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Преподобный Акакий Синайский. Икона Божией Матери 'Одигитрия Влахернская' Благоверная княгиня Евдокия Московская
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7th Week after Pentecost. Tone 5.
No fast.

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Thomas of Mt. Maleon (10th c.). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Acacius, who is mentioned in The Ladder (6th c.).

St. Eudocia, in monasticism Euphrosyne, grand duchess of Moscow (1407). Martyrs Peregrinus, Lucian, Pompeius, Hesychius, Pappias, Saturninus, and Germanus, of Dyrrachium in Macedonia (2nd c.). Hieromartyr Evangelus, bishop of Tomis in Moesia (ca. 284-305). Martyr Cyriaca (Dominica, or Nedelja) of Nicomedia (305-311).

St. Pantaenus the Confessor, of Alexandria (203). St. Hedda, bishop of the West Saxons (705). St. Willibald, bishop of Eichstatt, Anglo-Saxon missionary to the Germans (781-787). St. Maelruain of Tallaght (Ireland) (787).

Repose of Archimandrite Paisius (Tanasijevic) of the St. Prochorus of Pchinja Monastery, Serbia (2003).

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

Thursday. [I Cor. 7:24-35; Matt. 15:12-21]

   Out of the heart proceed evil thoughts. From whence in the heart? Their root lies in sin which lives within us, and their branching out, multiplying and particular appearance in each person come from that person’s own will. What should one do? First, cut off all that comes from your will. This will be like someone tearing off leaves from a tree, cutting off branches and twigs, and chopping the trunk almost to its roots. Then, do not allow new sprouts to come up, and the root itself will dry up; that is, do not allow evil thoughts to proceed from your heart, and repel and drive off those that do, and the sin which lives in us, not receiving sustenance, will slacken and completely grow weak. In this lies the essence of the commandment: be sober, be vigilant (1 Peter 5:8). Take heed unto thyself (1 Tim. 4:6). Gird up the loins of thy mind 1 Peter 1:13.” Together with attentiveness one must have discernment. From the heart not only bad things proceed, but also good things; yet, one should not fulfil every good thing suggested by the heart. What one should truly fulfil is determined by discernment. Discernment is a gardener’s knife; some branches it cuts off, while others it grafts in.

Friday. [I Cor. 7:35-8:7; Matt. 15:29-31]

   Without attentiveness in everyday affairs you cannot do anything properly; but in spiritual matters—it comes first. It notices what is bad and brings it before the inner judge; sets the guard of the inner chamber, where the best course of action is discussed, and then protects the one who carries out the decisions. This is not surprising, because the spiritual life in its fullness is called a sober life, and in patristic writings we meet mostly words about soberness or attentiveness, for they are one and the same. Therefore, how important it is to make a habit of attentiveness! The initial labor of those who have begun to be concerned about their souls is usually directed toward this. And their work only begins to resemble work from the point where attentiveness begins to be gathered within themselves; usually the attentiveness is all external, and not internal. From this moment the inner life is conceived and with this attentiveness it ripens and strengthens. What does this mean? It means standing with the mind in the heart before the Lord and consciously discussing all, and undertaking all before His face. This job, obviously, is complicated. It becomes successful with prayer, and is as much strengthened by it, as it strengthens prayer itself.