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Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомMartyr Hyacinth of Caesarea in Cappadocia (108). Совершается служба с полиелеемSecond translation of the relics of Hieromartyr Philip, metropolitan of Moscow and all Russia (1652).

Martyrs Diomedes, Eulampius, Asclepiodotus, and Golinduc (2nd c.). Martyrs Mocius and Mark (4th c.). St. Alexander, founder of the Monastery of the Unsleeping Ones, Constantinople (ca. 430). St. Anatolius, patriarch of Constantinople (458). St. Anatolius, recluse, of the Near Caves in Kiev (12th c.) and St. Anatolius (another), recluse, of the Far Caves in Kiev (13th c.). Repose of St. Basil, bishop of Ryazan (1295). Sts. Basil and Constantine, princes of Yaroslavl (13th c.). Sts. John and Longinus of Yarenga, monks of Solovki (1561). Blessed John of Moscow, fool-for-Christ (1589). St. Nicodemus of Khozyuga, monk of Kozhaezersk Monastery (1640). St. Basil, archbishop of Novgorod (1352). Blessed Michael, Herodion, Basil, and Thomas, fools-for-Christ, of Solvychegodsk (17th c.).

New Hieromartyr Anthony (Bystrov), archbishop of Arkhangelsk and Kholmogorsk (1931).

“Milk-Giver” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos of Hilandar, Mt. Athos.

St. Germanus, bishop of the Isle of Man and enlightener of Peel, nephew of St. Patrick of Ireland (474). St. Symeon the Stylite (the third), of Cilicia (6th c.). St. George the Godbearer, of the Black Mountain, teacher of St. George of Mt. Athos (1068). St. Joachim, monk, of Notena in Achaia (17th c.). New Monk-martyr Gerasimus the New, of Carpenision, at Constantinople (1812). Martyrs Theodotus and Theodota, martyred with St. Hyacinth at Caesarea in Cappadocia (108).

Repose of Nun Euphrosyne “the Unknown,” of Kolyupanovo (Aleksin) (1855).

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. [Rom. 6:11-17; Matt. 8:14-23]

   To one of those who wanted to follow the Lord, He said: The Son of man hath not where to lay his head, and to another who wanted first to bury his father, He said to leave the dead; others will bury him, but you follow Me. This means that he who wants to follow the Lord should not expect any comfort on the earth after following Him, but only deprivations, needs and sorrows; and it means that worldly cares, even the most legitimate, are not compatible with following Him. It is necessary to decisively renounce everything, so that nothing attaches you to the earth, and then to condemn yourself to many sufferings or your cross. Having thus prepared yourself, follow the Lord. This is the direct will of the Lord! But who is this commandment for—only the Apostles, or for all Christians? Let each figure it out himself. Deny yourself and take up the cross. Was this said to everyone? Love the Lord more than father and mother, brothers and sisters, wife and children—is this said to everyone? The conclusion is clear. What should we do? One time the Apostles posed the same question to the Lord, and He answered them, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God (Luke 18:27).


Martyr Hyacinth of Caesarea, in Cappadocia

Saint Hyacinth, a native of Caesarea in Cappadocia, was raised in a Christian family. The emperor Trajan made the boy his “cubicularius” (chamberlain), unaware that he was a secret Christian.

Translation of the relics of Hieromartyr Philip the Metropolitan of Moscow

After the martyric death of St Philip (January 9), his body was buried at the Otrocha monastery, in Tver. The monks of the Solovki monastery, where he was formerly igumen, in 1591 requested permission for the transfer of his relics to their monastery.

Martyr Mocius

The Holy Martyrs Mocius and Mark were arrested as Christians and brought to trial by the governor Maximian.

Martyr Mark

The Holy Martyrs Mocius and Mark were arrested as Christians and brought to trial by the governor Maximian.

St Alexander the Founder of the Monastery of the “Unsleeping Ones”

Saint Alexander, Founder of the Monastery of the “Unsleeping Ones,” was born in Asia and received his education at Constantinople. He spent some time in military service but, sensing a call to other service, he left the world and accepted monastic tonsure in one of the Syrian wilderness monasteries near Antioch, under the guidance of igumen Elias.

St Anatolius the Patriarch of Constantinople

Saint Anatolius, Patriarch of Constantinople, was born at Alexandria in the second half of the fourth century, at a time when many representatives of illustrious Byzantine families ardently strove to serve the Church of Christ armed with Greek philosophic wisdom.

St Basil the Bishop of Ryazan

Right-believing Prince Basil of Yaroslavl

Right-believing Prince Constantine of Yaroslavl

In their youth they lost their father, Vsevolod, who fell in battle with the Tatars (Mongols). St Basil, the elder brother, succeeded to the throne.

Blessed John of Moscow the Fool-For-Christ

Blessed John, Fool-for-Christ, Wonderworker of Moscow, was born on the outskirts of Vologda. In his youth he toiled at a saltworks, where he was a water-carrier.

Venerable Nicodemus the Abbot of Kozhe Lake