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Параскева Пятница Икона Божией Матери Яхромская Параскева Пятница
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21st Week after Pentecost. Tone 3.
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Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомMartyrs Nazarius, Gervasius, Protasius, and Celsus, of Milan (54-68). Совершается служба со славословиемSt. Parasceva (Petka) of Epibatima, Thrace, whose relics are in Iasi, Romania (11th c.).

Hieromartyr Silvanus, priest, of Gaza, and with him 40 martyrs (311). St. Nikola Sviatosha, prince of Chernigov and wonderworker, of the Kiev Caves (1143). St. Cosmas, founder of Yakhromsk Monastery (Vladimir) (1492).

New Hieromartyr Michael Lektorsky, archpriest, of Novo-Titarovskaya (Kuban) (1921). New Hiero-confessor Ambrose (Polyansky), bishop of Kamenets-Podolsk (1932). New Hieromartyr Peter Lebedev, archpriest, of Rodniki (Ivanovo) (1937). New Hieromartyr Maximillian (Marchenko), abbot, of Zagorsk (Moscow) (1938).

Yakhromsk Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (15th c.).

Martyr Peter Apselamus of Eleutheropolis in Palestine (309). St. Burchard, first bishop of Wurzburg, English missionary to Germany (754). St. Ignatius, metropolitan of Mithymna (1566). St. Cosmas the Hymnographer, bishop of Maiuma (787).

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

Tuesday. [Col. 1:1-2, 7-11; Luke 8:1-3]

   The Lord preaches, the women serve Him from their substance, and are thus as participants in his very preaching. It is not given to everyone to preach the Gospels, but everyone can help spread them, and be participants in this most important matter on the earth. There were many such participants, both men and women, at the time the holy apostles preached; and then at the time of their successors, and finally, throughout the entire history of the Church. Such participants exist to this day. Our apostles in the Caucasus and in various areas of Siberia labour zealously, suffering every need and deprivation. They continue the work of the Lord and the holy Apostles. Those men and women who send them help join the ranks of the women who served the Lord, and become worthy of equal recompense. The Lord said: He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth Me (John 13:20). This means that He equates Himself with the one who is sent to preach; it would follow that He equates the service rendered to his messengers with serving Him. According to the law of His goodness and truth, the way a person receives one determines the reward he will receive (Matt. 10:41). This would seem to be sufficient incentive to keep giving alms to help in the great work of preaching of the Gospels.


Martyrs Nazarius, Gervasius, Protasius, and Celsus, of Milan

The Holy Martyrs Nazarius, Gervasius, Protasius and Celsus of Milan suffered during the reign of the emperor Nero (54-68).

Venerable Parasceva (Petka)

St. Nikolai Velimirovich

The virgin Parasceva always yearned for the ascetic life for the sake of Christ. After her parents' repose, she left her home and went first to Constantinople, then to the wilderness of Jordan, where she lived the ascetic life until old age. Who can express all the labors, sufferings and demonic temptations that St. Parasceva endured in the course of her many years?

Venerable Parasceva (Petka) of Serbia

Saint Paraskeva the New was born into a pious family, living during the eleventh century in the village of Epivato, between Silistra and Constantinople.

Venerable Nicholas Sviatosha Prince of Chernigov, and Wonderworker of the Kiev Near Caves

Nicholas was the Prince of Lutsk, and he had a wife and children. On February 17, 1106 the holy prince, left his family and was tonsured at the Kiev Caves monastery.

Venerable Cosmas of Yakhrom

Here in the woods an icon of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos appeared to Cosmas, and he heard a voice commanding him to become a monk and to build a monastery. His sick master then received healing from the icon, and Cosmas went to Kiev, where he was tonsured in the Monastery of the Caves.

Icon of the Mother of God of Yakhrom

Cosmas suddenly saw a bright light coming from a nearby tree, and heard a voice, “Attend and understand the words of life. Live a God-pleasing life and seek the joy of the righteous, and then you will delight in eternal blessings.”