Monday, January 22, 2018

Saint Arsenios, Archbishop of Kerkyra (+ 953)

St. Arsenios of Kerkyra (Feast Day - January 19)

Saint Arsenios was born during the reign of Emperor Basil the Macedonian (867-886) in the year 876 and grew up in Jerusalem. His father was originally from Jerusalem, while his mother was from Bethany. When he was three years old, his parents dedicated him to a monastery in Bethany, and at the age of twelve was tonsured a monk. His parents also became monastics and reposed in a monastery. Later he left Jerusalem for Seleucia, where he furthered his education and was ordained a priest. He then returned to Jerusalem, but on the way his ship was seized by pirates and he was taken captive, however he managed to free himself by virtue of his words of persuasion. Since his parents had reposed and after venerating the holy places, he once again departed, this time for Constantinople, where he served under Patriarch Tryphonos (928-931).

The Seven Great Letters of Saint Anthony the Great (Letter 4)


Letter IV

Anthony wishes all his dear brethren joy in the Lord.

Members of the Church, I will never grow weary of remembering you. I want you to know that the love that is between me and you is no bodily love, but a spiritual, religious love. For bodily friendship has no firmness or stability, being moved by strange winds. Whosoever fears God and keeps His commandments, is the servant of God. And in this service is not perfection, but the righteousness which leads to adoption. For this cause the Prophets also and the Apostles, the holy band whom God chose, entrusting to them the apostolic preaching, by the goodness of God the Father became prisoners in Christ Jesus. For Paul says, ‘Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle’ (Eph. 3:1; Rom. 1:1): so that the written law works with us in a good servitude, until we are able to master every passion, and to become perfect in the good ministry of virtue through this apostolic state.

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyrs of Adrianople (813 - 815)

Holy Martyrs of Adrianople (Feast Day - January 22)

Verses

To Manuel.
Manuel was cut in two by the sword,
Honoring the undivided two natures of Christ.

To George and Peter.
George and Peter, commonly revered,
Were commonly beheaded and have the common grace of the Master.

To Leo.
Inexpressible was the eagerness of Leo,
Struck by the sword in the stomach.

To Gabriel and Sionios.
Fright was far from Gabriel and far from Sionios,
When the sword was stretched near to their necks.

To John and Leo.
The generals are not terrified by the sword,
Noble John and Leo.

To Parodos.
Handfuls of stones were cast at Parodos,
Passing from life on a pleasant path.

To the Three Hundred and Seventy Seven.
Five times twenty times three were slain by the sword,
Joined together by seven times eleven.

Saints and Feasts of January 22


On the twenty-second your spirit was raised Timothy.

Holy Apostle Timothy of the Seventy

Holy Apostle Timothy of the Seventy

Holy Apostle Timothy as a Model for our Lives

Skull of the Apostle Timothy To Travel To Russia From Italy


Holy Venerable Martyr Anastasios the Persian

Holy Martyr Anastasios the Persian (+ 628)


Holy Hieromartyr Manuel of Adrianople

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyrs of Adrianople (813 - 815)


Holy Hieromartyrs George of Develtos and Peter

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyrs of Adrianople (813 - 815)


Holy Hieromartyr Leo of Nicaea

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyrs of Adrianople (813 - 815)


Holy Martyrs Gabriel and Sionios

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyrs of Adrianople (813 - 815)


Holy Martyrs John and Leo the Generals

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyrs of Adrianople (813 - 815)


Holy Hieromartyr Parodos

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyrs of Adrianople (813 - 815)


Holy Three Hundred and Seventy Seven Martyrs of Adrianople

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyrs of Adrianople (813 - 815)


Venerable Joseph Samakos the Sanctified

Saint Joseph Samakos the Sanctified (+ 1511)


Finding of the Sacred Icon of Panagia Eleistria in Koroni

The Miraculous Discovery of the Icon of Panagia Eleistria in Koroni in 1897

The Holy Shrine of Panagia Eleistria in Koroni


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Synaxarion of Saint Maximus the Confessor

St. Maximus the Confessor (Feast Day - January 21)

On the twenty-first of this month, we commemorate our Venerable Father Maximus the Confessor.

Verses

Handless and tongueless you brought forth a hand and tongue,
And delivered your soul Maximus into the hands of God.
On the twenty-first it was the lot of Maximus to be buried.

This Saint lived during the reign of Constans (641-668), the father of Constantine the Pogonatos, nephew of Heraclius. He was honored by the emperors with great honors, and appeared competent in political administration, as much in his wisdom and words as in his manner and good principles, as well as in his prudence, which he had due to his many years of giving good counsel to what one must do. For this reason he was elevated to the office of Protasekretis, and became a participant in the councils of the emperor. Because the wicked and heretical belief in the one will of Christ was mindlessly and impiously minded and held at that time, a heresy which abolished the two natures of Christ, imperial edicts and decrees were issued in the marketplaces and the churches, which accepted and upheld this heresy. At that time the majestically named Maximus (for Maximus in Latin means majestic) could not suffer to associate with irreverence and impiety, so he abandoned his imperial honors and worldly authority, preferring it better to be rejected in the house of God than to dwell in the tents of sinners, as David says. And going to the monastery which was in Chrysopolis, which today is called Skoutari, he cut the hairs on his head and became a monk. Later he became abbot of the same monastery.

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