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Олимпиада Константинопольская Погребение праведной Анны Макарий Желтоводский
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August 7
7th Week after Pentecost. Tone 5.
No fast.

Совершается служба со славословиемThe Dormition of the Righteous Anna, Mother of the Most Holy Theotokos. Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSts. Olympias (Olympiada) the Deaconess, of Constantinople (409), Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомand the Virgin Eupraxia of Tabennisi (413). Совершается служба со славословиемSt. Macarius of Zheltovod and Unzha, monastic founder (1444).

Commemoration of the Holy 165 Fathers of the Fifth Ecumenical Council (553). St. Christopher, abbot of Solvychegodsk (Vologda) (1572).

New Hieromartyr Alexander Sakharov, archpriest, of St. Petersburg (1927). New Hieromartyr Theodore Tonkovid, priest, of Lovets (Pskov) (1942).

St. Gregory (Kallidis), metropolitan of Thessalonica and Heraclea (1925). New Hieromartyrs Vukosav Milanovic and Rodoljub Samardzic, of Kulen Vakuf, Serbia (1941-1945).

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

Saturday. [Rom. 12:1-3; Matt. 10:37-11:1]

   He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. With this all uncertainties concerning the giving of alms are resolved. Good intentions for the poor are almost always if not suppressed, then significantly diminished by the questions, “Who is begging,” and, “Where are the alms going?” The Lord says to those who ask these questions: Your reward is determined according to how you receive the beggar and help him. Do not look at the one who is asking, but at your thoughts. The value of your deed will be commensurate to your thoughts. The right thoughts to have about a poor person can be defined this way: He who has mercy on the poor is lending to God; or Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me (Mt. 25:40). Thus, receive everyone in need as you would the Lord, do what you can for Him with the thought that you are doing it for God, and you will receive the reward not only of a prophet and a righteous man, but of the Lord.


The Conception of the Holy Virgin Theotokos by Saint Anna

Sergei Bulgakov

Struck by the speech of the High Priest, as though by the awesome verdict of the judgment of God Himself, the righteous man had no time even to withdraw from the altar, as a new heavier insult struck his hearing. One of the Israelites bringing his gifts, pushed him away, said, “Depart from here, did you not hear that you are unworthy to bring gifts to God together with us, because you have not left offspring for Israel?” With deep humility Joachim accepted this accusation as if it were from the mouth of the very God, and with deep sadness left the temple.

Holy, Righteous Ancestor of God, Anna

Saint Anna was the daughter of Matthan the priest, who was of the tribe of Levi. St Anna’s family came from Bethlehem.

The Conception by Righteous Anna of the Most Holy Mother of God

For a long time Saint Anna was childless, but after twenty years, through the fervent prayer of both spouses, an angel of the Lord announced to them that they would be the parents of a daughter, Who would bring blessings to the whole human race.

Dormition of the Righteous Anna, the Mother of the Most Holy Theotokos

Saint Anna was the daughter of the priest Matthan and his wife Mary. She was of the tribe of Levi and the lineage of Aaron. According to Tradition, she died peacefully in Jerusalem at age 79, before the Annunciation to the Most Holy Theotokos.

Holy Woman Olympias (Olympiada) the Deaconess of Constantinople

Saint Olympias the Deaconess was the daughter of the senator Anicius Secundus, and by her mother she was the granddaughter of the noted eparch Eulalios (he is mentioned in the life of Saint Nicholas).

Virginmartyr Eupraxia of Tabenna

Saint Eupraxia was daughter of the Constantinople dignitary Antigonos, a kinsman of the holy Emperor Theodosius the Great (379-395).

Venerable Macarius the Abbot of Zheltovod and Unzha

At twelve years of age he secretly left his parents and accepted monastic tonsure at the Nizhni-Novgorod Caves monastery under Saint Dionysius.