Orthodox Calendar 2017
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4th Week after Pentecost. Tone 2.
Fast of the Holy Apostles.
Monastic rule: xerophagy (bread, uncooked fruits and vegetables).

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомMartyr Aquilina of Byblos in Lebanon (293). St. Alexandra, foundress of Diveyevo Convent (1789). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Triphyllius, bishop of Leucosia (Nicosia) on Cyprus (ca. 370).

Martyr Antonina of Nicaea (ca. 284-305). St. Anna of Larissa in Thessaly (826) and her son John (9th c.). St. Andronicus, disciple of St. Sergius of Radonezh (1395), and St. Sabbas (15th c.) abbots, of Moscow.

Synaxis of New Martyrs and Confessors of Zaporozhie (Ukraine).

St. Antipater, bishop of Bostra in Arabia (458). St. Niphon, monk, of Kapsokalyvia, Mt. Athos (1411). New Hieromartyr Anthimus the Georgian, metropolitan of Wallachia (1716). Martyr Diodorus of Emesus.

Repose of Archimandrite Dimitry (Egorov) of Santa Rosa, California (1992).

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

Monday. [Rom. 9:18-33; Matt. 11:2-15]

   The Kingdom of Heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. The kingdom suffereth violence—that is, it is attained with violence, with labour, force, and difficult spiritual struggles; therefore only those who lead a labor-filled ascetic life attain it. This is how comfort of every sort is renounced along the path to the kingdom. Pleasures of all types distance us from the kingdom; but these days we have concern only for pleasures, sometimes emotional, but more often fleshly: to eat, drink, have fun, make merry and luxuriate in everything. We have said to the kingdom, “I beg you to excuse me,” though there is a feast in the kingdom—a royal feast, one so sumptuous that we could not even conceive of it, because we do not have the taste for it. What there is considered sweet, to us is bitter; what there is pleasant, for us is repulsive, what there gladdens, for us is a burden—we have gone totally separate ways. And the kingdom, together with the violent who take it by force, withdraws from us. We are glad, even ready to drive them away more quickly, indeed we already have started talking about it; but the evil one does not manage to arrange this.


Martyr Aquilina of Byblos in Syria

The Holy Martyr Aquilina, a native of the Phoenician city of Byblos, suffered under the emperor Diocletian (284-305).

St. Triphyllius the Bishop of Leucosia (Nicosia) in Cyprus

Saint Tryphillius, Bishop of Leukosia, was born in Constantinople, and he received his education at Berit (Beirut, in Lebanon). He was very intelligent and eloquent.

Martyr Antonina of Nicea, in Bithynia

After fierce tortures, Saint Antonina was thrown into prison, but Maximian could not force the saint to renounce Christ and offer sacrifice to idols.

Venerable Andronicus the Abbot of Moscow and Disciple of the Venerable Sergius of Radonezh

Saint Andronicus was born in Rostov, and was a disciple of Saint Sergius of Radonezh (September 25), and received the monastic tonsure from him.

Venerable Sava the Abbot of Moscow

Saint Sava of Moscow succeeded Saint Andronicus as the igumen of the monastery of the Savior, dedicated to the Icon of Christ Not-Made-By Hands (August 16) in 1395.

Saint Antimos of Iberia, Metropolitan of Wallachia (†1716)

Archpriest Zakaria Machitadze

Saint Antimos of Iberia was one of the most highly educated people of his time. He was fluent in many languages, including Greek, Romanian, Old Slavonic, Arabic, and Turkish and well-versed in theology, literature, and the natural sciences. He was unusually gifted in the fine arts — in painting, engraving, and sculpture in particular. He was famed for his beautiful calligraphy. Finally, St. Antimos was a great writer, a renowned orator, and a reformer of the written Romanian language.