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.

Saint Hilarion of Optina (+ 1873)

St. Hilarion of Optina (Feast Day - September 18)

Saint Hilarion (Ponamarov) was born in Kluch on the night of Pascha, April 8-9, 1805. Nikita and Euphemia Ponamarov named their third son Rodion in honor of Saint Herodion of the Seventy. He always considered April 8, the day of his patron saint’s commemoration, as his birthday. After Rodion, a son and a daughter were born to the Ponamarovs. The daughter, however, died as a baby.

Nikita Ponamarov worked in town as a tailor, and sometimes his business took him to the homes of the local landowners. Consequently, Rodion seldom saw his father until he was fifteen years old.

Rodion was a quiet, uncoordinated child who did not play much with other children, since they made fun of his clumsiness. Even members of his own family behaved in a rude manner toward him, and seldom showed him any affection. The way he was treated made him thoughtful and introspective.

Life and Miracles of our Holy Father Romylos of Ravanica


By Gregory of Constantinople

1. Nothing is as appropriate nor as worthy of the lovers of good things as to transmit through writing the achievements and struggles of saintly men who lived their life in a holy and God­-pleasing manner, and to narrate them so that posterity may be incited to follow and imitate them. For men, especially those of us who wish to remain according to the image of God, and have kept the eye of the soul sound, desire to be familiar with all praiseworthy and honorable things and desire to acquire them. It is good to see with the eyes of the soul the struggles of good men and champions of virtue, and from these struggles to draw profit. For when the laudable things become visible, they are shown to be worth seeking, and become desirable, and those who see them are moved to acquire them. And when the story of these things is transmitted from those who know to the ears of the audience, it brings no mean profit.

Saints and Feasts of September 18


On the eighteenth Eumenios the great-hearted died.

Venerable Eumenios the Wonderworker, Bishop of Gortyna

Saint Eumenios the Wonderworker, Bishop of Gortyna

Saint Eumenios of Gortyna as a Model for our Lives


Holy Martyr Ariadne of Phrygia

Saint Ariadne of Phrygia


Venerable Romylos of Ravanica

Saint Romylos of Ravanica (+ 1375)

Life and Miracles of our Holy Father Romylos of Ravanica


Venerable Hilarion of Optina

Saint Hilarion of Optina (+ 1873)


Icon of the Mother of God the Healer

Icon of the Mother of God the Healer

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Saints and Feasts of the Sunday After September 14


Synaxis of All Saints of Thessaliotidos

Synaxis of All Saints of Thessaliotidos


Saints and Feasts of September 17


On the seventeenth Faith, Hope and Love were beheaded.

Holy Right-Victorious Virgin Martyrs Faith, Hope and Love With Their Mother Sophia

Saints Sophia, Faith, Hope and Love Resource Page


Holy Martyr Agathokleia

Saint Agathokleia the Martyr


Saints Lucy the Widow and Geminianus her Spiritual Son

Saints Lucy the Widow and Geminianus her Spiritual Son


Holy Martyr Theodote Who Was Martyred at Nicaea

Saint Theodote Who Was Martyred at Nicaea


Holy Hieromartyrs Peleus and Nilus the Bishops

154 Holy Martyrs of Egypt and Palestine


Holy Martyrs Patermouthius and Elias the Glorious

154 Holy Martyrs of Egypt and Palestine


Holy One Hundred Martyrs of Egypt

154 Holy Martyrs of Egypt and Palestine


Holy Fifty Martyrs of Palestine

154 Holy Martyrs of Egypt and Palestine


Saint Joachim I the Pany, Patriarch of Alexandria

Saint Joachim I the Pany, Patriarch of Alexandria (+ 1567)


Venerable Anastasios the Wonderworker of Cyprus

The Life, Miracles and Churches of Saint Anastasios the Weaver from Peristerona, Cyprus

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Saint Ninian of Whithorn, Apostle of the Southern Picts (+ 432)

St. Ninian of Whithorn (Feast Day - September 16)

Regarding the evangelization of the Picts of Scotland, Saint Bede writes in his Ecclesiastical History of the English People (Bk. 3, Ch. 4):

In the year of our Lord 565, when Justin, the younger, the successor of Justinian, had the government of the Roman Empire, there came into Britain a famous priest and abbot, a monk by habit and life, whose name was Columba, to preach the word of God to the provinces of the northern Picts, who are separated from the southern parts by steep and rugged mountains; for the southern Picts, who dwell on this side of those mountains, had long before, as is reported, forsaken the errors of idolatry, and embraced the truth, by the preaching of Ninian, a most reverend bishop and holy man of the British nation, who had been regularly instructed at Rome, in the faith and mysteries of the truth; whose episcopal see, named after Saint Martin the bishop, and famous for a stately church (wherein he and many other saints rest in the body), is still in existence among the English nation. The place belongs to the province of the Bernicians, and is generally called the White House, because he there built a church of stone, which was not usual among the Britons.

