Sunday, October 22, 2017

Commemoration of the Miraculous Deliverance of Moscow and Russia from the Poles in 1612

The end of the sixteenth and beginning of the seventeenth centuries is known in Russian history as the "Time of Troubles.” The country suffered the onslaught of Polish–Lithuanian armies, which scoffed at the Orthodox faith, plundering and burning churches, cities and villages. Through deceit they succeeded in taking Moscow during the reign of Prince Basil Ivanovich. In response to the appeal of His Holiness Patriarch Hermogenes (May 12), the Russian people rose up in defense of its native land. From Kazan, the wonderworking icon of the Mother of God was sent to the army headed by Prince Demetrius Pozharsky.

Gospel Commentary for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost (St. Theophylact of Ochrid)

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost (or Sixth Sunday of Luke)
Healing of the Gadarene Demoniac

Luke 8:26-39

From The Explanation of the Gospel of St. Luke

By Blessed Theophylact, Archbishop of Ochrid and Bulgaria

26-33. And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is across from Galilee. And when He went forth to land, there met Him out of the city a certain man, possessed by demons for a long time, who wore no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, "What have I to do with Thee, Jesus, Son of God most high? I beseech Thee, torment me not." (For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he broke the bands, and was driven by the demon into the wilderness.) And Jesus asked him, saying, "What is thy name?" And he said, "Legion," because many demons were entered into him. And he besought Him that He would not command them to go out into the abyss. And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain, and they besought Him that He would suffer them to enter into them. And He suffered them. Then went the demons out of the man, and entered into the swine, and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were drowned.

Saints and Feasts of October 22

On the twenty-second Abercius departed the earth.

Venerable Abercius the Equal to the Apostles, Bishop of Hierapolis and Wonderworker

Saint Abercius of Hierapolis, the Equal to the Apostles and Wonderworker

The Epitaph of Saint Abercius of Hierapolis

Holy Martyrs Alexander the Bishop, Herakleios, Anna, Elizabeth, Theodote and Glykeria

Saints Alexander the Bishop, Herakleios, Anna, Elizabeth, Theodote and Glykeria

Venerable Lot

The Sayings of Abba Lot

Venerable Rufus

The Sayings of Abba Rufus

Holy Seven Youths of Ephesus

Holy Seven Youths of Ephesus Resource Page

Venerable Kuksha of Odessa

Saint Kuksha of Odessa (+ 1964)

Saints and Feasts of the Sunday Between October 18 and 24

Synaxis of the Holy Fathers of Crete who Participated in Ecumenical Synods

Synaxis of the Holy Fathers of Crete who Participated in Ecumenical Synods

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Translation of the Relics of Saint Christodoulos the Wonderworker of Patmos

Translation of the Relics of St. Christodoulos from Evia to Patmos (Feast Day - October 21)

Our Venerable Father Christodoulos was born in 1020 in Nicaea of Bithynia, and became a monk at a young age at Mount Olympus in Bithynia. From there he lived a monastic life and established monasteries in Palestine, Mount Latros, Lycea and Kos. In 1080 he left Kos and went to Patmos, where he established the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian in 1088. In 1092 he left Patmos because of the successive Saracen raids and took refuge with his companions in the area of ​​Limni in northern Evia.

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