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Virgin-martyr Theodosia of Tyre (308). Virgin- martyr Theodosia of Constantinople (730). Martyrs Cyril, child Carellus, Primolus, Phinodus, Venustus, Gissinus, Alexander, Tredentius, and Jocunda, at Caesarea in Cappadocia (253-259). Commemoration of the First Ecumenical Council (325). St. Alexander, patriarch of Alexandria (328). Righteous John and Mary of Ustiug (13th c.). Blessed Constantine XII, last Byzantine emperor, martyred by the Turks (1453). New Martyr Andrew of Chios (1465). Repose of Blessed John of Ustiug, fool-for-Christ (1494). New Martyr John (or Nannus), at Smyrna (1802). New Hiero-confessor Luke (Voino-Yasenetsky), archbishop of Simferopol (1961). Uncovering of the relics (2000) of St. Job (Joshua in schema) of Anzersk Island (Solovki) (1720). (Gr. Cal.: Hieromartyr Olbian, bishop of Anaea and his disciples, in the Asia province of Asia Minor [284-303].) Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos “Surety of Sinners” in Moscow (1848).
Repose of Schemamonk Michael of Valaam (1854) and Nun Dorothea of Sukhotin Monastery (1885).
Saturday
Acts 28:1-31
John 21:15-25
Commemoration of the Dead
I Thess. 4:13-17
John 5:24-30

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

Saturday. [Acts 28:1–31; John 21:15–25]

  Nobody is lazy in commemorating his own parents; but it is also necessary to commemorate all Orthodox Christians, and not only on this day, but at all times, in every prayer. We ourselves will be there, and will need this prayer like a poor person needs a piece of bread and a glass of water. Remember that prayer for those who have passed away is strong through its communality, in that it comes from the entire Church. The Church breathes prayer. Just as it is in nature, when during pregnancy a mother breathes and the strength she receives from this breath passes on to the child, so also in the order of grace, the Church breathes a prayer which is shared by all, and the power of the prayer passes on to those who have passed away, held in the bosom of the Church, which is made up of the living and the dead, the militant and the triumphant. Do not be lazy—zealously commemorate all of our departed fathers and brothers whenever you pray. It will be your alms for them.

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