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Совершается служба на шестьCommemoration of the Miracle of the Archangel Michael at Colossae (Chonae) (4th c.). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомMartyr Eudoxius, and with him Martyrs Zeno, Macarius, and 1,104 soldiers, in Melitene (311-312).

Martyrs Romulus and 11,000 others, in Armenia (ca. 107-115). St. Archippus of Hierapolis (4th c.). Martyrs Cyriacus, Faustus, Abibus, and 11 others, at Alexandria (250). Hieromartyr Cyril, bishop of Gortyna on Crete (ca. 303). St. David of Hermopolis in Egypt (6th c.).

Icon of the Mother of God of Kiev-Bratsk (1654). Icon of the Mother of God Arapet (Arabian).

Martyrs Calodote, Macarius, Andrew, Cyriacus, Dionysius, Andrew the Soldier, Andropelagia, Thecla, Theoctistus, and Sarapabon the Senator, in Egypt (256). St. Beya, virgin, first abbess of Copeland in Cumbria (7th c.). St. Magnus of Fussen, enlightener of the Allgau region of Germany (750-772).

Repose of Ivan Yakovlevich Koreisha, fool-for-Christ, of Moscow (1861), and Archimandrite Paisius the New, of Mt. Athos (1871).

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

Monday. [II Cor. 12:10-19; Mark 4:10-23

   The Lord breathed the breath of life, and man became the image of God. It is the same with one’s own rebirth: the beginnings of a new life are set down and one’s image is renewed by the breath of the Spirit of God; and whence and how it comes is not known. This is a point of departure; from here the work begins of raising up the image to a perfect likeness. When we are reborn according to the image of the Creator by the Lord’s Spirit we are transfigured from glory to glory, but not without us, our work and effort; however it is God who creates and restores us by the grace of the Most Holy Spirit, according to faith in the Lord. Behold the ideal and method of fulfilling in oneself the image and likeness of God! People so often write about and discuss upbringing. Meanwhile, it is all determined in the word of God by several words. Undertake only to fulfil what is prescribed, and upbringing will go on successfully to the goal. This is God’s path; but it does not exclude human paths—to the contrary, it gives them direction and crowns their success. When only the human remains, upbringing usually is insufficient, even detrimental, and not rarely totally perverts those being raised; then the rest of life goes crooked. Where those raised in a crooked manner multiply, all of society becomes more and more crooked, both in life and in its attitudes. The end is universal crookedness; one bends in one direction, then another bends in another.


Homily on the Day of Archangel Michael

Metropolitan Platon (Levshin)

We possess the qualities of creatures both material and immaterial, and I can say that although the Creator has given us the greater ascetic struggle because of these nearly opposite natures, we are nevertheless obliged to preserve a precise balance between them, so that by observing what is natural to the body we do not violate the demands of the soul; and by protecting the soul’s privilege, we do not neglect the needs of the body.

The Archangel Michael Operated On Me!

Archimandrite Daniel Sapikas

Through a cloud I watched and listened to what was happening in the operating room, and the suffering was great. As a physician, I understood very well how critical my condition was.

Feast of St. Archangel Michael

St. John of Kronstadt

Today, dear brethren, we celebrate the glorious feast of the lightning-like Archangel Michael and all the heavenly bodiless powers. On this day let us talk of the boundless world of the angels.

On Names and Angels. The Day of Archangel Michael

Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh

“There is no one like God”—in this is expressed all of the great Archangel’s knowledge of his God. He doesn’t describe Him, nor does he explain—he stands and witnesses.

Commemoration of the Miracle of the Archangel Michael at Colossae

St Archippus prayed fervently to the Chief Commander Michael to ward off the danger. Through his prayer the Archangel Michael appeared at the temple, and with a blow of his staff, opened a wide fissure in a rock and commanded the rushing torrents of water to flow into it.

Icon of the Mother of God of Kiev-Bratsk

The Kiev-Bratsk Icon of the Mother of God was at first in the church of Sts Boris and Gleb in the city of Vyshgorod (Kiev), where it miraculously appeared in the year 1654.

Icon of the Mother of God Arapet (Arabian)

The Arapet, or “Arabian” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos appeared while the holy Apostle Thomas was evangelizing Ethiopia, Arabia, and India.

Saint Bega, Anchoress of Cumbria

Dmitry Lapa

St. Bega is said to have been Irish. She was a virgin who led a holy life in north-western England. The legend says that she was an Irish princess, the most beautiful in her kingdom, who fled from her native land to avoid marriage with a pagan Viking—a Norwegian prince. Guided by an angel, Bega refused a pagan husband, as she wanted to devote her life to the Heavenly Bridegroom—Christ.