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Совершается служба на шестьTranslation of the relics of the Holy Wonderworking Unmercenaries and Martyrs Cyrus and John (412). Совершается служба с полиелеемSts. Sergius and Herman, founders and abbots of Valaam (14th c.).

St. Xenophon, founder of Robeika Monastery (Novgorod) (1262). St. Paul the Physician, of Corinth (7th c.). St. Heliodorus, schema-archimandrite of Glinsk Hermitage (1879).

Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos “Of the Three Hands” of Hilandar, Mt. Athos (8th c.).

St. Senuphius the Standard-bearer, of Egypt (late 4th c.). St. Austell of Cornwall (6th c.). St. Sergius the Magistrate, of Paphlagonia, founder of the Nikitiatus Monastery in Nicomedia (866).

Repose of Archimandrite Sophrony (Sakharov) of Essex (1993) and Archimandrite Methodius (Popovich) of Jerusalem (1997).

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

Wednesday. [I Cor. 2:9-3:8; Matt. 13:31-36]

   The kingdom is like a grain of mustard seed and leaven. A small grain of mustard seed grows up into a big bush; leaven penetrates the whole lump of dough and makes it leavened. Here, on the one hand, is an image for the Church, which in the beginning consisted only of the apostles and several other people, then spread and became most numerous, penetrating all of humanity; on the other hand, it is an image of the spiritual life revealed in every person. Its first seed is the intention and determination to be saved through pleasing God, upon faith in the Lord and Saviour. This determination, no matter how firm, is like a tiny dot. In the beginning it embraces only one’s consciousness and activities; then from this all of the activity of a spiritual life develops. Its movement and strength multiply and mature within its own self, and it begins to penetrate all the powers of the soul—the mind, will, feelings, then fills them with itself, makes them leavened according to its spirit, and penetrates the entire constitution of the human nature, body, soul, and spirit in which it was engendered.

Tuesday. [I Cor. 1:1-9; Matt. 13:24-30]

   The good seed was sown, but the enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat. The tares in the Church are heresies and schisms, and in each of us they are bad thoughts, feelings, desires, and passions. A person accepts the good seed of the word of God, decides to live in a holy way, and begins to live in this way. When such a person falls asleep, that is, when his attention toward himself weakens, then the enemy of salvation comes and places evil ideas in him, which if not rejected at the start ripen into desires and dispositions, introducing their own spheres of activity, which mix themselves in with good deeds, feelings and thoughts. Both remain together this way until the harvest. This harvest is repentance. The Lord sends the angels—a feeling of contrition and the fear of God, and they come in like a sickle, then burn up all the tares in a fire of painful self-condemnation. Pure wheat remains in the grain-house of the heart, to the joy of the man, the angels, and the most Good God worshipped in the Trinity.

Articles

Translation of the relics of the Holy and Wonderworking Unmercenary Cyrus

The Transfer of the Relics of the Holy Martyrs, Unmercenaries and Wonderworkers, Cyrus and John from the city of Konopa, near Alexandria (where they suffered in the year 311) to the nearby village of Manuphin, took place in the year 412.

Wonderworker and Unmercenary Cyrus

Saint Cyrus was a noted physician in the city of Alexandria, where he had been born and raised.

Translation of the relics of the Holy and Wonderworking Unmercenary John

The Transfer of the Relics of the Holy Martyrs, Unmercenaries and Wonderworkers, Cyrus and John from the city of Konopa, near Alexandria (where they suffered in the year 311) to the nearby village of Manuphin, took place in the year 412.

Wonderworker and Unmercenary John

Saint John, a pious Christian soldier, lived in Edessa during the persecution by Diocletian. When the persecution started, he went to Jerusalem and there he heard about Saint Cyrus.

Venerable Sergius the Wonderworker of Valaam

Saints Sergius and Herman settled on the island of Valaam in 1329.

Venerable Herman the Wonderworker of Valaam

Saints Sergius and Herman settled on the island of Valaam in 1329. The brethren gathered by them spread the light of Orthodoxy in this frontier land.

Venerable Xenophon the Abbot of Robeika, Novgorod

Saint Xenophon of Robeika was a student of St. Barlaam of Khutyn.

St Paul the Physician of Corinth

Saint Paul the Physician, from the city of Corinth, in his youth took monastic tonsure at one of the monasteries. Here the saint toiled much and became an experienced ascetic.

Icon of the Mother of God of “the Three Hands”

The Icon of the Mother of God, “Of the Three Hands”: In the eighth century during the time of the Iconoclasts, St. John of Damascus was zealous in his veneration of holy icons.
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