Orthodox Calendar 2017
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6th Week after Pentecost. Tone 4.
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Совершается служба со славословиемThe Placing of the Honorable Robe of the Most Holy Theotokos at Blachernae (5th c.).

St. Juvenal, patriarch of Jerusalem (ca. 458). St. Photius, metropolitan of Kiev (1431).

Uncovering of the relics of New Hieromartyr Sergius Florinsky, priest of Rakvere, Estonia (2003).

Icons of the Most Holy Theotokos “Of Akhtyra” (1739) and “The Root of Jesse”.

Martyrs Paul, Bilonus, Theonas, and Heron, at Thessalonica (3rd-4th c.). St. Monegunde of Chartres (Gaul) (530). St. Basil, patriarch of Jerusalem (836 or 838). St. Swithun, bishop and wonderworker of Winchester (862). Right-believing King Stephen the Great, of Moldavia (1504). New Martyr Lampros of Makri in Thrace (1835).

Repose of Archimandrite Lawrence of the Iveron-Valdai Monastery (1876) and Elder Zachariah, schema-archimandrite of St. Sergius Lavra (1936).

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

Saturday. [Rom. 9:1-5; Matt. 9:18-26]

   The woman with the issue of blood said: If I may but touch His garment, (the Lord’s), I shall be whole, and she received healing according to her faith. We, the sensual, need physical contact in order to receive intangible strength. The Lord arranged things this way. His holy Church has a visible structure. Its various parts embrace us and we touch them. The power of God, found inside the Church, is received through such contact by those who have a receiver—faith, which says: “If I may but touch, I shall be made whole.” The Church is the body and garment of the Lord. The most visible parts, which we touch, are the Divine Mysteries, particularly baptism and Chrismation, the Sacrament of the Lord’s Body and Blood in conjunction with the Sacrament of confession. But contact with all the other aspects can draw needed strength from the Lord, Who is everywhere. He sees each person who does this, and says to his heart, “Be bold, my child!” Free-thinkers, antagonistic toward the external rites of the Church, thus deprive themselves of the opportunity to enter into contact with the inner, divine, all-animating power. This is why they remain sick, and exhausting themselves with the flow of vain thoughts and feelings, they dry up spiritually and die.


The Placing of the Honorable Robe of the Most Holy Mother of God at Blachernae

After serving an all-night Vigil, and taking it out from the Blachernae church, the sacred Robe of the Mother of God was carried in a procession around the city walls. Its edge was dipped into the waters of the Bosphorus, and it was then carried to the center of Constantinople to the church of Hagia Sophia. The Mother of God protected the city and turned back the Russian warriors. An honorable truce was concluded, and the siege of Constantinople was lifted.

The Placing of the Honorable Robe of the Most Holy Mother of God at Blachernae

During the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Leo the Great (457-474), the brothers Galbius and Candidus, associates of the emperor, set out from Constantinople to Palestine to venerate the holy places. In a small settlement near Nazareth they stayed in the home of a certain old Jewish woman. In her house they noticed a room where many lamps were lit, incense burned, and sick people were gathered.

St Juvenal the Patriarch of Jerusalem

Saint Juvenal , Patriarch of Jerusalem, occupied the throne of the Holy City during the years 420-458. During this period great luminaries of the Church enlightened the world: Sts Euthymius the Great (January 20), Simeon the Stylite (September 1), Gerasimus of Jordan (March 4), and many others.

St Photius the Metropolitan of Kiev

Saint Photius, Metropolitan of Kiev and All Russia, was by birth a Greek from the Peloponnesian city of Monembasia (Malbasia).

Icon of the Mother of God of Akhtyr

The Akhtyr Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos appeared on July 2, 1739 in the village of Akhtyr in the area of Kharkov, east of Kiev.