Orthodox Calendar 2017
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28th Week after Pentecost. Tone 2.
Nativity Fast.
Monastic rule: cooked food, no oil.

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомMartyr Irenarchus and Seven Women-martyrs, at Sebaste (303). Совершается служба на шестьMonk-martyr Stephen the New (767).

Martyrs Basil, Stephen, Gregory (2), John, Andrew, Peter, Anna, and many others, who suffered with St. Stephen the New (767). Blessed Theodore, archbishop of Rostov (1394).

Совершается служба со славословиемNew Hieromartyr Seraphim (Chichagov), metropolitan of St. Petersburg (1937). New Hieromartyrs Raphael (Tyupin), hieromonk of the Zlatoustov Monastery (Moscow), and Monkmartyr Vincent (Nikolsky) of Optina Monastery (1937).

Hieromartyrs Timothy and Theodore, bishops; Peter, John, Sergius, Theodore, and Nicephorus, priests; Basil and Thomas, deacons; Monk-martyrs Hierotheus, Daniel, Chariton, Socrates, Comasius, and Eusebius; and Martyr Etymasius, at Tiberiopolis (361). St. Theodore, bishop of Theodosiopolis in Armenia (end of 6th c.). St. Oda, virgin, of Brabant (Neth.) (726). New Martyr Christos the Gardener, of Albania, at Constantinople (1748).

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

Monday. [II Tim. 2:20-26; Luke 19:37-44]

           The people cry out: “hosanna!”—while the Lord weeps. Does not something similar occur at our church celebrations? In those days, there was a solemn resemblance; but the Lord looked at what was in the souls invisibly, and saw it to be worthy of weeping. For us also, the holiday is always visibly festive; but is everyone’s inner mood this way? One has no understanding at all of the power and meaning of holidays; another gropingly feels something darkly, but sees nothing clearly; while another remains almost unnoticed, but his feeling and mood are worthy of the festive occasion. Our holidays take many sacrifices. But how many of them are intended for the Lord and one’s brothers and sisters? Either none, or the most insignificant bit; one’s belly and vain rushing around take almost all. This cannot be concealed from the Lord, and it is not surprising if, to speak in a human way, He weeps when we utter festive exclamations. These are those redeemed, justified, adopted as sons!…They gave a promise, took on an obligation to walk in the spirit and not commit fleshly lusts, while here what goes on among them? The sons of the Kingdom are worse than the basest slaves!…


Martyr Irenarchus at Sebaste

The Holy Martyr Irenarchus was from Sebaste, Armenia, and lived during the reign of Diocletian (284-305).

Monkmartyr and Confessor Stephen the New of Mt St Auxentius

When the emperor learned that the saint had organized a monastery in prison, where they prayed and venerated holy icons, he sent two of his own servants, twin-brothers, to beat the saint to death.

St. Theodore the Archbishop of Rostov

With the blessing of Saint Sergius, Saint Theodore built a church in honor of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos and founded a monastery on the banks of the River Moskva, at the place called Simonovo.

A Prophetic New Martyr: St. Seraphim (Chichagov)

Bishop Tikhon (Shevkunov) of Egorievsk

Today we commemorate a nearly unknown yet great saint, Holy Hieromartyr Seraphim (Chichagov) of Petrograd. He received a brilliant education, graduated from the Page Corps, became a well-known scholar, received a humanitarian as well as a natural sciences education, and was part of the upper echelons of society. He had a brilliant military career, having fought in several wars, but he left all this and became a priest. He did more than anyone else for the canonization of St. Seraphim of Sarov. Holy Hieromartyr Seraphim was not only a priest (later a bishop)—he was a true prophet.

St. Oda of Brabant, the Blind Princess of Scotland

When she awoke, she saw the sun shining for the first time in her life. Grateful for the miracle that God had performed through St. Lambert, Oda promised to dedicate the rest of her life to the service of God.