Orthodox Calendar 2017
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June 17
2nd Week after Pentecost. Tone 8.
Fast of the Holy Apostles.
Fish, wine and oil allowed.

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Metrophanes, first archbishop of Constantinople (ca. 326). Совершается служба с полиелеемSt. Methodius, founder of Peshnosha Monastery (Moscow), disciple of St. Sergius of Radonezh (1392).

Martyrs Frontasius, Severinus, Severian, and Silanus, of Gaul (1st c.). Martyr Concordius of Spoleto, Italy (ca. 175). Hieromartyr Astius, bishop of Dyrrachium in Macedonia (2nd c.). St. Zosimas of Cilicia, bishop of Babylon in Egypt (6th c.). New Hieromartyr Ioannicius, metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral (1945). Sts. Eleazar and Nazarius, wonderworkers, of Olonets (15th c.).

Sts. Mary and Martha, sisters of St. Lazarus (1st c.). St. Titus, bishop of Byzantium (3rd c.). Hieromartyr Apotacius and Martyrs Zoticus, Atallus, Camasius, Philip, and 31 others, including Eutychius, Quirinus, Julia, Saturninus, Ninita, Fortunio, Gaddanus, and Amasus, beheaded at Noviodunum (Niculitel) (320). St. Optatus, bishop of Milevum in Numidia (376). St. Alonius of Scetis in Egypt (5th c.). St. Petroc, abbot, in Cornwall (594). Monk-martyr John, abbot, of Monagria Monastery, near Cyzicus (761). St. Sophia of Thrace (10th c.-11th c.).

Repose of Hieromonk Bartholomew of Neamts and Svir (1864) and the sisters Vera (June 4) and Lyubov (June 8) of the Shamordino Convent (1883).

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

Saturday. [Rom. 3:19–26; Matt. 7:1–8]

Judge not, that ye be not judged (Matt. 7:1). What a disease—gossip and judging others! Everyone knows that this is a sin; nevertheless there is nothing more common in our words than judgment of others. One says, “Do not count it as judging, O Lord,” but continues judging to the end. Another justifies himself that any reasonable person must have an opinion about what is going on, and in his gossip he tries to be coolly reasonable; but even a simple ear cannot help but discern a high-minded and gloating judgment of others in his words. Meanwhile, the sentence of the Lord for this sin is strict and decisive. He who judges others will not be justified. What should one do? How can one avoid misfortune? A decisive remedy against judging others consists of this: to consider yourself condemned. He who feels himself condemned will have no time to judge others. His only words will be, “Lord have mercy! Lord forgive my transgressions!”


St. Metrophanes the first Patriarch of Constantinople

Saint Metrophanes, Patriarch of Constantinople, was a contemporary of Saint Constantine the Great (306-337). His father, Dometius, was a brother of the Roman emperor Probus (276-282). Seeing the falseness of the pagan religion, Dometius came to believe in Christ.

St Methodius the Abbot of Peshnosha

Saint Methodius, Igumen of Peshnosha was the founder of the Peshnosha monastery. In his youth he went to St Sergius of Radonezh and spent several years under his guidance.

Venerable Father Zosima the Bishop of Babylon

Saint Zosima, Bishop of Babylon, was born in Cilicia (Asia Minor). While still a youth he left the world and settled on Mount Sinai, and later he withdrew to a more solitary place in Lebanon.

"A Theologian by Virtue of Thy Life in God"—St. Nazarius of Valaam

Deacon Aaron Taylor

St. Nazarius was first and foremost a solitary ascetic and afterwards a father of monks. When he re-established Valaam, he took care to reintroduce all three modes of monastic life: coenobitism, the skete life, and anchoretism. According to his Life, “He began the building of the Great Skete in the woods beyond the Monastery enclosure as well as other sketes, and encouraged anchorites—making himself the first example of eremitic life.” As a “monk’s monk,” St. Nazarius was different from many of the famous elders of subsequent decades.

A Church of God Can Never Be Empty. How Abbot Nazarius of Valaam Saved a Parish

Touched to the heart by the just words of Fr. Nazarius, the priest replied: “Help me, О Elder, and instruct me. I will try to do what you advise.” Fr. Nazarius said: “Very well; now let us go to God’s temple. Order the bell to be sounded for the Vigil and the Reader to prepare for the All- night service. And Fr. Ilarion and I will help you.”

Sts. Mary and Martha, sisters of St. Lazarus

The righteous sisters Martha and Mary were believers in Christ even before He raised their brother Saint Lazarus (October 17) from the dead.

Venerable Petroc of Cornwall

Dmitry Lapa

The Gospel was brought to Cornwall in the fifth century or even earlier, and monastic life began there in 475. At that time Cornwall became known as “the land of saints” or “the Thebaid of saints”. Indeed, between the fifth and sventh centuries Cornwall produced so many saints, ascetics, hermits, abbots, missionaries, holy bishops and kings, that nearly each town and village in the region has its own patron-saint.

Venerable Sophia of Ainos

Our venerable Mother Sophia was born in the province of Ainos in southeastern Thrace , and was the daughter of pious Christian parents.