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Святитель Григорий, епископ Акрагантийский Св. блгв. князь Александр Невский Святитель Митрофан Воронежский
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December 6
27th Week after Pentecost. Tone 1.
Nativity Fast.
Wine and oil allowed.

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомAfterfeast of the Entry into the Temple. Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Amphilochius, bishop of Iconium (ca. 395). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Gregory, bishop of Agrigentum (680). Совершается служба с полиелеемBurial of St. Alexander Nevsky (Alexis in schema), great prince of Novgorod (1263). Совершается служба с полиелеемSt. Metrophanes (Macarius in schema), bishop of Voronezh (1703).

St. Sisinius the Confessor, bishop of Cyzicus (ca. 325). Martyr Theodore of Antioch (4th c.). St. Amphilochius of the Kiev Caves, bishop of Vladimir, Volhynia (1122).

New Hieromartyr Seraphim (Tievar), hieromonk, of Moscow (1932). New Hieromartyrs Boris (Voskoboinikov), bishop of Ivanovo, and Eleazar Spyridonov, priest, of Eupatoria, Crimea (1937).

St. Ischyrion, bishop in Egypt, and hermit, of Scetis (5th c.). St. Trudo, abbot, of Zirkingen (Neth.) (693). St. Dionysius I, patriarch of Constantinople (15th c.). St. Anthony of Iezeru-Vilcea (Romania) (1714). New Hieromartyr Gregory (Peradze), archimandrite, of Georgia, at Auschwitz, Poland (1942).

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

Wednesday. [I Tim. 5:22-6:11; Luke 18:15-17, 26-30]

   Whosoever shall not receive the Kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein. How is one to receive it as a little child? Here is how: in simplicity, with full heart, without a moment’s thought. A rational analysis is not applicable in the realm of faith. It can have place only on its threshold. An anatomist divides the whole body into its details, but does not see life. So also reason, no matter how much it reasons, does not comprehend the power of faith. Faith itself provides the contemplations which taken together show that faith completely satisfies all the needs of our nature, and obliges our consciousness, conscience, and heart to receive the faith. They receive it, and having received it, do not want to fall behind. Then, it is like tasting pleasant and healthy food. Having tasted once, we know that it is suitable, and we rank it amongst the nourishing substances. Chemistry does nothing to force this conviction, neither before nor after the tasting. Our conviction is founded upon direct, personal experience. Thus, the believer knows the truth of the faith directly. Faith itself instils in him the unshakeable conviction that it is faith. How, then, could faith be a faith of reason? In this lies the reasonableness of faith, to directly know that it is faith. Reason only ruins things, cooling faith and weakening life according to faith; but the main thing is that it is arrogant, and chases away God’s grace—an evil in Christianity of the first degree.


St. Amphilochius the Bishop of Iconium

Saint Amphilochius, Bishop of Iconium, was born in Caesarea in Cappadocia, a city which has given the world some of the greatest Fathers and teachers of the Orthodox Church.

St. Gregory the Bishop of Agrigentum

Saint Gregory, Bishop of Agrigentum, was born on the island of Sicily, in the village of Pretorium, not far from the city of Agrigentum, of the pious parents Chariton and Theodota.

Translation of the relics of St Alexander Nevsky

Veneration of the Prince began right at his burial, where a remarkable miracle took place.

Repose of St Alexander Nevsky

A very troublesome time had begun in Russian history: from the East came the Mongol Horde destroying everything in their path; from the West came the forces of the Teutonic Knights, which blasphemously and with the blessing of the Roman Pope, called itself “Cross-bearers” by wearing the Cross of the Lord. In this terrible hour the Providence of God raised up for the salvation of Russia holy Prince Alexander, a great warrior, man of prayer, ascetic and upholder of the Land of Russia. “Without the command of God there would not have been his prince.”

St. Alexander Nevsky, Russia’s Knight in Shining Armor

St. Alexander Nevsky was Russia’s “knight in shining armor.” His reputation as a man of exceptional valor and surpassing virtue inspired a visit by a German commander who told his people when he returned: “I went through many countries and saw many people, but I have never met such a king among kings, nor such a prince among princes.”

St. Metrophanes (in schema Macarius) the Bishop of Voronezh

The beginning of Saint Metrophanes’ tenure as bishop coincided with a dispute over the imperial succession, and a Church schism. Upon his arrival at Voronezh the saint first of all sent an encyclical to the pastors of his diocese, in which he urged his pastors to moral improvement.

Sisinius the Confessor, Bishop of Cyzicus

The Holy Confessor Sisinius was Bishop of Cyzicus in what is now Turkey.

Martyr Theodore of Antioch

The Holy Martyr Theodore of Antioch, a fifteen-year-old youth, was condemned to fierce torments by the emperor Julian the Apostate (361-363).

Venerable Anthony of Iezerul-Vilcea Skete

Saint Anthony the Hesychast was born in the sub-Carpathian Mountains of Vilcea county in Romania, and he loved Christ from his early childhood.

Holy Hieromartyr Grigol (Peradze) (†1942)

Archpriest Zakaria Machitadze

Archimandrite Grigol (Peradze) was born August 31, 1899, in the village of Bakurtsikhe, in the Sighnaghi district of Kakheti. His father, Roman Peradze, was a priest. In 1918 Grigol completed his studies at the theological school and seminary in Tbilisi and enrolled in the philosophy department at Tbilisi University.