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18th Week after Pentecost. Tone 8.
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Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Theodora of Alexandria (490). Совершается служба с полиелеемTranslation of the relics of Sts. Sergius and Herman of Valaam (1542-1550). Совершается служба с полиелеемSt. Silouan, elder, of St. Panteleimon Monastery, Mt. Athos (1938).

Martyrs Demetrius, his wife Evanthia, and their son Demetrian, at Skepsis on the Hellespont (1st c.). Martyr Ia of Persia and 9,000 martyrs with her (362-364). St. Euphrosynus the Cook, of Alexandria (9th c.). Martyrs Diodorus, Didymus, and Diomedes, of Laodicea (362-364). Glorification of St. Xenia of St. Petersburg, fool-for-Christ (1978). St. John, abbot, of Svyatogorsk Monastery (1970). Synaxis of the Saints of the Svatogorsk Monastery.

Weeping Kazan Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos “Of Kaplunovka.” (1689)

Martyrs Serapion, Cronides, and Leontius, of Alexandria (237). St. Paphnutius the Confessor, bishop in the Egyptian Thebaid (4th c.). St. Deiniol, abbot and bishop, of Bangor, Wales (584). Holy Martyr Theodora of Vasta in the Peloponnese. St. Elias the Cave-dweller, of Calabria (ca. 960).

Repose of the young Elder Melchizedek of Mzensk (1846).


Venerable Theodora of Alexandria

Theodora betrayed her husband, but soon came to her senses and realizing the seriousness of her fall, she became furious with herself, slapping herself on the face and tearing at her hair. Her conscience gave her no peace, and Theodora went to a renowned abbess and told her about her transgression.

Venerable Sergius the Wonderworker of Valaam

Saints Sergius and Herman settled on the island of Valaam in 1329.

Venerable Herman the Wonderworker of Valaam

Saints Sergius and Herman settled on the island of Valaam in 1329. The brethren gathered by them spread the light of Orthodoxy in this frontier land.

On the Love of Enemies: the Teaching of St. Silouan

Jean-Claude Larchet

Although it is natural and usual to love those who love us and to do good to those who do good to us, to love our enemies is distasteful to our nature. One can say that it isn’t in our power but is an attitude that can only be the fruit of grace, given by the Holy Spirit. This is why St. Silouan the Athonite writes, "The soul that has not known the Holy Spirit does not understand how one can love one’s enemies, and does not accept it."

St. Silouan the Athonite

If you will pray for your enemies, peace will come to you; but when you can love your enemies - know that a great measure of the grace of God dwells in you, though I do not say perfect grace as yet, but sufficient for salvation. Whereas if you revile your enemies, it means there is an evil spirit living in you and bringing evil thoughts into your heart, for, in the words of the Lord, out of the heart proceed evil thoughts - or good thoughts.

St. Silouan of Mt. Athos: “I have many sorrows of my own, and they are my own fault…”

Roman Savchuk

There are moments when it seems that circumstances are indeed beyond our power, when life breaks down and it’s painful even to look at the world around us. Reality is cruel, and the soul can truly become sick. And no one knows when sorrows will knock at doors of the heart. But we must know in that moment how to answer these unawaited guests…

On the Word to St. Silouan, “Keep Thy Mind in Hell and Despair Not”

Jesse Dominick

The path to humility is encapsulated in the advice that St. Silouan heard from God in his heart: “Keep thy mind in Hell and despair not.” Our generation especially struggles with pride and all of its trappings, and thus we have much to learn from the life of St. Silouan.

St. Euphrosynus the Cook, of Alexandria

Saint Euphrosynus the Cook was from one of the Palestinian monasteries, and his obedience was to work in the kitchen as a cook.

Holy Hierarch Deiniol, Bishop of Bangor in Wales

Dmitry Lapa

St. Deiniol (the Welsh from of Daniel) lived in the sixth century. He was a descendant of one Celtic ruler in Northern Britain.

St. Theodora of Vasta, Warrior of Honor

Near the village of Vasta in the Peloponnese, there is a miraculous site that defies human logic. The lush green mountain gully with a river flowing through it is visited by many pilgrims, as well as by those curious to see how seventeen trees can grow from the thin roof of a small chapel. It all goes back to the life of a brave young girl who lived in the Byzantine Empire.