Orthodox Calendar 2020
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Мученицы Вера, Надежда, Любовь и матерь их София
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September 30
17th Week after Pentecost. Tone 7.
Fast Day.
Wine and oil allowed.

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомMartyrs Sophia and her three daughters, Faith (Vera), Hope (Nadezhda), and Love (Lyubov), at Rome (ca. 137).

Martyr Theodota, at Nicaea (230). Martyr Agathoclia (230). 156 Martyrs of Palestine, including Peleus and Nilus, bishops, Zeno, priest, and Patermuthius and Elias, noblemen (310). St. Joachim I, patriarch of Alexandria (1567). St. Innocent, archimandrite, of Glinsk Hermitage (1888).

New Hieromartyrs Paul (Moiseyev) and Theodosius (Sobolev), archimandrites, and Nicodemus (Shchapkov) and Seraphim (Kulakov), hieromonks, of the St. Nicholas Koryazha Monastery (Arkhangelsk) (1918).

Hieromartyrs Heraclides and Myron, bishops of Cyprus (1st c.). Martyrs Lucy and her son Geminian, of Rome (303). Hieromartyr Lambert, bishop of Maastricht (704). St. Anastasius of Perioteron on Cyprus (12th c.). St. Eusipius of Cyprus.

Repose of Blessed Agapitus (1825), disciple of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk, and lay recluse Matthew of St. Petersburg (1904).

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

Wednesday. [Eph. 3:8-21; Mark 11:23-26]

   If you do not forgive others’ trespasses against you, then your heavenly Father will not forgive you your trespasses, said the Lord. Who does not forgive others? A righteous person, or one who considers himself righteous. To such a person nothing remains other than to judge, pronounce sentences, and demand execution of the guilty. Does a man who feels guilty have any time for others? Would his tongue dare to judge another and demand gratification from him, when his own conscience unceasingly convicts and unceasingly threatens him with God’s righteous judgment? So, is it better to sin than to be self-righteous? No, in every way be zealous for righteousness; but with all of your righteousness, recognize that you are an unworthy slave, and recognize this with undivided thought—that is, not that the thought of your unworthiness is in the foreground, while the feeling of righteousness hides in the background, but preserve a full awareness and feeling of yourself as unworthy. When you attain this, (and you must work for this, for it is not acquired suddenly), then no matter how your brother trespasses against you, you will not call him to account, because your conscience will be repeating: “and you do not deserve this only, it is not enough for you.” Then you will forgive him; and having forgiven, you yourself will be made worthy of forgiveness. So for your whole life let there be forgiveness after forgiveness, and at the judgment all will be forgiven you.