Martyr Sabinas of Hermopolis, Egypt (303). Martyr Papas of Lycaonia (305). Apostle Aristobulus of the Seventy, bishop of Britain (1st c.). Hieromartyr Alexander, pope of Rome (119). Hieromartyrs Trophimus and Thalus, priests of Laodicea (300). Martyr Julian of Anazarbus (305). St. Abban of Kilabban (Ireland) (650). Martyr Romanus at Parium on the Hellespont. St. Christodulus, wonderworker of Patmos (1093). St. Pimen, fool-for-Christ, enlightener of the Dagestani, and his companion Anthony of Meskhi, Georgia (13th c.). New Monk-martyr Malachi of Rhodes, at Jerusalem (1500). St. Serapion, archbishop of Novgorod (1516). St. Ambrose (Khelaia) the Confessor, catholicos of Georgia (1927). St. Eutropia of Kherson (1968).
Sixth Hour: Is. 7:1-14
Vespers: Gen. 5:32-6:8
Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
Thoughts for Each Day of the Year
According to the Daily Church Readings from the Word of God
By St. Theophan the Recluse
My Spirit shall not always strive
with man, for that he also is flesh (Gen.
Man has two opposing forces inside, but one
consciousness—the human being. The
characteristics of this being are determined by his
inclinations. If he sides with the Spirit, he is
spiritual; if he sides with the flesh, he is fleshly.
The spirit does not disappear altogether even from the
fleshly, but it is enslaved, and has no voice. It
becomes yoked, and serves the flesh like a slave serves
its mistress, inventing all sorts of pleasures for it.
Similarly, the flesh does not disappear from the
spiritual, but it submits to the spirit and serves it.
It loses its natural rights for food through fasting,
its rights for sleep through vigil, for rest through
continuous labour and weariness, for pleasing the
feelings through seclusion and silence. Where the flesh
reigns, God does not abide; for His organ of
communication with man is the spirit, which is not
given its due priority in the flesh. God’s
approach is felt for the first time when the spirit
begins to claim its own through the operation of the
fear of God and one’s conscience. When
consciousness and freedom also come to help, then God
communicates with man and begins to dwell in him. From
that moment on begins the inspiration of the soul, the
flesh and of the entire inner and outer man, while God
becomes all in all in him. By becoming spiritual, man
is made divine. What a marvellous benefit, and how
little it is remembered, valued and sought
Slavonic for Gen. 6:3 reads: My Spirit shall not
eternally be scorned by men, because they are
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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