Orthodox Calendar 2023
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November 24
25th Week after Pentecost. Tone 7.
Fast Day.
Wine and oil allowed.

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомGreat-martyr Menas of Egypt (304). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомMartyrs Victor and Stephanida, at Damascus (160). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомMartyr Vincent of Spain (304). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Theodore the Confessor, abbot, of the Studion (826). Совершается служба на шестьBlessed Maximus of Moscow, fool-for-Christ (1433).

Great-martyr Stephen-Urosh III of Decani (1331). St. Martyrius, founder of Zelenets Monastery (Novgorod) (1603).

Myrrh-streaming “Montreal” Iveron Icon of the Theotokos (1982).

Martyr Drakonas of Arauraka in Armenia (4th c.). St. Martin the Merciful, bishop of Tours (397). St. Bartholomew the Younger, of Rossano, Calabria (ca. 1054). St. Nicodemus the Younger, of Beroea in Macedonia (ca. 1305). Blessed Euthymius and Nestor, of Decani (14th c.). Synaxis of the Saints of Decani. St. Neophytus and St. Stephen Urosica, of Serbia (14th c.). St. Milica, princess of Serbia (Eugenia in schema) (1405).

Repose of Metropolitan Platon (Levshin) of Moscow (1812).

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

Friday. [II Thess. 3:6-18; Luke 13:31-35]

   Behold, your house is left unto you desolate, the Lord said about Jerusalem. This means that there is a measure to God’s longsuffering. God’s mercy is ready to be eternally patient, awaiting good; but what should He do when we reach such disorder that helping us is pointless? This is why we are abandoned. So it will be in eternity as well. Everyone says, “God’s mercy will not allow people to be eternally outcast.” It does not want this; but what can one do with those who are filled with evil and do not want to correct themselves? They put themselves beyond the limits of God’s mercy, and are left there because they do not want to leave. Spiritualists have invented a great number of reincarnations as a means for cleansing sinners. But one who is defiled by sins in one incarnation may be the same in ten others, and then without end. As there is progress in good, so is there progress in evil. On the earth we see people embittered in evil—they could remain this way beyond the earth, and then forever. When the end to everything comes, and it will inevitably come, where is one to put those who are embittered in evil? Of course somewhere outside of the bright region determined for those who worked on themselves, for the cleansing of their impurities. This is hell! Would those who did not improve under the best of circumstances really improve under the worst? And if not, this is eternal hell! It is not God who is guilty of hell and the eternal torments in it, but sinners themselves. If there were no unrepentant sinners, there would be no hell. The Lord very much desires for there to be no sinners; it is for this that He came to the earth. If He desires sinlessness, this means, that He desires that nobody fall into eternal torments. Everything depends upon us. Let us agree and destroy hell with sinlessness. The Lord will be glad of this; He revealed hell so that everyone would be careful not to end up there.


Martyr Menas of Egypt

The Holy Great Martyr Menas of Egypt, an Egyptian by birth, was a military officer and served in the Kotyaeion region of Phrygia under the centurion Firmilian during the reign of the emperors Diocletian (284-305) and Maximian (305-311).

Martyr Victor at Damascus

The Holy Martyr Victor at Damascus was a soldier during the reign of the emperor Marcus Aurelius the Philosopher (161-180).

Martyr Stephanida of Damascus

Saint Stephanida witnessed the martyrdom at Damascus of the Holy Martyr Victor, a soldier, during the reign of the emperor Marcus Aurelius the Philosopher (161-180).

Martyr Vincent of Spain

The Holy Martyr Vincent of Spain from his childhood was the disciple of a wise pastor Valerian, the bishop of the city of Augustopolis (now Saragossa, Spain).

Venerable Theodore the Confessor the Abbot of the Studion

Saint Theodore the Confessor, Abbot of the Studion was born in the year 758 at Constantinople into a family of the imperial tax-collector Photinus and his spouse Theoctiste, both pious Christians.

Repose of the Blessed Maximus of Moscow

Saint Maximus of Moscow, the Fool for Christ. Nothing is known about his parents, or the time and place of birth.

Repose of Saint Stephen of Dečani, Serbia

Saint Stephen was the son of King Milutin and the father of King Dushan.

Venerable Martyrius of Zelenets, Pskov

Harsh and painful was the life of the monk in the wilderness, but neither cold, nor deprivation, nor wild beasts, nor the wiles of the Enemy were able to shake his resolve. He built a small chapel for the glorification of, and in gratitude to, the Lord and the Most Holy Theotokos.

Saint Martin the Merciful the Bishop of Tours

Saint Martin the Merciful, Bishop of Tours, was born at Sabaria in Pannonia (modern Hungary) in 316. Since his father was a Roman officer, he also was obliged to serve in the army.

St. Martin of Tours: the Life Story of One of the Most Well-known Western Saints

John Nichiporuk

St. Martin became one of the most honored saints in the West. Thousands of churches were named in his honor, and he also remains the national patron saint for France even today.