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May 21/June 3

Holy Equals-to-the-Apostles Emperor Constantine (337) and Helen, his mother (327){ (Vespers: (1) III Kings 8:22-23, 27-30; (2) Isaiah 61:10-11; 62:1-5; (3) Isaiah 60:1-16. Matins: John 10:9-16. Liturgy: Acts 26:1-5, 12-20; John 10:1-9)}. Hieromartyr Secundus and those with him, in Alexandria (356). St. Hospicius of Trier (581). St. Constantine (Yaroslav) (1129) and his children Sts. Michael and Theodore (12th c.), wonderworkers of Murom. St. Cyril, bishop of Rostov (1262). St. Basil, bishop of Ryazan (1295). St.Helen of Decani, Serbia (ca. 1350). St. Cassian the Greek, monk of Uglich (1504). St. Agapitus, abbot of Markushev (Vologda) (1584). Uncovering of the relics (1998) of St. Andrew Ogorodnikov, fool-for-Christ of Simbirsk (1841). Synaxis of All Saints of Karelia.Meeting of the “Vladimir” Icon of theMostHoly Theotokos (1521).
Repose of Elena Pavlova of Chepel, Kharkov (1885) and Elder Isaac of Dionysiou Monastery, Mt. Athos (1932).
Afterfeast of the Ascension
Acts 19:1-8
John 14:1-11
Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos
of Pec
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 19:1–8; John 14:1–11]

   If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also (John 14:7). Therefore, deists do not know God, in spite of the fact that they bear His name (Deus means God; from here comes the word deist), and reason eloquently about Him. There is no true God without the Son and without the Holy Spirit. He who believes in God, but does not confess Him as the Father of the Son, does not believe in a god that is the true God, but in some personal invention. The true God gave His Son, gave power to become the sons of God (John 1:12), loves them, and hears each of their prayers, for the sake of the Son. That is why he who has the Son has the Father; and he who does not have the Son, does not have the Father. No one comes to the Father except through the Son, and receives nothing from the Father, except through the Son. Apart from the Son there is no path to the true God; and he who thinks to invent Him is deluded.

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