Thursday, October 19, 2017

Saint Frideswide of Oxford, Patron of Oxford (+ 735)

St. Frideswide of Oxfrod (Feast Day - October 19)

According to her Life which was written down in c. 1125 on the basis of traditions then current in Oxford, Frideswide was born in about the year 680. A Wessex princess, her father, Didan, was a local prince of the region of Oxford and her mother was called Sæthrith. Her upbringing was entrusted to a pious woman called Ethelgith. Very early the young princess showed monastic inclinations, for from childhood her motto had been: 'Whatever is not God is nothing'. When she was a young girl, she was pursued by a certain pagan prince of Mercia, Ethelgar, who sought her in marriage. She escaped his intentions by fleeing into the woods of Binsey, and then down the river Thames with two companions towards the then village of Oxford. Somewhere here she hid for three years, using a former pigsty as her cell. However, Prince Ethelgar still pursued her, but was then struck blind. It was only through his repentance and Frideswide's prayers that his sight was restored. Thereafter she was left in peace to follow the monastic path.

Saint Varus and Praying for Those Who Died Unbaptized


Saint Varus, commemorated on October 19th, is especially honored by Russian Orthodox Christians as the patron of those who have died outside the Orthodox Christian faith, and of young children who are ill or have died either by illness or during birth or even in the womb.

In 2008, the Archangel Cathedral in the Kremlin after restoration, opened the chapel dedicated to Saint Varus. This chapel was built in the 17th century because at that time, the Time of Troubles, many children died without being baptized. Patriarch Hermogenes at the time blessed the commemoration of Saint Varus to ease the fate of the children who were dying without baptism. It is from this time that the Canon to Saint Varus originates.

Holy Prophet Joel

Holy Prophet Joel (Feast Day - October 19)

Verses

On earth Joel was made known through tragic suffering,
From the earth he went to a place having power over suffering.
On the nineteenth Joel met his fate in the grave.

The Prophet Joel, whose name means "Yahweh is God," was of the tribe of Reuben, the son of Bathuel, and lived from 810 to 750 B.C. (but some say in the 7th century B.C.). His book is divided into three chapters, and is the second in order of the so-called minor prophets.

On the Occasion of the Glorification of Saint John of Kronstadt (St. John Maximovitch)


Righteous John, Wonderworker of Kronstadt
19 October/1 November

On the Occasion of his Glorification

By Saint John, Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice!
A new God-pleaser is being glorified by the Church.

A new intercessor and mediator for sinful men has openly appeared in heaven. Not from the present day has he become a saint. From the day of his removal to the Kingdom of Heaven he entered into the choir of the saints, and with them he mediates for them that turn to him for help. With them he glorifies the Creator and delights in inexpressible joy. Already for a long time, even during his life, many have been venerating him as a God-pleaser. The miracles performed by him testified to this. But that was only the opinion of feeling of individual persons, and panichidas were performed for him, as for ordinary people. Now, though, the Church states:

Saints and Feasts of October 19


On the nineteenth Joel met his fate in the grave.

Holy Prophet Joel

Holy Prophet Joel

Joel, the Prophet of Pentecost

Holy Prophet Joel as a Model for our Lives

Prophets and Prophecy in the Church


Holy Martyr Varus and the Venerable Cleopatra

Holy Martyr Varus and the Devout Cleopatra (St. Dimitri of Rostov)

Holy Martyr Varus and the Devout Cleopatra (St. Nikolai Velimirovich)

Saint Varus and Praying for Those Who Died Unbaptized


Holy Six Venerable Martyrs with Saint Varus

Holy Martyr Varus and the Devout Cleopatra (St. Dimitri of Rostov)

Holy Martyr Varus and the Devout Cleopatra (St. Nikolai Velimirovich)


Holy Martyr Sadoth the Bishop and the One Hundred and Twenty With Him

Holy Martyr Sadoth and the 120 Martyrs with him


Saint Mnason of Cyprus, the Old Disciple

Saint Mnason of Cyprus, the Old Disciple


Venerable John the Wonderworker, Who Lived in Asceticism in Rila

The Life and Last Testament of St. John of Rila

The Relationship Between a Tsar Peter of Bulgaria and Sant John of Rila

The Hand of Saint John of Rila


Venerable Prochorus of Pechenga

Saint Prohor of Pcinja Monastery


Saint Frideswide of Oxford

Saint Frideswide of Oxford, Patron of Oxford (+ 735)


Holy Tsarevich Demetrius of Moscow

Holy Tsarevich Demetrius of Moscow (+ 1591)


Saint John the Wonderworker of Kronstadt

Saint John of Kronstadt Resource Page


Holy Week of Saint Demetrios the Myrrhgusher (Oct. 19 - Oct. 26)

The Holy Week Services of St. Demetrios the Myrrhgusher

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

"On the Personalities of Contemporary Charismatic Elders" (Metr. Athanasios of Limassol)



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Holy New Martyrs Gabriel and Kyrmidoles of Egypt (+ 1522)

Sts. Gabriel and Kyrmidoles of Egypt (Feast Day - October 18)

Verses

Both Kyrmidoles and Gabriel,
Contested together and were crowned together.

