ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY Orthodox Calendar 2015
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Pentecost—Trinity Sunday. Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Disciples. Tone 7.
Fast-free period.

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомMartyr Theodotus of Ancyra and seven virgin-martyrs: Tecusa, Alexandra, Claudia, Phaine, Euphrasia, Matrona, and Julia (303). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомMartyrs Peter of Lampsacus and Andrew, Paul, Dionysia, and Christina, at Euridinos (249-251). St. Macarius (Glukharev), archimandrite, of the Altai (1847).

Martyrs Heraclius, Paulinus, and Benedimus, of Athens (250). Martyrs Symeon, Isaac, and Bachthisoes, of Persia (4th c.). Martyrs David and Tarechan, of Georgia (683) (Груз.).

Martyr Euphrasia of Nicaea (ca. 303). Hieromartyr Potamon, bishop of Heraclea (341). St. John Gashkevich, archpriest, of Korma (1917). New Hieromartyr Damian Strbac, Jr., priest, of Grahovo, Serbia (1940-е). St. Stephen the New, patriarch of Constantinople (893) (Gr. Cal). St. Anastaso of Leukadion. St. Martinian, monk, of the Areovinthus quarter, Constantinople (Gr. Cal).

Repose of Blessed Philip, founder of Gethsemane Caves Skete, St. Sergius Lavra (1869).

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

The Sunday of Holy Pentacost. [Acts 2:1–11; John 7:37–52; 8:12]

  The economy of our salvation is accomplished! The operation of all the Persons of the Most Holy Trinity have now come into effect to accomplish it. What God the Father has willed, the Son of God fulfilled in Himself, and the Holy Spirit has now descended in order to impart it to the faithful. For our salvation is according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the Blood of Jesus Christ (I Pet. 1:2). For this sake we are baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, obliged, to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you (Matt. 28:19–20). Those who do not confess the Most Holy Trinity cannot participate in the saving action of Its Persons and thus receive salvation. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, the Trinity one in essence and undivided, granting us confession of Itself! “O Father Almighty, and Word, and Spirit, one nature united in three Persons, transcendent and extremely divine! Into Thee have we been baptized, and Thee shall we bless throughout all ages.”