Orthodox Calendar 2022
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Прп. Нил Афонский Икона Божией Матери Киккская Святитель Иоанн Милостивый
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November 25
24th Week after Pentecost. Tone 6.
Fast Day.
Wine and oil allowed.

Совершается служба на шестьSt. John the Merciful, patriarch of Alexandria (616-620). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Nilus the Faster, of Sinai (451).

Prophet Ahijah (Achias) (960 b.c.). Blessed John “the Hairy,” fool-for-Christ, of Rostov (1580). St. Nilus the Myrrh-gusher, of Mt. Athos (1651).

New Hieromartyrs Matthew Aloin, archpriest, of Myachkovo (Moscow), Constantine Uspensky, archpriest, of Vasyutino (Moscow), and Alexander Glagolev, archpriest, of Kiev (1937).

Icon of the Mother of God “the Merciful”.

St. Emilian, hermit, of Vergegio in Spain (574). St. Sinnell of Cleenish, Ireland (6th c.). St. Machar, bishop of Aberdeen (6th c.). St. Cadwaladr, king of the Welsh (664). St. Leontius, patriarch of Constantinople (ca. 1143). New Martyr Sabbas of Nigdea in Asia Minor, at Constantinople (1726). New Martyr Nicholas of Marmaran, at Constantinople (1732). New Martyrs and Confessors of Nasaud, Romania: Athanasius Todoran, Basil Dumitru, Gregory Manu, and Basil Oichi (1763). St. Sylvester, bishop of Kanev (1908).

Repose of Righteous Cosmas of Birsk (1882). Commemoration of the righteous monks and laymen buried at Optina Monastery, including virgin maiden Barbara (1900) and recent martyrs: Hieromonk Basil, Riassaphore-monks Trophimus and Therapontus (1993), and the youth George (1994).

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.