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8th Week after Pentecost. Tone 6.
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Совершается служба с полиелеемIcon of the Most Holy Theotokos “Of Smolensk” (1047). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомHoly Apostles of the Seventy and Deacons: Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, and Parmenas (1st c.). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Pitirim, bishop of Tambov (1698). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSynaxis of the Saints of Tambov.

Martyr Julian of Dalmatia (ca. 138-161). Martyr Eustathius the Soldier, of Ancyra (ca. 316). Martyr Acacius of Apamea (ca. 321). St. Paul of Xeropotamou, Mt. Athos (996). St. Moses, wonderworker, of the Kiev Caves (13th c.-14th c.). St. Anthony, bishop of Rostov, Yaroslavl, and Belozersk (1336). St. Joseph, founder of Holy Trinity-Kozlov Monastery (Michurinsk) (1660-1661). St. Daria, abbess, of Sezenovo (1858).

New Hieromartyr Basil (Erekaev), hieromonk of Sarov Monastery (1937).

Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos “Umileniye” (“Of Tender Feeling”) of Diveyevo, before which St. Seraphim reposed (1885). Icons of the Most Holy Theotokos “Of the Lavra in Suprasl” (Poland) (16th c) and “Seven Lakes” (17th c.).

Sts. Ursus and Leobatius (Leubais), abbots, of Gaul (ca. 500). St. Samson, bishop of Dol, in Brittany (ca. 565). St. Irene Chrysovolantou of Cappadocia (912). St. George the Builder, of Iveron, Mt. Athos (1029). New Martyr David of Aleppo (1660). New Hieromartyr Ignatius of Jablechna (Chelm and Podlasie, Poland) (1942).

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. [I Cor. 10:5-12; Matt. 16:6-12]

   Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees, said the Lord. The Sadducees are a model of carelessness; the Pharisees represent people who are outwardly zealous. The former do nothing, whereas the latter, although they look very busy, nothing really comes of them. Similar to these are members of our modern society who are enticed by the ideas of humanism. You hear them talk only about the good of the people, but no good ever comes to the people, for it is all talk and no action. Their humanism is feigned; they make only the appearance of humaneness, but in reality they are egoists. Speech does not require sacrifice—they speak lavishly; but when the matter touches sacrifices, they retreat. Nowadays almost everyone is an actor; some show off in front of others as being zealous for good, and particularly for enlightenment, and they are all quite satisfied when their own verbal testimony portrays them as being really this way. Therefore, as soon as some charitable undertaking comes up among us, talk is everywhere, but deeds do not come to fruition. Do not expect sacrifices from them; they have no need to help others, as long as their affairs are going well. But it also happens that, without any particular mental effort over real plans to help their neighbors, they give alms in order to be left alone. The Lord has condemned both categories, and has commanded us to be filled with sincere love for one another, which does not love to show off.


Appearance of the Icon of the Mother of God "the Smolensk Directress" from Constantinople

The Smolensk "Hodigitria" Icon of the Theotokos, or "She who leads the way," was, according to Church Tradition, painted by the holy Evangelist Luke during the earthly life of the Most Holy Theotokos. Holy Hierarch Demetrius of Rostov suggests that this icon was written at the request of Theophilus, the prefect of Antioch.

St. Pitirim the Bishop of Tambov

Saint Pitirim, Bishop of Tambov, in the world Procopius, was born 27 February 1645 (or 1644) in the city of Vyazma.

Martyr Acacius of Apamea

The Holy Martyr Acacius was brought to trial for his belief in Christ. Three governors attempted to compel the holy martyr to offer sacrifice to idols, having subjected him to fierce tortures.

Venerable Paul the Founder of the Xeropotamou Monastery On Mt Athos

Saint Paul of Xeropotamou, in the world Procopius, was the son of the Byzanatine Emperor Michael Kuropalatos, who later resigned the imperial office and became a monk in a monastery he built.

Life and Miracles of St. Irene Chrysovalantou

Then her face began to shine as the sun and she closed her eyes as one falling asleep and she gave up her sacred soul to the Lord, having lived one-hundred and three years. Even though she had reached such a great age, her physical beauty had not faded as she looked like a young, beautiful girl, by grace of her virginity and by the fact that she had never known anything worldly. God had granted that the all-pure one remain in this state to give witness to the beauty of her soul and that grace had been bestowed on her by her heavenly Bridegroom.

Venerable Giorgi of Mt. Athos, the Builder (†1029)

Archpriest Zakaria Machitadze

The venerable Giorgi the Builder was the third abbot of the Iveron Monastery on Mt. Athos. According to some sources, he was a nephew of St. Ioane, the founder and first abbot of the Iveron Monastery.