Orthodox Calendar 2018
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Свт. Марк Евгеник, архиеп. Ефесский. Преподобный Макарий Великий, Египетский Преподобный Савва Сторожевский
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January 19
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Совершается служба на шестьSt. Macarius the Great of Egypt (390-391). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Mark, archbishop of Ephesus (1444). Blessed Theodore of Novgorod, fool-for-Christ (1392). St. Macarius the Roman, abbot (Novgorod) (16th c-17th c.).

Virgin-martyr Euphrasia of Nicomedia (303). St. Macarius of Alexandria (394-395). St. Anthony the Stylite, of Martqopi, Georgia (6th c.). St. Arsenius, archbishop of Corfu (8th c.). St. Macarius the Faster, of the Kiev Caves (12th c.). St. Macarius, hierodeacon of the Kiev Caves (13th c.-14th c.). Uncovering of the relics of St. Sabbas, founder of Storozhev Monastery (Zvenigorod) (1652).

New Hieromartyr Peter Skipetrov, archpriest, of Petrograd (1918).

St. Branwalader (Breward) of Cornwall and the Channel Islands (6th c.). Martyr Anthony Rawah the Qoraisite (797). Translation of the relics (950) of St. Gregory the Theologian (389). St. Meletius, confessor, of Mt. Galesion, monk (1286).

Repose of Schemanun Anatolia of Diveyevo (1949).

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. [I John 1:8–2:6; Mark 13:31–14:2]

What the Apostle directed us towards yesterday, the Gospel now suggests directly to us: Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time.… Watch ye therefore ... lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping (Mark 13:33, 35–6). It is necessary to wait, and every instant to keep in mind that the Lord is about to appear and shine like lightning from one end of the universe to the other. It is thought by some that it is possible to replace this waiting upon the Lord with waiting for death. This is good, or at least this should be done. But awaiting the coming of the Lord is one thing, and awaiting death another. They lead to different thoughts, and to different feelings born under the impact of these different thoughts. Await the day of the Lord, when all will end in an irrevocable determination. After our death, time will still continue in an undecided state; but the day of the Lord will assign everything for eternal ages, and it will be sealed, so you cannot expect any changes. “I have been waiting,” you say. So wait longer, and continue to wait. “But this,” you say, “will poison all my joys.” It will not poison your joys—it will only drive away from your everyday life those joys that are illegitimately so-called. You will still rejoice, only in the Lord. It is possible to wait for the Lord with this joy; and if the Lord finds you in this joy, He will not call you to account, but will praise you.

Friday. [I John 2:7–17; Mark 14:3–9]

The world passeth away, and the lust thereof (I John 2:17). Who does not see this? Everything around us passes away—things, people, events; and we ourselves are passing away. Worldly lust also passes; we scarcely taste the sweetness of its satisfaction before both the lust and the sweetness disappear. We chase after something else, and it is the same; we chase after a third thing—again the same. Nothing stands still; everything comes and goes. What? Is there really nothing constant?! There is, says the Apostle: he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever (I John 2:17). How does the world, which is so transient, endure? Because God so desires that the world endure. The will of God is the world’s unshakeable and indestructible foundation. It is the same among people—whosoever begins to stand firmly in the will of God is made steadfast and firm at once. One’s thoughts are restless when chasing after something transient. But as soon as one comes to his senses and returns to the path of the will of God, his thoughts and intentions begin to settle down. When at last one succeeds in acquiring the habit for such a way of life, everything he has, both within and without, comes into quiet harmony and serene order. Having begun here, this deep peace and imperturbable serenity will pass over to the other life as well, and there it will abide unto the ages. Amidst the general transience of things around us, this is what is not transient, and what is constant within us: walking in the will of God.

Monday (36th). [III John 1:1–14; Luke 19:29–40, 22:7–39]

What does it mean to walk in truth (III John 1:4)? It means accepting truth in your heart, abiding in such thoughts and feelings as the truth requires. Thus, it is the truth that God is everywhere and sees everything. He who accepts this truth with his heart and begins to keep himself both inwardly and outwardly as if God Himself were before him and were seeing everything within him, is walking in this truth. It is the truth that God contains all, and that without Him we cannot do anything successfully. He who accepts this with his heart, and turns in prayer in whatever he does for help to God, accepting whatever happens to him as being from the hand of the Lord—is walking in this truth. It is the truth that death could steal us away at any hour, and after death immediately comes the judgement. He who accepts this truth with his heart, and begins to live as if he were about to die this minute and appear before the judgement of God, is walking in this truth. So it is concerning every other truth.


Venerable Macarius the Great of Egypt

After he buried his wife, Macarius told himself, “Take heed, Macarius, and have care for your soul. It is fitting that you forsake worldly life.”

St. Mark the Archbishop of Ephesus

Saint Mark Eugenikos, Archbishop of Ephesus, was a stalwart defender of Orthodoxy at the Council of Florence.

Righteous Theodore of Novgorod the Fool-For-Christ

Blessed Theodore of Novgorod was the son of pious parents, wealthy citizens of Novgorod.

Venerable Macarius the Roman of Novgorod

He lived in an age when the Christian West was shaken by the Protestant Reformation. While others around him were pursuing luxury and lascivious pleasures, he studied the Holy Scriptures and the writings of the Fathers.

Virginmartyr Euphrasia of Nicomedia

The Holy Virgin Martyr Euphrasia was born at Nicomedia into an illustrious family. She was a Christian, and was noted for her beauty.

Venerable Macarius of Alexandria

Saint Macarius of Alexandria was a contemporary and friend of Saint Macarius of Egypt (January 19). He was born in the year 295, and until the age of forty he was occupied in trade. Later, he was baptized and withdrew into the desert, where he spent more than sixty years.

St. Anthony the Founder of Monasticism in Georgia

Our holy father Anton of Martqopi arrived in Georgia in the 6th century with the rest of the Thirteen Syrian Fathers and settled in Kakheti to preach the Gospel of Christ.

St. Arsenius the Archbishop of Kerkyra (Corfu)

Because of his great virtue, Saint Arsenius was consecrated as Archbishop of Kerkyra. He became a defender of widows, a father to orphans, and a comfort for the sorrowful, and so God rewarded him with the gift of miracles.

Venerable Macarius the Faster, of the Kiev Near Caves

Saint Macarius the Faster of the Near Caves of Kiev was a deacon.

Venerable Macarius the Deacon of the Kiev Caves

Saint Macarius lived during the thirteenth-fourteenth centuries, and was distinguished by his lack of covetousness.

Venerable Sava the Abbot of Zvenigorod the Disciple of the Venerable Sergius of Radonezh

Saint Sava Storozhevsky of Zvenigorod left the world in his early youth, and received the monastic tonsure from Saint Sergius of Radonezh, whose disciple and fellow-ascetic he was.

Two Saints of the Channel Islands: Helier and Branwalader

We hope and pray that the veneration of these two early saints of the Channel Islands, which many centuries ago expressed the Orthodox traditions of Celtic Wales and Cornwall and mainland Gaul alike, will revive among Orthodox believers and that the Orthodox faith will be restored in this unique small region between England and France.

St. Gregory the Theologian the Archbishop of Constantinople

Saint Gregory the Theologian, Archbishop of Constantinople, a great Father and teacher of the Church, was born into a Christian family of eminent lineage in the year 329, at Arianzos.