ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY Orthodox Calendar 2016
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Совершается служба на шестьSt. Pachomius the Great, founder of coenobitic monasticism (ca. 348). Совершается служба со славословиемSt. Isaiah, bishop and wonderworker of Rostov (1090). Совершается служба со славословиемMartyrdom of Crown Prince Demetrius of Moscow (1591).

St. Achilles, bishop of Larissa (ca. 330). St. Isaiah, wonderworker, of the Kiev Caves (1115). St. Pachomius, abbot, of Nerekhta (1384). St. Euphrosynus (Eleazar), abbot and wonderworker, of Pskov (1481), and his disciple St. Serapion (1480). St. Arethas of Valaam and Verkhoturye (1903).

New Hieromartyrs Pachomius, archbishop of Chernigov (1938), his brother Abercius, archbishop of Zhitomir (1937), their father Priest Nicholas Kedrov (1936), and their brother-in-law Priest Vladimir Zagarsky (1937).

St. Dymphna, martyr, of Geel, Flanders (7th c.). St. Barbarus the Myrrh-gusher, of Greece (9th c.). St. Hallvard of Husaby, Norway (1043). St. Andrew the Hermit, of Mt. Kalana, Epirus (13th c.).

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

Saturday. [Acts 12:1–11; John 8:31–42]

   The Lord said: If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed (John 8:36). Here is where freedom is! The mind is bound with bonds of ignorance, delusions, superstitions, and uncertainties; it struggles, but cannot get away from them. Cleave to the Lord and He will enlighten your darkness (cf. Ps. 18:28) and dissolve all the bonds in which your mind languishes. The passions bind the will, and do not give it space in which to act; it struggles, like one bound hand and foot, and cannot get away. But cleave to the Lord and He will give you the strength of Samson, and will dissolve all the bonds of untruth binding you. Constant worries surround the heart and do not give it peace. But cleave to the Lord, and He will soothe you; then, at peace, and seeing clearly everything around you, you will march in the Lord without hindrance or stumbling through the gloom and darkness of this life, to the all-blessed, complete joy and spaciousness of eternity.