Saints and Feasts of September 16


On the sixteenth Euphemia was slaughtered by a bear.

Holy Great Martyr and All-Praised Euphemia 
Together With the Holy Martyrs Victor and Sosthenes

Saint Euphemia Resource Page


Holy Martyr Melitini of Marcianopolis

Saint Melitini the Martyr

St. Euphemia, St. Melitini and the Island of Lemnos


Venerable Dorotheos, Hermit of Egypt

Holy Abba Dorotheos of Thebes


Venerable Kassianos of Glyfia near Alektora

Saint Kassianos of Glyfia, Who Lived in Asceticism in Alektora


Saint Ninian of Whithorn, Apostle of the Southern Picts

Saint Ninian of Whithorn, Apostle of the Southern Picts (+ 432)

Friday, September 15, 2017

Saint Symeon of Thessaloniki Resource Page

St. Symeon of Thessaloniki (Feast Day - September 15)

Saint Symeon, Archbishop of Thessaloniki (+ 1429)

All Christians Should Pray In the Name of Jesus Christ (St. Symeon of Thessaloniki)

The Meaning of Memorial Services in the Orthodox Church (St. Symeon of Thessaloniki)

Finding of the Relics of the Holy Protomartyr Stephen

Finding of the Relic of the Holy Protomartyr Stephen (Feast Day - September 15)

Verses

The finding of Stephen was common to the people,
The great majestic first-struggler of God.

After the First Martyr Stephen had been stoned to death (see Dec. 27), Gamaliel, his teacher, encouraged certain of the Christians to go by night and take up the Saint's body and bury it in his field, which was at a distance of some twenty miles from Jerusalem and was called by his name, "Caphargamala", that is, "the field of Gamala," where Gamaliel himself was later buried.

Novonikita Icon of the Mother of God

Novonikita Icon Feast Day - (September 15)

The Novonikita Icon is one of the ancient icons of the Mother of God. It appeared to the Holy Great Martyr Niketas (+ 372). Saint Niketas was a former soldier and disciple of Theophilos, Bishop of the Goths. Prior to his baptism, Niketas saw a Child in a dream, holding His Cross in His hand. He awoke and pondered the meaning of the vision for a long time.

Holy New Martyr John of Sphakia in Crete (+ 1811)

St. John the Neomartyr of Crete (Feast Day - September 15)

Saint John was from Sphakia in Crete. At a young age he went to New Ephesus (Kusadasi) in Asia Minor in order to work as a farmer. There he became engaged to a pious young woman. He also was pious and loved God and the Church very much, frequently attending the divine services.

On August 29 in the year 1811, the feast of the Beheading of the Honorable Forerunner John, he attended a festival to commemorate the feast outside of New Ephesus. There he met up with two friends who also were from Sphakia. While the young men were having a good time at the festival, certain men of the aga approached the two friends of John and told them to pay the head tax. They refused. The aga's men then took one of the guns that belonged to the Cretans, but he succeeded in taking back the gun from the Turk. During the scuffle that followed, one of the aga's men was killed, while the others suffered stab wounds. John, however, was not involved in this incident. This is why on the next day he went to his farm unconcerned, while the others ran away and hid themselves.

Saints and Feasts of September 15


On the fifteenth, Niketas was cast into the furnace.

Holy Great Martyr Niketas the Goth and Those With Him

Saint Niketas the Goth and Great Martyr


Venerable Philotheos the Presbyter and Wonderworker

Synaxarion of Saint Philotheos the Presbyter and Wonderworker


Saint Bessarion, Archbishop of Larissa

Saint Bessarion, Metropolitan of Larissa (+ 1540)

The Monastery of Saint Bessarion (Dousikou) at Trikala

Commemoration of the Deliverance of the Island of Lefkada from the Plague of 1743


Holy Martyr Porphyrios the Mime

Saint Porphyrios the Actor


Finding of the Relics of the Holy Protomartyr Stephen

Saint Stephen the Protomartyr Resource Page


Saint Symeon, Archbishop of Thessaloniki

Saint Symeon of Thessaloniki Resource Page


Saint Joseph the New, Metropolitan of Timisoara

Saint Joseph the New of Partos, Metropolitan of Timisoara (+ 1656)


