The Holy Hieromartyrs of Cherson: Basil, Ephraim, Capito, Eugene, Aetherius, Elpidius, and Agathadorus (4th c.). St. Paul the Simple, of Egypt (ca. 339), disciple of St. Anthony the Great. Sts. Nestor and Arcadius, bishops of Tremithus (4th c.). St. Ephraim, patriarch of Antioch (546). St. Emilian, monk, of Italia (6th c.). St. Paul the Confessor, bishop of Plousias in Bithynia (ca. 840). St. Laurence, founder of the monastery of the Mother of God on Salamis (1707). St. Dandus and All Saints of Thrace. New Hieromartyr Nilus (Tyutyukin), hieromonk of St. Joseph of Volokolamsk Monastery (1938). (Gr. Cal.: Martyrs Codratus, Saturninus, and Rufinus, of Nicomedia [250-259].) Icons of the Most Holy Theotokos “Surety of Sinners” (Moscow) (1848) and “Of Czestochowa.”
Repose of Schemamonk Sisoes of Valaam (1931).
First Week of Great Lent
Sixth Hour: Is. 2:3-11
Vespers: Gen. 1:24-2:3
Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
At Great Compline: Great Canon
of St. Andrew of Crete
Thoughts for Each Day of the Year
According to the Daily Church Readings from the Word of God
By St. Theophan the Recluse
Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy
voice for understanding; if thou seekest her as silver,
and searchest for her as for hid treasures; then shalt
thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the
knowledge of God (Prov. 2:3–5). The root of a
God-pleasing life is fear of the Lord. When it comes to
you, then, as a creative force, it will restructure
everything within you and recreate in you a beautiful
order—a spiritual cosmos. How can you acquire the
fear of God? It is in you, only it is smothered. Resurrect
it. Give voice to your reason, and open your heart to
accept the influence of truth. Until now, your reason was
not given a voice—it was enslaved, and did not dare
to speak sensibly. Let it now speak. It will begin to
speak about God’s omnipotence, which upholds you and
could abandon you at any instant; about God’s
omnipresence and omniscience, which sees everything within
you and is wrathful with you for all that is bad within
you; about God’s justice, which is ready to punish
you now, but is restrained until the time by His mercy;
about death, which at every instant is ready to catch you
and give you over to judgement and retribution. Listen and
bring your heart to a feeling of these truths. Awaken this
feeling—and together with it will come the fear of
God. This is the dawn of life.
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.
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