Monday, October 24, 2016

Holy New Martyrs Isidore and his Two Children, Newly-Revealed in 1953

Sts. Isidore, Irene and George the Newly-Revealed Martyrs
(Feast Day - October 18)

In the spring of 1953, a priest began to appear to the villagers of Vali in Crete while they slept. Among them was a grocer and chanter named Demetrios, who saw in his sleep a priest that told him to go dig at a specific place on the grounds of the old primary school, in order to "remove" him from there. The priest revealed to him that he was a priest and with his two children, Irene and George, was slaughtered by the Saracens, during the initial raids on the island by the Turks (prior to the 1650's). Demetrios asked him what his name was, and the priest said it was Papa-Tsiteris. After writing the name on a shoe carton, he fell asleep again.

Synaxarion of Holy Martyr Sebastiane of Heraclea

St. Sebastiane the Martyr (Feast Day - October 24)


The beheading of Sebastiane gushed forth milk,
For she did not approach the sword as flesh and blood.

Sebastiane (Sebastiana, Sevestiane, Sebastiani) lived and struggled in Marcianopolis (modern-day Devnya, Bulgaria), during the reign of Emperor Domitian (81-96). Having been baptized by the Apostle Paul, in the year 81 she continued to proclaim the good news of Christ. Due to her missionary work as a Christian, she was slandered before Governor Sergius. Therefore, she was made to give an accounting before him. She boldly confessed that she believed in Christ and that she was taught and received baptism by the Apostle Paul. She also added that she was prepared to die for Christ.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

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

Holy Fathers of Crete Who Participated in Ecumenical Synods
(Feast Day - Sunday Between October 18 and 24)

For all the Holy God-bearing Fathers who participated in Ecumenical Synods, at the initiative of Father Chrysostomos Papadakis and the foresight of Metropolitan Cyril of Gortyna and Arkadia, their Service and Supplicatory Canon was drafted and published with the approval of the Holy Eparchial Synod. This renowned Hierarch also erected a Temple to them in the year 2000 in Livadiotis (en route from Moires to Pompia) which he was unable to inaugurate. The memory of all the Holy Fathers of Crete who participated in all the Holy Ecumenical Synods was set to be celebrated on the Sunday after the Sunday in which is celebrated the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Synod in the month of October.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

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

St. Abercius of Hierapolis the Wonderworker (Feast Day - October 22)


Throwing to the ground mortal law Abercius,
You gave the place to God, belonging to God by nature.
On the twenty-second Abercius departed the earth.

Saint Abercius (also spelled Averkios) succeded Papias as Bishop of Hieropolis (now Pamoukkale) in Phrygia Salutaris and flourished during the reign of Emperor Marcus Aurelius (161-180) who, although a reputed philosopher, was a fierce persecutor of Christians. To discover the Christians of his empire, he would order all his subjects to join in celebrations that honored pagan deities, and to offer sacrifices to their idols.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Saint Philotheos the Hagiorite (+ 1610)

Saint Philotheos of Dionysiou (Feast Day - October 21)


Philotheos lived as a friend of God,
Finding endless life with the friends of God.

Saint Philotheos was born in 1526 in Chrysopolis (near modern Kavala in northern Greece). His parents came from Elateia in Asia Minor, and emigrated to Chrysopolis out of fear of the Hagarenes, where they bore two sons, one of whom was named Theophilos. When they were very young, their father died, leaving them to the care of their mother Eudokia. One day, however, her two children were captured by the Turks to be raised as Turks, leaving Eudokia in great pain. After some time, having heard nothing of the fate of her sons, to bring herself some comfort and hope, she enclosed herself in a nearby convent and dedicated her life to the Lord.

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