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Никон прп. Святитель Григорий Чудотворец, Неокесарийский Преподобный Лазарь Иконописец
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November 30
24th Week after Pentecost. Tone 6.
Nativity Fast.
Wine and oil allowed.

Совершается служба на шестьSt. Gregory the Wonderworker, of Neo-Caesarea (266). Совершается служба со славословиемSt. Nikon, abbot, of Radonezh, disciple of St. Sergius. (1426).

Martyrs Acisclus and his sister Victoria, at Cordoba (304). St. Lazarus the Iconographer, of Constantinople (857). Martyrs Gobron (Michael) and 133 soldiers, of Georgia (914). Archimandrite Sebastian (Dabovich), missionary in America (1940).

Hieromartyr Basil, bishop of Hamah (ca. 282). Martyrs Zachariah the Cobbler and his wife Mary (3rd c.). Martyrs Gregory, Victor, and Geminus, of Heracleon in Thrace (304). 150 philosophers converted by St. Catherine and martyred at Alexandria (305). St. Longinus of Egypt (4th c.). St. Maximus (Maximian), archbishop of Constantinople (434). St. Vulfolaic, stylite, of Trier (6th c.). St. Gregory, bishop of Tours (594). St. Hilda, abbess of Whitby (680). St. John the Cobbler, of Olumba, Cairo, and Sinai (7th c.). St. Gennadius, steward of Vatopedi, Mt. Athos (14th c.).

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 Tim. 1:8-14; Luke 14:25-35]

   Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be seasoned? Salt are the disciples of the Lord, who passed on His directions to people, destroyed the moral rottenness in those people. If we will call such teaching education, then the title of salt should also pass to this. Then the entire saying will look like this: education is a good thing, but if education has lost its savor then what is it fit for? Give it up! Education acts like salt when it is filled with the principles and elements of the Lord’s teaching, when it itself consists of discipleship with the Lord; but as soon as it departs from this, and gives alien teachings instead of the Lord’s lessons, then it has lost its savour and becomes unprofitable. It becomes infected with the rottenness of delusion and lies, and begins to be not healing, but infectious. History has confirmed and continues to confirm this with experience everywhere. Why doesn’t anybody heed experience? The enemy brings darkness upon everyone and they all think that it is light, when in their teachings they remain far from the Lord’s teaching.


St Gregory the Wonderworker of Neocaesarea

Saint Gregory the Wonderworker, Bishop of Neocaesarea, was born in the city of Neocaesarea (northern Asia Minor) into a pagan family. Having received a fine education, from his youth he strived for Truth, but the thinkers of antiquity were not able to quench his thirst for knowledge. Truth was revealed to him only in the Holy Gospel, and the youth became a Christian.

Venerable Nikon the Abbot of Radonezh the Disciple of the Venerable Sergius

Having heard of the angelic life of the Radonezh Wonderworker, the young man came to Saint Sergius and requested to be tonsured into the angelic schema.

Venerable Lazarus the Iconographer, of Constantinople

Saint Lazarus the Iconographer lived in Constantinople. He was a priest, led a strict ascetic life and painted holy icons.

Martyrs Gobron (Michael) and 133 soldiers, of Georgia

When the emir cunningly asked which one he would choose, Gobron answered, “I told you from the very start that I will not retreat from Christ my Lord!”

Archimandrite Sebastian Dabovich

Hieromonk Damascene (Christensen)

Born to Serbian immigrants in San Francisco in 1863, Archimandrite Sebastian Dabovich has the distinction of being the first person born in the United States of America to be ordained as an Orthodox priest, and also the first native-born American to be tonsured as an Orthodox monk.

Venerable Hilda, Abbess of Whitby

Dmitry Lapa

The wisdom and prudence of this holy woman were held in such high esteem that even kings and bishops asked for her advice. Venerable Hilda took special care of the poor and the oppressed, for which she was revered and loved as “the mother of her country”.

Venerable Gennadius of Vatopedi, Mt Athos

One day, St Gennadius went to the storeroom and saw the tank overflowing with oil covering the floor as far as the door. This miracle was ascribed to the Most Holy Theotokos, and to Her Elaiovrytissa icon which stood nearby.