ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY Orthodox Calendar 2016
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5th Week after Pascha. Tone 4.
Fast Day.
Fish, wine and oil allowed.

Совершается служба с полиелеемMeeting of the Vladimir Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (1521). Совершается служба с полиелеемHoly Equals-to-the-Apostles Emperor Constantine (337) Совершается служба с полиелеемand Helen, his mother (327). Совершается служба со славословиемSt. Constantine (Yaroslav) (1129). Совершается служба со славословиемand his children Sts. Michael and Theodore, wonderworkers of Murom (12th c.). Uncovering of the relics of St. Andrew Ogorodnikov, fool-for-Christ, of Simbirsk (1998).

St. Cassian the Greek, monk, of Uglich (1504). Synaxis of the Saints of Simbirsk and Karelia. Synaxis of the New Hieromartyrs and Confessors of Ufa. St. Cyril, bishop of Rostov (1262). St. Basil, bishop of Ryazan (1295). Monk-martyr Agapitus, founder of Markushev Monastery (Vologda) (1584).

Hieromartyr Secundus and those with him, in Alexandria (356). St. Hospicius of Trier (581). St. Helen of Decani, Serbia (ca. 1350).

Repose of Elena Pavlova of Chepel, Kharkov (1885) and Elder Isaac of Dionysiou Monastery, Mt. Athos (1932).

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

Friday. [Acts 15:5–34; John 10:17–28]

   Ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep says the Lord to the unbelieving Jews. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me (John 10:26–7). Unbelievers are not of Christ’s fold. At that time, the unbelievers were those who had not yet entered into the fold; but now the unbelievers are all those who have fallen from the faith or who lag behind the fold of Christ. The Lord is the shepherd: all of His sheep go after Him, following His teaching and fulfilling His holy commandments. Sinners are sheep that are sick and weak, but still plod along together with the fold. But those who have lost the faith are those who have totally fallen behind, and have been abandoned to be eaten by wild beasts. These are the ones who are truly backward. They are not from the fold of Christ and they do not hear His voice; and He does not know them, because they do not let themselves be known as did the woman with the issue of blood. And at the judgment it will be said to them: I know you not, depart (cf. Matt. 25:12).