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May 23/June 5

St. Michael the Confessor, metropolitan of Synnada (826). Holy Myrrh-bearer Mary, wife of Cleopas (1st c.). St. Synesius, bishop of Carpasia on Cyprus (5th c.). Martyr Michael the Black-robed, of St. Sabbas Monastery (9th c.). St. Damian (King Demetrius) of Gareji, Georgia (1157). Uncovering of the relics (1164) of St. Leontius, bishop and wonderworker of Rostov (1077). Synaxis of All Saints of Rostov and Yaroslavl. Virgin Euphrosyne, princess and abbess of Polotsk (1173). St. Ioannicius I, archbishop of Serbia (1270). St. Paisius, abbot, of Galich (1460). Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos “Thou Art the Vineyard.”
Repose of Hieromonk Damascene of Valaam (1825), Hieroschemamonk Meletius of Svir (1877), disciple of Elder Theodore of Svir, and Nun Euphrosyne (1934), disciple of St. Barsanuphius of Optina.
7th Sunday of Pascha
Afterfeast of the Ascension
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the
First Ecumenical Council
Tone 6
Vespers: (1) Gen. 14:14-20;
(2) Deut. 1: 8-11, 15-17;
(3) Deut. 10:14-21
Matins: (X) John 21:1-14
Liturgy: Acts 20:16-18, 28-36
John 17:1-13
Synaxis of New Martyrs of Chelm
and Podlasie (Poland)

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

Sunday of the Holy Fathers. [Acts 20:16–18, 28–36; John 17:1–13]

   Arias began to deny the divinity of the Son of God and His oneness in essence with God the Father. The entire Church rose up against him; all believers, from all ends of the earth, unanimously confessed that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Only-Begotten Son of God, true God of true God; begotten, not made, of one essence with the Father. One would think that this unanimity was purely coincidental, but this faith was then tried by fire when the authorities and powerful of this world began to side with the Arians. Neither fire, nor sword, nor persecution could extinguish this faith, and it was immediately found everywhere among everyone, as soon as the pressure from external powers ceased. This means that it makes up the heart of the Church and the essence of her confession. Glory be to the Lord, Who preserves this faith within us! For, as long as it exists, we are still Christians, though we may not live as such. If it ceases to exist, Christianity will end.

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