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Святитель Григорий Чудотворец, Неокесарийский Никон прп. Преподобный Лазарь Иконописец
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27th Week after Pentecost. Tone 1.
Nativity Fast.
Monastic rule: cooked food, no oil.

Совершается служба на шестьSt. Gregory the Wonderworker, of Neo-Caesarea (266). Совершается служба со славословиемSt. Nikon, abbot, of Radonezh, disciple of St. Sergius. (1426).

St. Lazarus the Iconographer, of Constantinople (857). Martyrs Gobron (Michael) and 133 soldiers, of Georgia (914).

Hieromartyr Basil, bishop of Hamah (ca. 282). Martyrs Zachariah the Cobbler and his wife Mary (3rd c.). Martyrs Gregory, Victor, and Geminus, of Heracleon in Thrace (304). 150 philosophers converted by St. Catherine and martyred at Alexandria (305). St. Longinus of Egypt (4th c.). St. Maximus (Maximian), archbishop of Constantinople (434). St. Vulfolaic, stylite, of Trier (6th c.). St. Gregory, bishop of Tours (594). St. Hilda, abbess of Whitby (680). St. John the Cobbler, of Olumba, Cairo, and Sinai (7th c.). St. Gennadius, steward of Vatopedi, Mt. Athos (14th c.). Archimandrite Sebastian (Dabovich), missionary in America (1940).

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

Friday. [I Tim. 4:4-8, 16; Luke 16:15-18, 17:1-4]

   It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! Therefore, one cannot live offhand, uninhibitedly. One must look around carefully not to tempt anyone. The mind is arrogant and does not look at anyone; but it arouses temptations all around in deed, and even more, in word. Tempting increases and magnifies the woe of the tempter, but he does not sense this and even further expands his temptations. It is good that God’s threat in return for tempting here, on the earth, is almost never fulfilled in hopes of correction; it is put off until the future judgement and retribution; only then will the tempters feel how great is the evil of tempting. Here almost nobody thinks about whether he tempts or doesn’t tempt those around him in his deeds and words. Two sins which are very great in the eyes of God are not regarded as anything by people: tempting and condemnation. The tempter, according to the word of the Lord, would be better off not alive; he who condemns is already condemned. But neither the former nor the latter think about it and cannot even say whether they sin in any such way. What blindness, indeed, surrounds us and how carelessly we walk in the midst of death!


St Gregory the Wonderworker of Neocaesarea

Saint Gregory the Wonderworker, Bishop of Neocaesarea, was born in the city of Neocaesarea (northern Asia Minor) into a pagan family. Having received a fine education, from his youth he strived for Truth, but the thinkers of antiquity were not able to quench his thirst for knowledge. Truth was revealed to him only in the Holy Gospel, and the youth became a Christian.

Venerable Nikon the Abbot of Radonezh the Disciple of the Venerable Sergius

Having heard of the angelic life of the Radonezh Wonderworker, the young man came to Saint Sergius and requested to be tonsured into the angelic schema.

Venerable Hilda, Abbess of Whitby

Dmitry Lapa

The wisdom and prudence of this holy woman were held in such high esteem that even kings and bishops asked for her advice. Venerable Hilda took special care of the poor and the oppressed, for which she was revered and loved as “the mother of her country”.

Venerable Gennadius of Vatopedi, Mt Athos

One day, St Gennadius went to the storeroom and saw the tank overflowing with oil covering the floor as far as the door. This miracle was ascribed to the Most Holy Theotokos, and to Her Elaiovrytissa icon which stood nearby.

Archimandrite Sebastian Dabovich

Hieromonk Damascene (Christensen)

Born to Serbian immigrants in San Francisco in 1863, Archimandrite Sebastian Dabovich has the distinction of being the first person born in the United States of America to be ordained as an Orthodox priest, and also the first native-born American to be tonsured as an Orthodox monk.