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5th Week after Pentecost. Tone 3.
Fast of the Holy Apostles.
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Совершается служба с полиелеемMeeting of the Vladimir Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (1480). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомMartyr Agrippina of Rome and her companions Paula, Bassa, and Agathonica (253-259). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSynaxis of the Saints of Vladimir.

Martyrs Eustochius, Gaius, Proba, Lollia, and Urban, of Ancyra (4th c.). Second translation of the relics of St. Herman, archbishop of Kazan (1714). St. Artemius of Verkola (1545). Translation of the relics of St. Michael of Klops Monastery (Novgorod), fool-for-Christ (1482). St. Dionysius of Polotsk (1182). Sts. Joseph, founder (1612), Anthony, and Ioannicius, abbots, of Zaonikiev Monastery, Vologda (17th c.).

New Hieromartyrs Mitrophan (Krasnopolsky), archbishop of Astrakhan (1919), and Leontius (von Vimpfen), bishop of Enotaeva (1919).

Icons of the Most Holy Theotokos: “Umileniye” (“Of Tender Feeling”) of Pskov (1524), and “Zaonikiev.” (1588)

St. Etheldreda, foundress of Ely Monastery (England) (679). St. Nicetas of Thebes in Boetia and his disciples Theodore, Gregory, and Daniel (1079). Hieromartyrs Aristocleus, priest, Demetrian, deacon, and Athanasius, reader, at Salamis on Cyprus (306).

Repose of Schemamonk Zosimas of Solovki (1855) and Ivan M. Kontzevitch, spiritual writer (1965).

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

Thursday. [Rom. 15:17-29; Matt. 12:46-13:3]

   For whosoever shall do the will of My Father which is in Heaven, the same is My brother, and sister, and mother. By this the Lord gives us to know that the spiritual kinship which He came to plant and raise up on the earth is not the same as fleshly kinship; although in the form of its relationships, the spiritual is the same as the fleshly. The spiritual also contains fathers and mothers—they are those who give birth to people with the word of truth or the gospel, as the apostle Paul says. And it contains also brothers and sisters—they are those who are born spiritually from one person and grow in one spirit. The connection between [spiritual] relatives is founded on the action of grace. It is not external, not superficial, but as deep and alive as the fleshly connection, only it has its place in another much higher and important sphere. This is why it predominates over the fleshly, and when necessary, it brings the fleshly as a sacrifice to its spiritual interests without regret, in full certainty that this sacrifice is pleasing to God and is required by Him.

Friday. [Rom. 16:1-16; Matt. 13:4-9]

   The parable about the sower depicts various relationships of souls toward the word of God. In the first group stand those who do not heed the word at all. They hear, but what is heard does not enter into their soul; it lies on its surface, like the seed by the wayside. The word does not fit in them because they have another way of thinking, other principles, other tastes. That is why it soon disappears from memory, is forgotten as if it was not heard at all. The second group is of those who hear the word willingly and receive it quickly, but do not want to bear any labour to fulfil it. Therefore, they delight in the word—especially its promises—until a sacrifice is required. As soon as the necessity arises to sacrifice something for faithfulness to the word, they betray it, renouncing both the word and its promises in order to cater to their attachments. The third group is of those who receive the word and begin to live according to it, but then give themselves over to many cares and sorrows of the world, to earthly concerns, which suppress all the good undertakings which had just formed under the influence of the word of God. The fourth group is of those who receive the word with full faith and resolve to live according to its requirements, with a readiness for all sacrifices and labour, and do not allow their heart to be tied to anything earthly. Sit and decide each of you, to which of these groups you belong.


Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God

The histories of Moscow and of the icon of Vladimir Mother of God are eternally inseparable. How many times did the Mother of God save the capital city from enemies through the grace of her holy icon? This icon has linked Apostolic times to Byzantium, Kievan Rus’ to Vladimir Rus’, and later to Muscovy, the Third Rome; as it is said, “there will be no Fourth.” The kingdom of Moscow was formed by divine providence and embraced the mystical ties of ancient empires, historical experience and traditions of other Orthodox peoples. The miracle working Vladimir icon became a symbol of unity and succession.

Commemoration of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God and the deliverance of Moscow from the Invasion of Tamerlane

The Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God was painted by the Evangelist Luke on a board from the table at which the Savior ate together with His All-Pure Mother and Righteous Joseph. The Mother of God, upon seeing this image, exclaimed, “Henceforth, all generations shall call Me blessed. The grace of both My Son and Me shall be with this icon.”

Meeting of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God in memory of the Saving of Moscow from the Invasion of Khan Achmed

Martyr Agrippina of Rome

Synaxis of the Saints of Vladimir

Martyr Eustochius of Ancyra

Martyr Gaius of Ancyra

Martyr Probus of Ancyra

Martyr Lollia of Ancyra

Martyr Urban of Ancyra

Second Translation of the relics of St Herman the Archbishop of Kazan

St Herman the Archbishop of Kazan

Saint Herman, Archbishop of Kazan, lived during the sixteenth century. He was born in the city of Staritsa, and was descended from the old boyar nobility of the Polevi.

Righteous Artemius of Verkola

Holy Righteous Artemius of Verkola was born in the village of Dvina Verkola around the year 1532.

Icon of the Mother of God “Tenderness” of the Pskov Caves

Venerable Etheldreda, Abbess of Ely

Dmitry Lapa

St. Etheldreda (Aethelthryth, Audrey) is the most venerated English female saint.