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25th Week after Pentecost. Tone 7.
No fast.

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Ioannicius the Great, of Bithynia (846). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомHieromartyrs Nicander, bishop of Myra, and the priest Hermas (1st c.).

St. Mercurius the Faster, of the Far Caves in Kiev (14th c.). Blessed Simon of Yurievets and Zharki, fool-for-Christ (1584). St. Nicander, founder of Gorodnoezersk Monastery (Novgorod) (1603). St. Luke, bishop of Novgorod (1059). St. Paul, metropolitan of Tobolsk (1768).

St. Sylvia, mother of St. Gregory the Dialogist (6th c.). St. John III Doukas Vataxis the Merciful, emperor of Nicaea (1254). Martyr Porphyrius the Mime, of Caesarea (361).

Repose of Schemamonk Mark of Sarov Monastery (1817).

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

Saturday. [II Cor. 11:1-6; Luke 9:1-6]

   And he sent them (the holy apostles) to preach the Kingdom of God. Then only throughout Palestine, but later throughout the whole world. The preaching which was begun then has not ended to this day. Every day we hear what has been handed down by the holy Apostles from the the Lord, in the holy Gospels and the Apostolic writings. Time does not make a difference: we hear the holy Apostles and the Lord Himself as if they were before us, and the power which acted in them acts to this day in the Church of God. The Lord has not deprived any believers of anything: what the first ones had, the most recent ones have as well. Faith has always encompassed this, and still does. But false wisdom came and made a division between the present and what was originally. It seemed to this false wisdom that there was a great gulf between them; its head began to spin, its eyes grew dim, and for it, the Lord and holy Apostles were as if plunged into a seemingly impenetrable darkness. And it gets what it deserves: let it reap the fruits of what it has sown; only the downfall of the spirit is in it. It wallows in darkness and it does not see the light, and one can only acknowledge this consciousness as being sincere—but who is guilty? It has fogged itself over and continues to do so. To this day, it has not stated why one could not consider the words of New Testament Scripture to be the true word of the holy Apostles and of the Lord Himself. It only cries out tirelessly: “I do not see, I do not see.” We believe, we believe, that you do not see! But stop emitting your fog—the air around you will clear, and then perhaps God’s light will come in and you will see something. “But this is the same as me ceasing to be myself.” Too bad! Stop; others will have more peace. “No, I cannot. I am destined to exist until the end of the age, and very artful ones will arise. I began in the first creature’s mind, even before this visible world [came into being], and while the world still stands, I will rip like a whirlwind across the paths of truth to raise up a pillar of dust against it.” But, you see, you only fog yourself, while around you it is light. “No, I will dust at least someone’s eyes; and if not, let them know me as I am. I will not be silent, and you with your truth will never manage to bar my lips.” Who does not know this? Everyone knows that your first title is “pizma” (from the Greek)—obstinately insisting on your own way, regardless of all obviousness which unmasks your falseness. You are blasphemy against the Holy Spirit—so await the fulfilment of the sentence pronounced against you by the Lord.