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Мученники страстотерпцы благоверные князья Борис и Глеб, во Святом Крещении Роман и Давид Святитель Афанасий Великий
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May 15
2nd Week after Pascha. Tone 1.
Fast Day.
Fish, wine and oil allowed.

Совершается служба на шестьSt. Athanasius the Great, archbishop of Alexandria (373). Совершается служба с полиелеемTranslations of the relics of the Holy Passion-bearers Boris (1072) and Gleb (1115) of Russia, in holy baptism Romanus and David.

Martyrs Hesperus, Zoe, and their sons Cyriacus and Theodulus, at Attalia (2nd c.). St. Boris-Michael, prince of Bulgaria (ca. 908). St. Serapion (Sysoev), metropolitan of Krutitsa (1653). St. Athanasius III, patriarch of Constantinople and wonderworker of Lubny (1654). Blessed Basil of Kadom, fool-for-Christ (1848).

“Putivl” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (1600).

St. Jacob (Putneanul), metropolitan of Moldova (1778).

Repose of Eldress Theodosia (Kosorotikhina) of Skopin (Ryazan) (2014).

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. [Acts 4:13–22; John 5:17–24]

   Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard (Acts 4:19–20). Thus spoke the holy apostles Peter and John to the authorities when the latter forbade them to speak about the Lord Jesus resurrected, after they healed a man lame from childhood by His name. They did not fear threats, for the obviousness of the truth did not allow them to be silent: we have seen and heard, they said, and our hands have handled, as Saint John later added (I John 1:1). They are eye-witnesses. According to the principles of human knowledge, eye-witnesses are the first reliable witnesses of the truth. There is not a single field of human knowledge that has such witnesses. For, eighteen and a half centuries have passed since that time, and the power of their testimony has not diminished at all, and consequently the obviousness of the truth testified by them has not diminished. If people fall away into faithlessness—and now there are very many who are falling away—they fall away for no reason other than a lack of good sense. They do not want to examine things and are carried away by phantoms to which the delusion of a depraved heart willingly imparts some probability. Poor souls! They are perishing, fancying that they have landed at last on the proper track, and are rejoicing especially that they have entered this track first and have become leaders for others. But it is not a great joy to sit on the throne of the destroyers.


St. Athanasius the Great the Archbishop of Alexandria

St Athanasius took part in the First Ecumenical Council when he was still a deacon.

St. Athanasius the Great the Patriarch of Alexandria

Saint Athanasius the Great, Archbishop of Alexandria, was a great Father of the Church and a pillar of Orthodoxy.

Princes Boris and Gleb

Boris and Gleb were the younger and much beloved sons of Grand Prince Vladimir, the ruler of Kievan Rus, who in 988 brought his subjects to the waters of Holy Baptism.

Those Who Were Glorified by Their Deaths

Hieromonk Nikon (Parimanchuk)

Just as Christ trampled down death with His death, so the holy brothers, faithful to their cross, trampled through their passion-bearing upon the law of this world, in which enmity and strife, discord, pride and self-exaltation, obstinacy and stubbornness, and touchiness reign.

Passion-Bearer Gleb, in Holy Baptism David

The Holy Prince Gleb, in Holy Baptism David, was one of the first Russian martyrs called “Passion-Bearers.” He suffered together with his brother Prince Boris (Roman in Holy Baptism).

Martyrs Hesperus, Zoe, and their sons Cyriacus and Theodulus, at Attalia

The Holy Martyrs Hesperus, his wife Zoe, and their children Cyriacus and Theodulus suffered for their faith in Christ in the second century, during the persecution under Hadrian (117-138).

St. Athanasius of Lubensk the Patriarch of Constantinople

Saint Athanasius III Patelarios, Patriarch of Constantinople, Wonderworker of Lubensk, in the world Alexis, was born in 1560 on the island of Crete, into the pious Greek family Patelarios.