Gabriel and Kyrmidoles were born and raised in Egypt during the reigns of Sultan Selim I (1512-1520) and his son Suleiman the Magnificent (1520-1566). Both young men had wealthy and pious parents, and received a good education.

The two Christian brothers lived in Cairo next to a mosque, and were secretaries to some very high government officials. One day they were accused before Emir Haer Mek of Egypt by some neighbors, mostly out of envy, of being in the habit of throwing their garbage against the wall of the mosque next door to them. The Muslims considered this to be a great dishonor and insult to Islam.

Saint Peter of Cetinje, Metropolitan of Montenegro (+ 1830)

St. Peter of Cetinje (Feast Day - October 18)

Saint Peter was born in Njegushi, Montenegro on April 1, 1747. He was tonsured a monk and ordained to the diaconate when he was only seventeen. He accompanied his uncle Bishop Basil to Russia the following year in order to study there. His uncle died within a year after arriving in Russia, and so Peter was obliged to return to Montenegro.

The young deacon was ordained to the holy priesthood, and was later elevated to the rank of archimandrite. Saint Peter assisted Metropolitan Sava in the administration of the diocese until that hierarch died in 1781. Saint Peter seemed the logical choice to succeed him.

Saints and Feasts of October 18


On the eighteenth Luke reached his life’s end.

Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke

Apostle Luke Resource Page


Holy Martyr Marinos the Elder

Holy Martyr Marinos the Elder


Venerable Julian the Hermit of the Euphrates River

Saint Julian Sabas the Hermit of the Euphrates River


Venerable Symeon and Theodore, Founders of the Holy Monastery of Mega Spelaion, with Euphrosyne the Shepherdess

Where the Apostle Luke Wrote His Gospel and Celebrated the Divine Liturgy

The Holy Monastery of Mega Spelaion in Kalavryta (1)

The Holy Monastery of Mega Spelaion in Kalavryta (2)

The Courageous Reply of the Monks of Mega Spelaion In 1827


Holy New Martyrs Isidore and his Two Children George and Irene

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


Holy New Martyrs Gabriel and Kyrmidoles of Egypt

Holy New Martyrs Gabriel and Kyrmidoles of Egypt (+ 1522)


Saint Peter of Cetinje, Metropolitan of Montenegro

Saint Peter of Cetinje, Metropolitan of Montenegro (+ 1830)


Synaxis of Panagia Machairiotissa

The Monastery of Panagia of Machairas in Cyprus

Apostle Luke Resource Page

St. Luke the Evangelist (Feast Day - October 18)

Verses

"At Emmaus I was once prevented from seeing,"
Luke now says, "I see you clearly now O Christ."
On the eighteenth Luke reached his life’s end.

Synaxarion of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke

Saint Luke the Evangelist as a Model for our Lives

The Apostle Luke as Physician and Healer

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Synaxis of All the Holy and Wonderworking Unmercenaries


Synaxarion

On the seventeenth of this month [October] we honor the Synaxis of All the Holy and Wonderworking Unmercenaries (twenty in number).

Verses

I ever honor together the Unmercenaries,
Being gathered here in their church.
The twenty-numbered phalanx of the Unmercenaries,
O choir, save those who entreat you.
Twenty, therefore, Unmercenaries, I ever hymn.

Holy Martyrs and Unmercenaries Kosmas and Damian of Arabia, and their Brothers Leontios, Anthimos and Euprepios

Sts. Kosmas, Damian, Leontios, Anthimos and Euprepios (Feast Day - October 17)

Verses

To Kosmas and Damian.
From the race of Arabians by the sword,
I saw the Unmercenaries as divinely excelling in valor.

To Leontios.
Leontios by his beheading destroyed error,
Like an Ant-lion, as the Book of Job says.

To Anthimos and Euprepios.
Beheaded Anthimos and Euprepios,
Blossomed forth brightly and still most-beautifully.

