Orthodox Calendar 2018
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Успение Пресвятой Богородицы
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August 15
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August 28
14th Week after Pentecost. Tone 4.
No fast.

Совершается служба великому праздникуThe Dormition of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary.

Repose of St. Macarius the Roman, abbot (1550), and his disciple St. Chariton (16th c.), of Novgorod. St. Stephen, elder, of Vyatka (1890).

Icons of the Most Holy Theotokos “Diasozousa” and “Chajnicke.”

New Hieromartyr Christos, hieromonk, of Ioannina (ca. 1770). New Hieromartyr Paul Szwajko, priest, and New Martyr Joanna, presbytera, of Graboviec (Chelm and Podlasie, Poland) (1943).

Repose of Elder Anthony of Murom (Arsenius in schema) (1851), friend of St. Seraphim of Sarov; Archimandrite Hieron, founder of New Athos (1912), Blessed George Lazar of Varatec, Romania (1916), Abbess Rufina of Harbin and Shanghai (1937), Elder Joseph the Hesychast, of New Skete, Mt. Athos (1959), and Metropolitan Augustinos (Kantiotis) of Florina (2010).

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

Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost. [I Cor. 16:13-24; Matt. 21:33-42]

   Mary hath chosen that good part (Luke 10:42). The Dormition of the Mother of God represents a good end to such a choice. The Saviour Himself received her soul in His arms at her Dormition. Many saints were made worthy of the same. In various ways and degrees, all those who choose that good part meet with this. At the time this choice is made, the saints foresaw this end through hope, and even felt it to a certain degree; but then come labours, struggle and forcing oneself, shrouding the chosen path. The good end of that good part remains as a guiding star. It is as a faraway shining light for a traveller who is overtaken by darkness. Hope is the stimulator of energy and the maintainer of patience and constancy in what was begun, while hope itself is strong through faith. People make their choice according to faith, and through hope they are firm in their choice; while through patience they attain that good end.