Orthodox Calendar 2017
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4th Week after Pascha. Tone 3.
Fast Day.
Fish, wine and oil allowed.

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомNine Martyrs at Cyzicus: Theognes, Rufus, Antipater, Theostichus, Artemas, Magnus, Theodotus, Thaumasius, and Philemon (286-299). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Memnon the Wonderworker, of Corfu (2nd c.). St. Nektary, elder, of Optina Monastery (1928).

Martyrs Diodorus and Rhodopianus, deacon, at Aphrodisia in Anatolia (284-305). St. Basil the Wonderworker of Ostrog, metropolitan of Zahumlje (1671). Holy Martyrs of Lazeti (Georgia) (17th c.-18th c.). Glorification of St. Amphilochius the Wonderworker, of Pochaev (1970).

St. John Tolaius, patriarch of Alexandria (482). St. Secundellus, deacon, in Gaul (6th c.). St. Wilfrid II, bishop of York (744). St. Nicetas, abbot, of Synnada (9th c.). St. Nicephorus of Sebaze (9th c.). St. John the New Merciful One, metropolitan of Thebes (12th c.). St. Arsenius, archbishop of Suzdal (1627). New Martyr Stanko the Shepherd, of Montenegro (1712). Apostles Jason and Sosipater, of the Seventy (63).

Repose of Hieromonk Eulogius of Valaam (1969).

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 10:44–11:10; John 8:21–30]

   They asked the Lord: Who art Thou? He answered: Even the same ... from the beginning (John 8:25). He is in front, behind Him are the holy Apostles, behind the Apostles are the pastors and teachers and the entire Church of Christ. Judge now who are the true avant guarde. Since for so long so many have followed them and will still follow them, they have not ceased to be in front, for they continue to be in front, while all others follow them. Thus for us Christians there already is an avant guarde; and if someone attempts to push new people to the fore—it is obvious that they must be understood as being an avant guarde heading in the opposite direction; that is, on the path which leads to the bottom of hell. There is nothing to add to this. Be on your guard—for who among you is an enemy to himself? Try only to understand this in a real way; hold firmly to the known truth of Christ, and let the others say what the may.


Nine Martyrs at Cyzicus: Theognes, Rufus, Antipater, Theostichus, Artemas, Magnus, Theodotus, Thaumasius, and Philemon

The nine holy martyrs Thaumasius, Theognes, Rufus, Antipater, Theostichus, Artemas, Magnus, Theodotus, and Philemon were also from Cyzicus. They came from various places, and were of different ages: the young like Saint Antipater, and the very old like Saint Rufus.

Venerable Memnon the Wonderworker

Saint Memnon the Wonderworker from his youth he lived in the Egyptian desert. By his arduous ascetical efforts, he attained a victory of spirit over the flesh.

Hieroconfessor Nectarius Of Optina

The last of the famous elders of Optina, Nectarius, was born in the town of Yeltz of poor parents, Basil and Helena Tikhonov, in 1857 or 1858. He was baptized in the Yeltz church of St. Sergius and given the name Nicholas.

St. Basil the Bishop of Ostrog in Montenegro, Serbia

Saint Basil, Bishop of Zakholmsk, was born of pious parents in the sixteenth century in the Popov district of Herzegovina. At the age of maturity he left his parental home and settled in the Trebinsk monastery in honor of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos, and became a monk.

Holy Martyrs of Lazeti (17th–18th centuries)

Archpriest Zakaria Machitadze

Lazeti is a region in southern Kolkheti (Colchis), the ancient kingdom located in what is now southwestern Georgia and northeastern Turkey. In ancient times, Lazeti was a center of Georgian culture. The holy Apostle Andrew began the conversion of the Georgian nation from this very region.