Synaxarion of the Translation and Placement of the Holy Relics of Saint Lazarus

Translation and Placement of the Relics of St. Lazarus (Feast Day - October 17)

Verses

For the Translation.
The friend of Christ is carried through the city gates,
"Lazarus come forth" is said in imitation of Christ.

For the Placement.
Dead Lazarus was concealed in New Rome,
Showing itself to be another Bethany.

Saints and Feasts of October 17


On the seventeenth the body of Hosea was buried.

Holy Prophet Hosea

Holy Prophet Hosea

The Prophet Hosea and his Allegorical Marriage


Holy Venerable Martyr Andrew who is in Krisi

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Andrew who is in Krisi

The Saint Who Was Buried By Twelve Demoniacs


Holy Five Martyrs and Unmercenaries Kosmas and Damian of Arabia, and their Brothers Leontios, Anthimos and Euprepios

Holy Martyrs and Unmercenaries Kosmas and Damian of Arabia, and their Brothers Leontios, Anthimos and Euprepios


The Translation and Placement of the Sacred Relics of the Holy and Righteous Lazarus in Constantinople

Synaxarion of the Translation and Placement of the Holy Relics of Saint Lazarus

Saturday of Lazarus Resource Page


Saint Bondarenko the Fool for Christ

Ukrainian Orthodox Church Canonizes Bartholomew (Bondarenko) the Fool for Christ (+ 1931)


Synaxis of All the Holy and Wonderworking Unmercenaries

Synaxis of All the Holy and Wonderworking Unmercenaries


Synaxis of All Saints of the Metropolis of Hydra, Spetses and Aegina

Synaxis of All Saints of the Metropolis of Hydra, Spetses and Aegina

Monday, October 16, 2017

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Longinus the Centurion

St. Longinus the Centurion (Feast Day - October 16)

Verses

Prior to his beheading Longinus once again,
Called on you O Christ as the Son of God.
On the sixteenth Longinus was slaughtered with the sword.

This Saint lived during the reign of Tiberius Caesar (14-37), and was from the area of Cappadocia. He was a centurion according to office, under Pilate the governor of Judea. By him he was ordered to serve at the honorable and salvific Passion of Christ, together with the soldiers subject to him, and to guard the sealed tomb. When he beheld the miracles that took place at the Crucifixion of the Lord, namely the earthquake, the darkening of the sun, the tearing from top to bottom of the veil of the Temple, the ripping apart of the rocks, the opening of the tombs when many of the reposed Saints rose and appeared to many, and having as I said seen these things, he cried out with a loud voice and said, "Truly He was the Son of God." This is commonly testified by the three divine Evangelists Matthew, Mark and Luke. Because of this, when the Jews offered him silver coins to speak falsehood concerning the Resurrection of the Lord, and to say that He was stolen by His disciples, the renowned one did not accept the silver coins. Instead he along with two of his soldiers who he later was martyred with returned these coins.

Saint Longinus the Gatekeeper of the Kiev Caves

St. Longinus the Gatekeeper of the Kiev Caves (Feast Day - October 16)

Saint Longinus, the Gatekeeper of the Far Kiev Caves, made his monastic obedience at the Lavra of the Kiev Caves. His prayerful fervor and humble love for work were rewarded by the Lord. The venerable gatesman was granted the gift of discernment. He encouraged the people who came to the Lavra with good intent, but he denounced those inclined to wickedness and urged them to repentance.

Saint Domna of Tomsk, the Fool for Christ (+ 1872)

St. Domna of Tomsk (Feast Day - October 16)

The holy fool Saint Domna (Karpovna) was born into a noble family in the central Ukraine around the beginning of the nineteenth century. Orphaned at an early age, Domna grew up in her aunt’s house. She received an excellent education, and was able to speak several languages. She was a beautiful girl, and therefore she had many suitors who hoped to marry her. The righteous one, however, desired to preserve her virginity for the Lord’s sake. When she discovered that her relatives wished to force her to be married, she left the house in secret, dressed in plain clothing, and she went on pilgrimage to the holy places. Since she had no documents to prove her identity, she was arrested under the name of Maria Slepchenko and exiled to Siberia, where she settled in the city of Tomsk. There she undertook the exploit of foolishness for the sake of Christ.

Saint Gall, Enlightener of Switzerland (+ 646)


It was in Ireland that St. Gall was born, just about the time that St. Comgall founded his famous monastery of Bangor (c. 555) where St. Gall was sent by his parents to be educated. There the young Cellach (St. Gall's name at birth) became well-versed in both Sacred Scripture and poetry.