Venerable Gerasimos the New, Founder of the Sacred Monastery of the Holy Trinity in Sourvia

Saint Gerasimos the New, Founder of the Sacred Monastery of the Holy Trinity in Sourvia (+ 1740)

The Mid-Pentecost Celebration of St. Gerasimos the New of Sourvia


Holy New Hieromartyr Niketas, Who Was Martyred in Serres

Holy New Hieromartyr Niketas of Serres (+ 1808)


Holy New Martyr John of Crete, Who Was Martyred in New Ephesus

Holy New Martyr John of Sphakia in Crete (+ 1811)


Novonikita Icon of the Mother of God

Novonikita Icon of the Mother of God


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Saint Gerasimos the New, Founder of the Sacred Monastery of the Holy Trinity in Sourvia (+ 1740)

St. Gerasimos the New and Wonderworker (Feast Day - September 15)

Verses

Christ honors you Gerasimos above,
Granting you gladness on behalf of your sweat.

Saint Gerasimos the New and Wonderworker was from Leontariou of Megalopolis in the Peloponnese. His parents were named Theodore and Evangelia, and they named their son George at Holy Baptism. At the age of 8 he was given to a teacher to learn sacred letters, of which he especially loved the lives of the saints. So when he came of age, he entered the Holy Monastery of Panagia the Philosopher in Dimitsana, which was an important spiritual center of Greek education during the Turkish occupation. There he became a monk and took the name Gerasimos, and he also acquired an excellent education.

Lesna Icon of the Mother of God

Lesna Icon of the Mother of God (Feast Days - September 8 and 14)

The Lesna Icon of the Mother of God was discovered on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross of the Lord in 1683 by a shepherd on the branches of a pear tree in a bright halo of light. Seized with terror, he fell on his knees and began to pray, then ran away and told his friend about what he had seen. The two of them hastened to tell the people of their village and the parish priest about the miraculous appearance. The icon was first brought to a peasant's house and then translated to the manor house of the local landowner. It became an object of veneration for numerous pilgrims. Then it was taken to a nearby Orthodox church of the village of Bukowiec, not far from the town of Lesna in Poland.

Commemoration of the Sixth Ecumenical Synod

Sixth Ecumenical Synod (Feast Day - September 14)

Verses

The one hypostasis of the God-man,
Is known by the two-fold wills and natures.

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To revere the two wills of the God-man,
Is taught by the multitude of pious-minded at the Sixth.

The Sixth Ecumenical Synod was convened by the emperor Constantine IV Pogonatos (668-685) at the imperial palace of Constantinople, in the domed hall called the Trullo, in the years 680-681 to combat the heresies of Monothelitism and Monoenergism. At it 170 Holy Fathers were present, who affirmed the doctrine of two wills in our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ, the divine and the human. And justified were the struggles of Saint Sophronios the Patriarch of Jerusalem and Saint Maximus the Confessor against the Monothelites.

Saints and Feasts of September 14


On the fourteenth the Wood of the Cross is exalted.

(Fasting Day)

Exaltation of the Honorable and Life-Creating Cross

Holy Cross Resource Page


Saint Placilla the Most Pious Empress

Saint Placilla, the Most Pious Empress of the Romans, Wife of Theodosius the Great


Commemoration of the Sixth Ecumenical Synod

Commemoration of the Sixth Ecumenical Synod



Holy Martyr Papas

Holy Martyr Papas of Lycaonia


Holy New Venerable Martyr Makarios, Who Was Martyred in Thessaloniki

Holy New Martyr Makarios the New (+ 1507)


Discovery of the Wonderworking Icon of Saint Vlasios in Trikala, Corinth

The Holy Monastery of Saint Vlasios in Trikala, Corinth


Lesna Icon of the Mother of God

Lesna Icon of the Mother of God


Dormition of Saint John Chrysostom

Due to it being the Great Feast of the Universal Exaltation of the Honorable Cross, the feast of the commemoration of Saint John Chrysostom was transferred from September 14th to November 13th, where more information can be found.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Consecration of the Church of the Resurrection at Jerusalem in 335


Verses

Law of ancient Israel fulfilled by the new,
We honor the dedication of your tomb, O Word.
On the thirteenth the Anastasis is made ready for dedication.

The Consecration of the Temple of the Resurrection of Christ at Jerusalem celebrates the consecration of the Church of the Resurrection, built by Saint Constantine the Great and his mother, the empress Helen.

