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Святой первомученик и архидиакон Стефан Икона Божией Матери Новоникитская Святой великомученик Никита
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September 28
17th Week after Pentecost. Tone 7.
No fast.

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомAfterfeast of the Exaltation of the Cross. Совершается служба на шестьGreatmartyr Nicetas the Goth (ca. 372).

Uncovering of the relics of St. Acacius the Confessor, bishop of Melitene in Pisidia (251). Martyrs Maximus, Theodotus, and Asclepiodota, of Adrianople (305-311). Martyr Porphyrius the Mime, of Caesarea (361). Uncovering of the relics of Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen (415). St. Joseph, abbot, of Alaverdi in Georgia (570). St. Philotheus the Presbyter, of Asia Minor (10th c.). St. Symeon, archbishop of Thessalonica (1430). St. Nicetas, disciple of St. Sergius of Radonezh and founder of the Theophany Monastery (Kostroma) (15th c.).

New Hiero-confessor Ignatius (Biryukov), archimandrite, of the Aleksievo-Akatov Monastery (Voronezh) (1932).

Sts. Bessarion I and Bessarion II, metropolitans of Larissa (1490-1540). St. Joseph the New, of Partos, metropolitan of Timisoara (Romania) (1656). St. Gerasimus, abbot, of Sourvia (ca. 1740). New Martyr John of Crete, at New Ephesus (1811).

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. [Eph. 1:22-2:3; Mark 10:46-52]

   The blind man of Jericho raised up his voice when he learned that the Lord was walking past. His wail reached the Lord; nothing surrounding the Lord could interfere with His hearing it, and the Lord called the blind man over and returned his sight. At every time and in every place the Lord does not just walk by, but is there; He governs the whole world. As human thinking would have it, this means that He has many cares; furthermore, multitudes of angels surround Him with doxologies. But if you are able to raise up your voice like the blind man of Jericho, nothing will stop your wail from reaching the Lord; He will hear and fulfil your petition. It does not depend on the Lord; He Himself is near, and all that is necessary for you is already prepared in Him; now all that is wanting is you. Manage to raise up your voice to the measure of the Lord’s hearing, and you will immediately receive everything. What then is this measure? Faith, hope, devotion to God’s will. But even these measures have their own measures. What then should these measures be? Ask the one who has prayed and received what he requested; he will say to you: “I prayed about this and about that and I received according to my request; now I need this, I have been praying and have not received it, and I know why: because I cannot in any way ascend to that measure of prayer which I had earlier.” It turns out that it is impossible to determine this measure with literal preciseness. Only one thing is definitely true, that the matter depends upon us, and not on the Lord. As soon as you reach the point where you are capable of acceptance, you will unquestionably receive.