St. Comgall was a strict and righteous ascetic who guided several thousand monks. Among his disciples was St. Columban (not to be confused with St. Columba or Columcille of Iona) who ordained St. Gall to the priesthood after the latter had spent some years in ascetic labors. With St. Comgull's blessing, St. Gall was chosen together with eleven other monks to accompany St. Columban on a missionary venture.

Saints and Feasts of October 16


On the sixteenth Longinus was slaughtered with the sword.

Holy Martyr Longinus the Centurion

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Longinus the Centurion

Holy Martyr Longinus the Centurion


Two Soldiers Killed With Saint Longinus

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Longinus the Centurion

Holy Martyr Longinus the Centurion


Venerable Gall, Enlightener of Switzerland

Saint Gall, Enlightener of Switzerland (+ 646)


Venerable Longinus the Gatekeeper of the Kiev Caves

Saint Longinus the Gatekeeper of the Kiev Caves


Holy New Martyr John of Tourkoleka

Holy New Martyr John of Tourkoleka (+ 1816)


Saint Domna of Tomsk, the Fool for Christ

Saint Domna of Tomsk, the Fool for Christ (+ 1872)

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Saint Sabinus the Wonderworker, Bishop of Catania (+ 760)

St. Sabinus of Catania (Feast Day - October 15)

Verses

Sabinus lived a life equal to the Angels,
In death he joined the chorus of Angels.

Synaxis of All Saints of Kios

Synaxis of All Saints of Kios (Feast Day - Sunday Between October 11 and 17)

On the first Sunday after October 10th, the God-bearing Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Synod are honored and celebrated, which took place in Nicaea of Bithynia in Asia Minor. At this Synod it was decided to restore the Holy Icons and Iconoclasm was condemned. On this same day are commemorate all the Saints who were from Kios in Asia Minor. These are Saint Eustathios the Bishop of Kios (Mar. 29), Venerable Martyr Ignatios of Kios (Oct. 8), Venerable Martyr Makarios the New who was martyred in Prousa in the year 1590 (Oct. 6), and Holy New Martyr Athanasios (July 24).

Gospel Commentary for the Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost (St. Theophylact of Ochrid)


Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost (or Fourth Sunday of Luke)
The Parable of the Sower

Luke 8:5-15

From The Explanation of the Gospel of St. Luke

By Blessed Theophylact, Archbishop of Ochrid and Bulgaria

4-10. And when many people were gathered together, and were come to Him out of every city, He spake by a parable: "A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the way; and it was trodden down, and the winged creatures of the air devoured it. And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold." And when He had said these things, He cried, "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear." And His disciples asked Him, saying, "What might this parable be?" And He said, "Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand."

Saints and Feasts of the Sunday Between October 11 and 17


Commemoration of the Seventh Ecumenical Synod

Commemoration of the Seventh Ecumenical Synod


Synaxis of All Saints of Kios

Synaxis of All Saints of Kios

Saints and Feasts of October 15


On the fifteenth Lucian died devoured by hunger.

Holy Hieromartyr Lucian, Presbyter of the Church of Antioch

Saint Lucian the Hieromartyr of Antioch

The Orthodoxy of Lucian of Antioch


Saint Sabinus the Wonderworker, Bishop of Catania

Saint Sabinus the Wonderworker, Bishop of Catania (+ 760)


Saint Euthymios the New of Peristera Monastery

Saint Euthymios the New of Peristera Monastery (+ 894)


Icon of the Mother of God the Multiplier of Wheat

Icon of the Mother of God the Multiplier of Wheat

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Finding of the Relics of Saints Gervasios and Protasios by Saint Ambrose of Milan

Relics of Sts. Ambrose, Gervasios and Protasios in Milan

Saint Ambrose in a letter to his sister gives an account of the finding of the bodies of Saints Gervasios and Protasios, and of his addresses to the people on that occasion. Preaching from Psalm 19, he allegorically expounded the "heavens" to represent the martyrs and apostles, and the "day" he takes to be their confession. They were humbled by God, and then raised again. He then gives an account of the state in which their bodies were found, and of their translation to the basilica. In another address he speaks of the joy of the Catholics and the malice of the Arians who denied the miracles that were being wrought, as the Jews used to do, and points out that their faith is quite different from that of the martyrs, and that since the devils acknowledge the Trinity, and they do not, they are worse than the very devils themselves.

Saint Kosmas the Poet, Bishop of Maiuma

St. Kosmas the Poet (Feast Day - October 14)

Verses

Kosmas departed where there is all delight,
Leaving behind his music for the delight of the Church.

