ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY Orthodox Calendar 2015
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4th Week after Pascha. Tone 3.
Fast Day.
Fish, wine and oil allowed.

Совершается всенощное бдениеHoly Glorious Great-martyr, Victory-bearer, and Wonderworker George (303).

Martyr Alexandra the Empress, wife of Diocletian (314). Martyrs Anatolius and Protoleon, soldiers converted by witnessing the martyrdom of St. George; and Martyrs Glycerius and Athanasius the Magician, at Nicomedia (303) Blessed George of Shenkursk, fool-for-Christ (1462). New Hiero-confessor George Kosov, priest, of Spas Chekriak village, Orel (1928).

Martyr Therinus of Bothrotus in Epirus (ca. 250). St. Adalbert (Voitech), bishop of Prague (997). New Martyr George of Cyprus, at Ptolomais (1752). New Martyr Lazarus of Bulgaria, at Pergamus (1802). New Hieromartyr Sergius Zacharczuk, priest, of Nabroz (Chelm and Podlasie, Poland) (1943).

Repose of Bishop Barnabas (Belyaev) of Nizhni-Novgorod (1963).

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. [Acts 14:6–18; John 7:14–30]

   On Mid-Pentacost a cry is heard from the Lord: If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink (John 7:37). If so, then let us all go to Him. Whoever thirsts for anything, as long as it is not contrary to the spirit of the Lord, will find satisfaction without fail. Whoever thirsts for knowledge, go to the Lord, for He is the only light truly enlightening every man. Whoever thirsts for cleansing from sins and to soothe the burning of his conscience, go to the Lord, for He lifted up the sins of the whole world onto the tree (cf. I Pet. 2:24) and tore up their handwriting (cf. Col. 2:14). Whoever thirsts for peace of heart, go to the Lord, for He is the treasure, the possession of which will force you to forget all deprivations and despise all goods in order to possess Him alone. Whoever needs strength—He has every strength. Glory—He has glory on high. Freedom—He is the giver of true freedom. He will resolve all of our uncertainties, will break the bonds of the passions, will disperse all sorrows and grieving, will enable us to overcome all impediments, all temptations and snares of the enemy, and will smooth out the path of our spiritual life. Let us all go to the Lord!