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Commemoration of the Dead. Tone 2.
No fast.

Совершается служба на шестьSt. Ephraim the Syrian (373-379). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Theodosius, founder of Totma Monastery (Vologda) (1568).

St. Palladius the Hermit, of Antioch (4th c.). St. Isaac the Syrian, bishop of Nineveh (6th c.-7th c.). St. Ephraim, founder of the Sts. Boris and Gleb Monastery (Novotorzhok) (1053). St. Ephraim of the Kiev Caves, bishop of Pereyaslavl (ca. 1098).

New Hieromartyr Ignatius (Sadkovsky), bishop of Skopin (1938). New Hieromartyrs Vladimir Pishchulin, priest, at Simferopol, and Bartholomew (Ratnykh), hieromonk, at Feodosia (Crimea) (1938). New Hiero-confessor Archimandrite Leontius (Stasevich) of Jablechna (Poland), who reposed at Mikhailovsk (Ivanovo) (Russia) (1972). New Hiero-confessor Arsenius (Stadnitsky), metropolitan of Tashkent and Turkestan (1936).

St. James the Ascetic, of Porphyreon in Palestine. St. Valerius, bishop of Saragossa (315). St. John of Reomans (Gaul) (544).

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 (Commemoration of the Dead). [I Thess. 4:13–17; John 5:24–30]

Now the Holy Church directs our attention beyond the borders of our present life, to our fathers and brothers who have passed on from here. The Church hopes that by reminding us of their state (which we ourselves shall not escape), to prepare us to spend Cheese-fare week properly, as well as Great Lent which follows. Let us listen to our mother the Church; and commemorating our fathers and brothers, let us take care to prepare ourselves for our passing over to the other world. Let us bring to mind our sins and mourn them, setting out in the future to keep ourselves pure from any defilement. For nothing unclean will enter the Kingdom of God; and at the judgement, nobody unclean will be justified. After death you cannot expect purification. You will remain as you are when you cross over. You must prepare your cleansing here. Let us hurry, for who can predict how long one will live? Life could be cut off this very hour. How can we appear unclean in the other world? Through what eyes will we look at our fathers and brothers who will meet us? How will we answer their questions: “What is this badness in you? What is this? And what is this?” What shame will cover us! Let us hasten to set right all that is out of order, to arrive at least somewhat tolerable and bearable in the other world.


St. Ephraim the Syrian

The prayer may be said to capsulize the teaching of this eloquent Holy Father of the Church, who left several volumes of spiritually instructive writings which merited high praise from his illustrious contemporaries, St. Basil the Great and his brother St. Gregory of Nyssa. The life of St. Ephraim is perhaps no less instructive.

Venerable Theodosius the Abbot of Totma, Vologda

At the monastery Theodosius passed through the various obediences: he carried water, chopped fire-wood, milled flour and baked bread.

Venerable Palladius the Hermit, of Antioch

Saint Palladius the Desert Dweller led an ascetical life in a certain mountain cave near Syrian Antioch.

St. Isaac the Syrian the Bishop of Nineveh

Saint Isaac the Syrian, Bishop of Ninevah, lived during the sixth century. He and his brother entered the monastery of Mar Matthew near Ninevah and received the monastic tonsure.

Venerable Ephraim, Abbot and Wonderworker of Novy Torg

Saint Ephraim of Novy Torg, founder of the Saints Boris and Gleb monastery in the city of Novy Torg, was a native of Hungary.

St. Ephraim the Bishop of Pereyaslavl, Kiev Caves, Far Caves

Saint Ephraim of the Caves, Bishop of Pereyaslavl, before his tonsure into monasticism, was treasurer and steward of household affairs at the court of the Kiev Great Prince Izyaslav (Demetrius) Yaroslavich (1054-1068). Weighed down by this noisy and bustling life and wishing to become a monk, he was accepted by Saint Anthony of the Kiev Caves and was tonsured by Saint Nikon (March 23).