About the "Apology" of Saint Aristides the Philosopher


We know of about twelve Apologists in the second century, but out of this number there are about five whose works have been entirely lost or from which we have only a few passages. The earliest Apologist whose work we possess in its entirety, is Aristides, a philosopher of Athens, whom Eusebius names immediately after Quadratus. Like Quadratus, Aristides is said to have presented his Apology to Hadrian (c. 117-138).

Holy Great Martyr Ketevan, Queen of Georgia (+ 1624)

St. Ketevan of Georgia (Feast Day - September 13)

The holy Queen Ketevan was the daughter of Ashotan Mukhran-Batoni, a prominent ruler from the Bagrationi royal family. The clever and pious Ketevan was married to Prince David, heir to the throne of Kakheti. David’s father, King Alexander II (1574-1605), had two other sons, George and Constantine, but according to the law the throne belonged to David. Constantine was converted to Islam and raised in the court of the Persian shah Abbas I.

Saint Peter of Atroa (+ 837)

St. Peter of Atroa (Feast Day - September 13);
photo shows Mount Olympus in Phrygia, known today as Mount Uludag

Verses

Peter was inclined towards the release from the flesh,
Approaching God as an unbreakable rock.

He was born in 773 near Ephesus, the eldest of three children. His given name was Theophylact. At eighteen, he determined to become a monk and joined Paul the Hesychast at his hermitage in Phrygia after being instructed to do so through a vision of the Theotokos. There he took the name Peter. On the day he was ordained several years later in Zygos of Greece, at the door of the church he cured a man possessed of an unclean spirit. This was the beginning of his numerous miracles.

Saints and Feasts of September 13


On the thirteenth the Anastasis is made ready for dedication.

Forefeast of the Exaltation of the Honorable and Life-Creating Cross

Holy Cross Resource Page


Commemoration of the Consecration of the Sacred Church of the Resurrection

Consecration of the Church of the Resurrection at Jerusalem in 335

Homily on the Dedication of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

Is the Holy Sepulchre the Actual Tomb of Christ?

The Holy Sepulchre, a 3D Journey Back in Time


Holy Martyr Cornelius the Centurion

Saint Cornelius the Centurion


Holy Martyrs Chronides, Leontius and Serapion

Synaxarion of the Eleven Holy Martyrs Who Suffered During the Reign of Licinius in 315


Holy Martyrs Gordian and Seleucus

Synaxarion of the Eleven Holy Martyrs Who Suffered During the Reign of Licinius in 315


Holy Martyr Macrobius

Synaxarion of the Eleven Holy Martyrs Who Suffered During the Reign of Licinius in 315


Holy Martyr Valerian

Synaxarion of the Eleven Holy Martyrs Who Suffered During the Reign of Licinius in 315


Holy Martyr Straton

Synaxarion of the Eleven Holy Martyrs Who Suffered During the Reign of Licinius in 315


Holy Martyrs Lucian and Zoticus

Synaxarion of the Eleven Holy Martyrs Who Suffered During the Reign of Licinius in 315


Holy Martyr Elias

Synaxarion of the Eleven Holy Martyrs Who Suffered During the Reign of Licinius in 315


Holy Martyr Aristides the Philosopher

Holy Martyr Aristides the Philosopher of Athens

Saint Aristides the Philosopher as a Model for our Lives

About the "Apology" of Saint Aristides the Philosopher


Venerable Peter of Atroa

Saint Peter of Atroa (+ 837)


Saint Meletios Pegas, Patriarch of Alexandria

Saint Meletios Pegas, Patriarch of Alexandria (+ 1601)


Venerable Hierotheos the New of Iveron

Saint Hierotheos the New of Iveron (+ 1745)


Holy Great Martyr Ketevan, Queen of Georgia

Holy Great Martyr Ketevan, Queen of Georgia (+ 1624)


Holy New Martyrs of Jasenovac Concentration Camp

Holy New Martyrs of Jasenovac Concentration Camp


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Julian of Galatia and the Forty Martyrs With Him

St. Julian of Galatia (Feast Day - September 12)

Verses

You commingled the sweat of your asceticism with your contests,
Receiving a twofold crown Julian.

Saint Julian lived during the reign of Diocletian (284-305), and was born and raised in the city of the Galatians. When Antoninus became governor of the eparchy of Galatia, he heard that Saint Julian was in hiding with forty others in a cave, and that he followed the religion of the Christians. Therefore he immediately sent men to go and have him arrested and bring him to the judgment hall. Those who were sent found him alone, and they tried to force him to tell them where the others were to be found. The Saint was not persuaded, but instead cried out with a loud voice to his fellow ascetics: "Behold I have been captured, and go to be martyred for Christ, without betraying you to the soldiers who were forcefully trying to make me tell them. Therefore you hasten also to come and catch up with me."

