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Преподобный Ксенофонт, Мария и их чада Иоанн и Аркадий Прп. Феодор Студит Прп. Ксенофонт Робейский
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Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Xenophon and his wife St. Mary, and their two sons Sts. Arcadius and John, of Constantinople (5th c.-6th c.).

Martyrs Ananias the priest, Peter the prison guard, and seven soldiers, in Phoenicia (295). St. Symeon the Ancient, of Mt. Sinai (390). St. Joseph the Confessor, archbishop of Thessalonica, brother of St. Theodore the Studite (830). Translation of the relics of St. Theodore the Confessor, abbot of the Studion (845). St. David the Builder, king of Georgia (1125). St. Xenophon, founder of Robeika Monastery (Novgorod) (1262).

St. Ammon of Egypt (350), disciple of St. Anthony the Great. St. Paula of Rome, monastic foundress in Palestine (404). St. Gabriel, abbot, in Jerusalem (ca. 490). St. Conon, bishop and monastic founder on the Isle of Man (648). St. Clement of Mt. Sagmation (12th c.).

Repose of Metropolitan Gabriel of Novgorod and St. Petersburg (1801) and Metropolitan Joseph (Naniescu) of Suceava, Romania (1902).

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 4:20–5:21; Mark 15:1–15]

This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith (I John 5:4)—the Christian faith. To overcome the world—what does that mean? Not to exterminate all those who love the world, or to annihilate and destroy all which is loved by the world. It means rather that while living amidst those who love the world and moving amidst customs loved of the world, we live and be alien to everyone and everything. As soon as you have rejected the world and everything worldly, you have by this very action overcome the world. But who teaches you to reject the world and who gives you strength for this? Our [Orthodox] Faith gives the strength. It discloses the destructiveness of the delusions of the world and inspires the desire to free oneself of their nets. Then, when one resolves to break these bonds, repents and approaches the Mysteries of renewal—baptism or repentance—faith allows him to mystically feel the sweetness of a life opposed to the world, a sweetness with which all the pleasures of the world cannot in any way enter into comparison. As a result, a loathing for everything worldly dwells in the heart, which actually is overcoming the world. But in this mystical action, as a result of which loathing for the world is born, the power to steadfastly abide in this loathing and alienation from the world also is granted; and this is a victory decisive and lasting.


Saint Xenophon, his wife Maria, and their sons Arcadius and John

Saint Xenophon, his wife Maria, and their sons Arcadius and John, were noted citizens of Constantinople and lived in the fifth century.

Presbyter Ananias in Phoenicia

The Holy Martyrs Ananias the Presbyter, Peter the prison guard, and seven soldiers suffered in Phoenicia in the year 295.

Martyr Peter, in Phoenicia

Saint Peter was a prison guard who suffered in Phoenicia in the year 295 with the holy martyr Ananias the Presbyter and seven soldiers.

St. Simeon “the Ancient” of Mt. Sinai

Saint Simeon the Elder was so named in order to distinguish him from Saint Simeon the Stylite (September 1). He practiced asceticism in Syria in the fifth century, and in his childhood years went out into the Syrian wilderness and lived in a cave in complete solitude.

St. Joseph the Bishop of Thessalonica, and brother of St. Theodore of Studion

Saint Joseph, Archbishop of Thessalonica, was brother of Saint Theodore the Studite (November 11), and together they pursued a life of asceticism under the guidance of Saint Platon (April 5) in the monastery at Sakkudion, Bithynia.

Venerable Theodore the Confessor the Abbot of the Studion

Saint Theodore the Confessor, Abbot of the Studion was born in the year 758 at Constantinople into a family of the imperial tax-collector Photinus and his spouse Theoctiste, both pious Christians.

Blessed David IV the King of Georgia

This most valiant, powerful, and righteous Georgian king left his heirs with a brilliant confession when he died. It recalled all the sins he had committed with profound lamentation and beseeched the Almighty God for forgiveness.

Venerable Xenophon the Abbot of Robeika, Novgorod

Saint Xenophon of Robeika was a student of St. Barlaam of Khutyn.