deception starting with Christ the Lord and salvation in Him. But since they do not interpret these correctly, they are antichrists, and subject to condemnation. Beware of them. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ hath not God (II John 1:9). These people do not have Him, because they do not have the doctrine of Christ. This doctrine is in the Church, and they have separated themselves from the Church. Only those who follow the Church have the doctrine of Christ and abide in it. They therefore have both Christ, the Son of God, and God the Father. But the others do not, although they keep saying that they do. Do not receive them, neither bid them God-speed (cf. II John 1:10).


Venerable Isidore of Pelusium

Saint Isidore’s spiritual wisdom and strict asceticism, combined with his broad learning and innate knowledge of the human soul, enabled him to win the respect and love of his fellow monks in a short time.

Right-believing George the Great Prince of Vladimir

Holy Great Prince George was a son of Great Prince Vsevolod, nicknamed “Big Nest.” He was born in the year 1189, and he assumed the great princely throne of Vladimir in 1212. He was distinguished for his military valor and his piety.

Venerable Cyril the Abbot and Wonderworker of Novoezersk, Novgorod

Saint Cyril of New Lake was born into a pious family. The Lord marked him as one of the chosen even before he was born.

Hieromartyr Abramius the Bishop of Arbela in Assyria

The Hieromartyr Abramius, Bishop of Arbela, suffered during a persecution against Christians in Persia under the emperor Sapor II.

Venerable Nicholas the Confessor the Abbot of Studion

Because of his life as a confessor and ascetic he received from God the gift of healing, which continued even after his repose in the year 868.

St. Evagrisi the disciple of St. Shio

Astonished at Fr. Shio’s strict asceticism, Saint Evagrisi was filled with holy envy, having a desire to emulate the hermit, and he told him, “God is truly alive. I will not leave you, I will not go back.”

St. Joseph of Aleppo, Priest & Martyr

Syria had been invaded by Arab Muslims in the 7th century, followed by Turkish Muslims, who for centuries attempted to wipe out the Christian religion in the Middle East. The Ottoman Turks had ruled Syria since the early 16th century and, while Christianity was officially tolerated under this rule, individual Christians were often harassed and persecuted.