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May 7/20

Commemoration of the Apparition of the Sign of the Precious Cross over Jerusalem in a.d. 351 (I Cor. 1:18-24; John 19:6-11, 13-20, 25-28, 30-35). St. Lydia of Philippi (1st c.). Martyr Acacius the Centurion, at Byzantium (303). Uncovering of the relics of St. Euthymius the Great (473). St. Domitianus, bishop of Maastricht (560). St. John of Zedazeni in Georgia, and 12 disciples: Sts. Shio of Mgvime, David of Gareji, Anthony of Martqopi, Thaddeus of Urbnisi or Stepantsminda, Stephen of Khirsa, Isidore of Samtavisi, Michael of Ulumbo, Pyrrhus of Breta, Zeno of Iqalto, Jesse (Ise) of Tsilkani, Joseph of Alaverdi, and Abibus of Nekressi (6th c.). St. John of Beverley, bishop of York (721). Repose of St. Nilus, abbot of Sora (1508). New Martyr Pachomius the Russian, of Usaki near Philadelphia (1730). Uncovering of the relics (1815) of St. Nilus the Myrrh-gusher, of Mt. Athos (1651). (Gr. Cal.: St. John the Confessor, of Psycha on the Bosphorus [ca. 825].) Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos “Zhirovits.”
Repose of Monk Nicholas (Boris in schema) of Valaam and Pskov (1969).
Acts 10:44-11:10
John 8:21-30
Fast Day
Wine and oil allowed

Thoughts for Each Day of the Year
According to the Daily Church Readings from the Word of God
By St. Theophan the Recluse

Friday. [Acts 10:44–11:10; John 8:21–30]

   They asked the Lord: Who art Thou? He answered: Even the same ... from the beginning (John 8:25). He is in front, behind Him are the holy Apostles, behind the Apostles are the pastors and teachers and the entire Church of Christ. Judge now who are the true avant guarde. Since for so long so many have followed them and will still follow them, they have not ceased to be in front, for they continue to be in front, while all others follow them. Thus for us Christians there already is an avant guarde; and if someone attempts to push new people to the fore—it is obvious that they must be understood as being an avant guarde heading in the opposite direction; that is, on the path which leads to the bottom of hell. There is nothing to add to this. Be on your guard—for who among you is an enemy to himself? Try only to understand this in a real way; hold firmly to the known truth of Christ, and let the others say what the may.

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