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2nd Sunday of Pascha. Thomas Sunday, Anti-Pascha. Tone 1.
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Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомNine Martyrs at Cyzicus: Theognes, Rufus, Antipater, Theostichus, Artemas, Magnus, Theodotus, Thaumasius, and Philemon (286-299). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Memnon the Wonderworker, of Corfu (2nd c.). St. Nektary, elder, of Optina Monastery (1928).

Martyrs Diodorus and Rhodopianus, deacon, at Aphrodisia in Anatolia (284-305). St. Basil the Wonderworker of Ostrog, metropolitan of Zahumlje (1671). Holy Martyrs of Lazeti (Georgia) (17th c.-18th c.). Glorification of St. Amphilochius the Wonderworker, of Pochaev (1970).

“Sweet-kissing” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (9th c.).

St. John Tolaius, patriarch of Alexandria (482). St. Secundellus, deacon, in Gaul (6th c.). St. Wilfrid II, bishop of York (744). St. Nicetas, abbot, of Synnada (9th c.). St. Nicephorus of Sebaze (9th c.). St. John the New Merciful One, metropolitan of Thebes (12th c.). St. Arsenius, archbishop of Suzdal (1627). New Martyr Vasilije of Pec (17th c.). New Martyr Stanko the Shepherd, of Montenegro (1712). Apostles Jason and Sosipater, of the Seventy (63). New Hieromartyr Protopresbyter Basil Martysz of Teratyn (Chelm and Podlasie, Poland) (1945).

Repose of Hieromonk Eulogius of Valaam (1969).

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

Thomas’ Sunday. [Acts 5:12–20; John 20:19–31]

   My Lord and my God! (John 20:28) cried the holy apostle Thomas. Do you feel the strength with which he has grasped the Lord, and how tightly he is holding onto Him? A drowning man grasps the plank on which he hopes to be saved in the same way. We will add that whoever does not have the Lord like this for himself and does not keep himself this way in relation to the Lord, does not yet believe in the Lord as he should. We say: “Saviour and Lord,” meaning that He is the Saviour of all; but Thomas says: “my Saviour and Lord.” He who says: “my Saviour,” feels his own salvation proceeding from Him. The feeling of salvation lies adjacent to the feeling of perishing, out of which the Saviour pulls whomever He saves. The feeling of perishing, for a man who is life-loving by nature and who knows that he cannot save himself, forces him to seek the Saviour. When he finds Him and feels the power of salvation proceeding from Him, he grasps Him tightly and does not want to be torn from Him, though he be deprived for this of life itself. Such a nature of events in the spiritual life of a Christian are not only imagined in the mind, but are experienced in deed. Then, both his faith and his union with Christ become firm, like life and death. Only such a person can sincerely cry: Who shall separate me! (cf. Rom. 8:35).


Nine Martyrs at Cyzicus: Theognes, Rufus, Antipater, Theostichus, Artemas, Magnus, Theodotus, Thaumasius, and Philemon

The nine holy martyrs Thaumasius, Theognes, Rufus, Antipater, Theostichus, Artemas, Magnus, Theodotus, and Philemon were also from Cyzicus. They came from various places, and were of different ages: the young like Saint Antipater, and the very old like Saint Rufus.

Venerable Memnon the Wonderworker

Saint Memnon the Wonderworker from his youth he lived in the Egyptian desert. By his arduous ascetical efforts, he attained a victory of spirit over the flesh.

Hieroconfessor Nectarius Of Optina

The last of the famous elders of Optina, Nectarius, was born in the town of Yeltz of poor parents, Basil and Helena Tikhonov, in 1857 or 1858. He was baptized in the Yeltz church of St. Sergius and given the name Nicholas.

Martyrs Diodorus and Rhodopianus, deacon, at Aphrodisia in Anatolia

The Holy Martyrs Diodorus and Rhodopianus the Deacon suffered under the emperor Diocletian (284-305) in Aphrodisias, Caria.

St. Basil the Bishop of Ostrog in Montenegro, Serbia

Saint Basil, Bishop of Zakholmsk, was born of pious parents in the sixteenth century in the Popov district of Herzegovina. At the age of maturity he left his parental home and settled in the Trebinsk monastery in honor of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos, and became a monk.

Holy Martyrs of Lazeti (17th–18th centuries)

Archpriest Zakaria Machitadze

Lazeti is a region in southern Kolkheti (Colchis), the ancient kingdom located in what is now southwestern Georgia and northeastern Turkey. In ancient times, Lazeti was a center of Georgian culture. The holy Apostle Andrew began the conversion of the Georgian nation from this very region.

The New Martyr Vasilije, the Baker from Peć

Hieromonk Ignaty (Shestakov)

Today we will acquaint you with the podvig of one of the newly-glorified saints—the holy New Martyr Vasilije, the baker from Peć.

Thomas Sunday (Antipascha)