Holy Hieromartyr Dositheus of Tbilisi

St. Dositheus of Tbilisi (Feast Day - September 12)

Thirty-five thousand Persian soldiers marched toward Georgia in the year 1795. The Georgian king Erekle II (1762-1798) and his two thousand soldiers declared war on the invaders as they were approaching Tbilisi. The Georgians won the first skirmish, but many perished in the fighting. The enemy was shaken and was preparing to flee the battleground, when several traitors reported to Aqa Muhammed Khan that King Erekle had lost nearly his entire army. This betrayal decided the fate of the battle: the one hundred fifty soldiers who remained in the Georgian army barely succeeded in saving the life of King Erekle, who had willed to perish on the battlefield with his soldiers.

Saints and Feasts of September 12


On the twelfth Autonomos was slaughtered with stones.

Leavetaking of the Nativity of the Theotokos

Nativity of the Theotokos Resource Page


Holy Hieromartyr Autonomos

Holy Hieromartyr Autonomos, a Bishop in Italy


Holy Hieromartyr Kournoutos, Bishop of Iconium

Holy Hieromartyr Kournoutos, Bishop of Iconium


Holy Martyr Theodore of Alexandria

Holy Martyr Theodore of Alexandria


Holy Martyr Julian of Galatia

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Julian of Galatia and the Forty Martyrs With Him


Venerable Daniel of Thasos

Saint Daniel of Thasos


Saint Kournoutas, Who Lived as an Ascetic in Aheran

Saint Kournoutas, Who Lived as an Ascetic in Aheran


Holy Hieromartyr Dositheus of Tbilisi

Holy Hieromartyr Dositheus of Tbilisi


Translation of the Relics of Venerable Simeon of Verkhoturye

Saint Simeon of Verkhoturye, Wonderworker of Siberia

Monday, September 11, 2017

The Only Orthodox Church Dedicated to Saint Theodora of Alexandria


Kolindros is a town of the regional unit of Pieria in the region of Central Macedonia in Greece. In this town is located the only Orthodox Church in the world dedicated to Saint Theodora of Alexandria, which was built over an older church. It celebrates annually on September 11th.

Saints Elias the Cave-Dweller and Arsenios (+ 960)

St. Elias the Cave-Dweller (Feast Day - September 11)

Saint Elias was born to a wealthy family of nobles in Reggio of Calabria in the year 864. One day a monk approached him in church and upbraided him for his rich clothes and frivolous life. The young man changed at once and at the age of eighteen ran away to Taormina to escape marriage. From here he traveled to Rome to venerate the tombs of the Apostles, but seeing the dissoluteness in the city and its clergy, he returned to Reggio.

Saints and Feasts of September 11


On the eleventh Theodora took her last repose.

Venerable Theodora of Alexandria

Saint Theodora of Alexandria, Who Struggled in the Guise of a Man

The "Secret" Sin of Saint Theodora of Alexandria

The Only Orthodox Church Dedicated to Saint Theodora of Alexandria


Saint Euphrosynos the Cook

Saint Euphrosynos the Cook

Saint Euphrosynos the Cook as a Model for our Lives

Something No Orthodox Christian Kitchen Should Be Without


Saints Diodoros, Diomedes and Didymos the Martyrs

Holy Martyrs Diodoros, Diomedes and Didymos of Laodicea


Holy Martyr Ia

Holy Martyr Ia of Persia


Saint Demetrios, his wife Evanthia, and their son Demetrian the Martyrs

Holy Martyrs Demetrios, his wife Evanthia, and their son Demetrian


Venerables Elias the Cave-Dweller and Arsenios

Saints Elias the Cave-Dweller and Arsenios (+ 960)


Saint Theodora of Vasta in the Peloponnese

Introduction to the Book "Saint Theodora of Vasta"

The Life of Saint Theodora of Vasta

What Scientists Have Said About the Miraculous Chapel of St. Theodora in Vasta

The Chapel of Saint Theodora of Vasta In Nafplio

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Saint Peter, Bishop of Nicaea

St. Peter of Nicaea (Feast Day - September 10)

Verses

Peter was the former president of Nicaea,
As councillor of the assembly he died and entered a new state.

Saint Peter was Metropolitan of Nicaea during the reign of the iconoclast emperor Leo V the Isaurian (813-820). For his defense of the Orthodox faith and the veneration of sacred icons, he was deposed from his episcopal appointment and suffered in the year 815 and replaced by the iconoclast Inger.

