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Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Maximus the Confessor (662). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомMartyr Neophytus of Nicaea (303-305). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомMartyrs Eugene, Candidus, Valerian, and Aquila, at Trebizond (3rd c.-4th c.). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Maximus the Greek, monk, of Russia (1556).

Virgin-martyr Agnes of Rome (ca. 305). Martyr Anastasius, disciple of St. Maximus the Confessor (662). St. Timon, monk, of Nadeyev and Kostroma (1840).

“Paramythia” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (807), at Vatopedi (Mt. Athos).

Hieromartyrs Fructuosus, bishop of Catalan (Spain), and with him deacons Augurius and Eulogius (259). St. Zosimas, bishop of Syracuse (662). Synaxis of the Church of Holy Peace by the Sea, Constantinople. St. Callistratus, catholicos-patriarch of Georgia (1952).

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. [II Tim. 3:1–9; Luke 20:45–21:4]

   Who are those having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof? (II Tim. 3–5). Who are those others, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth? (II Tim. 3:7). The former are those who maintain all the external routines in which a godly life is manifested, but who do not have a strong enough will to maintain their inner dispositions as true godliness demands. They go to church and stand there readily. But they do not make the effort to stand with their mind before God continuously and to reverently fall down before Him. Having prayed a bit, they release the reins of the control of their mind; and it soars, circling over the entire world. As a result, they are externally located in church, but by their inner state they are not there: only the form of godliness remains in them, while its power is not there. You must think about everything else in this manner.

   The latter are those who, having entered the realm of faith, do nothing but invent questions—“What is this? What is that? Why this way? Why that way?” They are people suffering from empty inquisitiveness. They do not chase after the truth, only ask and ask. And having found the answer to their questions, they do not dwell on them for long, but soon feel the necessity to look for another answer. And so they whirl about day and night, questioning and questioning, and never fully satisfied with what they learn. Some people chase after pleasures, but these chase after the satisfaction of their inquisitiveness.


St. Maximus the Confessor

Saint Maximus the Confessor was born in Constantinople around 580 and raised in a pious Christian family.

Martyr Neophytus of Nicea

The Holy Martyr Neophytus, a native of the city of Nicea in Bithynia, was raised by his parents in strict Christian piety.

The Holy Martyrs Eugene, Candidus, Valerian and Aquila, at Trebizond

The Holy Martyrs Eugene, Candidus, Valerian and Aquila suffered for their faith in Christ during the reign of Diocletian (284-305) and Maximian (305-311), under the regimental commander Lycius.

St. Maximos of Vatopaidi

Archimandrite Ephraim of Vatopedi

We pray that our All-Good Triune God, who “worketh hitherto,” might ever send forth worthy and holy workers, like the great and tireless Saint Maximos, to His vineyard, for the salvation of all. We also pray that God, through the intercessions of this our holy Father, grant His Grace for the preservation of unity of Faith and bonds of love in our One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church of Christ.

Venerable Maximus the Greek

Saint Maximus was chosen to go to Moscow, for he had been brought up on secular and ecclesiastical books from his youth. Upon his arrival, he was asked to translate patristic and liturgical books into Slavonic, starting with the Annotated Psalter.

Virginmartyr Agnes of Rome

When she refused to enter into marriage with the son of the city official Symphronius, one of his associates revealed to him that Agnes was a Christian.

Martyr Anastasius the Disciple of the Venerable Maximus the Confessor

The Holy Martyr Anastasius was a disciple of Saint Maximus the Confessor, and with him suffered persecution under the Monothelites.

St. Fructuosis of Tarragona, Spain

Saint Fructuosis lived during the persecution of Valerian and Gallienus in the third century, during the consulship of Amelianus and Bassus.