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Совершается служба великому праздникуThe Bright Resurrection of Christ, The Passover (Pascha) of the Lord.

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. John, disciple of St. Gregory of Decapolis (ca. 820-850).

Martyrs Victor, Zoticus, Zeno, Acindynus, and Severian, of Nicomedia (303). St. Cosmas, bishop of Chalcedon, and his fellow-ascetic St. Auxentius (815-820). New Martyr John the Tailor, of Ioannina, at Constantinople (1526). St. Euthymius the Enlightener of Karelia (1435), and righteous laymen Anthony and Felix of Karelia.

New Martyr Tamara (Satsi), abbess, of Cheboksara (Chuvashia) (1942). New Hieromartyr Alexis Krontenkov, priest, of Ekaterinburg (1930). New Hieromartyrs Nicholas (1937) and Basil Derzhavin (1930), priests, and martyred lay people of the city of Gorodets (Nizhni-Novgorod).

Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos “Glykophylousa” (“Sweet-kissing”).

St. Naucratius, abbot, of the Studion (848). St. Basil (Ratishvili) the Georgian, of Iveron Monastery, Mt. Athos (13th c.). Martyr Tunom, Arab emir who confessed Christ on seeing the Holy Fire in Jerusalem (1579). Martyr Sabbas the Goth, at Buzau in Wallachia (372) (Gr. Cal). St. Athanasia the Wonderworker, abbess, of Aegina (850).

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 Bright Resurrection of Christ. [Acts 1:1–8; John 1:1–17]

   Pascha, the Lord’s Pascha! The Lord has led us from death to life by means of His resurrection. And this resurrection “the angels hymn in the heavens,” having seen the brightness of the deified human nature in the glory foreordained for it, in the countenance of the Lord and Redeemer. All Who truly believe in Him and cleave to Him with all their soul are changed into His image by the power of His resurrection. Glory, O Lord, to Thy most glorious resurrection! The angels hymn, rejoicing with us and foreseeing the filling of their assembly. Vouchsafe us also with pure heart, O Lord, to glorify Thee resurrected; seeing in Thy resurrection the severing of our consuming decay, the sowing of a most bright new life, and the dawn of future eternal glory, into which Thou hast gone before us by Thy Resurrection for our sake. The tongues not only of men but also of angels are have insufficient strength to express Thine unspeakable mercy toward us, O most gloriously resurrected Lord!