Four letters of Saint Theodore the Studite to Saint Peter are known, written between the years 816-823. He died no earlier than the year 823.


Saints and Feasts of the Sunday Before September 14


Verses

Protomartyr Chrysostomos was wickedly sacrificed,
Followed by the evil death of the multitude of fellow contestants.

Saint Chrysostomos of Smyrna and his Fellow Holy Hierarchs Gregory of Kydonia, Ambrose of Moschonisia, Prokopios of Iconium, Euthymios of Zilon and the Clergy and Laity Massacred During the Asia Minor Catastrophe

St. Chrysostomos of Smyrna and the Hierarchs with Him, Together With Clergy and Laity, Massacred in the Asia Minor Catastrophe

The Icon of Crucified Asia Minor

Saint Chrysostomos of Smyrna: An Ecclesiastical and National Martyr

How Were the Vestments of St. Chrysostomos of Smyrna Saved?

Holy Hieromartyr George Karastamatis (+ 1922)

Holy Ethno-Hieromartyr Euthymios, Bishop of Zela (+ 1921)

Ernest Hemingway on the Catastrophe of Smyrna in 1922

HELLENIC GENOCIDE: "Catastrophe" or "Devastation"?

Saints and Feasts of September 10


On the tenth were slain the three whose names mean gift and they died.

Holy Martyrs Menodora, Metrodora, and Nymphodora

Venerable Virgin Martyrs Menodora, Metrodora, and Nymphodora


Holy Martyr Varypsavas

Saint Barypsabas, Keeper of the Blood of Christ


Saint Pulcheria the Empress

Saint Pulcheria, Empress of the Romans


Holy Apostles Apelles, Luke, and Clement

Holy Apostles Apelles, Luke, and Clement of the Seventy


Saint Peter, Bishop of Nicaea

Saint Peter, Bishop of Nicaea


The Three Holy Women

The Discovery of Three Holy Female Ascetics


Venerable Isaiah, Founder of the Revered Imperial and Stavropegic Monastery of Kykkos

The Story of Saint Isaiah, Founder of Kykkos Monastery in Cyprus


Synaxis of Panagia Trikeriotissa

The Discovery of the Holy Icon of the Theotokos in Trikeri in 1825


Synaxis of Panagia Skripou in Orchomenos

The Miracle of the Panagia Skripou in Orchomenos on September 10, 1943


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Synaxarion of Saint Theophanes the Confessor and Ascetic

St. Theophanes the Confessor and Ascetic (Feast Day - September 9)

Verses

You appeared as a majestic star of God,
In as much as you loosened from the darkness of error Theophanes.

This Saint suffered during the reign of the emperors Carus (282-283) and Carinus (283-285), and was born to pagan Greek parents. He came to believe in Christ in a strange manner, when he was very young in age. Once he saw a child who was in danger of dying from the cold, so he removed his own garments and clothed the child with them. Because his father asked him, "Where is your clothing, my child?" the Saint wisely responded, "I clothed Christ with them." Again his father asked, "And who is Christ? We Greeks revere Hermes and Apollo." Then the Saint renounced his father as impious and a Greek pagan, and an Angel of the Lord appeared and took him up to the mountain called Diabenos. There he made himself obedient to an ascetic, who had lived seventy-five years in asceticism. The ascetic accepted him, and together with teaching him the ways of asceticism he also taught him sacred letters. And both teacher and disciple were fed by a divine Angel.

Commemoration of the Holy Third Ecumenical Synod in 431

Commemoration of the Third Ecumenical Synod (Feast Day - September 9)

Verses

A simple man was the God-man Word,
Said the fallen Nestorius concerning Christ.

The Third Ecumenical Synod was convened in the year 431 in the city of Ephesus of Asia Minor during the reign of Emperor Theodosius II the Younger (408-450). The Synod was convened to investigate the false teachings of Patriarch Nestorius of Constantinople (428-431).

Saints and Feasts of September 9


On the ninth is the synaxis of the parents of God's Mother.

Synaxis of the Righteous Ancestors of God Joachim and Anna

Saints Joachim and Anna Resource Page


Commemoration of the Holy Third Ecumenical Synod

Commemoration of the Holy Third Ecumenical Synod in 431


Holy Great Martyr Severian

Saint Severian the Great Martyr of Sebaste


Venerable Theophanes the Confessor, Who Made His Confession and Lived in Asceticism Prior to Diocletian

Synaxarion of Saint Theophanes the Confessor and Ascetic

On Giving Alms With Humility: The Example of St. Theophanes the Confessor


Venerable Joseph, Abbot of Volotsk

St. Joseph of Volotsk, Patron of Orthodox Businessmen

Orthodox Businessmen Find Heavenly Protector in St. Joseph of Volotsk

Friday, September 8, 2017

On the Saving Nativity of our Most Pure Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary (St. Gregory Palamas)


Homily Forty-Two

On the Saving Nativity of our Most Pure Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

(Delivered during the vigil for the feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos, September 8, perhaps in 1352, at the Basilikon Convent in Thessaloniki, which was dedicated to the same feast.)

