09 October 2021

On October 09, 2021, on the day of commemoration of the holy apostle and evangelist John the Theologian, also the holy righteous Gideon, the judge of Israel, a solemn service was performed in the Tithes Monastery of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos. Bishop Makarovsky, who celebrates the day of his namesake, was concelebrated by the monastery brethren in the priesthood. 

 After reading the Holy Gospel, a fervent prayer was raised to end the coronavirus epidemic and for doctors who are fighting for life and health 

 After the service, a rite of glorification was performed in honor of Saint Gideon. 


After the dismissal, the brethren of the monastery greeted Vladyka Gideon on the day of their patron saint, the abbot of the monastery in turn addressed the flock with a night of gratitude. 


Holy Righteous Gideon (XIV century BC), one of the most famous judges of Israel (7th by count), righteous. The son of Joash of the city of Ofrah, the tribe of Manasseh (Judg. 6, 11). Taking advantage of the moral decay and political fragmentation of the Jews, the Midianites and other "sons of the East" undertook invasions against them from year to year, poisoning the sown fields, stealing cattle and plundering every property. "And Israel was greatly impoverished." The oppression lasted seven years, and it was only when the people despaired of their deliverance that Gideon, "a brave warrior," as his name suggests, appeared. His two older brothers died fighting the enemies of Israel.He was by nature very humble, and when the Angel of the Lord invited him to go in the name of the Lord and save the Israelites from the yoke of the Midianites; Gideon answered: Behold, my family is also the poorest in the tribe of Manasseh, and I am the youngest in my father's house (Judg 6: 15). The Lord pleased to give Gideon hope with amazing signs of His power and help, which are mentioned in detail in chapters 6, 7 and 8 of the book of Judges. Then Gideon, with three hundred unarmed soldiers, made a successful night attack on the Midianites; in terror and turmoil of the night, they cut each other and fled in disorder across the Jordan, leaving Palestine alone for a long time (Judg. 8: 4-21). The fame of Gideon's victory spread throughout the country, and a grateful people offered him hereditary royal dignity; but he gave up this power, which he saw as a violation of theocratic principle. He had the imprudence to make a sacred garment - an ephod from the gold delivered to him by the people - and put it in his city, which gave the people a reason to fall into idolatry (Judg. 8, 24-34). The land under his rule prospered for forty years. Gideon himself lived to a ripe old age, leaving seventy sons from his many wives, all of whom, with the exception of one, were killed by Abimelech, his son by a concubine, who seized power into his own hands. The story of Gideon is set forth in the Book of Judges (Judges 6-8).