Orthodox Calendar 2018
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Мч. Созонт Помпеольский Прп. Макарий Оптинский
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September 7
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September 20
17th Week after Pentecost. Tone 7.
No fast.

Совершается служба на шестьForefeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos. Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомMartyr Sozon of Cilicia (304). Совершается служба со славословиемSt. John, archbishop and wonderworker, of Novgorod (1186). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомHieromartyr Macarius of Kanev, archimandrite, of Obruch and Pinsk (1678). St. Macarius, elder, of Optina Monastery (1860).

Apostles Evodus (Euodias) (66) and Onesiphorus (67), of the Seventy. Martyr Eupsychius of Caesarea in Cappadocia (ca. 130). St. Luke and St. Peter the Cappadocian, abbots, of the monastery of the Deep Stream (10th c.). Sts. Alexander (Peresvet) and Andrew (Oslyabya), disciples of St. Sergius of Radonezh, who fought at the Battle of Kulikovo (1380). St. Serapion of Spaso-Eleazar Monastery, Pskov (1480)

New Hieromartyrs Eugene (Zernov), metropolitan of Nizhni- Novgorod, Leo (Yegorov), archimandrite, of the St. Alexander Nevsky Lavra, Nicholas (Ashchepev), abbot, of the Holy Trinity Selinginsk Monastery, Eugene (Vyzhva), abbot, of Zhitomir (Ukraine), Pachomius (Ionov), hieromonk of the Holy Trinity Skanov Monastery (Penza), and Stephen (Kreidich), priest, of Robchik (Bryansk) (1937). New Hieromartyr John Maslovsky, priest, of Verkhne-Poltavka, Amur (1921).

Sts. Symeon (1476) and Amphilochius (1570), of Pangarati Monastery (Romania). St. Cloud (Clodoald), founder of Nogent-sur-Seine Monastery, near Paris (560). St. Cassia (Cassiana) the Hymnographer (9th c.).

Repose of Metropolitan Isidore (Nikolsky) of St. Petersburg (1892) and Archbishop Anatole (Kamensky) of Irkutsk (1925).

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

Thursday. [Eph. 4:14-19; Mark 11:27-33]

   The Saviour proves that He was sent from heaven using the testimony of John the Forerunner. They were silent, for there was nothing to say to the contrary, yet they did not believe. Another time He proved the same thing through His deeds, and they thought up a new twist: [He casteth out devils] by the prince of the devils (Mt. 9:34, Mk. 3:22). But when this twist was exposed to be completely inappropriate, they again were silent, but nevertheless did not believe. Thus unbelievers never believe no matter what you tell them and how convincingly you prove the truth. They cannot say anything to the contrary, while nevertheless they do not believe. One might say that their mind is paralyzed, since they reason sensibly about other things. Only when the issue touches upon faith do they become confused in their concepts and words. They also become confused when they present their outlooks as a substitute for the tenets of faith given by God. Here their doubt raises such a buttress that it is like a firm cliff. If you hear their entire theory through, you will see that a child could figure out that this is a spider’s web; but they do not see it. O unfathomable blindness! One can explain the obstinacy of unbelievers as their not wanting to believe, but where does this come from? Where does it get such power that it makes a sensible man consciously cling to an illogical form of thoughts? This is darkness. Is it not from the father of darkness?


Martyr Sozon of Cilicia

The Martyr Sozon, a native of Lykaonia, was a shepherd. He read the Holy Scriptures attentively, and he loved to share his knowledge about the One God with the shepherds who gathered together with him. He brought many to the faith in Christ and to Baptism.

St. John the Archbishop and Wonderworker of Novgorod

Saint John, Archbishop of Novgorod, was born at Novgorod of the pious parents Nicholas and Christina. He passed his childhood in quiet and peaceful surroundings.

To Jerusalem on a Demon

Valeria Mikhailova

As God did not desire to leave this man unknown in the fifteenth century, so in our times: Today St. John of Novgorod, longing for but one thing from his childhood—to be with Christ, is remembered and glorified in the Orthodox world.

Martyr Macarius the Archimandrite of Kanev and Pereyaslavl

The Hieromartyr Macarius of Kanev lived in the seventeenth century. This was a most terrible time for Orthodox Christians in western Rus.

St. Macarius of Optina (1788-1860)

Olga Rozhneva

On September 7/20 we celebrate the memory of the great Optina elder, Macarius. The saint’s life is deeply edifying for contemporary people. What kinds of lessons can we learn from the elder’s life?

Apostle Evodius (Euodias) of the Seventy

The Holy Apostle Evodius of the Seventy was, after the holy Apostle Peter, the first bishop in Syrian Antioch.

Apostle Onesiphorus of the Seventy

Saint Onesiphorus was bishop at Colophon (Asia Minor), and later at Corinth.

Venerable Serapion of Spaso-Eleazar Monastery, Pskov

Saint Serapion of Pskov was born at Yuriev (now Tartu), which then was under the rule of Germans, who sought to stamp out Orthodoxy. His parents were parishioners of a Russian church in the name of Saint Nicholas.

Venerable Simeon Of Pângăraţi

Venerable Simeon was born at the beginning of the fifteenth century in a village close to Piatra Neamţ city, at the time of the pious ruler Prince Alexander the Kind (1400-1432).

Venerable Amphilochius of Pângăraţi

Holy Venerable Amphilochius from Pângăraţi was born in 1487, in Ţara de Sus, Moldavia. He began his monastic life in his youth at Moldoviţa Monastery, wherefrom he came to Pângăraţi in 1508.

The Hymn of Cassiani (with audio)

What made Theophilus say this to his prospective bride? Was he testing her humility? Was he testing her intellect? Was it he thrown too far off balance by Cassiani’s beauty to think of anything more romantic? And what made Cassiani make such a bold reply?