Orthodox Calendar 2017
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August 12
10th Week after Pentecost. Tone 8.
No fast.

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомApostles of the Seventy Silas and Silvanus, and with them Apostles Crescens, Epenetus, and Andronicus (1st c.). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомMartyr John the Soldier, at Tralles in Asia Minor (361-363). New Hiero-confessor Anatole II (Potapov), elder, of Optina Monastery (1922).

Hieromartyr Polychronius, bishop of Babylon in Mesopotamia; Hieromartyrs Parmenius, Elimas, and Chrysotelus, priests, and Luke and Mocius, deacons, and Martyrs Maximus and Olympius, at Cordoba (ca. 251). Hieromartyr Valentine, bishop of Interamna (Terni) in Italy, and Martyrs Proculus, Ephebus, Apollonius, and Abundius (ca. 273). Uncovering of the relics of St. Herman of Solovki (1484). Synaxis of the Saints of Samara.

Sitka Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos.

Martyrs Abdon and Sennen, princes of Persia, at Rome (251). Prince Tsotne Dadiani the Confessor, of Mingrelia, Georgia (13th c.). St. Stephen Vladislav of Serbia (1243). St. Angelina (Brancovic), despotina of Serbia (16th c.).

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. 15:30-33; Matt. 17:24-18:4]

   The Lord paid the required church tribute and [kept] all other practices, both church and civic. He fulfilled this and taught the apostles to do the same, and the apostles in turn passed this same law on to all Christians. Only the spirit of life was made new; externally all remained as it had been, except what was clearly against the will of God—like, for instance, participating in idolatry, etc. Then Christianity gained the upper hand, displaced all former practices, and established its own. One could expect that it would thus be easier for the spirit of Christianity to develop and strengthen. So it was, but not for everyone. A large percent mastered external Christian practices but stopped there, not concerning themselves with the spirit of life. It is the same today. Out of the entire sum of Christians, who proves to be a Christian in spirit? What are the others? “They bear the name as if they are alive, but behold—they are dead.” When the apostles preached the Gospels, their word drew God’s portion out from the midst of the pagan world. Now through the same word the Lord chooses His portion from amidst the Christian world. “Whoso readeth, let him understand,” and let him take care to find out for certain whether he is in the portion of the Lord; and if he cannot be certain of this, let him take care to belong to the Lord, for in this alone lies salvation.


Apostle Silas of the Seventy

Saint Silas was a respected figure in the original Church at Jerusalem, one of the “chief men among the brethren” (Acts 15:22).

Martyr John the Soldier at Constantinople

The Holy Martyr John the Warrior served in the imperial army of the emperor Julian the Apostate (361-363). He was sent with other soldiers to seek out and kill Christians.

St. Anatoly (Potapov) of Optina

Olga Rozhneva

August 12 is the commemoration day of Venerable Anatoly (Potapov), one of the last of the Optina elders. In contrast to the preceding Optina saints, there was no one left to compose the life of this elder after the Revolution. There remained only fragmented memories of pilgrims, notes of spiritual children, and letters of the elder, in which biographical details were often lacking, but in which his image rises up brightly and vividly. We honor the memory of the elder and reminisce with these recollections.

Optina Monastery and the Righteous Transmission of Tradition—Elder Anatole (the “Younger”)

Subdeacon Matthew Long

Elder Nektary said of Elder Anatole when a pilgrim had gone to him for advice, “Well now, that’s good that you wound up going to Fr. Anatole for guidance. Some people seek me out as an elder; but I—what can I tell you—I’m just a pie without a filling. But Fr. —well, he’s just like a pie with filling.”

Saint Tsotne Dadiani the Confessor (13th century)

Archpriest Zakaria Machitadze

Saint Tsotne Dadiani, a virtuous military leader and the prince of Egrisi, lived in the middle of the 13th century. During that time Georgia languished under the yoke of Mongol oppression.

St Angelina of Serbia

Saint Angelina was the daughter of Prince George Skenderbeg of Albania. Her mother’s name is not known, but she raised her daughter in Christian piety and taught her to love God.