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3rd Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 2.
Fast of the Holy Apostles.
Fish, wine and oil allowed.

Совершается служба на шестьSt. Onuphrius the Great (4th c.). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Peter of Mt. Athos (734).

Sts. John, Andrew, Heraclemon, and Theophilus, hermits, of Egypt (4th c.). St. Arsenius, founder of Konevits Monastery (1447). St. Onuphrius, founder of Malsk Monastery (Pskov) (1492). Sts. Onuphrius and Auxentius, monks, of Vologda (15th c.-16th c). Sts. Jonah and Bassian, monks, of Pertoma (Solovki) (1561). St. Stephen of Komel, founder of Ozersk Monastery (Vologda) (1542). First (1650) and second (1909) glorifications of St. Anna, princess of Kashin (Euphrosyne in monasticism). St. Onuphrius, founder of Katrom Monastery (Vologda) (16th c). Uncovering of the relics of St. John of Moscow, fool-for-Christ (1672).

Miracle-working icons of the Theotokos and St. Onuphrius at St. Onuphrius Monastery (Poland).

St. Amphianus, bishop and confessor, in Cilicia (ca. 310). St. Olympius, bishop and confessor, in Thrace (4th c.). St. Timothy the Hermit, of Egypt (4th c.). Virgin-martyr Cunera of Rhenen (Neth.) (451). St. Julian of the Dagouta Church in Constantinople. St. John the Soldier, of Egypt (6th c.-7th c.). St. John (Tornicus) of Mt. Athos and Georgia (998). Synaxis of the Saints of St. Onuphrius Monastery at Jablechna (Poland). St. Triphyllius, bishop of Leucosia [Nicosia] on Cyprus (370).

Repose of Elder Peter of Katounakia, Mt. Athos (1867), and Blessed Hermit Philaretus of Mt. Athos (1961).

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

Third Sunday After Pentacost. [Rom. 5:1-10; Matt. 6:22-33]

   If therefore thine eye be single[1] thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. Here the mind is called the eye, and the entire composition of the soul is called the body. Thus, when the mind is simple then it is light in the soul; when the mind is evil, then it is dark in the soul. What are a simple mind and an evil mind? A simple mind is one which accepts the word of God as is written, and is convinced beyond a doubt that all is indeed as is written. It has no deceit, no wavering, or hesitation. An evil mind is one which approaches the word of God with slyness, artful disputing, and questioning. It cannot directly believe, but subjects the word of God to its sophistry. It approaches the word not as a disciple, but as a judge and critic, to test something stated there, and then either scoffs at it, or says in a haughty manner, “Yes, not bad.” Such a mind has no firm tenets, because it clearly does not believe the word of God, and its own rationale is always unstable—today one way, tomorrow another. It has only wavering, confusion, questions without answers; everything is out of place with it, and it walks in the dark, fumbling its way. A simple mind sees everything clearly: every thing in it has a definite character, determined by the word of God. That is why every thing in it has its place, and it knows exactly how to behave with relation to things—it walks along open, visible roads, with complete assurance that they lead to the true goal.

[1]             In Church Slavonic, the text translates as, If thine eye be pure.


Venerable Onuphrius the Great

Saint Paphnutius, who led an ascetical life in the Thebaid desert in Egypt, has left us an account of Saint Onuphrius the Great and the Lives of other fourth century hermits: Timothy the Desert Dweller, the abbas Andrew, Charalampus, Theophilus, and others.

Venerable Peter of Mt. Athos

Saint Peter of Athos, a Greek by birth, served as a soldier in the imperial armies and he lived at Constantinople. In the year 667, during a war with the Syrians, Saint Peter was taken captive and locked up in a fortress in the city of Samara on the Euphrates River.

St. Anna of Kashin, and the times of her childhood

These examples of “passion” for the Faith, for truth, and sanctity touched also Anna’s young soul. It seems that providence even then began to prepare her for suffering, disturbing her heart and soul with images of tortured princes.The mystery of sanctity also touched Anna’s soul at an early age.

Blessed John, Fool-for-Christ of Moscow

John feared God alone, and spoke the truth to every person no matter how highly placed. Even to Tsar Boris Gudunov he would often repeat the words: “You, with your smart head in the air, take a look at God’s affairs. God has a lot of patience first, but when He beats, it really hurts.”

Blessed John of Moscow the Fool-For-Christ

Blessed John, Fool-for-Christ, Wonderworker of Moscow, was born on the outskirts of Vologda. In his youth he toiled at a saltworks, where he was a water-carrier.

Venerable Ioane-Tornike of Mt. Athos (10th century)

Archpriest Zakaria Machitadze

Tornike Eristavi (later Ioane of Mt. Athos) was a Georgian army commander famed for his victories in war and a favorite of King Davit Kuropalates. Eventually he abandoned his worldly glory and set off in search of his spiritual father, St. Ioane, on Mt. Olympus. There he learned that St. Ioane had moved to Mt. Athos, so he journeyed there and settled with him in a monastery headed by St. Athanasius the Athonite. He was tonsured a monk and given the new name Ioane.