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Совершается служба на шестьSt. Athanasius the Great (373) Совершается служба на шестьand St. Cyril (444), archbishops of Alexandria. Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSts. Cyril, schemamonk, and Maria, schemanun (ca. 1337), parents of St. Sergius of Radonezh.

St. Marcian, monk, of Cyrrhus in Syria (388). St. Athanasius, monk of Valaam and abbot of Syandema (1550). St. Athanasius, founder of Navolotsk Monastery (Karelia) (16th c-17th c.). St. Cyril, abbot, of Kiev (c. 1146). St. Alexis (Shushania), hieromonk, of Teklati, Georgia (1923).

New Hieromartyr Vladimir Zubkovich, archpriest, of Smolevichi (Belorussia) (1937).

Martyr Theodula and her companions Helladius, Boethius, Evagrius, and Macarius, of Anazarbus in Cilicia (ca. 304). St. Ephraim, bishop of Mylasa in Caria (Asia Minor) (5th c.). St. Leobardus of Marmoutier (6th c.). St. Ninnidh of Inismacsaint (Ireland) (6th c.). St. Ephraim the Lesser (the Philosopher) of Georgia (1101). St. Joachim, patriarch of Turnovo (1248). St. Maximus of Serbia, archbishop of Wallachia (1516).

Slaying of Bishop Paul de Ballester-Convallier of Mexico (1984).

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

Wednesday. [II Pet. 3:1–18; Mark 13:24–31]

The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night (II Pet. 3:10). A thief in the night sneaks up when he is not expected. So will the day of the Lord also come when it is not expected. But when He that cometh is not expected, no preparations are made for meeting Him. Lest we allow such negligence, the Lord commanded: Watch: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come (Matt. 24:42). Meanwhile, what are we doing? Are we watching? Are we waiting? We must confess that we are not. Some at least await death, but scarcely anyone awaits the day of the Lord. And it is as if they are right. Our fathers and forefathers waited, but the day did not come. Since we do not see anything, why should we think that it will come in our days? Thus, we do not think; and do not wait. It will not be a wonder, if with such a disposition as ours, the day of the Lord falls upon us like a thief. We shall be like the inhabitants of a city which the head of the province promised to visit in the near future. They waited for him an hour, waited another, waited a day and then said, “I suppose he’s not coming,” and went home. But as soon as they departed and gave themselves over to sleep—he appeared. It will be the same with us—whether we are waiting or not, the day of the Lord will come, and it will come without warning. For the Lord said: Heaven and earth shall pass away: but My words shall not pass away (Mark 13:31). But is it not better to wait, lest we be caught by surprise? For we will not get off without paying.


St. Athanasius the Great the Archbishop of Alexandria

St Athanasius took part in the First Ecumenical Council when he was still a deacon.

St. Athanasius the Great the Patriarch of Alexandria

Saint Athanasius the Great, Archbishop of Alexandria, was a great Father of the Church and a pillar of Orthodoxy.

St. Cyril the Archbishop of Alexandria

St Cyril was the nephew of Patriarch Theophilus of Alexandria, who educated him from his youth.

Sts. Cyril, schemamonk, and Maria, schemanun, parents of St. Sergius of Radonezh

They belonged to the nobility, but more importantly, they were devout and faithful Christians who were adorned with every virtue.

St Marcian of Cyrrhus

Saint Marcian of Cyrrhus lived during the fourth century. He went into the desert, where he lived for many years in solitude, unceasing prayer, and strict fasting.

Venerable Athanasius the Abbot of Syandemsk, Vologda

Righteous Athanasius of Novolotsk

Righteous Athanasius of Navolotsk went at the end of the sixteenth century from the Kargopol region to the Olonets land, where he founded a monastery 78 versts from what later became the city of Petrozavodsk.

Venerable Eprem the Lesser, the Philosopher (†1101)

Archpriest Zakaria Machitadze

Тoday little is known about the life of venerable Eprem the Lesser, the great 11th-century writer, translator, philosopher, and defender of the Georgian Church. His work Reminiscences and other sources, however, provide us with the means to speculate about the major periods of his life and labors.

St. Maximus the New

Saint Maximus the New was the son of King Stephen of Serbia (December 10).