Orthodox Calendar 2017
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11th Week after Pentecost. Tone 1.
Успенский пост.
Monastic rule: cooked food, no oil.

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомThe Holy Seven Youths (“Seven Sleepers”) of Ephesus: Maximilian, Jamblicus, Martinian, John, Dionysius, Exacustodian (Constantine), and Antoninus (250 and ca. 446).

Martyr Eleutherius of Byzantium (beg. of 4th c.). Martyr Eudocia of Anatolia in Persia (362-364).

New Hieromartyr Michael (Zhuk), hieromonk, of Staroye Zubarevo (Mordovia) (1937).

New Hieromartyr Cosmas of Aitolia, Equal-to-the-Apostles (1779). Martyrs Ia and 9,000 with her in Persia (363).

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. [II Cor. 4:1-6; Matt. 24:13-28]

   But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. However, not everyone who endures will be saved, but only he who endures on the Lord’s path. This life is given to us for that reason—to endure; everyone endures something, even through to the very end. But enduring does not lead to benefit if it is not for the sake of the Lord and His holy Gospels. Step onto the path of faith and the Gospel commandments; occasions to endure will multiply, but from that moment endurance will begin to bring forth crowns. That endurance, which before was empty, will be made fruitful. With what blindness does the enemy surround us, that only the endurance which is encountered on the path of good seems heavy and unbearable; but what he inflicts on those who serve the passions seems light and free, although it is actually heavier and more dismal than what people bear in struggling with the passions and opposing the enemy! But we are blind, and do not see this… We labour, endure, and strain ourselves to the breaking point for the sake of the enemy, and unto our own perdition.