ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY Orthodox Calendar 2015
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26th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 1.
Рождественский пост.
Fish, wine and oil allowed.

Совершается служба с полиелеемHoly Apostle and Evangelist Matthew (60).

St. Fulvianus, prince of Ethiopia, (in baptism Matthew) (1st c.). New Hieromartyr Philoumenus, abbot, of the monastery at Jacob’s Well (Nablus) (1979) (Иерус.).

New Hieromartyr Panteleimon (Arzhanykh), abbot, of Optina Monastery (1937).

St. Eucherius of Lyons (449). St. Otmar, abbot and monastic founder, in Switzerland (759). St. Lubuinus, missionary to Friesland (Neth.) (773). St. Sergius, priest and missionary, of Malopinega (1585).

Repose of Schemamonk John the Fingerless, disciple of St. Paisius (Velichkovsky) (1843).

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

Twenty Fifth Sunday After Pentecost. [Eph. 4:1-6; Luke 10:25-37]

   To the man who asked how to be saved, the Lord on his part offered a question: What is written in the law? how readest thou? By this He showed that to resolve all perplexity one must turn to the word of God. And so that there will not be such perplexity at all it is best to always read Divine Scripture attentively, with discernment and sympathy, applying it to your own life, and fulfilling in your own thoughts what relates to thoughts, in your own feelings and dispositions what relates to the senses, and in your deeds what relates to deeds. One who hearkens to the word of God gathers bright understanding of all that is in him, what is near to him, and what is above him; he clarifies his obligations in all aspects of life, and holy rules, like valuable pearls, are strung onto the thread of his conscience, which then precisely and definitely indicate how and when to act so that he please the Lord. He tames the passions—something reading the word of God always acts to assuage. No matter what passion troubles you, begin to read the word of God and the passion will become quieter and quieter, and at last it will be entirely calmed. He who enriches himself through knowledge of the word of God is overshadowed by the pillar of cloud which guided the Israelites in the desert.