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June 27/July 10

St. Sampson the Hospitable, of Constantinople (530) (Gal. 5:22-6:2; Luke 12:32-40). St. Joanna the Myrrh-bearer (1st c.). Hieromartyrs Crescens, Maximus, and Theonest, bishops of Mainz (Germany) (early 5th c.). St. Severus, priest of Interocrea in Italy (6th c.). Martyr Anectus of Caesarea in Cappadocia (304). St. George of the Holy Mountain and Georgia (1065). Blessed Martin of Turov (1146). Martyrdom of Monk Luke (Mukhaidze) of Holy Cross Monastery in Jerusalem (1277). St. Serapion of Kozha Lake (1611). New Hieromartyr Gregory Nikolsky, priest of Kuban (1918). New Hieromartyr Kirion II, catholicos-patriarch of Georgia (1918). Uncovering of the relics (1998) of Optina Elders Leonid, Macarius, Hilarion, Ambrose, Anatole I, Barsanuphius, and Anatole II. (Gr. Cal.: Hieromartyr Pierius, priest of Antioch.)
4th Sunday after Pentecost
Tone 3
Matins: (IV) Luke 24:1-12
Liturgy: Rom. 6:18-23
Matt. 8:5-13
Synaxis of All Saints of the Pskov
Apostles’ Fast
Fish, 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

Fourth Sunday After Pentacost. [Rom. 6:18-23; Matt. 8:5-13]

   What faith the centurion has! The Lord Himself marvelled. The essence of this faith is that he confessed the Lord to be the God of all things, an all-powerful sovereign and master of all that exists; for this reason he beseeched, speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. I believe that everything is under Your authority and everything obeys Your slightest beckoning. The Lord requires the same faith of us, as well. He who has this faith knows no lack, and whatsoever he asks, he receives. Thus has the Lord Himself promised. Oh, when will we have if only a little of such faith! But this faith is also a gift; we must ask for it as well, and ask for it with faith. Let us ask for it, with a feeling of need for it, ask for it continually, fervently, at the same time aiding its unfolding within us through corresponding thoughts, and most of all by submitting to God’s commandments.

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