Orthodox Calendar 2018
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Святитель Стефан I Римский Святой первомученик архидиакон Стефан Василий Блаженный
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12th Week after Pentecost. Tone 2.
Успенский пост.
Monastic rule: xerophagy (bread, uncooked fruits and vegetables).

Совершается служба на шестьTranslation of the relics from Jerusalem to Constantinople of Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen (428). Translation of the relics of the Righteous Nicodemus, Gamaliel, and Abibus, of Jerusalem (415). Совершается служба со славословиемBlessed Basil of Moscow, fool-for-Christ (1552-1557).

Hieromartyr Stephen, pope of Rome (257), and companions. Blessed Basil of Kubensk (Vologda) (1472). St. Marco of Belavinsk (Vologda) (1492).

New Hieromartyr Platon (Kolegov), hieromonk, of Chasovo (Komi) (1937).

Translation of the relics of Martyrs Dada, Maximus, and Quintilian, at Dorostolum in Moesia (286). New Martyr Theodore of the Dardanelles (1692).

Repose of Hieromonk Peter (Seregin), spiritual father of Pyukhtitsa Convent (Estonia) (1982).

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. [II Cor. 6:11-16; Mark 1:23-28]

   The demon praised the Saviour, but the Saviour said to him: Hold thy peace, and come out of him. Demons never say anything or do anything with a good purpose—they always have something evil in mind. So it was here. The Lord, not exposing their crafty designs, decided it with a word: hold thy peace and come out. He did not want to converse long with an evil spirit. Here is a lesson for us. A person manages to do very little of something good before a demon sits nearby and begins to trumpet in his ears: “You are this and that.” Do not listen and do not enter into conversation with this flatterer, but immediately say point blank: “Hold thy peace and come out,” and erase his tracks with sighs and self-reproach, then incense that place where he was with contrite prayer. He wants to give rise to self-opinion and self esteem, and to fan self-praise and vainglory from them—all of those thoughts and feelings are the spiritual life the same as thieves in everyday life. Like thieves that enter a house to rob its goods, so these demons, taking root in a soul, destroy all that is good in that soul and cast it away, so that nothing remains for the Lord to praise later.