By St. Gregory Palamas

1. The time is always right to make a beginning of a way of life that will lead to salvation. To prove this, the great Paul says, "Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation" (2 Cor. 6:2). "Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us do the works of light. Let us walk honestly as in the day" (cf Rom. 13:12-13). He does not mean that one particular hour or day is the acceptable time, but the whole period after the manifestation of Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ. When the visible sun has risen upon earth it is time for men to do physical work, as David tells us: "The sun ariseth, and man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening" (ps. 103:22-23). In the same way, since the Sun of righteousness (Mal. 4:2) appeared to us in the flesh, all the time following His appearing is appropriate for spiritual work. The same Prophet makes this point in another passage where, after saying of the Lord's Coming, "The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner" (ps. 118:22), he adds, "This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it" (ps. 117:24). In the case of the visible sun, which is interrupted by the night, he says, "Man goes forth unto his work until the evening", but as the Sun of righteousness knows no evening, and has, according to the Epistle, "no variableness neither shadow of turning" (Jas. 1:17), it offers an unbroken opportunity for spiritual labour.

Saints and Feasts of September 8


Anna brought into the light on the eighth of this month God’s own Mother.

Nativity of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary

Nativity of the Theotokos Resource Page


A Narration on Love Beneficial To All. Saint Nikitas the Chartolarios.

Saint Niketas the Hidden of Constantinople


Saint Athanasios Koulakiotis the Neomartyr who was Martyred in Thessaloniki

Holy New Martyr Athanasios the Koulakiotis (+ 1774)

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Saint John the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Novgorod (+ 1186)

St. John of Novgorod (Feast Day - September 7)

Saint John, Archbishop of Novgorod, was born in Novgorod to pious parents named Nicholas and Christina. He passed his childhood in quiet and peaceful surroundings.

After the death of their parents, John and his brother Gabriel decided to establish a small monastery in honor of the Annunciation of the Most Holy Theotokos with their inheritance.

Saint Cloud of Paris (+ 560)

St. Clodoald of Paris (Feast Day - September 7)

On the death of Clovis, King of the Franks, in the year 511 his kingdom was divided between his four sons, of whom the second was Chlodomer. Saint Clodoald, better known as Cloud, was born in 520 the son of King Chlodomer of Orleans and his wife Guntheuc. When his father was killed in battle in 524 in Burgundy, he and his brothers were brought up by their grandmother Saint Clotilde (June 3) in Paris. He was one of three brothers, all of whom were targeted for assassination by their uncles, King Clotaire I of Soissons and King Childebert of Paris, to prevent them from succeeding to the Frankish throne. Cloud's brothers, Theodoald and Gunther, were killed by Clotaire when they were ten and nine respectively, but Cloud survived by escaping with the aid of brave men to Provence.

Saint Luke of Lycaonia, Abbot of Vatheos Ryakos Monastery

St. Luke of Lycaonia (Feast Day - September 7);
Pictured are ruins of Vatheos Ryakos Monastery

Verses

You were a model of every virtue Luke,
You distanced yourself from every earthly attachment.


Our Holy Father Luke was the third abbot of Vatheos Ryakos Monastery. The first abbot and founder was Saint Basil (July 1), and the second abbot was Ignatios (Sept. 27). He reposed in the late tenth century.

Saints and Feasts of September 7


On the seventh Sozon died, his radiant flesh fiercely beaten.

Forefeast of the Nativity of our Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary

Nativity of the Theotokos Resource Page


Holy Martyr Sozon of Cilicia

Synaxarion of Saint Sozon the Martyr

Saint Sozon the Martyr of Cilicia and Patron of Limnos


Holy Apostles Evodos and Onesiphoros

Holy Apostles Evodos and Onesiphoros of the Seventy

The Apostolic Testimony of Evodos Concerning the Theotokos


Holy Martyr Eupsychios of Caesarea

Saint Eupsychios the Martyr of Caesarea

Saint Eupsychios as a Model for our Lives


Venerable Kassiani the Hymnographer

Saint Kassiani Resource Page


Venerable Luke of Lycaonia, Abbot of the Monastery of Vatheos Ryakos in Triglia

Saint Luke of Lycaonia, Abbot of Vatheos Ryakos Monastery


Venerable Cloud (Clodoald) of Paris

Saint Cloud of Paris (+ 560)


