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4th Week after Pentecost. Tone 2.
Fast of the Holy Apostles.
Wine and oil allowed.

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомMartyrs Manuel, Sabel, and Ismael, of Persia, at Constantinople (362).

Uncovering of the relics of the Alfanov Brothers of Novgorod: Sts. Nicetas, Cyril, Nicephorus, Clement, and Isaac, founders of the Sokolnitzki Monastery in 1389 (1562). St. Ananias the Iconographer, of Novgorod (1581).

New Hiero-confessor Maximus (Popov), hieromonk, of Ryabash (Bashkiria) (1934). New Hieromartyr Nicander (Prusak), hieromonk, of Yaroslavl (1918).

Martyr Djan Darada, the Ethiopian eunuch of Queen Candace (1st c.). Hieromartyr Philoneides, bishop of Kurion on Cyprus (ca. 306). Sts. Joseph and Pior, of Scetis, disciples of St. Anthony the Great (4th c.). St. Hypatius, abbot, of the monastery of the Rufinianes (446). Saint Herveus of Plouvien (6th c.). Martyr Nectan of Hartland (Devon) (6th c.). St. Botolph, abbot and confessor, of Ikanhoe, England (680) and his brother, St. Adolph the Confessor, bishop of Maastricht (7th c.). Martyr Shalva of Akhaltsikhe, Georgia (1227). Hieromartyr Isaurus, deacon, and with him Martyrs Innocent, Felix, Hermias, Basil, Peregrinus, Rufus, and Rufinus, of Appolonia in Macedonia (284).

Repose of Elder Gervasius (Paraskevopoulos) of Patras (1964).

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

Tuesday. [Rom. 10:11-11:2; Matt. 11:16-20]

   The Lord says that we, not heading the Gospels, are like those to whom merry songs are sung, but they do not dance; sad songs are sung, and they do not cry. You cannot do anything with them. We are promised the heavenly Kingdom, most bright and joyous, but we are unmoved, as if they were not speaking to us. We are threatened with impartial judgment and unending torments, but we are not alarmed; it is as if we do not hear. Downtrodden, we have lost all feeling of true self-preservation. We move as ones being led directly to destruction, and haven’t a care for our destiny. We have lost heart, given ourselves over to carelessness—what will be, will be! Look at our state! Isn’t this why suicides are so frequent? It is the fruit of modern teachings and views on man and his [in]significance! There is progress for you! There is enlightenment! It would be better to be totally ignorant, but save your soul with fear of God, than, having attained the title of an enlightened person, to perish unto the ages, never thinking your entire life about what will happen after death. Not a single jot shall pass from the word of God, which describes both the heavenly kingdom and hell—all will be as it is written. Take this to heart, everyone, as something which touches you personally; and take care for yourself, with all your strength, and as long as time remains.


The Holy Martyrs Manuel, Sabel and Ismael

The Holy Martyrs Manuel, Sabel and Ismael, brothers by birth, were descended from an illustrious Persian family.

Saint Herveus of Plouvien

Dmitry Lapa

Although St. Herveus (Herve) who lived in the sixth century is still venerated all over Brittany, very little genuine information on him survives. The first detailed Life of this unique holy ascetic was written only in the late Middle Ages. However, besides these late sources, numerous Breton traditions and pieces of folklore testify to St. Herveus and his veneration in Brittany throughout many centuries.

Holy Martyr Nectan of Hartland

Dmitry Lapa

As a young man, Nectan decided to become a monk and serve God for the rest of his life, imitating the Holy Fathers of Egypt. So together with a group of his pious relatives, Nectan boarded a boat, promising to lead an ascetic life at the site where his boat would land.

Martyr Nectan of Hartland

St Nectan was born in Wales and lived in the sixth century, but we know few details about his life. He was the oldest of the twenty-four children of St Brychan of Brecknock (April 6).

Venerable Botolph of Iken, Patron-saint of travellers

Dmitry Lapa

St. Botolph has been venerated in many countries outside Britain—in Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, where many churches are dedicated to him. In the 11th century, his veneration reached Kievan Rus’ and more recently it reached North America. In England and the whole of Western Europe St. Botolph is mainly venerated as patron-saint of travellers, as the saint travelled much himself.

Holy Martyr Shalva of Akhaltsikhe (†1227)

Archpriest Zakaria Machitadze

Saint Shalva of Akhaltsikhe was a brilliant military commander in the army of Queen Tamar and the prince of Akhaltsikhe. After his victory at Shamkori in the Ganja region, Shalva carried with him the flag of the caliph, as a sign of the invincibility of the Christian Faith, and conferred it, along with the wealth he had won, as an offering to the Khakhuli Icon of the Theotokos.