Orthodox Calendar 2018
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Святитель Амфилохий Иконийский Свт. Митрофан Воронежский Александр Невский
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December 6
28th Week after Pentecost. Tone 2.
Nativity Fast.
Fish, wine and oil allowed.

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Amphilochius, bishop of Iconium (ca. 395). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Gregory, bishop of Agrigentum (680). Совершается служба с полиелеемBurial of St. Alexander Nevsky (Alexis in schema), great prince of Novgorod (1263). Совершается служба с полиелеемSt. Metrophanes (Macarius in schema), bishop of Voronezh (1703).

St. Sisinius the Confessor, bishop of Cyzicus (ca. 325). Martyr Theodore of Antioch (4th c.). St. Amphilochius of the Kiev Caves, bishop of Vladimir, Volhynia (1122).

New Hieromartyr Seraphim (Tievar), hieromonk, of Moscow (1932). New Hieromartyrs Boris (Voskoboinikov), bishop of Ivanovo, and Eleazar Spyridonov, priest, of Eupatoria, Crimea (1937).

St. Ischyrion, bishop in Egypt, and hermit, of Scetis (5th c.). St. Trudo, abbot, of Zirkingen (Neth.) (693). St. Dionysius I, patriarch of Constantinople (15th c.). St. Anthony of Iezeru-Vilcea (Romania) (1714). New Hieromartyr Gregory (Peradze), archimandrite, of Georgia, at Auschwitz, Poland (1942).

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. 6:17-21; Luke 18:31-34]

   The Lord told the disciples about His suffering, but they did not understand anything He was saying; This saying was hid from them. Later, the faithful determined not to know any thing, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified (I Cor. 2:2). The time had not come, they did not understand any of this mystery; but when the time came—they understood, and taught everyone, and interpreted for everyone. This happens with everyone, not only with relation to this mystery, but to all the other mysteries as well. What is not understood in the beginning, with time becomes understood; it is as if a ray of light enters the consciousness and brightens what was formerly dark. Who elucidates it? The Lord Himself, the grace of the Spirit that lives in the faithful, one’s guardian angel—only in no way the person himself. He is a recipient, and not the cause. On the other hand, another thing may remain incomprehensible for one’s whole life—not only for individuals, but for all of humanity. Man is surrounded by things he does not understand—some are explained to him in the course of his life, while others are left until the next life, where it will be seen. This applies even to minds enlightened by God. Why is it not revealed here? Because some things are incomprehensible, so there is no point in talking about them; others are not told out of considerations for health— that is, it would be harmful to know prematurely. Much will become clear in the other life, but other subjects and other mysteries will be revealed. For a created mind there is never a surplus of inscrutable mysteries. The mind rebels against these bonds: but whether you rebel or not, you cannot sever the bonds of mystery. Become humble, proud mind, beneath the strong hand of God—and believe!


Translation of the relics of St Alexander Nevsky

Veneration of the Prince began right at his burial, where a remarkable miracle took place.

Repose of St Alexander Nevsky

A very troublesome time had begun in Russian history: from the East came the Mongol Horde destroying everything in their path; from the West came the forces of the Teutonic Knights, which blasphemously and with the blessing of the Roman Pope, called itself “Cross-bearers” by wearing the Cross of the Lord. In this terrible hour the Providence of God raised up for the salvation of Russia holy Prince Alexander, a great warrior, man of prayer, ascetic and upholder of the Land of Russia. “Without the command of God there would not have been his prince.”

St. Alexander Nevsky, Russia’s Knight in Shining Armor

St. Alexander Nevsky was Russia’s “knight in shining armor.” His reputation as a man of exceptional valor and surpassing virtue inspired a visit by a German commander who told his people when he returned: “I went through many countries and saw many people, but I have never met such a king among kings, nor such a prince among princes.”

Venerable Anthony of Iezerul-Vilcea Skete

Saint Anthony the Hesychast was born in the sub-Carpathian Mountains of Vilcea county in Romania, and he loved Christ from his early childhood.

Holy Hieromartyr Grigol (Peradze) (†1942)

Archpriest Zakaria Machitadze

Archimandrite Grigol (Peradze) was born August 31, 1899, in the village of Bakurtsikhe, in the Sighnaghi district of Kakheti. His father, Roman Peradze, was a priest. In 1918 Grigol completed his studies at the theological school and seminary in Tbilisi and enrolled in the philosophy department at Tbilisi University.