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Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомHieromartyrs Januarius, bishop of Benevento, and his companions: Festus, Proclus, and Sosius, deacons; Martyrs Desiderius, reader; and Gantiol, Eutychius, and Acutius, at Pozzuoli (ca. 305). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомMartyrs Theodore of Perge in Pamphylia, his mother Philippa, and Dioscorus, Socrates, and Dionysius (ca. 138-161). Uncovering of the relics of St. Theodore, abbot, of Sanaxar Monastery (1999). St. Alexis, priest, of Bortsumany, Nizhni- Novgorod (1848).

Martyrs Isaac, Apollo, and Codratus, of Nicomedia (303). St. Maximus (Maximian), archbishop of Constantinople (434).

Martyr Alexandra the Empress, wife of Diocletian (303) (same as April 23). St. Beuno, abbot, of Clynnog Fawr, Wales (642). St. Maelruba of Apur Crossan, Ireland (722). St. James, abbot of Stromynsk Monastery (Radonezh) (1392). New Hieromartyr Protopresbyter Basil Martysz of Teratyn (Chelm and Podlasie, Poland (1945).

Repose of Schemamonk Nicetas (1907) and Hieroschemamonk Antipas II (1912), of Valaam, Elder Dometian of Tula (1908), and Nun Stefanida of Kosovo (Serbia) (1945).

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. [Acts 2:14–21; Luke 24:12–35]

   At that time the Jews attempted to overshadow the light of Christ’s Resurrection with the mist of a lie: His disciples stole Him (Matt. 28:13). It was easy to overcome such pettiness, and the truth triumphed. But until now the enemy has not ceased to spread mist before the Sun of Resurrection, hoping to overshadow it. Let nobody be troubled! What can be expected from the father of lies other than lies? He taught many of his minions to write entire books against the Resurrection. This written mist is also dissipated by books. Do not pick up a bad book, and you will not be mist-enshrouded by it; but if you should accidentally come upon such a book, take up a good book as an antidote, and you will refresh your head and breast. There is another mist that comes from the enemy—in our thoughts. But this can also be immediately is dissipated, like smoke in the wind, through sensible Christian discernment. Review all the preceding with discernment and you will see clear as day that it would have been impossible for all of it to happen except through the power of Christ’s Resurrection. This conviction will then be a firm standpoint from which you will easily repel and strike down the enemies of the truth.


Hieromartyr Januarius the Bishop of Benevento, and his companions, at Pozzuoli

Hieromartyr Januarius Bishop of Benevento, and the deacons Proculus, Sossius and Faustus, Desiderius the Reader, Eutychius and Acution suffered martyrdom for Christ about the year 305 during the persecution ordered by the emperor Diocletian (284-305).

Martyrs Theodore of Perge in Pamphylia, his mother Philippa, and Dioscorus, Socrates, and Dionysius

The Holy Martyrs Theodore, his mother Philippa, Dioscorus, Socrates and Dionysius suffered during the reign of the emperor Antoninus Pius (138-161) in Perge, Pamphylia.

Venerable Theodore of Sanaxar

When a team of investigators came to the forest looking for monks living there illegally, John was caught. Since he had no documents and admitted to being a sergeant in the Guard, he was brought to Saint Petersburg and taken to the empress Elizabeth. When he was taken to the empress, she asked, “Why did you desert my regiment?”

Righteous Priest Alexis of Bortsurmany

Igumen Damascene (Orlovsky)

His whole life was dedicated to God and neighbor, and it was truly laborious and holy. He was at all times in ceaseless prayer, devoid of malice and rich in good deeds. He prayed not only during the day, but also at night, tirelessly and unceasingly, never giving himself bodily rest, until his very death. As a reward for his righteousness, God gave him the gifts of clairvoyance and healing. St. Seraphim, the wonderworker of Sarov, valued his podvig of prayer very highly, and respected him as a great ascetic and God-pleaser.

Martyrs Isaac, Apollo, and Codratus, of Nicomedia

The Holy Martyrs Isaac, Apollos and Quadratus were pagans who served at the court of the emperor Diocletian (284-305). They were among the spectators who witnessed the sufferings of the Holy Great Martyr George (April 23).

St. Maximian the Patriarch of Constantinople

Saint Maximian, Patriarch of Constantinople, was born in Rome from wealthy and pious parents. Upon receiving his inheritance, he provided tombs to bury those who led holy lives.

Venerable Maelrubha of Applecross

Dmitry Lapa

St. Maelrubha (Maolrubha) has been venerated as one of the apostles of the Picts in Scotland and of Skye. This saint is mentioned in many Irish annals of the time.