Orthodox Calendar 2018
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Апостол и евангелист Матфей
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November 16
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November 29
27th Week after Pentecost. Tone 1.
Nativity Fast.
Fish, wine and oil allowed.

Совершается служба с полиелеемHoly Apostle and Evangelist Matthew (60).

St. Fulvianus, prince of Ethiopia, (in baptism Matthew) (1st c.). New Hieromartyr Philoumenus, abbot, of the monastery at Jacob’s Well (Nablus) (1979).

New Hieromartyr Panteleimon (Arzhanykh), abbot, of Optina Monastery (1937).

St. Eucherius of Lyons (449). St. Otmar, abbot and monastic founder, in Switzerland (759). St. Lubuinus, missionary to Friesland (Neth.) (773). St. Sergius, priest and missionary, of Malopinega (1585).

Repose of Schemamonk John the Fingerless, disciple of St. Paisius (Velichkovsky) (1843).

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. [I Tim. 3:1-3; Luke 16:1-9]

   The parable is about the denounced unjust steward. Do you see how he managed to disentangle himself from his misfortune! If only we would all manage to arrange for ourselves a peaceful life upon our departure from this life! But no: Children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light. Why did the steward go to such pains? Because disaster was near. The nearness of misfortune aroused energy and quick-wittedness, and he quickly settled everything. But is our misfortune not near? Death could overtake us at any moment, and then: give an account of thy stewardship. Everyone knows this, but almost nobody moves. What is this insanity? Nobody thinks he will die right now, but all suppose that they will live another day or two; they don’t know the time, only that death will come sometime later. This is why misfortune is seen as something in the future. Misfortune is ahead, and any thought about what to do in case of misfortune is put off. Nobody thinks to remain incorrigible his entire life, but he simply puts off changing for the present day. But since one’s entire life is composed of present days and hours, any concern for change just does not come.