Orthodox Calendar 2020
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Прп. Иероним Святитель Августин Блаженный Святой мученик Лазарь, князь Сербский
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June 15
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June 28
3rd Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 2.
Fast of the Holy Apostles.
Fish, wine and oil allowed.

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомProphet Amos (8th c. b.c.). Совершается служба с полиелеемSt. Jonah, metropolitan of Kiev, Moscow, and all Russia (1461).

Martyrs Vitus (Guy), Modestus, and Crescentia, at Lucania (ca. 303). Martyr Dulas of Cilicia (ca. 305-313). Blessed Jerome (Hieronymus) of Stridonium (419-420). Blessed Augustine, bishop of Hippo (430), and his mother St. Monica of Tagaste (387). St. Michael, first metropolitan of Kiev (992). Great-martyr Tsar Lazar of Serbia (1389). Translation of the relics of St. Theodore the Sykeote, bishop of Anastasiopolis (ca. 9th c.). Monk-martyrs Gregory, abbot, and Cassian, monk, of Avnezh Monastery (Vologda) (1524). St. Ephraim II, patriarch of Serbia (1395). St. Dulas the Passion-bearer, of Egypt (5th c.). St. Symeon, archbishop of Novgorod (1421). Sts. Sergius and Barbara of Oyatsk, monastics, parents of St. Alexander of Svir (1477-1480). St. Theophan, elder of the Roslavl Forests and Optina (1819).

“Marianica” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos.

Synaxis of the New Martyrs of Serbia. St. Cedronus, patriarch of Alexandria (107). Martyr Hesychius the Soldier, of Dorostolum, and two others, in Moesia (302). St. Orsiesius of Tabennisi, disciple of St. Pachomius the Great (ca. 380). St. Abraham, abbot, of Auvergne (Gaul) (477). St. Spyridon, patriarch of Serbia (1388). New Martyrs of Velic and Gornepolima (Serbia) killed by the Nazis (1943). Apostles Fortunatus, Achaicus, and Stephanas (1st c.).

Repose of Blessed Jonah, fool-for-Christ, of Peshnosha Monastery (1838), Metropolitan Innocent of Peking (1931), Elder Cosmas of Valaam and Riga (1968), and Elder Anthimus of St. Anne’s Skete, Mt. Athos (1996).

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

Third Sunday After Pentacost. [Rom. 5:1-10; Matt. 6:22-33]

   If therefore thine eye be single[1] thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. Here the mind is called the eye, and the entire composition of the soul is called the body. Thus, when the mind is simple then it is light in the soul; when the mind is evil, then it is dark in the soul. What are a simple mind and an evil mind? A simple mind is one which accepts the word of God as is written, and is convinced beyond a doubt that all is indeed as is written. It has no deceit, no wavering, or hesitation. An evil mind is one which approaches the word of God with slyness, artful disputing, and questioning. It cannot directly believe, but subjects the word of God to its sophistry. It approaches the word not as a disciple, but as a judge and critic, to test something stated there, and then either scoffs at it, or says in a haughty manner, “Yes, not bad.” Such a mind has no firm tenets, because it clearly does not believe the word of God, and its own rationale is always unstable—today one way, tomorrow another. It has only wavering, confusion, questions without answers; everything is out of place with it, and it walks in the dark, fumbling its way. A simple mind sees everything clearly: every thing in it has a definite character, determined by the word of God. That is why every thing in it has its place, and it knows exactly how to behave with relation to things—it walks along open, visible roads, with complete assurance that they lead to the true goal.

[1]             In Church Slavonic, the text translates as, If thine eye be pure.


Prophet Amos

The Holy Prophet Amos, third of the Twelve Minor Prophets, lived during the eighth century before Christ.

St Jonah the Metropolitan of Moscow

Saint Jonah, Metropolitan of Moscow and Wonderworker of All Russia, was born in the city of Galich into a pious Christian family.

Martyrs Vitus (Guy), Modestus, and Crescentia, at Lucania

The Holy Martyrs Vitus, Modestus, and Crescentia suffered for Christ during the reign of Emperor Diocletian (284-305).

Martyr Modestus at Lucania

Saint Modestus suffered for Christ during the reign of Emperor Diocletian (284-305) with the holy martyrs Vitus and Crescentia.

Martyr Crescentia at Lucania

Saint Crescentia suffered for Christ during the reign of Emperor Diocletian (284-305) with the holy martyrs Vitus and Modestus.

Martyr Doulas of Cilicia

The Holy Martyr Doulas was a pious Christian from the city of Praetoriada.

St Jerome (Hieronymus) of Stridonium

Saint Jerome of Stridon was born into a Christian family in the city of Stridon located on the border between Dalmatia and Pannonia. His full name is Eusebius Hieronymos Sophronius.

St Augustine the Bishop of Hippo

Saint Augustine was born in the city of Thagaste in northern Africa. He was raised by his mother, St Monica (May 4), and he received his education at Carthage.

St Michael the first Metropolitan of Kiev

Saint Michael the first Metropolitan of Kiev, according to the Joakimov chronicle, was a Syrian by birth, but according to other chronicles, he was a Bulgarian or Serb.

Right-believing Prince Lazarus the Great Martyr of Serbia

The Holy Prince Lazar of Serbia lived during the fourteenth century at a time when the Turks, having conquered neighboring lands, were preparing to invade Serbia.

St. Theodore the Sykeote the Bishop of Anastasiopolis

Saint Theodore the Sykeote was born in the mid-sixth century in the village of Sykeon, not far from the city of Anastasiopolis (in Galatia, Asia Minor), into a pious family.

Venerable Gregory the Abbot of Avnezh, Vologda

Saints Gregory and Cassian of Avnezh pursued asceticism at the River Sukhona in the Vologda land.

Venerable Cassian the Abbot of Avnezhk, Vologda

Saints Gregory and Cassian of Avnezh lived in asceticism at the River Sukhona in the Vologda land. On June 15, 1392 they died as martyrs at Avnezh monastery during an incursion by Tatars.

St Ephraim the Bulgarian, Patriarch of Serbia

Saint Ephraim, Patriarch of Serbia, lived in asceticism on Mount Athos, and afterwards became Igumen of the Serbian Iveron monastery.

St Doulas the Passion-Bearer of Egypt

Saint Doulas the Passion-Bearer was a monk at one of the Egyptian monasteries. He distinguished himself by his meekness, humility and obedience.