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Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомAfterfeast of the Meeting of Our Lord. Совершается служба на шестьHoly and Righteous Symeon the God-receiver and Anna the Prophetess (1st c.). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Nicholas, Equal-to-the-Apostles, enlightener of Japan (1912).

Prophet Azariah (10th c. в до Р.10th c..). Martyrs Papias, Diodorus, and Claudianus, at Perge in Pamphylia (250). Martyr Blaise of Caesarea in Cappadocia (3rd c.). Martyrs Adrian and Eubulus, at Caesarea in Cappadocia (ca. 308-309). St. Romanus, prince of Uglich (1285). St. Symeon, bishop of Polotsk and Tver (1289). St. Svyatoslav-Gabriel and his son St. Dimitry, of Yuriev (1253).

New Hieromartyrs Vladimir (Zagreba), hieromonk of Borisoglebsk Monastery (Novotorzhok), Basil Zalessky, archpriest, of Astrakhan, and Adrian Troitsky, archpriest, of Kazan (1938).

Martyr Paul the Syrian (284-305). St. Lawrence, archbishop of Canterbury (619). St. Werburga of Chester, abbess (ca. 700). St. Ansgar, bishop of Hamburg, enlightener of Denmark and Sweden (865). St. James, archbishop of Serbia (1292). St. Sabbas of Ioannina (15th c.). St. Ignatius of Mariupol in Crimea, metropolitan of Gothia and Kafa (1786). New Martyrs Stamatius and John, brothers, and Nicholas, their companion, at Spetses on Chios (1822).

Repose of Schemamonk Paul of Simonov Monastery (1825), disciple of St. Paisius (Velichkovsky), and Hieromonk Isidore of Gethsemane Skete, Moscow (1908).

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


So will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing, promises the Lord through the prophet Zechariah (Zech. 8:7–23). But under what condition? Under the condition that every man will speak the truth to his neighbour, that men will righteously sort out their affairs amongst themselves, that men will not remember wrongs in their hearts against their neighbour, that they will love no false oath, and will love truth and peace. If these conditions are met, says the Lord, they shall be My people, and I will be their God, in truth and righteousness (Zech. 8:8), and His blessing shall spread among them. Then all strangers shall hear and say, “Let us go speedily to them to pray before the Lord, for we have heard that the Lord is with them (cf. Zech. 8:21–3). Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts (Zech. 8:22).

Thus did the high moral purity of the first Christians attract people and nations to the Lord. Those who live always according to the spirit of Christ are, without the use of words, the best preachers of Christ and the most convincing apostles of Christianity.


Holy, Righteous Simeon the God-Receiver

Righteous Simeon the God-Receiver was, according to the testimony of the holy Evangelist Luke, a just and devout man waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. God promised him that he would not die until the promised Messiah, Christ the Lord, came into the world.

Holy, Righteous Anna the Prophetess

She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband for seven years from her virginity; and she was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not leave the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.

Saint Nicholas of Japan and His Legacy

St. Nicholas’ personal example of love and respect for the Japanese people and their history, language,and customs left a good impression on the Japanese authorities and helped contribute to the growth of the Orthodox mission. St. Nicholas’ fluency in Japanese led to his being occasionally called upon to be present during official government meetings between Japanese and Russian representatives.

Prophet Azariah

The name Azariah means “whom God helps.” The holy prophet lived during King Asa’s reign (2 Chron. 15:1).

Martyrs Papias, Diodorus, and Claudianus, at Perge in Pamphylia

Saint Papias was martyred with Saint Claudianus at Perge, Pamphylia in 250.

Martyr Blaise of Caesarea, in Cappadocia

Saint Blaise of Caesarea lived in the third century. He was from Caesarea in Cappadocia (Asia Minor) and was a shepherd.

Martyr Adrian at Caesarea, Cappadocia

Saint Adrian of Baneas of Caesarea in Cappadocia. suffered martyrdom under Governor Firmilianus.

Martyr Eubulus at Caesarea, Cappadocia

Saint Eubulus, like Saint Adrian, was from Baneas, in Caesarea of Cappadocia.

Right-Believing Prince Roman of Uglich

He established a poor-house and took in the destitute, who came to him from everywhere. In the principality he built fifteen more churches. Saint Roman was present every day at the divine services, and he often conversed with pious monks.

St. Simeon the Bishop of Polotsk and Tver

Saint Simeon, Bishop of Tver was descended from the Polotsk princes. He was the seventh bishop of Polotsk and the first bishop of the Tver diocese.

Venerable Werburgh of Mercia, Patroness of Chester

Dmitry Lapa

The seventh century played a key role in the history of Christianity in England, as all seven early English kingdoms were converted to the Orthodox faith in that century; the period can be called “the golden age of English Orthodoxy.”