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30th Week after Pentecost. Tone 4.
Nativity Fast.
Monastic rule: cooked food, no oil.

Совершается служба на шестьSt. Spyridon the Wonderworker, of Tremithus (348).

Hieromartyr Alexander, bishop of Jerusalem (250-251). Martyr Synesius of Rome (270-275). St. Therapontus, monk of Monza Monastery (Galich) (1597).

St. Herman, Wonderworker of Alaska (1836). St. Finian of Clonard and Skellig Michael, teacher of Ireland (549). St. Colman of Glendalough (Ireland) (659). Monk-martyr John, abbot, of Zedazeni Monastery, Georgia (9th c.). St. John, metropolitan of Zichon, founder of the Monastery of the Forerunner on Mt. Menikion (1333). Synaxis of the First Martyrs of the American land: Hieromartyr Juvenaly (1796), Peter (Cungagnaq) the Aleut (1815), and Hieromartyrs Seraphim (Samoilovich), archbishop of Uglich (1937), John (Kochurov), priest, of Chicago (1917), and Alexander (Khotovitsky), priest, of New York (1937).

Repose of Flegont (Ostrovsky), stylite, of Kimlyai (Mordovia) (1870).

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. [Heb. 8:7-13; Mark 8:11-21]

   The Lord and the disciples sailed to the other side of the sea. The disciples had forgotten to bring bread; they had with them only one loaf, and were beginning to wonder what they should do. Knowing their thoughts, the Lord reminded them about the filling of the four thousand, and then five thousand people, thus uplifting them to the firm hope that with Him, they will not die of hunger, though they have not a single loaf of bread. How much anxiety people get from thoughts about an unknown future! There is only one relief from this anxiety—hope in the Lord; a sensible examination of what has already occurred with us and with others enlivens and strengthens. There is not a single person to be found who has never in his life experienced some unexpected deliverance from misfortune, or unexpected turns of his life for the better. Revive your soul with remembrance about these instances when gloomy thoughts begin to weary it about what to do. God will arrange everything for the better now, as before. Rely upon Him. He will send you good humor even before your deliverance, and you will not even notice your misfortune. Mercy shall encircle him that hopeth in the Lord (Ps. 31:10) Examine experiences of this in holy Scripture, in the lives of saints, in your own life, and in the lives of your acquaintances, and you will see, like in a mirror, how The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon Him (Ps. 144:19). Then fears about your fate will not trouble your soul.


St Spyridon the Wonderworker and Bishop of Tremithus

Saint Spyridon of Tremithus was born towards the end of the third century on the island of Cyprus. He was a shepherd, and had a wife and children. He used all his substance for the needs of his neighbors and the homeless, for which the Lord rewarded him with a gift of wonderworking. He healed those who were incurably sick, and cast out demons.

Holy Hierarch St. Spyridon of Tremithus

"When instead of logical proofs, from the lips of this Elder there came some special power, my proofs became powerless against it, for man cannot stand up against God. If any of you is able to think as I do, let him believe on Christ and together with me follow after this Elder, through whose lips God Himself spoke.”

St. Spyridon of Tremithius and the Light of Virtue

Roman Savchuk

In this brief episode from the Life of St. Spyridon, just as in other stories connected with his righteous service, the question is answered with particular force as to what language of faith Christians should use when addressing a world that has rejected Christ.

Miracle of St. Spyridon in Corfu

At around midnight on November 12th, the day on which the craftsmen expected to start their work, there was lightening and thunder - thunderbolts, one after the other. It was then that the guard of the governor's residence saw a monk approaching him holding a lit torch in his hand.

Venerable Therapon the Abbot of Monza

Saint Therapon of Monza was a monk in the monastery of Saint Adrian (May 5) at the River Monza.

Venerable Finnian, Abbot of Clonard

Dmitry Lapa

The disciples of Clonard established hundreds of churches and monasteries in Ireland as well as in other countries. According to a custom which existed in Clonard, every monk who left the monastery as a missionary took with him a copy of the Gospels, a crozier and some holy object and later, when building his own church or monastery, placed these relics inside it.