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Апостол Симон Зилот Киево-Братская икона Божией Матери Блаженный Симон Юрьевецкий
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5th Week after Pascha. Tone 4.
No fast.

Совершается служба с полиелеемHoly Apostle Simon the Zealot (1st c.).

Martyrs Philadelphus, Cyprian, Alphaeus, Onesimus, Erasmus, and 14 others, in Sicily (251). Martyr Hesychius the Palatine, of Antioch (4th c.). St. Isidora the Fool-for-Christ, of Tabennisi (Egypt) (6th c.). Blessed Thais (Taisia) of Egypt (5th c.). St. Simon, bishop of Vladimir and Suzdal (Kiev Caves) (1226). Blessed Simon of Yurievets and Zharki, fool-for-Christ (1584). Translation of the relics of Martyr Basil of Mangazeya in Siberia (1670). St. Synesius of Irkutsk (1787).

St. Conleth, hermit and bishop of Kildare (ca. 520). St. Lawrence, monk, of Egypt (6th c.). St. Comgall, founder and abbot of Bangor (ca. 603). St. Lawrence, monastic founder at Mt. Pilion in Volos (14th c.). Martyr Eustathius the Youth, at Theodosia (Crimea) (1752).

Repose of Eldress Thaisia of Voronezh (1840) and Hieromonk Andrew (in schema Abramius) of Whitehoof Convent (1902), and slaying of Soldier Eugene Rodionov in Chechnya (1996).

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. [Acts 15:35–41; John 10:27–38]

   Though ye believe not Me, believe the works, says the Lord (John 10:38). The works of the Lord were obvious to all, and He could point to them openly. They are: the healing of various diseases, the driving out of demons, power over nature, knowledge of thoughts of the heart, the prophesying of the future, power of the word, and dominion over souls. All of these clearly proved that Jesus Christ was from God, and that His word was the truth. For us other works were added to these—a marvellous death, resurrection, ascension, descent of the Holy Spirit, foundation of the Church, marvellous spiritual gifts in believers, triumph over pagans and grace-filled power which to this day has not ceased to act in the Church of God. All of these are the works of the Lord. To any unbeliever one can say: if you do not believe the word, believe these works, which loudly witness to the Godhood of our Lord Jesus Christ; and having come to belief, accept His entire truth. But how did those Jews answer the Lord at that time? They sought again to take him (John 10:39). What do today’s unbelievers do? They sit and weave lie onto lie, in order to “take” not the Lord—for this is not according to their strength—but to take those who are simple in faith and cannot unravel their sly weavings.