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6th Week after Pascha. Tone 5.
Fast Day.
Fish, wine and oil allowed.

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомMartyrs Timothy the Reader and his wife Maura, of Antinoe in Egypt (ca. 286). Совершается служба с полиелеемSt. Theodosius, abbot of the Kiev Caves Monastery and founder of coenobitic monasticism in Russia (1074).

St. Peter the Wonderworker, bishop of Argos (ca. 928). St. Theophanes of Vatopedi, metropolitan of Peritheorion (после 1353). Schema-abbess Juliana (1393) and Schemanun Eupraxia (1394), of the Monastery of the Conception in Moscow. St. Gregory, bishop of Rostov and Yaroslavl (1416).

“Svensk” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (1288).

Great-martyr Xenia the Wonderworker, of the Peloponnese (318). St. Ecumenius the Wonderworker, bishop of Tricca (4th c.). St. Mamai, catholicos of Georgia (744). Sts. Michael and Arsenius the Georgians (9th c.). St. Ansfried, bishop of Utrecht (1010). Martyr Paul of Vilnius, Lithuania (17th c.). New Martyr Achmed (Ahmet) the Calligrapher, at Constantinople (1682). St. Irodion, abbot, of Lainici Monastery (Romania) (1900). Martyrs Diodorus and Rhodopianus, deacon, at Aphrodisia in Anatolia (285-305). Finding of the relics of St. Luke of Mt. Steirion (953). Sts. Silas (1783), Paisius and Nathan (1784), monks of Putna Monastery (Moldova).

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

Wednesday. [Acts 18:22–28; John 12:36–47]

   Lord who hath believed our report? (Is. 53:1), the Prophet Isaiah laments in astonishment. Now it would be fitting to cry out, “Who now sincerely believes Thy word, O Lord?” Almost everyone has become slack. Many are yet silent about their unbelief; while it is rare to find a heart that has not turned in the other direction. What is the reason for this? Interest in unbelief has begun to be felt; the need for unbelief has developed, for concealing interests of the heart which do not agree with faith. Here is the root of evil. Reason is not the adversary of faith, but a corrupt heart is. Reason is only guilty here in that it submits to the heart, and begins to philosophize—not according to the foundations of truth, but according to the desires of the heart. Furthermore, powerful arguments for the truth seem worthless to the mind, and some trifling argument against the truth becomes a whole mountain. In general, confusion comes into the mental realm, blinding the mind, which does not and cannot see, no matter what you tell it.


Martyr Timothy the Reader and his wife in Egypt

Saints Timothy and Maura suffered for the faith during the persecution under the emperor Diocletian (284-305).

St. Theodosius of the Kiev Caves

Eighteen years after the Saint's blessed repose, the monastery brethren decided to transfer his relics to the new cathedral church. The abbot, together with monk Nestor the chronicler, went to the cave to dig up the relics and discovered them to be incorrupt. Accompanied by a large crowd of people, the relics were solemnly transferred to the Dormition Cathedral on August 14, 1092. And in 1106 Saint Theodosius was added to the list of canonized saints.

St. Peter the Wonderworker and Bishop of Argos

Saint Peter the Wonderworker, Bishop of Argos in the Peloponnesos, lived during the ninth and early tenth centuries, and was raised by pious parents.

Icon of the Mother of God of Sven

The Sven Caves Icon of the Mother of God was painted by Saint Alypius of the Caves (August 17).

Great Martyr Xenia the Wonderworker, of the Peloponnesus

One of the sweetest saints in all Orthodoxy remained for seventeen centuries in comparative oblivion unknown, unhonoured, and unsung - until she chose, at the bidding of God, to reveal herself to a humble priest, in the bustling City of New York.

Holy Catholicos Mamai (†744)

Archpriest Zakaria Machitadze

Saint Mamai served as chief shepherd of the Georgian faithful from 731 to 744.The information we have about his life is scarce, but it is known that St.Mamai was abbot of ZedazeniMonastery and died a martyr for Christ.

Venerable Fathers Mikael and Arsen the Georgians (9th century)

Archpriest Zakaria Machitadze

The biographies of Sts. Mikael and Arsen the Georgians have unfortunately not been preserved. It is known that they were contemporaries of Patriarch Sergius of Jerusalem (843–859). The following entry is recorded in the synodicon of Jerusalem’s Holy Cross Monastery: “Our Holy Fathers Mikael and Arsen, founders of Olympus.”