Orthodox Calendar 2016
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July 15
4th Week after Pentecost. Tone 2.
Fast Day.
Wine and oil allowed.

Совершается служба со славословиемThe Placing of the Honorable Robe of the Most Holy Theotokos at Blachernae (5th c.).

St. Juvenal, patriarch of Jerusalem (ca. 458). St. Photius, metropolitan of Kiev (1431).

Uncovering of the relics of New Hieromartyr Sergius Florinsky, priest of Rakvere, Estonia (2003).

Icons of the Most Holy Theotokos “Of Akhtyra” (1739) and “The Root of Jesse”.

Martyrs Paul, Bilonus, Theonas, and Heron, at Thessalonica (3rd-4th c.). St. Monegunde of Chartres (Gaul) (530). St. Basil, patriarch of Jerusalem (836 or 838). St. Swithun, bishop and wonderworker of Winchester (862). Right-believing King Stephen the Great, of Moldavia (1504). New Martyr Lampros of Makri in Thrace (1835).

Repose of Archimandrite Lawrence of the Iveron-Valdai Monastery (1876) and Elder Zachariah, schema-archimandrite of St. Sergius Lavra (1936).

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. [Rom. 11:25-36; Matt. 12:1-8]

   If ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. Thus, in order to be saved from the sin of condemnation, we must obtain a merciful heart. A merciful heart not only does not condemn a seeming infringement of the law, but neither will it condemn an obvious one. Instead of judgment it feels pity, and would sooner weep than reproach. Truly the sin of condemnation is the fruit of an unmerciful, malicious heart that takes delight in debasing its neighbor, in blackening its neighbor’s name, in trampling his honor underfoot. This is a murderous affair, and is done in the spirit of the one who is a murderer from the beginning [John 8:44]. Here there occurs much slander as well, which comes from the same source—for that is what the devil is, a slanderer, spreading slanderousness everywhere. Hurry to arouse pity in yourself every time the evil urge to condemn comes over you. Then turn in prayer to the Lord with a compassionate heart, that He might have mercy upon all of us, not only upon the one whom we wanted to condemn, but upon us as well—perhaps even more so upon us—and the evil urge will die.