St. Joseph the Hymnographer, of Sicily (883). Martyrs
virgin Pherbutha and her sister and servants, of Persia (343). St.
George, monk, of Mt. Maleon in the Peloponnesus (5th-6th c.). St.
Zosimas, hieromonk of Palestine (ca. 530). St. Isidore, bishop of Seville
(636). St. Joseph the Much-ailing, of the Kiev Caves (14th c.).
St. James, monk of Starotorzhok in Galich, Kostroma (15th-16th c.).
St. Theonas, metropolitan of Thessalonica (1541). St. Zosimas,
founder and abbot of the Annunciation Monastery at Lake
Vorbozoma (1550). New Hieromartyrs Benjamin (Kononov), archimandrite,
and Nicephorus (Kuchin), hieromonk, both of Solovki
Monastery (1928), and Nicholas (Karaulov), bishop of Velsk (1932).
New Nun-martyr Maria (Lelyanova) of Gatchina (1932). “Life-giving
Spring” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos.
Repose of Elder Savvas
of Little St. Anne’s Skete, Mt. Athos (1908).
St. Sabbas, hierodeacon of Vatopedi
Mt. Athos (10th c.).
Newly Revealed Martyrs Raphael,
Nicholas, and Irene (1463), and
Olympia (1235), of Mytilene.
Monk-martyrs of St.David ofGareji
Monastery in Georgia (1616).
Wonderworking Icons of the Most
Holy Theotokos: of Vimatarissa,
Vatopedi Monastery; of Iveron
Monastery; of Cyprus; and of
Thoughts for Each Day of the Year
According to the Daily Church Readings from the Word of God
By St. Theophan the Recluse
Tuesday. [Acts 2:14–21; Luke 24:12–35]
At that time the Jews attempted to
overshadow the light of Christ’s Resurrection with
the mist of a lie: His disciples stole Him (Matt.
28:13). It was easy to overcome such pettiness, and the
truth triumphed. But until now the enemy has not ceased to
spread mist before the Sun of Resurrection, hoping to
overshadow it. Let nobody be troubled! What can be
expected from the father of lies other than lies? He
taught many of his minions to write entire books against
the Resurrection. This written mist is also dissipated by
books. Do not pick up a bad book, and you will not be
mist-enshrouded by it; but if you should accidentally come
upon such a book, take up a good book as an antidote, and
you will refresh your head and breast. There is another
mist that comes from the enemy—in our thoughts. But
this can also be immediately is dissipated, like smoke in
the wind, through sensible Christian discernment. Review
all the preceding with discernment and you will see clear
as day that it would have been impossible for all of it to
happen except through the power of Christ’s
Resurrection. This conviction will then be a firm
standpoint from which you will easily repel and strike
down the enemies of the truth.
SAINT THEOPHAN THE RECLUSE (1815–1894) was one of the most prolific and beloved spiritual writers of nineteenth-century Russia. His works, which comprise over twenty volumes, include such classics as The Path to Salvation and A Commentary on Psalm 118, as well as many volumes of letters. Although he lived the last twenty-eight years of his life as a hermit, his impact on his homeland was immense. His articles appeared in the popular spiritual journals of his time, his books were in great demand, and he personally replied to an average of thirty letters daily.
In the present book, Thoughts for Each Day of the Year, St. Theophan takes us through the yearly cycle of Gospel and Epistle readings, humbly and reverently offering us brief but powerful daily meditations on the word of God. He also addresses the problems of his day—lack of faith, coldness of heart, trust in the rational mind rather than in the revealed Truth of God—which are problems of our day as well.
Contemplating the sacred texts together with St. Theophan, the reader will learn to penetrate more deeply into Holy Scripture, and will receive answers to many dogmatic, moral, and spiritual questions which touch upon our salvation. Thoughts for Each Day of the Year can help us to more closely connect our lives with the life of Christ in His Holy Church, and to gain a better knowledge of how to fulfill His commandments. By reading St. Theophan's daily exhortations and taking them to heart, one can be changed by the grace-filled power of our Savior, in accordance with the teaching of the Apostle Paul: Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Rom. 11:2).
Thoughts for Each Day of the Year is published by St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood and Sretensky Monastery.
It is available at stherman.com/Catalog/Spiritual_Counsels/Daily_Thoughts_Book.html.
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