ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY Orthodox Calendar 2015
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5th Week after Pentecost. Tone 3.
Fast of the Holy Apostles.
Fish, wine and oil allowed.

Совершается служба с полиелеемHoly Apostle Jude, the Brother of the Lord (ca. 80). Совершается служба с полиелеемSt. Job, patriarch of Moscow (1607). Совершается служба с полиелеемSt. John (Maximovitch), archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco (1966).

Martyr Zosimas the Soldier, at Antioch in Pisidia (ca. 89-117). St. Paisius the Great, of Egypt (5th c.). St. John the Solitary, of Jerusalem (6th c.). St. Barlaam, monk of Shenkursk (1462). St. Paisius the Bulgarian, of Hilandar, Mt. Athos (18th c.) (Болг.).

Holy Myrrh-bearer Mary, mother of Apostle James (1st c.). St. Macarius of Petra (4th c.). St. Zeno, hermit, of Egypt (4th c.). St. Romuald, abbot of Camaldoli (Ravenna) (1027). Hieromartyr Asyncretus (Gr. Cal).

Repose of Schemamonk Theoktist, desert-dweller, of Valaam (1863) and Archbishop Leonty of Chile (1971).

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

Thursday. [Rom. 15:17-29; Matt. 12:46-13:3]

   For whosoever shall do the will of My Father which is in Heaven, the same is My brother, and sister, and mother. By this the Lord gives us to know that the spiritual kinship which He came to plant and raise up on the earth is not the same as fleshly kinship; although in the form of its relationships, the spiritual is the same as the fleshly. The spiritual also contains fathers and mothers—they are those who give birth to people with the word of truth or the gospel, as the apostle Paul says. And it contains also brothers and sisters—they are those who are born spiritually from one person and grow in one spirit. The connection between [spiritual] relatives is founded on the action of grace. It is not external, not superficial, but as deep and alive as the fleshly connection, only it has its place in another much higher and important sphere. This is why it predominates over the fleshly, and when necessary, it brings the fleshly as a sacrifice to its spiritual interests without regret, in full certainty that this sacrifice is pleasing to God and is required by Him.