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Святая благоверная царица Тамара Святые жены-мироносицы Александр Ошевенский
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3rd Sunday of Pascha. Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women. Tone 2.
No fast.

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Theodore Trichinas ('the Hair-shirt Wearer'), hermit, near Constantinople (400).

Blessed Gregory (593) and Anastasius I, patriarchs of Antioch (599). St. Anastasius, abbot, of the monastery of St. Catherine at Sinai (695). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Tamara, queen of Georgia (13th c.). St. Alexander, founder of Oshevensk Monastery (Arkhangelsk) (1479). Child-martyr Gabriel of Slutsk (Poland) (1690). Translation of the relics (1991) of St. Nikolai (Velimirovich), bishop of Ochrid and Zhicha (1956) from America to Serbia.

New Hiero-confessor Theodosius (Ganitsky), bishop of Kolomna (1937).

Apostle Zacchaeus of the Seventy, bishop of Caesarea in Palestine (1st c.). Sts. Bretanion (Vetranion) (ca. 378), and Theotimus (ca. 412), bishops of Tomis in Moesia. St. Caedwalla, king of the West Saxons (689). Hieromartyr Anastasius II, patriarch of Antioch (609). Sts. Athanasius (1380) and Ioasaph (1423) of Meteora, abbots.

Repose of Schemamonk Ignatius of St. Nicephorus Monastery in Olonets (1852).

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

Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women. [Acts 6:1–7; Mark 15:43–16:8]

   The tireless women! They would not give sleep to their eyes nor slumber to their eyelids (cf. Ps. 132) until they found their Beloved! But the men as if dragged their feet: they went to the tomb, saw it empty, and remained in confusion about what it could mean because they did not see Him. But does this mean that they had less love than the women? No, here was a reasoning love which feared making a mistake due to the high price of this love and its object. When they too saw and touched Him, then each of them, not with his tongue, like Thomas, but with his heart confessed: my Lord and my God (John 20:28), and already nothing could separate them from the Lord. The myrrh-bearers and the Apostles are an image of the two sides of our life: feeling and reasoning. Without feeling life is not life; without reasoning life is blind, offers little sound fruit and much is wasted. We must combine both. Let feeling go forward and arouse; let reason determine the time, place, method and generally the practical arrangement of what the heart suggests for us to do. Within, the heart comes first, but in practical application, reason comes first. When the feelings become educated in discerning good and evil, then perhaps it will be possible to rely on the heart alone. Just as shoots, flowers and fruits grow naturally from a living tree, so does goodness alone emerge from the heart, rationally mingling into the course our life.


Venerable Theodore Trichinas “the Hair-Shirt Wearer” and Hermit Near Constantinople

Saint Theodore Trichinas was born in Constantinople, the son of wealthy and pious parents. From childhood Saint Theodore was inclined toward monasticism, so he left his home, family, and former life in order to enter a monastery in Thrace.

Venerable Anastasius the Abbot of Sinai

Saint Anastasius of Sinai lived in the seventh century, and was one of the great ascetics who flourished on Mt. Sinai.

Holy Queen Tamar (†1213)

Archpriest Zakaria Machitadze

In 1166 a daughter, Tamar, was born to King Giorgi III (1155–1184) and Queen Burdukhan of Georgia. The king proclaimed that he would share the throne with his daughter from the day she turned twelve years of age.

Venerable Alexander the Abbot of Oshevensk

Saint Alexander of Oshevensk (+ 1479) was the founder of the Oshevensk Dormition Monastery, and enlightener of the Kargopol area, and was tonsured in the White Lake Monastery.

Childmartyr Gabriel of Bialystok

Child Martyr Gabriel of Bialystok was killed in Poland when he was only six years old.

Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich: Serbia's New Chrysostom

While the mere facts of Bishop Nikolai's life inspire awe, such a skeletal portrait does not explain his spiritual magnetism and the soul-penetrating power of his writings. These were the fruit of his life-long striving to know and to serve the Truth, which, in turn, kindled a habit of ceaseless prayer and a practiced consciousness of continually abiding in the presence of God.

Repose of St Nikolai of Zhicha

He was a man of compunctionate prayer, and possessesed the gift of tears which purify the soul. He was a true pastor to his flock protecting them from spiritual wolves, and guiding them on the path to salvation. He has left behind many soul-profiting writings which proclaim the truth of Christ to modern man.

Apostle Zacchaeus

The holy Apostle Zacchaeus was a rich publican at Jericho.

St. Theotimus the Bishop of Lesser Scythia

Saint Theotimus the Scythian was Bishop of Tomis in Scythia. He was a native of Dacia Pontica, and was part Roman.