Saint John the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Novgorod

Saint John the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Novgorod (+ 1186)

When St. John of Novgorod Received Miraculous Aid from the Theotokos

The Saint Who Bound A Demon and Rode It Like a Horse


Holy Martyr Sozon of Cyprus

Saint Sozon the Martyr of Cyprus

Saint Kassiani Resource Page

St. Kassiani the Hymnographer (Feast Day - September 7)

Saint Kassiani the Hymnographer

The Tomb of Saint Kassiani in Kasos

The Many Dresses of Kassiani

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Saint Photios the Great on the Blasphemies of Origen


By St. Photios the Great

Bibliotheca (or Myriobiblon)

8. [Origen, On First Principles]

Read Origen's four books On First Principles.1 The first deals with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In this his statements are often blasphemous; thus, he asserts that the Son was created by the Father, the Holy Spirit by the Son; that the Father pervades all existing things, the Son only those that are endowed with reason, the Holy Spirit only those that are saved. He also makes other strange and impious statements, indulging in frivolous talk about the migration of souls, the stars being alive, and the like. This first book is full of fables about the Father, Christ (as he calls the Son), the Holy Spirit, and creatures endowed with reason. In the second book he treats of the world and created things. He asserts that the God of the Law and the Prophets, of the Old and the New Testament, is one and the same; that there was the same Holy Spirit in Moses, the rest of the prophets, and the Holy Apostles. He further discusses the Incarnation of the Savior, the soul, resurrection, punishment, and promises. The third book deals with free will; how the devil and hostile powers, according to the Scriptures, wage war against mankind; that the world was created and is perishable, having had a beginning in time. The fourth book treats of the final end, the divine inspiration of the Scriptures, and the proper manner of reading and understanding them.

Baptism as a Door Towards Spiritual Progress (St. Gregory of Sinai)


By St. Gregory of Sinai

Everyone baptized into Christ should pass progressively through all the stages of Christ's own life, for in baptism he receives the power so to progress, and through the commandments he can discover and learn how to accomplish such progression.

Saints and Feasts of September 6


On the sixth of the month Michael funneled the flow of the river.

Commemoration of the Miracle at Chonae of the Archangel Michael

Archangels Michael and Gabriel Resource Page


Holy Martyrs Romulas, Eudoxios, Zeno, Makarios, the Eleven Thousand Soldier Martyrs and the One Thousand and Four Soldier Martyrs

Holy Martyrs Romulas and 11,000 Soldiers With Him; Holy Martyrs Eudoxios, Zeno, Makarios and 1,104 Soldiers With Them


Holy Martyr Kalodoti

13 Holy Martyrs Beheaded in Alexandria Under Decius Celebrated on September 6th


Holy Martyr Faustus the Presbyter

13 Holy Martyrs Beheaded in Alexandria Under Decius Celebrated on September 6th


Holy Martyrs Makarios and Andrew

13 Holy Martyrs Beheaded in Alexandria Under Decius Celebrated on September 6th


Venerable Bibos the Martyr

13 Holy Martyrs Beheaded in Alexandria Under Decius Celebrated on September 6th


Holy Martyrs Kyriakos, Dionysios and Andronikos

13 Holy Martyrs Beheaded in Alexandria Under Decius Celebrated on September 6th


Holy Martyrs Andropelagia and Thekla

13 Holy Martyrs Beheaded in Alexandria Under Decius Celebrated on September 6th


Holy Martyr Theoktistos the Sea Captain

13 Holy Martyrs Beheaded in Alexandria Under Decius Celebrated on September 6th


Holy Martyr Kyriakos the Commoner

13 Holy Martyrs Beheaded in Alexandria Under Decius Celebrated on September 6th


Holy Martyr Sarapabon the Councillor

13 Holy Martyrs Beheaded in Alexandria Under Decius Celebrated on September 6th


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A Prague Church That Defied Nazi Rule

An extraordinary act of defiance against the Nazi regime took place at Prague’s Cathedral Church of Sts Cyril and Methodius (Credit: Radim Beznoska/Alamy)

The killing of Reinhard Heydrich, a key architect of the Final Solution, was one of the greatest acts of wartime resistance in occupied Europe.

By Lisette Allen
1 September 2017

Prague – the city of 1,000 spires – has no shortage of incredible churches. But only one possesses a vault pockmarked with bullets that draws more visitors than its Baroque edifice above.

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