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6th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 5.
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Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомMartyr Hyacinth of Caesarea in Cappadocia (108). Совершается служба с полиелеемSecond translation of the relics of Hieromartyr Philip, metropolitan of Moscow and all Russia (1652).

Martyrs Diomedes, Eulampius, Asclepiodotus, and Golinduc (2nd c.). Martyrs Mocius and Mark (4th c.). St. Alexander, founder of the Monastery of the Unsleeping Ones, Constantinople (ca. 430). St. Anatolius, patriarch of Constantinople (458). St. Anatolius, recluse, of the Near Caves in Kiev (12th c.) and St. Anatolius (another), recluse, of the Far Caves in Kiev (13th c.). Repose of St. Basil, bishop of Ryazan (1295). Sts. Basil and Constantine, princes of Yaroslavl (13th c.). Sts. John and Longinus of Yarenga, monks of Solovki (1561). Blessed John of Moscow, fool-for-Christ (1589). St. Nicodemus of Khozyuga, monk of Kozhaezersk Monastery (1640). St. Basil, archbishop of Novgorod (1352). Blessed Michael, Herodion, Basil, and Thomas, fools-for-Christ, of Solvychegodsk (17th c.).

New Hieromartyr Anthony (Bystrov), archbishop of Arkhangelsk and Kholmogorsk (1931).

“Milk-Giver” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos of Hilandar, Mt. Athos.

St. Anatolius, bishop of Laodicea, and his successor, St. Eusebius (3rd c.). St. Germanus, bishop of the Isle of Man and enlightener of Peel, nephew of St. Patrick of Ireland (474). St. Isaiah the Solitary, of Scetis and Palestine (ca. 489). St. Symeon the Stylite (the third), of Cilicia (6th c.). St. George the Godbearer, of the Black Mountain, teacher of St. George of Mt. Athos (1068). St. Joachim, monk, of Notena in Achaia (17th c.). New Monk-martyr Gerasimus the New, of Carpenision, at Constantinople (1812). Martyrs Theodotus and Theodota, martyred with St. Hyacinth at Caesarea in Cappadocia (108).

Repose of Nun Euphrosyne “the Unknown,” of Kolyupanovo (Aleksin) (1855).

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

Sixth Sunday After Pentacost. [Rom. 12:6-14; Matt. 9:1-8]

   The Lord forgives the sins of the man sick of the palsy. One should rejoice; but the evil mind of the learned scribes says: “This man blasphemeth.” Even after the miracle of the healing of the man sick of the palsy—a confirmation of the comforting truth that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins—the people glorified God; but nothing is said about the scribes, probably because they continued to weave their deceitful questions even after such a miracle. The mind without faith is a schemer; it constantly hammers out its evil suspicions and weaves blasphemy against the whole realm of faith. As for miracles—it either doesn’t believe in them, or it demands a tangible one. But when a miracle is given that would obligate one to submit to the faith, this mind is not ashamed to turn away from it, distorting or slandering the miraculous works of God. It treats irrefutable evidence of God’s truth in the same way. It is sufficiently and cogently presented with both experiential and intellectual proof, but it covers even this with doubt. Sort out all that it produces and you will see that in this there is only deceit, although its own language calls it cleverness, and you are unwillingly led to the conclusion that cleverness and deceit are one and the same. In the realm of faith the Apostle says, We have the mind of Christ. Whose mind is outside of the realm of faith? The evil one’s. That is why deceit has become its distinguishing characteristic.


Martyr Hyacinth of Caesarea, in Cappadocia

Saint Hyacinth, a native of Caesarea in Cappadocia, was raised in a Christian family. The emperor Trajan made the boy his “cubicularius” (chamberlain), unaware that he was a secret Christian.

Translation of the relics of Hieromartyr Philip the Metropolitan of Moscow

After the martyric death of St Philip (January 9), his body was buried at the Otrocha monastery, in Tver. The monks of the Solovki monastery, where he was formerly igumen, in 1591 requested permission for the transfer of his relics to their monastery.

Hieromartyr Philip the Metropolitan of Moscow and All Russia

This was on November 8, 1568. In the middle of the service, the Oprichniki burst into the temple, they publicly read the council's sentence of condemnation, and then abused the saint.

Martyr Mocius

The Holy Martyrs Mocius and Mark were arrested as Christians and brought to trial by the governor Maximian.

Martyr Mark

The Holy Martyrs Mocius and Mark were arrested as Christians and brought to trial by the governor Maximian.

St Alexander the Founder of the Monastery of the “Unsleeping Ones”

Saint Alexander, Founder of the Monastery of the “Unsleeping Ones,” was born in Asia and received his education at Constantinople. He spent some time in military service but, sensing a call to other service, he left the world and accepted monastic tonsure in one of the Syrian wilderness monasteries near Antioch, under the guidance of igumen Elias.

St Anatolius the Patriarch of Constantinople

Saint Anatolius, Patriarch of Constantinople, was born at Alexandria in the second half of the fourth century, at a time when many representatives of illustrious Byzantine families ardently strove to serve the Church of Christ armed with Greek philosophic wisdom.

St Basil the Bishop of Ryazan

Right-believing Prince Basil of Yaroslavl

Right-believing Prince Constantine of Yaroslavl

In their youth they lost their father, Vsevolod, who fell in battle with the Tatars (Mongols). St Basil, the elder brother, succeeded to the throne.

Blessed John, Fool-for-Christ of Moscow

John feared God alone, and spoke the truth to every person no matter how highly placed. Even to Tsar Boris Gudunov he would often repeat the words: “You, with your smart head in the air, take a look at God’s affairs. God has a lot of patience first, but when He beats, it really hurts.”

Blessed John of Moscow the Fool-For-Christ

Blessed John, Fool-for-Christ, Wonderworker of Moscow, was born on the outskirts of Vologda. In his youth he toiled at a saltworks, where he was a water-carrier.

Venerable Nicodemus the Abbot of Kozhe Lake

Venerable Giorgi the God-bearer (†1068)

Archpriest Zakaria Machitadze

Saint Giorgi the God-bearer and Recluse labored in the Black Mountains near Antioch during a time when the churches and monasteries there flourished. Orthodox Christians from many parts of the world came to settle there, and as a result, tensions often arose between monks of different nationalities.

St George the God-Bearer

Saint George the God-bearer and Recluse labored in the Black Mountains near Antioch during a time when the churches and monasteries there flourished.