Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Cecilia and Those With Her

St. Cecilia the Virgin Martyr (Feast Day - November 22)

Verses

To Cecilia.
Brought to the bath you were burnt, O Cecilia,
And washed in the bath with blood by the sword.

To Valerian and Tiburtius.
Valerian together with his fellow athlete,
Are slain with the sword being insolent towards delusion.

To Maxmos the Keeper of the Keys.
Maximos the prison keeper is tortured,
Immediately becoming a keeper of the commandments of God.

Synaxarion of the Venerable Abba the Ishmaelite

Venerable Abba (Feast Day - November 22)

Verses

Abba was the image of all abbas,
Rightly I honor you as a child does a father.

Our Holy Father Abba (which is translated as Father) was from the race of the Ishmaelites. Forsaking parents and country and wealth, he became the follower of a certain monk. Receiving from him the monastic schema, they lived together for a few years. Both then went to the great and venerable Eusebius the struggler (Feb. 15) to become his disciples. After his fellow monk died, the blessed Abba remained with the great Eusebius.

Saints and Feasts of November 22


On the twenty second Philemon was carried off.

(Fasting Day)

Holy Apostles Philemon, Apphia, Archippus and Onesimus of the Seventy

Holy Apostles Philemon, Apphia, Archippus and Onesimus of the Seventy


Holy Martyr Cecilia

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Cecilia and Those With Her

Holy Virgin Martyr Cecilia of Rome


Holy Martyrs Valerian and Tiburtius

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Cecilia and Those With Her

Holy Virgin Martyr Cecilia of Rome


Saint Maximos the Keeper of the Keys

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Cecilia and Those With Her

Holy Virgin Martyr Cecilia of Rome


Holy Martyrs Stephen and the two Marks

Holy Martyrs Stephen and the Two Marks of Antioch


Holy Martyr Prokopios of Palestine

Holy Martyr Prokopios of Palestine


Venerable Abba

Synaxarion of the Venerable Abba the Ishmaelite


Saint Kallistos II Xanthopoulos, Patriarch of Constantinople

Saint Kallistos II Xanthopoulos, Patriarch of Constantinople


Holy Hieromartyr Sisinnius

Holy Hieromartyr Sisinnius, Bishop of Cyzicus

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

First Homily on the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple (St. Germanos of Constantinople)


By St. Germanos, Archbishop of Constantinople (715-730)

1. Every divine festival, whenever it is celebrated, spiritually fills those who are present from a treasury and divinely flowing spring. But even more and beyond other feasts does this recently hymned festival, brilliantly celebrated, attract the soul with holy joy and gives more joy in proportion to the preeminence of the excellent child of God. For the annual observation of this feast is coming, in which one must be pure to participate.

And let us be anointed with the perfume of her roses, as Solomon says in the beautiful verse of his Song: "Who is that who comes up from the wilderness, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all the fragrant powders of the merchants?" (Song of Songs 3.6) - "Come hither from Lebanon, my bride; come hither from Lebanon" (Song of Songs 4.8).

So let us eagerly approach together this mutually beneficial, salvific feast of the Mother of God. And bowing before the unapproachable place [the Holy of Holies] let us watch the child going toward the second veil, Mary the all-holy Mother of God who put an end to unfruitful sterility, and exchanged the mere shadow of the letter of the law (cf Hebrews 1O.1) through the grace of her birth-giving.

A Church Beyond Compare - The Nea Church, or the Basilica of Saint Mary the New in Jerusalem (543-614)

A proposed reconstruction of the Nea Church

The Basilica of Saint Mary the New, also known as the New Church of the Theotokos or simply The Nea, was erected by the Roman Emperor Justinian I (527–565) in Jerusalem, specifically on Mount Zion near the site of where the Temple of Solomon once stood, and it was the largest church of its time that rivaled Hagia Sophia in Constantinople. The church was completed in 543 and consecrated on November 20th of that year. It was severely damaged or destroyed during the Persian conquest of the city in 614, and was further used as a source of building material by the Umayyads a few decades later. Today much of the site is occupied by Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, though recent archaeological excavations have uncovered portions of the Nea that can be viewed along the Cardo.

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