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5th Week after Pentecost. Tone 3.
Fast of the Holy Apostles.
Monastic rule: xerophagy (bread, uncooked fruits and vegetables).

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомHieromartyr Methodius, bishop of Patara (or Olympus) in Lycia (312). Right-believing Prince Gleb Andreyevich of Vladimir (1175).

Translation of the relics of Martyrs Inna, Pinna, and Rimma (1st-2nd c.), Scythian disciples of Apostle Andrew, to Alushta (Crimea) (1st c.-2nd c.). Hieromartyrs Aristocleus, priest, the deacon Demetrian, and the reader Athanasius, at Salamis on Cyprus (ca. 306). St. Leucius the Confessor, bishop of Brindisi (5th c.). St. Minas, bishop of Polotsk (1116). St. Nicholas (Cabasilas) (ca. 1397). Translation of the relics of St. Gurias, archbishop of Kazan (1630).

Martyrs Paul, Cyriacus, Paula, Felicilana, Thomas, Felix, Martyrius, Vitaly, Crispinus, and Emilius, in Tomis, Moesia (290). Blessed Studius, founder of the Studion Monastery (5th c.). St. Florentina, abbess, of Spain (ca. 636). St. Nahum of Ochrid, enlightener of the Bulgarians (910). Translation of the relics and garments of Apostles Luke, Andrew, and Thomas, Prophet Elisha, and Martyr Lazarus to the Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople (960). St. Callistus I, patriarch of Constantinople (1363). Finding of the relics of New Hieromartyr Raphael, hieromonk, of Mytilene (1959).

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. 12:4-5, 15-21; Matt. 12:9-13]

   It is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. This is what the said Lord after healing a man with a withered hand in the synagogue on the Sabbath day as a reproach to the Pharisees, who took the commandment about the Sabbath rest so far that they even measured the number of steps they could make on that day. But since it is not possible to do good deeds without movement, they would sooner agree to neglect good deeds than to allow any extra movement. The Saviour denounced them for this time and again, because the Sabbath required rest from worldly cares and not from deeds of piety and brotherly love. In Christianity instead of the Sabbath day, Sunday is celebrated with the same goal—rest from all worldly affairs and devotion of that day solely to deeds of God. Christian good sense never reached the pharisaic pettiness concerning not doing things on Sunday; but nevertheless the permissible allowance for doing things on this day has been set far beyond the proper limits. Not doing things alienated the Pharisees from doing good deeds, whereas the things which Christians allow themselves are what lead them away from good deeds. On the evening before Sunday they go to the theatre, then some other entertainment as well. In the morning they oversleep and there is no time to go to church. There are several visits, lunch, and in the evening again entertainment. Thus all time is relegated to the belly and pleasing the other senses, there is no time to even remember God and good deeds.


Hieromartyr Methodius the Bishop of Patara

The Hieromartyr Methodius, Bishop of Patara (Lycia in Asia Minor), was distinguished for his genuine monastic humility.

Blessed Prince Gleb Andreevich the Son of St Andrew Bogoliubsky

Holy Prince Gleb of Vladimir, named George in holy Baptism, was a younger son of the holy Prince Andrew Bogoliubsky (July 4).

The Holy Martyrs Inna, Pinna and Rimma

The Holy Martyrs Inna, Pinna and Rimma were Slavs from northern Scythia (modern Bulgaria), and they were disciples of the holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called.

Martyr Aristocles the Presbyter of Cyprus

The Holy Martyrs Aristocles the Presbyter, Demetrian, and Athanasius suffered for the Christian Faith during the persecution under the emperor Maximian Galerius (305-311).

Martyr Demetrian the Deacon of Cyprus

Sts Demetrian the deacon and Athanasius the Reader suffered martyrdom along with St Aristocles during the persecution under the emperor Maximian Galerius (305-311). .

Martyr Athanasius the Reader of Cyprus

Sts Athanasius the Reader and Demetrian the deacon suffered martyrdom along with St Aristocles during the persecution under the emperor Maximian Galerius (305-311).

St Leucius the Bishop of Brindisi

Saint Leucius the Confessor was born in the city of Alexandria of pious parents named Eudykius and Euphrosyne. They gave their son the name Eutropius.

St Menas, Bishop of Polotsk

Saint Menas, Bishop of Polotsk led an ascetical life at the Kiev Caves monastery. On December 13, 1105 he was consecrated Bishop of Polotsk.

St. Gurias the Archbishop of Kazan

In 1561 the saint fell grievously ill and could no longer perform the divine services himself. On feastdays they carried him into the church, and he either sat or lay down, since he did not have the strength to walk or even stand.

St Nahum of Ochrid, the Disciple of SS Cyril and Methodius, Equals of the Apostles

Saint Naum of Ochrid, a Bulgarian by descent, was one of the disciples of the holy Equals of the Apostles Cyril and Methodius (May 11), and he accompanied St Clement of Okhrid (July 27) when he preached the Gospel in Bulgaria.

St Callistus the Patriarch of Constantinople

Saint Callistus I, Patriarch of Constantinople, at first struggled on Athos under the spiritual guidance of St Gregory of Sinai (August 8), whose Life he wrote.