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Святой благоверный князь Георгий Всеволодович Преподобный Исидор Пелусиот Преподобный Кирилл Новоезерский
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Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Isidore of Pelusium, monk (ca. 436-440). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. George, prince of Vladimir (1238). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Cyril, founder of New Lake Monastery (Novgorod) (1532).

Martyrs Jadorus and Isidore, who suffered under Decius (3rd c.). Hieromartyr Abramius, bishop of Arbela in Assyria (ca. 344-347). St. Nicholas the Confessor, abbot, of the Studion (868). Sts. Abraham and Coprius, founders of Pechenga Monastery (Vologda) (15th c.).

New Hieromartyr Methodius (Krasnoperov), bishop of Petropavlovsk (1921). New Hieromartyrs Theodosius (Bobkov), hieromonk of the Chudov Monastery (Moscow), Nicholas Kandaurov, archpriest (Moscow), Boris Nazarov, archpriest, of Protasievo (Verey), Alexander Pokrovsky, archpriest, of Mineyevo (Moscow), Alexander Sokolov, archpriest, of Paveltsovo (Moscow), Peter Sokolov, archpriest, of Klin (Moscow), John Tikhomirov, archpriest, of Petrovskoye (Moscow), and Nicholas Pospelov, priest, of Bylovo (Podolsk) (1938). New Martyr Raphaela, schemanun, of Moscow (1938).

Hieromartyr Phileas, bishop of Thmuis, and Martyr Philoromus the Magistrate (ca. 303). St. John of Irenopolis (ca. 325). St. Evagrius, fellow-ascetic of St. Shio of Mgvime, Georgia (6th c.). Hieromartyr Aldate of Gloucester (6th c.). New Martyr Joseph of Aleppo in Syria (1686).

Repose of the royal recluse Nun Dosithea of Moscow (1810).

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. [Rom. 14:19–23, 16:25–27; Matt. 6:1–13. For the Fathers—Gal. 5:22–6:2; Matt. 11:27–30][1]

They that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts (Gal. 5:24). Nowadays, this order of things has been perverted: people crucify the flesh, but not together with the affections and lusts—rather by means of affections and lusts. How people now torture their bodies with overeating, drunkenness, lustful deeds, dancing and merry-making! The most heartless master does not torture his lazy animal this way. If we were to give our flesh freedom and reason, its first voice would be against its mistress—the soul; it would say that the soul has unlawfully interfered in the flesh’s affairs, brought passions alien to it, and tortures it by carrying these passions out in the flesh. Our body’s needs are essentially simple and passionless. Look at the animals: they do not overeat, they do not sleep in excess, and having satisfied their fleshly needs at the given time, they remain calm for the entire year. Only the soul, which has forgotten its better inclinations, has by its intemperance developed out of the body’s basic needs a multitude of unnatural inclinations, which are unnatural for the body as well. It is necessary to crucify the flesh in every possible way, in order to cut the fleshly passions off from the soul which the latter has grafted onto itself. This can be done only in the reverse—that is, by not giving it enough of what is necessary, or by meeting its needs to a far lesser degree than what its nature demands.

[1] The Romans Bible verses indicated in English at the top of this entry are changed so that the texts match the Russian Bible (three of the verses which are in Chapter 14 of the Russian Bible are found in Chapter 16 in the KJV).


Venerable Isidore of Pelusium

Saint Isidore’s spiritual wisdom and strict asceticism, combined with his broad learning and innate knowledge of the human soul, enabled him to win the respect and love of his fellow monks in a short time.

Right-believing George the Great Prince of Vladimir

Holy Great Prince George was a son of Great Prince Vsevolod, nicknamed “Big Nest.” He was born in the year 1189, and he assumed the great princely throne of Vladimir in 1212. He was distinguished for his military valor and his piety.

Venerable Cyril the Abbot and Wonderworker of Novoezersk, Novgorod

Saint Cyril of New Lake was born into a pious family. The Lord marked him as one of the chosen even before he was born.

Martyr Jadorus

Saint Jadorus suffered martyrdom with Saint Isidore (not Isidore of Pelusium) in the reign of Decius (249-251).

Hieromartyr Abramius the Bishop of Arbela in Assyria

The Hieromartyr Abramius, Bishop of Arbela, suffered during a persecution against Christians in Persia under the emperor Sapor II.

Venerable Nicholas the Confessor the Abbot of Studion

Because of his life as a confessor and ascetic he received from God the gift of healing, which continued even after his repose in the year 868.

Sts. Abraham and Coprius, founders of Pechenga Monastery (Vologda)

Saints Abraham and Coprius of Pechenga in 1492 founded the Savior wilderness monastery at the River Pechenga, in Gryazovetsk district, 21 versts from Vologda.

St. Evagrisi the disciple of St. Shio

Astonished at Fr. Shio’s strict asceticism, Saint Evagrisi was filled with holy envy, having a desire to emulate the hermit, and he told him, “God is truly alive. I will not leave you, I will not go back.”

St. Joseph of Aleppo, Priest & Martyr

Syria had been invaded by Arab Muslims in the 7th century, followed by Turkish Muslims, who for centuries attempted to wipe out the Christian religion in the Middle East. The Ottoman Turks had ruled Syria since the early 16th century and, while Christianity was officially tolerated under this rule, individual Christians were often harassed and persecuted.