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6th Week after Pascha. Tone 5.
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Совершается служба великому праздникуThe Ascension of our Lord

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Epiphanius, bishop of Cyprus (403). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Germanus, patriarch of Constantinople (740). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомGlorification of St. Hermogenes, patriarch of Moscow and all Russia (1913).

St. Sabinus, archbishop of Cyprus (5th c.). St. Polybius of Cyprus, bishop of Rinokyr in Egypt (5th c.). New Martyr John of Wallachia, at Constantinople (1662). St. Dionysius of Radonezh (1633), and St. Anthony (Medvedev) (1877), archimandrites, of St. Sergius Lavra. Holy Georgian Martyrs of Persia (17th-18th c.). Second translation of the relics of Righteous Symeon of Verkhoturye (1992). Synaxis of the Saints of the Sofroniev-Molchensk Monastery (Ukraine): Archimandrite Theodosius (Maslov), Hieromonk Serapion, Monk Sophronius (Batovrin), and Novice Sergius (Tikhonov), fool-for-Christ.

New Martyr Athanasia (Lepeshkin), abbess of the Smolensk Hodigitria Convent near Moscow (1931).

Martyr Pancratius of Rome (304). St. Philip of Agira, Sicily (5th c.). St. Theodore of Cythera, monk (922). New Martyr John of Serres (15th-16th c.).

Commemoration of Monk Dorotheus, disciple of St. Dionysius of St. Sergius Lavra (1622).

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

Thursday. Ascension. [Acts 1:1–12; Luke 24:36–53]

   Saint Paul expresses the power of the Lord’s Ascension in this manner: When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men (Eph. 4:8). Having satisfied God’s righteousness, the Lord opened for us all the treasures of God’s goodness. This is indeed a capturing or taking of spoils after victory. The beginning of the distribution of these spoils to people is the descent of the Holy Spirit, Who, having descended, always abides in the Church and gives everyone that which he needs, receiving all from that captive captivity (cf. Eph 4:8). Come everyone and take. But prepare for yourself guardian of that treasure, which is a pure heart; have hands to take it, which is unreflecting faith. Then step forth searching hopefully, and praying relentlessly.


Ascension of the Lord

Ascension of the Lord

St. Epiphanius the Bishop of Cyprus

Saint Epiphanius, Bishop of Cyprus, “a last relic of ancient piety,” as Saint Jerome calls him, lived during the fourth century in Phoenicia.

St. Germanus the Patriarch of Constantinople

Saint Germanus, Patriarch of Constantinople, was born at Constantinople in the seventh century. His father, a prominent senator, was killed by order of the emperor Constantine Pogonatos (668-685). The young Germanus was emasculated and sent to a monastery, where he studied Holy Scripture.

Hieromartyr Hermogenes the Patriarch of Moscow and Wonderworker of All Russia

On Bright Monday in 1611, the Russian militia approached Moscow and began the seige of the Kremlin, which continued for several months. Besieged within the Kremlin, the Poles often sent messengers to the Patriarch with the demand that he order the Russian militia to leave the city, threatening him with execution if he refused. The saint firmly replied, "What are your threats to me? I fear only God. If all our enemies leave Moscow, I shall bless the Russian militia to withdraw from Moscow; but if you remain here, I shall bless all to stand against you and to die for the Orthodox Faith."

St. Sabinus the Archbishop of Cyprus

Saint Sabinus, Bishop of Cyprus, was born in the Phoenician city of Lycia.

St. Polybius the Bishop in Cyprus

Saint Polybius was a disciple of Saint Epiphanius of Cyprus. He accompanied him on all his journeys and he wrote about the life and miracles of his teacher.

Martyr John the Wallachian of Romania

Saint John was born into a poor family in Oltenia during the time of Prince Matthew Basarab.

Venerable Dionysius the Archimandrite of St Sergius’ Monastery

Saint Dionysius of Radonezh, in the world David Zobninovsky, was born about 1570 in the city of Rzhev. A novice, and then head of the Staritsky Dormition monastery, during the Time of Troubles he was the foremost helper of Saint Hermogenes, Patriarch of Moscow.

Righteous Simeon the Wonderworker of Verkhoturye

Saint Simeon of Verkhoturye was a nobleman, but he concealed his origin and led the life of a beggar.

Martyr Pancratius

The Holy Martyr Pancratius was a native of Phrygia, but lived in Rome with his uncle Dionysius after his parents died. They heard Bishop Cornelius preach, and were later baptized.