Orthodox Calendar 2018
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Фаддей Апостол от 70-ти Мученица Васса Алонская Авраамий Смоленский
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15th Week after Pentecost. Tone 5.
No fast.

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомApostle Thaddeus of the Seventy (44). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомMartyr Bassa of Edessa and her sons Theognius, Agapius, and Pistus (305-311). Совершается служба со славословиемSt. Abramius, archimandrite, wonderworker of Smolensk (1220), and his disciple St. Ephraim (1238). St. Martha, schemanun of Diveyevo (1829).

St. Abramius the Lover of Labor, of the Near Caves in Kiev (12th c.-13th c.). St. Cornelius, founder of Paleostrov Monastery (Karelia) (1420), and his disciple St. Abramius (15th c.).

New Hieromartyr Ignatius (Dalanov), hieromonk of Optina Monastery (1942).

Holy Forefathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (ca. 2000 b.c.). St. Avitus, bishop of Clermont (Gaul) (594). St. Sarmean, catholicos of Kartli, Georgia (774). St. Theocleta the Wonderworker, of Asia Minor (840). St. Isaiah of Mt. Athos (14th c.). Hieromartyrs Romulus, priest, and the deacons Donatus and Silvanus, and Martyr Venustus (Romania). New Hieromartyr Symeon, bishop of Samokov (Bulgaria) (1737). Translation of the relics of St. Nectarius (Kephalas), metropolitan of Pentapolis (1953).

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

Monday. [Gal. 2:11-16; Mark 5:24-34]

   The woman with the issue of blood had only to touch the Lord with faith, and power went out of the Lord into her: straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up. The issue of blood is an image of passionate thoughts and intentions, incessantly springing forth from the heart, if it has not yet been cleansed from all sympathy to sin—this is our sinful disease. It is sensed by those who have repented and zealously strive to keep themselves pure not only outwardly, but inwardly as well. Such people see that evil thoughts incessantly proceed from the heart, and they grieve over this and seek healing. But it is not possible to find such healing in oneself or others; it comes from the Lord, or more precisely, it comes when the soul touches the Lord and power goes out of the Lord into the soul. In other words, it comes when tangible contact with the Lord occurs, to which a particular warmth and inner burning testifies. When it happens, I say, immediately the soul feels that it “was healed of that plague.” This is a great good; but how can it be attained? The woman with the issue of blood pressed towards the Lord and received healing—we too must press towards the Lord, going without laziness by the narrow way of inner and outer spiritual endeavours. Everything is narrow and pressing for those who go by this way, and the Lord is not in sight. But then suddenly there is the Lord. And joy! The Kingdom of God does not come noticeably…