|Orthodox Calendar 2018|
Martyr Anna, at Rome (304). St. Lampadus, monk, of Irenopolis (10th c.). Sts. Athanasius and Theodosius, of Cherepovets (both ca. 1388), disciples of St. Sergius of Radonezh.
New Martyrs Abbess Elizabeth (Romanova) and Nun Barbara, and those with them: John, Igor, Constantine, Sergius, and Vladimir, princes, and Theodore, at Alapaevsk (1918). New Confessor Agapitus (Taube), monk of Optina Monastery (1936).
Hieromartyr Stephen, bishop of Rhegium, disciple of Apostle Paul, and with him Bishop Suerus and the women Agnes, Felicitas, and Perpetua (1st c.). Hieromartyr Athanasius, deacon, of Jerusalem (451). St. Morwenna, patroness of Morwenstow (England) (6th c.). New Martyr Cyprian of Koutloumousiou, Mt. Athos (1679). Synaxis of 23 Saints of Lesbos.
Thoughts for Each Day of the Year
Venerable Athanasius the Founder of the Great Lavra and Coenobitic Monasticism on Mt. Athos and his six disciplesSaint Athanasius of Athos, in holy Baptism named Abraham, was born in the city of Trebezond. He was orphaned at an early age, and being raised by a certain good and pious nun, he imitated his adoptive mother in the habits of monastic life, in fasting and in prayer.
|The venerable monk, when he had ended his prayers, glanced at the boy and, conscious that he beheld the chosen vessel of the Holy Spirit, he called him to his side, blessed him, bestowed on him a kiss in the name of Christ, and asked: "What art thou seeking, or what dost thou want, child?" The boy answered, "My soul desires above all things to understand the Holy Scriptures. I have to study reading and writing, and I am sorely vexed that I cannot learn these things. Will you, holy Father, pray to God for me, that he will give me understanding of book-learning?" The monk raised his hands and his eyes toward heaven, sighed, prayed to God, then said, "Amen."|
|So remarkable is the life Of this wondrous Saint, so full of miracles, that we tend to overlook those points which, with prayer, can be applied to our own circumstances. Even his childhood gives a picture of an exemplary Christian life. How many contemporary mothers are so solicitous over the spiritual needs of their children even while they are still in the womb? How many of us turn first to God in time of need and teach our children to do likewise?|
Artemy YermakovAt that moment, the fate of the Russian Church was being decided; even the whole fate of Russian culture was being sealed. Just try to imagine Russia without the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, without Andrei Rublev, without the churches dedicated to the Holy Trinity. And yet, St. Sergius left that decision up to another, even though he already knew the answer to his own question.
Archpriest Sergei BulgakovFive and a half centuries have passed since the blessed repose of St. Sergius. The changes that have occurred in everything are great, and great is the historical distance that separates us. However, he still remains not only our spiritual leader and heavenly intercessor but also a friend who measured the depths of our sorrow and through it became our kin.
Nun Cornelia (Rees)The Russian people’s problems with power struggles, treachery, and war between different princes were not over. In the midst of it all, there stood a humble monk, ever avoiding honor or power over others, asking nothing and giving everything. This was a magnetic force that drew together seemingly irreconcilable enemies.
|The starting point and the point of destination of the cross procession was the ancient Balkar village of Eltyubyu. Among the cross procession participants there were the famous Ukrainian traveler Alexander Voloshchuk from Chernigov, who specially came from the suffering Ukraine for participation in the cross procession, and two teenage boys from the city of Tyrnyauz in the Elbrus region.|
|The founder of the monastery, St. Sergius of Radonezh, ranks as the second most frequently commemorated saint born in the land of Russia.|
Deacon Georgiy MalkovIn the Orthodox consciousness, the brightest examples of a harmonious human personality are connected with the figure of St. Sergius of Radonezh, living “by the law of Christ”—humbly wise, warmly merciful toward every man and every creature, yet without the weakness of sentimentalism; always active, hardworking, whether it be in the work of everyday life or in deep prayer.
|The fifth of July, the day of the Uncovering of the relics of holy Abba Sergius, igumen of the Russian Land, is a crowded and solemn church feastday at the monastery.|
September 6 the Church commemorates the appearance of the Most Holy Theotokos to Venerable Sergius of RadonezhThe appearance of the Mother of God in St. Sergius’ cell on the place of the current Serapion chamber occurred on a Friday of the Nativity Fast in 1385. The memory of this visitation and promise of the Mother of God to the Trinity Monastery was piously kept by the disciples of St. Sergius.
Lyubov Ulyanova, Vladimir LegoidaRepresentative of the Synodal Information Department V. R. Legoida speaks on the importance of this great saint for the establishment of Russian statehood, the development of Russian monasticism and Church institutions in the context of modern Church-state relations.