Orthodox Calendar 2016
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5th Week after Pascha. Tone 4.
Fast-free period.

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомMartyr Basiliscus the Soldier, of Comana (308). St. John Vladimir, martyr and ruler of Serbia, whose relics are at Elbasan (1015). Blessed James of Borovichi (Novgorod) (ca. 1540).

Commemoration of the Second Ecumenical Council (381).

New Hieromartyr Maxim (Zhizhilenko), bishop of Serpukhov (1931).

Righteous Melchizedek, king of Salem (ca. 2000 b.c.). Hieromartyrs Donatus, bishop of Thmuis, the priest Macarius, and the deacon Theodore (ca. 316). New Hieromartyr Zachariah, priest of Prusa (1802). New Monk-martyr Paul of Mt. Athos, at Tripolis, the Peloponnese (1818). Martyr Sophia the Healer (Gr. Cal).

Repose of Eldress Macrina of Volos (1995).

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 15:35–41; John 10:27–38]

   Though ye believe not Me, believe the works, says the Lord (John 10:38). The works of the Lord were obvious to all, and He could point to them openly. They are: the healing of various diseases, the driving out of demons, power over nature, knowledge of thoughts of the heart, the prophesying of the future, power of the word, and dominion over souls. All of these clearly proved that Jesus Christ was from God, and that His word was the truth. For us other works were added to these—a marvellous death, resurrection, ascension, descent of the Holy Spirit, foundation of the Church, marvellous spiritual gifts in believers, triumph over pagans and grace-filled power which to this day has not ceased to act in the Church of God. All of these are the works of the Lord. To any unbeliever one can say: if you do not believe the word, believe these works, which loudly witness to the Godhood of our Lord Jesus Christ; and having come to belief, accept His entire truth. But how did those Jews answer the Lord at that time? They sought again to take him (John 10:39). What do today’s unbelievers do? They sit and weave lie onto lie, in order to “take” not the Lord—for this is not according to their strength—but to take those who are simple in faith and cannot unravel their sly weavings.