Orthodox Calendar 2017
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3rd Week after Pentecost. Tone 1.
Fast of the Holy Apostles.
Fish, wine and oil allowed.

Совершается служба с полиелеемHoly Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas (1st c.).

St. Barnabas, ascetic of Vetluga (1445). Translation of the relics of St. Ephraim, founder of the Sts. Boris and Gleb Monastery (Novotorzhok) (1572). St. Arcadius, monk, of Vyasma (ca. 1592).

Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos “It Is Truly Meet” (Axion Estin) (10th c.).

Commemoration of the appearance of the Archangel Gabriel to a monk on Mt. Athos, and the revelation of the hymn “It Is Truly Meet” (Axion Estin) (982). 222 Chinese New Martyrs of the Boxer Uprising, at Beijing and other places: Hieromartyr Metrophanes Chang (Chang Tzi-tzung), his wife Tatiana, his sons John and Isaiah, Isaiah’s fiancée Maria, the church-school teachers Paul Wang and Ia Wen, and others (1900). St. Barnabas of Basa near Limasol on Cyprus.

Repose of the recluse Melania of Eletz and Zadonsk (1836) and Ivan Vasilievich Kireyevsky, philosopher and Patristic translator (1856).

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. 3:28-4:3; Matt. 7:24-8:4]

   The present Gospel reading says that one who hears the sayings of the Lord and does them is like one who builds a house upon a rock; but one who hears them and does not do them is like one who builds a house upon the sand. Everyone should learn this by heart and repeat it often; the truth contained in it is graphically clear and anyone can understand it. Everyone has had many experiences of this. Take your thoughts, for example. While you are thinking about something, they are unstable and restless, but when you write them down, they become solid and fixed. The outcome of any project is unsure and its details can change many times before it is begun; yet any further cogitation ceases once you have set it in motion. In this manner, moral rules are alien to us when not fulfilled, they are outside of us and shaky. But when we fulfil them, they enter within, settle in the heart and form the basis of our character—good or evil. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise (Eph. 5:15).