ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY Orthodox Calendar 2015
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Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомMartyr Tatiana of Rome and companions (226–235). Совершается служба со славословиемSt. Sava I, enlightener and first archbishop of Serbia (1237). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Martinian, abbot of White Lake Monastery (1483), and his disciple Galacteon (1506).

Martyr Mertius of Mauretania (284-305). Martyr Peter Apselamus of Eleutheropolis in Palestine (309-310). St. Eupraxia of Tabenna in Egypt (393). St. John of Tula, fool-for-Christ (1850).

“Milk-giver” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos.

St. Theodora of Alexandria, instructress of nuns (5th c.). Martyr Philotheus of Antioch (ca. 305). St. Benedict Biscop, abbot, of Wearmouth (690).

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According to the Daily Church Readings from the Word of God
By St. Theophan the Recluse

St. Theophan the Recluse

Sunday after Theophany (32nd). [Eph. 4:7–13; Matt. 4:12–17]

Yesterday the Apostle armed the Christian who sets out upon the path of salvation with the whole spiritual armour. Now he shows who the leaders are in this battle procession, and what is the final bright goal of all for our inspiration in times of hardship. The leaders are pastors and teachers, whom the Lord gave to the Church and through whose mouth He Himself utters guiding direction needful for all, as soon as one turns to such leaders with faith and prayerful appeal to the Lord. Those who selflessly walk the Lord’s path know this truth, as do those who lead a struggle with the enemies of salvation without pity for themselves. In their pastors they always find help and are brought to understanding, when, looking from the outside, such help could not be anticipated. For they do not come to men, but to the Lord, who is always prepared to direct and give understanding through such men, to anyone who sincerely and with faith seeks help from Him. The final bright goal is the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ—the stature of a perfect man (Eph. 4:13). We all know what a perfect man is in the usual order of things, and we could hardly find a person who would not wish to attain such perfection. But the meaning of a perfect man in the Lord is something not known to anyone other than those who have entered into that stature. This, however, should not cool one’s fervour for the attainment of such a stature, but on the contrary should kindle it even more; for this lack of knowledge is due to the height of that spiritual perfection which is called a manly stature in a life according to God. The Apostle defined this as the taking on of the fullness of perfections revealed in the Lord and Saviour. Anyone can see that there is reason for us to apply all diligence (II Pet. 1:5) toward our calling.