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May 14/27


Martyr Isidore of Chios (251). Martyr Maximus, under Decius (250). St. Serapion the Sindonite, monk of Egypt (5th c.). St. Aprunculus, first bishop of Langres, later of Clermont (ca. 488). Hieromartyr Therapontus, bishop of Cyprus (632). St. Nicetas, recluse of the Kiev Caves, bishop of Novgorod (1108). St. Leontius, patriarch of Jerusalem (1184). St. Isidore, fool-for-Christ, wonderworker of Rostov (1474). New Martyr Mark of Crete, at Smyrna (1643). New Martyr Raiko-John of Shumena, Bulgaria (1802). St. Andrew, abbot of Raphael (Tobolsk) (1820). Uncovering of the relics (1846) of St. Tikhon, bishop of Voronezh, wonderworker of Zadonsk (1783). New Hiero-confessor Matthew, hieromonk of Yaransk (1927). (Gr. Cal.: Sts. Alexander, Barbarus, and Acolythus, martyred at the Church of Holy Peace by the Sea in Constantinople.)
Commemoration of the martyrdom by the Poles of Abbot Anthony with 40 monks and 1,000 laymen of the St. Paisius of Uglich Monastery, and Abbot Daniel with 30 monks and 200 laymen of the St. Nicholas Monastery (Kostroma) (1609).
Friday
Acts 15:5-34
John 10:17-28
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 15:5–34; John 10:17–28]

   Ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep says the Lord to the unbelieving Jews. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me (John 10:26–7). Unbelievers are not of Christ’s fold. At that time, the unbelievers were those who had not yet entered into the fold; but now the unbelievers are all those who have fallen from the faith or who lag behind the fold of Christ. The Lord is the shepherd: all of His sheep go after Him, following His teaching and fulfilling His holy commandments. Sinners are sheep that are sick and weak, but still plod along together with the fold. But those who have lost the faith are those who have totally fallen behind, and have been abandoned to be eaten by wild beasts. These are the ones who are truly backward. They are not from the fold of Christ and they do not hear His voice; and He does not know them, because they do not let themselves be known as did the woman with the issue of blood. And at the judgment it will be said to them: I know you not, depart (cf. Matt. 25:12).

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