Orthodox Calendar 2021
Previous day
Мученики благоверные князья Борис и Глеб
Next day
Old Style
July 24
New Style
August 6
7th Week after Pentecost. Tone 5.
Fast Day.
Wine and oil allowed.

Совершается служба на шестьMartyr Christina of Tyre (ca. 300). Совершается служба с полиелеемHoly Martyrs and Passion-bearers Boris and Gleb of Russia, in holy baptism Romanus and David (1015).

St. Polycarp, archimandrite, of the Kiev Caves (1182). St. Pachomius, abbot, near Vologda (1479). St. Bogolep, child schemamonk, of Cherny Yar, near Astrakhan (1654). St. George (Konissky), archbishop of Mogilev (1795).

New Hiero-confessor John Kalinin, priest, of Olenevka (1951). 17 New Martyrs of Mgarsk Monastery (Poltava): Abbot Ambrose, hieromonks Arcadius, Ioannicius, Jonah, Joseph, Nicanor, Athanasius, Theophan, Serapion, Nicostratus, and Julian, and monks Ioannicius, Herman, Nazarius, Parthenius, Potapius, and Dorymedon (1919).

St. Declan, bishop of Ardmore (Ireland (5th c.). St. Bernulphus, bishop of Utrecht (Neth.) (1054). St. Hilarion of Tvali, Georgia (1041). New Martyr Theophilus of Zakynthos, at Chios (1635). New Martyr Athanasius of Nicaea, at Constantinople (1670). Serbian New Martyrs of Prebilovci (Herzegovina) (1941).

Repose of Blessed Monk Tikhon of Turukhan in Siberia (1682).

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

Friday. [I Cor. 7:35-8:7; Matt. 15:29-31]

   Without attentiveness in everyday affairs you cannot do anything properly; but in spiritual matters—it comes first. It notices what is bad and brings it before the inner judge; sets the guard of the inner chamber, where the best course of action is discussed, and then protects the one who carries out the decisions. This is not surprising, because the spiritual life in its fullness is called a sober life, and in patristic writings we meet mostly words about soberness or attentiveness, for they are one and the same. Therefore, how important it is to make a habit of attentiveness! The initial labor of those who have begun to be concerned about their souls is usually directed toward this. And their work only begins to resemble work from the point where attentiveness begins to be gathered within themselves; usually the attentiveness is all external, and not internal. From this moment the inner life is conceived and with this attentiveness it ripens and strengthens. What does this mean? It means standing with the mind in the heart before the Lord and consciously discussing all, and undertaking all before His face. This job, obviously, is complicated. It becomes successful with prayer, and is as much strengthened by it, as it strengthens prayer itself.