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Апостол Иаков Зеведеев Свт. Игнатий Брянчанинов Святитель Никита, епископ Новгородский
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2nd Week after Pascha. Tone 1.
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Совершается служба с полиелеемHoly Apostle James, the brother of St. John the Theologian (44). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомUncovering of the relics of St. Nicetas, recluse, of the Kiev Caves, bishop of Novgorod (1558). Совершается служба с полиелеемSt. Ignatius (Brianchaninov), bishop of the Caucasus and Stavropol (1867).

St. Donatus, bishop of Euroea in Epirus (ca. 387). Uncovering of the relics of Hieromartyr Basil, bishop of Amasea (4th c.). Martyr Maximus of Ephesus.

Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos “Of the Passion.” Finding of the Holy and Wonderworking Icon of the Most Holy Mother of God “Chrysafitissis” in Monemvasia.

Martyrs Eutropius and Estelle, of Saintes (Gaul) (3rd c.). St. Clement the Hymnographer, abbot, of the Studion (9th c.). New Martyr Argyra of Prusa, at Constantinople (1725).

Repose of Schema-abbess Martha (Protasieva) (1813), disciple of St. Paisius (Velichkovsky), and Hieromonk Clement (Sederholm) of Optina Monastery (1878). Slaying of Priest Igor Rozin of Tyrnyauz (Kabardino-Balkar Republic, Russia) (2001).

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. [Acts 3:19–26; John 2:1–11]

   Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord (Acts 3:19). Thus spoke the holy apostle Peter to the Jews who crucified the Lord, comforting them that they did it out of ignorance. But we are crucifying the Lord within ourselves for a second time, not out of ignorance, but through our sins; but the most merciful one receives us too when we repent and turn to Him with all of our heart. We did this during Great Lent. Each came running to the Lord with tears of repentance over his sins; and the more sincerely one did this, the more strongly did he feel the refreshment of forgiveness, proceeding from the face of the Lord, through the hands and word of absolution of God’s priest. Now what is left for us to do? To be on guard against new falls, so that we would not fall again into the guilt of crucifying the Lord. The Apostle says that heaven only received the Lord Jesus until the times of restitution of all things (cf. Acts 3:21). Then He again will come and set forth judgment. With what eyes will those who pierced His side look upon Him! Indeed, we too will have to stand in their ranks if we stop bringing forth fruits of repentance and return to our old ways.


Apostle James the Brother of St John the Theologian

The Holy Apostle James, the son of Zebedee, was the brother of Saint John the Theologian, and one of the Twelve Apostles.

Venerable Nikita of the Kiev Caves, Far Caves the Bishop of Novgorod

Saint Nikita, Bishop of Novgorod, in his youth entered the Kiev Caves monastery and soon wished to become a hermit.

Champion of the Arena—Bishop Ignatius Brianchaninov

Archpriest Nicholas Deputatov

That piety so characteristic of all levels of society in Holy Russia. was rapidly evaporating from the 19th century high society intelligentsia when God raised up from its very midst a true ascetic and Church writer, Bishop Ignatius Brianchaninov. In him was combined a rare eloquence of style and a profound understanding of the Christian life of struggle through which he was able to inspire many souls, blinded by Western "enlightened" ideas, to return to the saving enclosure of the Church.

Sayings of St. Ignatius Brianchaninov

St. Ignatius Brianchaninov stands out as one of the greatest patristic writers of the nineteenth century. On this commemoration day of Holy Hierarch Ignatius Brianchaninov, we have translated some quotes from his ascetical writings.

St. Ignatius Brianchaninov

A Brief Life of St. Ignatius Brianchaninov

St. Ignatius (Dimitry Alexandrovich Brianchaninov in the world) was born on February 5, 1807 on his father’s estate in the village of Pokrov in the Vologda Province. His mother gave birth to him after a prolonged infertility, by her fervent prayers and travels to the surrounding holy places. The boy spent his childhood in the solitude of village life; from his earliest years he was inexplicably attracted to the monastic life. His religious temper appeared all the more noticeably with age, being manifested in a special disposition towards prayer and the reading of spiritual books.

St. Donatus the Bishop of Euroea in Epirus

Saint Donatus lived during the reign of the holy Emperor Theodosius the Great (379-397) and was bishop of the city of Euroea (in Albania).

Hieromartyr Basil the Bishop of Amasea

The Hieromartyr Basil, Bishop of Amasea, lived at the beginning of the fourth century in the Pontine city of Amasea.

Martyr Maximus of Ephesus

The Holy Martyr Maximus suffered for his faith in Christ.

New Martyr Argyra

The holy New Martyr Argyra lived in Proussa, Bithynia, and came from a pious family. She was a beautiful and virtuous woman.