Orthodox Calendar 2021
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November 16
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November 29
24th Week after Pentecost. Tone 6.
Nativity Fast.
Wine and oil allowed.

Совершается служба с полиелеемHoly Apostle and Evangelist Matthew (60).

St. Fulvianus, prince of Ethiopia, (in baptism Matthew) (1st c.). New Hieromartyr Philoumenus, abbot, of the monastery at Jacob’s Well (Nablus) (1979).

New Hieromartyr Theodore Kolerov, archpriest, of Kimry (Tver), and with him New Martyrs Michael Boldakov and Ananius Boykov (1929). New Hieromartyrs Panteleimon (Arzhanykh), abbot, of Optina Monastery and Michael Abramov, archpriest, of Tver (1937).

St. Eucherius of Lyons (449). St. Otmar, abbot and monastic founder, in Switzerland (759). St. Lubuinus, missionary to Friesland (Neth.) (773). St. Sergius, priest and missionary, of Malopinega (1585).

Repose of Schemamonk John the Fingerless, disciple of St. Paisius (Velichkovsky) (1843).

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

Monday. [I Tim. 1:1-7; Luke 14:12-15]

   As an indicator of whom to invite to a dinner take for yourself a rule: do not do anything for your neighbor with a view to recompense from him here. But this does not mean that you will spend everything in vain. In due course all will be returned to you. In the Sermon on the Mount about all God-pleasing deeds—prayer, fasting, and alms—the Lord commanded to do them secretly. Why? Because the Heavenly Father will reward you openly. Therefore, a Christian should prepare future bliss for himself through all his labours in life; he should build himself an eternal home, and send provisions there in advance for all eternity. This is not being mercenary, because one’s own material interests as such are limited to this life, while [the future] life is to detriment of these interests. Furthermore, it is impossible to live this way without faith, hope and love towards the Lord. Acting according to the commandments in hope of recompense is also an abstract action. And yet it is closer and more distinct for the heart than anything else which is too unreal, as for example to do good for the sake of good. You will not find the latter anywhere in Scriptures. The higher incentive is here: do everything for the sake of the Lord and do not fear loss.