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December 10
29th Week after Pentecost. Tone 3.
Nativity Fast.
Wine and oil allowed.

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомCommemoration of the Miracle of the Weeping Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos “Of the Sign” at Novgorod (1170). Совершается служба на шестьGreat-martyr James the Persian (421). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Palladius of Thessalonica (6th c.-7th c.). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомUncovering of the relics of St. Vsevolod (in baptism Gabriel), prince and wonderworker of Pskov (1192). Совершается служба на шестьSt. James, bishop and wonderworker of Rostov (1392). St. Andrew Ogorodnikov, fool-for-Christ, of Simbirsk (1841). Synaxis of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Radonezh.

17 Monk-martyrs in India (4th c.). St. Romanus the Wonderworker, of Cilicia, near Antioch (5th c.). St. Diodorus, founder of Yeriegorsk Monastery (Solovki) (1633).

New Hieromartyrs Nicholas (Dobronravov), archbishop of Vladimir, Nikon (Belyaev), archimandrite, of the Staro- Golutvin Monastery (Kolomna), Ioasaph (Boyev), archimandrite, of Nikolskoye Monastery (Moscow), Nicholas (Saltykov), hieromonk of the St. Nicholas-Peshnosha Monastery (Moscow), and Apollos (Fedoseyev), hieromonk, of Moscow (1937). New Hieromartyr Cronides, archimandrite, and with him Seraphim (Krestianinov), abbot, and Xenophont (Bondarenko), hieromonk, all of St. Sergius Lavra (1937).

Icons of the Most Holy Theotokos “Of the Sign”: “Kursk Root” (1295) “Of Abalak” (1637), “Of Tsarskoe Selo,” and “Of Seraphimo-Ponetaev.” (1879)

St. Pinuphrius of Egypt (4th c.). St. Palladius, bishop of Elenopolis, author of The Lausaic History (ca. 430). St. Maximus of Riez (ca. 460). St. Nathaniel of Nitria (6th c.). St. Virgil, bishop of Salzburg, Irish missionary (784).

Repose of Hieromonk Athanasius of Iveron, Mt. Athos (1973).

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 Tim. 2:20-26; Luke 19:37-44]

           The people cry out: “hosanna!”—while the Lord weeps. Does not something similar occur at our church celebrations? In those days, there was a solemn resemblance; but the Lord looked at what was in the souls invisibly, and saw it to be worthy of weeping. For us also, the holiday is always visibly festive; but is everyone’s inner mood this way? One has no understanding at all of the power and meaning of holidays; another gropingly feels something darkly, but sees nothing clearly; while another remains almost unnoticed, but his feeling and mood are worthy of the festive occasion. Our holidays take many sacrifices. But how many of them are intended for the Lord and one’s brothers and sisters? Either none, or the most insignificant bit; one’s belly and vain rushing around take almost all. This cannot be concealed from the Lord, and it is not surprising if, to speak in a human way, He weeps when we utter festive exclamations. These are those redeemed, justified, adopted as sons!…They gave a promise, took on an obligation to walk in the spirit and not commit fleshly lusts, while here what goes on among them? The sons of the Kingdom are worse than the basest slaves!…


Greatmartyr James the Persian

St. James the Bishop and Wonderworker of Rostov

In defending a woman condemned to execution, the saint followed the example of the Savior, inviting whoever considered himself to be without sin to cast the first stone at her, and he then sent the woman forth to repentance. The Prince and the Rostov nobles, disgruntled over the bishop’s judgment, threw Saint James out of Rostov.

Novgorod "Of the Sign" Icon

As they were carrying the icon, the enemy loosed upon the procession a cloud of arrows, one of which struck the face of the Theotokos written upon the icon. From her eyes tears began to flow, and her icon turned to face the city. Immediately after the appearance of such a divine sign, the attackers were struck with an inexplicable terror, and began to strike down one another.

The Wonderworking Kursk Icon of the Mother of God "Of the Sign"

The frightened monastic brethren rushed immediately to the cathedral, where they beheld a scene of horrible devastation. The force of the blast had shattered the gilded canopy above the icon. The heavy marble base, constructed of several massive steps, had been jolted out of position and split into several pieces. A huge metal candlestick which stood before the icon and been blown to the opposite side of the cathedral. A door of cast iron located near the icon had been torn from its hinges and cast outside, where it smashed against a wall and caused a deep crack. All the windows in the cathedral and even those in the dome above were shattered. Amid the general devastation, the holy icon remained intact and even the glass within the frame remained whole. Thinking to destroy the icon, the anarchists had, on the contrary, become the cause of its greater glorification.

Icon of the Mother of God “Kursk-Root”

The Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God “Of the Sign” is one of the most ancient icons of the Russian Church.

Icon of the Mother of God of Tsarskoe Selo

The Tsarskoe Selo Sign Icon of the Mother of God an ancient wonderworking icon, was brought by way of a present to Tsar Alexis Mikhailovich by one of the Eastern Patriarchs.

Icon of the Mother of God “Seraphim-Ponetaevka”

Six years after it was painted, the icon became known for its numerous miracles and became the chief holy item of the monastery.