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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 знакомMartyrs Manuel, Sabel, and Ismael, of Persia, at Constantinople (362).

Uncovering of the relics of the Alfanov Brothers of Novgorod: Sts. Nicetas, Cyril, Nicephorus, Clement, and Isaac, founders of the Sokolnitzki Monastery in 1389 (1562). St. Ananias the Iconographer, of Novgorod (1581).

New Hiero-confessor Maximus (Popov), hieromonk, of Ryabash (Bashkiria) (1934). New Hieromartyr Nicander (Prusak), hieromonk, of Yaroslavl (1918).

Martyr Djan Darada, the Ethiopian eunuch of Queen Candace (1st c.). Hieromartyr Philoneides, bishop of Kurion on Cyprus (ca. 306). Sts. Joseph and Pior, of Scetis, disciples of St. Anthony the Great (4th c.). St. Hypatius, abbot, of the monastery of the Rufinianes (446). Saint Herveus of Plouvien (6th c.). Martyr Nectan of Hartland (Devon) (6th c.). St. Botolph, abbot and confessor, of Ikanhoe, England (680) and his brother, St. Adolph the Confessor, bishop of Maastricht (7th c.). Martyr Shalva of Akhaltsikhe, Georgia (1227). Hieromartyr Isaurus, deacon, and with him Martyrs Innocent, Felix, Hermias, Basil, Peregrinus, Rufus, and Rufinus, of Appolonia in Macedonia (284).

Repose of Elder Gervasius (Paraskevopoulos) of Patras (1964).

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. [Rom. 11:25-36; Matt. 12:1-8]

   If ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. Thus, in order to be saved from the sin of condemnation, we must obtain a merciful heart. A merciful heart not only does not condemn a seeming infringement of the law, but neither will it condemn an obvious one. Instead of judgment it feels pity, and would sooner weep than reproach. Truly the sin of condemnation is the fruit of an unmerciful, malicious heart that takes delight in debasing its neighbor, in blackening its neighbor’s name, in trampling his honor underfoot. This is a murderous affair, and is done in the spirit of the one who is a murderer from the beginning [John 8:44]. Here there occurs much slander as well, which comes from the same source—for that is what the devil is, a slanderer, spreading slanderousness everywhere. Hurry to arouse pity in yourself every time the evil urge to condemn comes over you. Then turn in prayer to the Lord with a compassionate heart, that He might have mercy upon all of us, not only upon the one whom we wanted to condemn, but upon us as well—perhaps even more so upon us—and the evil urge will die.


The Holy Martyrs Manuel, Sabel and Ismael

The Holy Martyrs Manuel, Sabel and Ismael, brothers by birth, were descended from an illustrious Persian family.

Saint Herveus of Plouvien

Dmitry Lapa

Although St. Herveus (Herve) who lived in the sixth century is still venerated all over Brittany, very little genuine information on him survives. The first detailed Life of this unique holy ascetic was written only in the late Middle Ages. However, besides these late sources, numerous Breton traditions and pieces of folklore testify to St. Herveus and his veneration in Brittany throughout many centuries.

Holy Martyr Nectan of Hartland

Dmitry Lapa

As a young man, Nectan decided to become a monk and serve God for the rest of his life, imitating the Holy Fathers of Egypt. So together with a group of his pious relatives, Nectan boarded a boat, promising to lead an ascetic life at the site where his boat would land.

Martyr Nectan of Hartland

St Nectan was born in Wales and lived in the sixth century, but we know few details about his life. He was the oldest of the twenty-four children of St Brychan of Brecknock (April 6).

Venerable Botolph of Iken, Patron-saint of travellers

Dmitry Lapa

St. Botolph has been venerated in many countries outside Britain—in Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, where many churches are dedicated to him. In the 11th century, his veneration reached Kievan Rus’ and more recently it reached North America. In England and the whole of Western Europe St. Botolph is mainly venerated as patron-saint of travellers, as the saint travelled much himself.

Holy Martyr Shalva of Akhaltsikhe (†1227)

Archpriest Zakaria Machitadze

Saint Shalva of Akhaltsikhe was a brilliant military commander in the army of Queen Tamar and the prince of Akhaltsikhe. After his victory at Shamkori in the Ganja region, Shalva carried with him the flag of the caliph, as a sign of the invincibility of the Christian Faith, and conferred it, along with the wealth he had won, as an offering to the Khakhuli Icon of the Theotokos.