ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY Orthodox Calendar 2016
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Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. John of the Ancient Caves in Palestine (8th c.). Совершается служба с полиелеемSt. Matrona the Blind, of Moscow (1952).

Martyrs Christopher, Theonas, and Antoninus, at Nicomedia (303). St. George the Confessor, bishop of Antioch in Pisidia (9th c.). St. Tryphon, patriarch of Constantinople (933). Hieromartyr Paphnutius of Jerusalem. St. Nicephorus, abbot, of Katabad. Uncovering of the relics of St. Joachim, founder of Opochka Monastery (Pskov) (1621).

New Hiero-confessor Victor (Ostrovidov), bishop of Glazov (1934).

Hieromartyr Alphege, archbishop of Canterbury (1012). St. Symeon the Barefoot, of Philotheou Monastery, Mt. Athos (1594). New Monk-martyr Agathangelus of Esphigmenou, Mt. Athos, at Smyrna (1819). Martyrs Theodore of Perge in Pamphylia, his mother Philippa, and Dioscorus, Socrates, and Dionysius (2nd c.) (Gr. Cal).

Repose of fool-for-Christ Asenetha of Goritsy (1892) and Hieroschemamonk Alexis of Valaam (1900).

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

Monday. [Acts 1:12–17, 21–26; John 1:18–28].

   When the angel announced the good tidings of the Lord’s incarnation he said: Hail, thou that are highly favored! (Luke 1:28);[1] proclaiming to the shepherds the birth of Christ the Saviour he also said: behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy (Luke 2:10). But proclaiming Lord’s resurrection to the women, the angel only says: He is not here, but is risen! (Luke 24:6). He does not add “rejoice,” for joy would fill their heart on its own, as soon as the assurance came that the Lord was risen indeed. At that time this assurance was tangible: the angel prepared it; the Lord in His appearing completed it. And everyone’s joy was inexhaustibly full! Now our church, houses and streets are clothed in the garments of rejoicing, and everyone is caught up in a general stream of joy. Now turn your thoughts away from the externals, and gathering them in your heart, raise up the truth of the resurrection, in all of its breadth, depth and height; so that your rejoicing be more than external. Bear out that spirit of joy, like a spring of bright water, gushing from depths of the earth.

[1]The first quote in the Slavonic reads: Rejoice thou full of grace.