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August 6/19

The Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ (Second Feast of the Savior in August)
(Vespers: (1) Ex. 24:12-18; (2) Ex. 33:11-23; 34:4-6, 8; (3) III Kings 19:3-9, 11-13, 15-16. Matins: Luke 9:28-36. Liturgy: II Peter 1:10-19; Matt. 17:1-9).
St. Theoctistus, bishop of Chernigov (1123). New Martyr Abbacum of Thessalonica (1628).
Repose of Hieroschemamonk Nikon the Cave-dweller, of Valaam (1822), Priest Basil Shoustin, disciple of Optina Elders (1968), and Elder Tryphon of Kapsala, Mt. Athos (1978).
Blessing of grapes and other fruits
Dormition 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

Friday. [II Cor. 7:10-16; Mark 2:18-22]

   On the Transfiguration a voice from heaven uttered only hear ye Him (Matt. 17:5). Why is this so? Because the fruit of obedience was being shown to them. It was as if the Heavenly Father were saying: Do you want to attain this? Hear what He will suggest and command you. If you go on His path, you will undoubtedly enter into the realm of light, which will embrace you not from without, but will come forth from within, and always keep you in a state in which all of your bones will utter: it is good for us to be this way. You will be filled with the light of joy, the light of good will, the light of knowledge; all sorrows will pass by, the dissonance of the passions will disappear, falsehood and delusion will disperse. On the earth you will become heavenly; from among the earthly-born, you will become Godly-born; from amidst the perishable you will become eternally blessed. Then all will be yours, because you yourselves will become Christ’s. He who loves Christ the Lord is beloved of the heavenly Father, and Both come to him and make their abode with him. This is the light of the Transfiguration!

Russian version

SAINT THEOPHAN THE RECLUSE (18151894) 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 daylack of faith, coldness of heart, trust in the rational mind rather than in the revealed Truth of Godwhich 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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