Orthodox Calendar 2018
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December 1
27th Week after Pentecost. Tone 1.
Nativity Fast.
Fish, wine and oil allowed.

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомMartyr Platon of Ancyra (ca. 302). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомHieromartyr Romanus, deacon, of Caesarea in Palestine and Childmartyr Barulas of Antioch (303).

Hieromartyr Zacchaeus, deacon, and Martyr Alphaeus, reader, of Caesarea in Palestine (303). Synaxis of the Saints of Estonia. St. Helen, abbess of Novodevichy Convent (Moscow) (1547).

Martyr Romanus, who suffered under Maximian, at Antioch (305). St. Mawes, bishop in Cornwall and Brittany (5th c.). St. Odo, abbot, of Cluny (942). New Martyr Anastasius of Paramythia in Epirus (1750) and New Monk-martyr Daniel of Corfu (18th c.).

Repose of Schema-archimandrite Vitaly (Sidorenko) of Glinsk and Tbilisi (1992).

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. [Gal. 3:8-12; Luke 9:57-62]

   No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. That is, he who thinks to be saved while glancing back at what he should abandon for the sake of his salvation, is not being saved, is not walking, is not directed toward the Kingdom of God. It is necessary to destroy once and for all everything that is not compatible with the work of salvation. Those who think to be saved see this themselves, but they always put off parting with certain attachments until tomorrow… To suddenly break with everything is too great a sacrifice. They want to give things up in a leisurely fashion, to not stand out in front of others—but they almost always fail. They introduce salvific routines, while the dispositions of their heart remain as before. At first the incongruity is very sharp: but “tomorrow,” and their promises of change shut the mouth of their conscience. In such a manner, with everything tomorrow— always tomorrow—the conscience grows tired of saying the same thing over and over, and at last, falls silent. Here thoughts start to come that things can be left this way. These thoughts strengthen, and then are established forever. An exterior which is outwardly proper is formed, with inner improperness. This is a whited sepulchre before the eyes of God. The worst thing is that the conversion of this sort of person is as difficult as the conversion of those who have become hardened in open sins, if not more difficult… Meanwhile, this person thinks that everything is fine.