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33rd Week after Pentecost. Tone 7.
No fast.

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомAfterfeast of the Theophany. Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Gregory of Nyssa (после 394). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Dometian, bishop of Melitene (601). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Marcian, priest, of Constantinople (5th c.). Совершается служба на шестьSt. Paul, founder of Obnora Monastery (Vologda) (1429). St. Antipas of Calapodeshti (Romania) and Valaam Monastery (1882). Совершается служба с полиелеемSt. Theophan the Recluse, bishop of Tambov (1894).

Blessed Theosebia the Deaconess, sister of Sts. Macrina, Basil the Great, Peter of Sebaste, and Gregory of Nyssa (385). St. Macarius, founder of Pisma Monastery (Kostroma) (14th c.). Monk-martyr Ephraim, elder of Obnora, and six monks of Obnora whose relics are incorrupt (1538).

New Hieromartyrs Peter Uspensky, archpriest of Radushino (Zaraisk) (1930), and Anatole (Grisyuk), metropolitan of Odessa and Cherson (1938). New Martyr Arsenia (Dobronravova), abbess of the Holy Resurrection–St. Theodore Convent (Shuisk) (1939).

St. Ammon, monk, of Nitria (5th 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

Monday (32nd). [James 2:14–26; Mark 10:46–52]

What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him? (James 2:14).[1] The path to faith is repentance. In repenting what does one say? “I have sinned; I will not do it again. I will not sin; therefore I will live by the commandments.” Repentance does not depart with the acceptance of faith; but uniting with faith, it remains through to the end. So too this resolution to live by the commandments remains in force in the presence of faith. Consequently, if the believer came to faith along a direct path—that is, the path of repentance—he is zealous in fulfilling the commandments, or is a doer of good works. Faith gives him a most powerful motivation for this; faith also gives him grace-filled strength to accomplish this through the Holy Mysteries. Thus, faith furthers works. Works in turn make faith perfect, for until that which someone believes is done in deed, faith is not really faith. It becomes apparent only in works; not only apparent, but strong. Works influence back upon faith and strengthen it.

[1]Throughout the text, the King James Version will be used for New Testament quotes and allusions.


St. Gregory the Bishop of Nyssa

Saint Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa, was a younger brother of Saint Basil the Great. His birth and upbringing came at a time when the Arian disputes were at their height.

St. Dometian the Bishop of Melitene

Saint Dometian, Bishop of Melitene, was born and lived during the sixth century, in the time of the emperor Justin the Younger.

St. Marcian the Presbyter in Constantinople

Saint Marcian, Presbyter of the Great Church, was born at Rome and in his youth he received a first-rate education in Constantinople.

Venerable Paul the Abbot of Obnora, Vologda

Saint Paul of Obnora, a famed disciple of Saint Sergius of Radonezh, was born at Moscow in the year 1317.

Venerable Antipas of Valaam Monastery

Saint Antipas was born in Moldavia, Romania in 1816.

St. Theophan in Vysha

Varvara Kashirina

On January 19, 1894, on the feast of the Theophany, Holy Hierarch Theophan peacefully reposed in the monastery of Vysha, having lived there for twenty-eight years, twenty-two of which were spent in strict reclusion. The period of reclusion is one of the most hidden periods in the life of the Vysha ascetic, known only to the Lord.

Blessed Theosebia the Deaconess, sister of Sts Basil the Great and Gregory of Nyssa

Saint Theosebia the Deaconess was the sister of Saints Basil the Great, Gregory of Nyssa, and Peter, Bishop of Sebaste. She was a virgin and served the Holy Church as a deaconess, caring for the sick, distributing food to vagrants, raising orphans and preparing women for holy Baptism.

Venerable Macarius the Abbot of Pisma

Saint Macarius of Pisma and Kostroma was a fellow ascetic of Saint Paul of Obnora.