Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Saint Sequanus of Mesmont (+ c. 580)

St. Sequanus of Mesmont (Feast Day - September 19)

Saint Sequanus* was born in the town of Mesmont, in Burgundy. His parents gave him an excellent education, and permitted him to embrace monasticism, to which he was inclined from childhood. After being tonsured by his priest and living as a hermit, the Bishop of Langres ordained him to the priesthood due to his holy way of life. However, he was disliked by the local clergy, so he went to the Monastery of Reome in Auxois under the direction of Abbot John, and there he studied Holy Scripture and attained all the virtues.

Holy Prince Igor of Kiev and Chernigov (+ 1147)

St. Igor of Kiev and Chernigov (Feast Day - September 19)

The Holy Prince Igor of Chernigov: The mid-twelfth century was a grievous time of incessant internecine strife over the Kiev principality between two princely factions: the Olegovichi and the Mstislavichi. They were all close relatives, they were all great-grandsons of Yaroslav the Wise. The Mstislavichi were called after their father, Saint Mstislav the Great (April 15), son of Vladimir Monomakh (from whence their other name: “Monomashichi”). The Olegovichi were called after the name of Oleg Sviatoslavich (+ 1115), known as “Gorislavich” because of his bitter [“gore”] fate. Oleg Gorislavich was the son of the Kievan prince Sviatoslav (+ 1076), who participated in the Transfer of the Relics of the holy Passion-Bearers Boris and Gleb in the year 1072 (May 2). Sviatoslav was the owner of two of the most remarkable theological collections of this time -- the “Sviatoslav Izbornik [selections from the holy Fathers] of 1073” and the “Izbornik of 1076.”

Holy Prince Theodore of Smolensk (+ 1299) and his Children Saints David and Constantine

Sts. Theodore, David and Constantine of Smolensk (Feast Day - September 19)

The holy right-believing Prince Theodore of Smolensk and Yaroslavl, nicknamed the “Black” [i.e. “dark” or “swarthy”], was born at a terrible time for Rus: the Mongol invasion of 1237-1239. At Baptism he was named for the holy Great Martyr Theodore Stratelates (February 8), who was particularly esteemed by the Russian warrior-princes.

Prince Theodore was famed for his military exploits. The child Theodore was not in the city when, through the prayers of the Most Holy Theotokos, the holy Martyr Mercurius (November 24) delivered Smolensk from being captured by Batu In the year 1239. They had taken him away and hidden him in a safe place during the warfare. In 1240 his father, Prince Rostislav died. He was a great-grandson of the holy Prince Rostislav of Smolensk and Kiev (March 14).

Saints and Feasts of September 19


On the nineteenth Trophimos with his two fellow athletes were cut asunder.

Holy Martyrs Trophimos, Sabbatios, and Dorymedon

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyrs Trophimos, Sabbatios, and Dorymedon

Holy Martyrs Trophimos, Sabbatios and Dorymedon as Models for our Lives


Saint Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury

Saint Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury (+ 690)


Holy Martyr Zosimas the Hermit of Cilicia

Saints Zosimas the Hermit and Athanasios the Notary of Cilicia


Saint Sequanus of Mesmont

Saint Sequanus of Mesmont (+ c. 580)


Holy Prince Igor of Kiev and Chernigov

Holy Prince Igor of Kiev and Chernigov (+ 1147)


Holy Prince Theodore of Smolensk and his Children Saints David and Constantine

Holy Prince Theodore of Smolensk (+ 1299) and his Children Saints David and Constantine

Monday, September 18, 2017

Paulinus of Nola and the Distribution of a Relic of the True Cross


The first documented appearances of pieces of the True Cross in the West date from the very end of the fourth century and the beginning of the fifth century. An early reference suggests how they circulated. John, Bishop of Jerusalem, gave Melania the Elder, a pious wealthy aristocrat and generous donor to the Church, a piece of the True Cross. Upon her return to Italy from Jerusalem in 402, she gave a fragment of her fragment to her friend Bishop Paulinus of Nola (354-431); he in turn, in 403, sent "an atom" of his treasure on to his colleague Sulpicius Severus.

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