ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY Orthodox Calendar 2016
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Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомHieromartyrs Januarius, bishop of Benevento, and his companions: Festus, Proclus, and Sosius, deacons; Martyrs Desiderius, reader; and Gantiol, Eutychius, and Acutius, at Pozzuoli (ca. 305). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомMartyrs Theodore of Perge in Pamphylia, his mother Philippa, and Dioscorus, Socrates, and Dionysius (ca. 138-161). Uncovering of the relics of St. Theodore, abbot, of Sanaxar Monastery (1999). St. Alexis, priest, of Bortsumany, Nizhni- Novgorod (1848).

Martyrs Isaacius, Apollo, and Codratus, of Nicomedia (303). St. Maximus (Maximian), archbishop of Constantinople (434).

Martyr Alexandra the Empress, wife of Diocletian (303) (same as April 23). St. Maelruba of Apur Crossan, Ireland (722). New Hieromartyr Protopresbyter Basil Martysz of Teratyn (Chelm and Podlasie, Poland (1945).

Repose of Schemamonk Nicetas (1907) and Hieroschemamonk Antipas II (1912), of Valaam, Elder Dometian of Tula (1908), and Nun Stefanida of Kosovo (Serbia) (1945).

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

Wednesday. [Acts 2:22–36; John 1:35–51]

   The mind can prove the truth of the Resurrection through reason based on the scriptures, and a non-believer cannot but admit the power of its arguments, as long as a sense of truth is not yet dead in him. A believer does not need proof, because the Church of God is filled with the light of the Resurrection. Both of these indicators of truth are faithful and convincing. But counter-reasoning can spring up and contradict mind’s reason, and faith can be trampled and shaken by perplexities and doubts, coming from without and arising within. Is there no invincible wall around the truth of the Resurrection? There is. It will occur when the power of the Resurrection, received already at baptism, begins to actively be revealed as it purges the corruption of soul and body, and establishes within them the beginnings of a new life. He who experiences this will walk in the light of the Resurrection, and anyone talking against the truth of the Resurrection will seem to him insane, like a person saying in the daytime that it is night.