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Император Иустиниан Святой Филипп, апостол от 12-ти Святитель Григорий Палама, архиепископ Фессалонитский
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23rd Week after Pentecost. Tone 5.
Eve of the Nativity Fast.
No fast.

Совершается служба с полиелеемHoly and All-Praised Apostle Philip (ca. 81-96).

St. Justinian the Emperor (565) and his wife St. Theodora (548). Repose of St. Alexander Nevsky (Alexis in schema), great prince of Novgorod (1263). St. Gregory Palamas, archbishop of Thessalonica (1360). St. Philip, founder of Irap Monastery (Novgorod) (1527).

New Hieromartyrs Aristarchus (Zaglodin-Kokorev), hieromonk of St. Nicholas Peshnosha Monastery (Moscow), Nicholas Vinogradov, archpriest, of Teryaeva Sloboda (Moscow), Sergius Znamensky, archpriest, of Kashira (Moscow), George Izbekov, archpriest, of Perlovka (Moscow), Sergius Konstantinov, archpriest, of Kimry (Tver), Dimitry Lebedev, archpriest, of Spirovo (Moscow), Basil Likharev, archpriest, of Aksinyino (Moscow), Alexis Nikologorsky, archpriest, of Tver, Basil Nikolsky, archpriest, of Orekhovo-Zuyevo (Moscow), Alexander Pokrovsky, archpriest, of Novo-Vasilevskoye (Moscow), and Sergius Rufitsky, archpriest, of Ivanovo (Moscow) (1937).

St. Dyfrig, bishop in Hereford and Gwent, hermit, of Bardsey Island (ca. 550). St. Malo of Brittany (7th c.). Virgin Martyrs of Emesa (Syria) (779). St. Alberik, bishop of Utrecht (784). St. Fantinus the Younger, of Calabria (ca. 1000). New Martyr Constantine of Hydra, at Rhodes (1800). New Martyr Panteleimon the Youth, of Asia Minor.

Repose of Archimandrite Lazarus (Moore) of Eagle River, Alaska (1992).

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. [Gal. 1:3-10; Luke 9:37-43]

   After coming down from the mount of the Transfiguration, the Lord heals a youth possessed with a devil. A reproach for unbelief preceded the healing, as the reason why the misfortunate one was not healed by the disciples. Whose unbelief this was—whether of the father who brought his son, of the people who gathered together, or perhaps of the Apostles—it is seen only that unbelief closes the doors to God’s merciful intercession and help, whereas faith opens it. The Lord said to the father: as much as you can believe, so you will receive. Faith is not just a matter of thought and mind, when it relates to a person, but embraces the entire essence of man. It is a mutual obligation of the believer and the One in Whom he believes, though it might not be expressed literally. He who believes counts on the one he believes in for everything, and does not expect a refusal from him in anything. That is why he turns to him with undivided thought, like to a father, goes to him as to his treasure chamber, with the surety that he will not return empty. Such an attitude inclines without words the one towards whom this attitude is held. This is how it is with people. But the power of dispositions is truly manifest when they are directed toward the Lord, Who is almighty, omniscient and desires to give us every good; and a true believer’s expectations are never betrayed. If we do not have something, and do not receive it when we ask for it, it is because we do not have the proper faith. First and foremost we must seek and introduce in our heart complete faith in the Lord, seek and obtain it of Him through our entreaties, for it comes not from us, but is God’s gift. When faith was required from the father of the youth, he prayed: “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” He believed weakly, wavering, and prayed about the strengthening of faith. But who can boast of such perfect faith as his, and who, therefore, does not need to pray, “Help, O Lord, mine unbelief?” If only the full force of faith were in us, our thoughts would be pure and feelings holy, and deeds God-pleasing. Then the Lord would heed us like a father his children; and no matter what comes to our heart—and what would come to a person in this state could only be pleasing to the Lord—we would receive everything without refusal or delay.


Holy, All-Praised Apostle Philip

The Holy and All-praised Apostle Philip, was a native of the city of Bethsaida in Galilee. He had a profound depth of knowledge of the Holy Scripture, and rightly discerning the meaning of the Old Testament prophecies, he awaited the coming of the Messiah.

St. Justinian the Emperor

Saint Justinian, a major figure in the history of the Byzantine state, was also a great champion of Orthodoxy, a builder of churches and a Church writer.

St. Theodora the Empress

Saint Theodora was the wife of Saint Justinian the emperor, and lived during the sixth century.

St Gregory Palamas the Archbishop of Thessalonica

Endowed with fine abilities and great diligence, Gregory mastered all the subjects which then comprised the full course of medieval higher education. The emperor hoped that the youth would devote himself to government work. But Gregory, barely twenty years old, withdrew to Mount Athos in the year 1316.

Light for the World: the Life of St. Gregory Palamas (1296–1359)

Fr. Bassam A. Nassif

One wonders why his earthly remains are still held in such great veneration. How could his bones remain incorruptible more than six hundred years after his death? Indeed, St. Gregory’s life clearly explains these wondrous facts.

The “Troublemaker” Who Became a Saint

Fr. James Guirguis

He was once called “the cause of all disorders and disturbances in the Church.” Now imagine that he was called “the cause of all disorders and disturbances in the Church” by the Patriarch of Constantinople himself.

St. Philip the Abbot of Irap Near Novgorod

Saint Philip, Abbot of Irap near Novgorod, in the world Theophilus, was the founder of the Irap wilderness-monastery.

Holy Hierarch Dyfrig (Dubricius) of Wales

Dmitry Lapa

St. Dyfrig, also known by the Latin name of Dubricius, was one of the founders of Orthodox monasticism in Wales.