Our Venerable Father Kosmas the Poet, Bishop of Maiuma, is also known as the Hagiopolites ("of the Holy City"), namely of Jerusalem. When he was very young, he was left an orphan, therefore he was adopted by the father of Saint John of Damascus, whose name was Sergius, and he made him his foster-son. Because Sergius was a man of high rank and great wealth in that city, he took into his home a wise and learned teacher, whose name was also Kosmas. This Kosmas, also known as Kosmas the Monk, was from Sicily where he became a monk, and having been captured there in a raid by the Saracens, he was brought to Damascus, where he was bought by Sergius. Kosmas the Monk taught young John and Kosmas every form of divine and human wisdom. In a short time they had a complete knowledge of grammar and philosophy, as well as astronomy, music and geometry. In this way they became revered and respected by all. After they received a well-rounded education, the two brothers went to Jerusalem in 743 to become monks at the Lavra of Saint Savvas.

Holy Hieromartyr Silvanus the Elder of Gaza

St. Silvanus the Martyr of Gaza (Feast Day - October 14)

Verses

To Silvanus.
Silvanus approached for his neck to be cut off by the sword,
Hence Silvanus was seen to cut off error.

To the Forty Martyrs of Egypt and Palestine.
Two times twenty Martyrs endured the sword,
Endured by Egypt and Palestine.


The History of the Martyrs in Palestine

By Eusebius of Caesarea

The Confession of Silvanus and of Those With Him

In the Eighth Year of the Persecution of our Days (A.D. 310).

Saints and Feasts of October 14


On the fourteenth Nazarios and the three with him were beheaded.

Holy Martyrs Nazarios, Gervasios, Protasios and Celsus

Four Martyrs of Milan - Nazarios, Gervasios, Protasios and Celsus

The Finding of the Relics of Saints Gervasios and Protasios by Saint Ambrose of Milan


Venerable Kosmas the Poet, Bishop of Maiuma

Saint Kosmas the Poet, Bishop of Maiuma


Holy Hieromartyr Silvanus the Elder

Holy Hieromartyr Silvanus the Elder of Gaza


Holy Forty Martyrs of Egypt and Palestine

Holy Hieromartyr Silvanus the Elder of Gaza


Holy Martyr Peter the Absalamite

Holy Martyr Peter the Absalamite


Venerable Paraskevi the New of Epivato

Saint Paraskevi the New of Epivato

Saint Paraskevi the New and Her Feast Day in Romania


Saint Ignatios Agallianos, Metropolitan of Mithymna, the Wonderworker

Saint Ignatios Agallianos, Metropolitan of Mithymna, the Wonderworker (+ 1566)


Venerable Pachomios of Chios

Life and Spiritual Counsels of Saint Pachomios of Chios (+ 1905)

The Miracle of St. Paraskevi in 1442 on the Island of Chios


Feast of Svetistkholoba (Life-Giving Column) in Georgia

Thousands Gather in Georgia for Svetistkholoba

Friday, October 13, 2017

Synaxis of Panagia Eleftherotria in Salamina


The Church of Panagia Eleftherotria (the Liberator) is located on the hill Patrice on the Saronic island of Salamina. The church was a solemn promise of the island's people for their liberation from the Germans in World War 2. At this hill many were killed because the hill was a minefield.

Holy Hieromartyr Benjamin the Deacon of Persia

St. Benjamin the Deacon of Persia (Feast Day - October 13)

Verses

Benjamin is a sheep but not a wolf,
Who was seized by wolves and sacrificed but does not sacrifice.

By Theodoret of Cyrus

Ecclesiastical History (Bk. 5, Ch. 38)

At this time Isdigirdes, King of the Persians, began to wage war against the churches and the circumstances which caused him so to do were as follows. A certain bishop, Abdas by name, adorned with many virtues, was stirred with undue zeal and destroyed a Pyreum, Pyreum being the name given by the Persians to the temples of the fire which they regarded as their God.

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyrs Karpos, Papylos, Agathadoros and Agathonike

Sts. Karpos, Papylos, Agathodoros and Agathonike (Feast Day - October 13)

Verses

To Karpos and Papylos.
Karpos and Papylos both fruits of God,
By your beheading the celestial tent opened.

To Agathodoros.
The numerous gifts of Agathodoros strengthens,
The numerous who contest with terrible scourging.

To Agathonike.
No one hinders you Martyr Agathonike,
A female from going to the divine by an end from the sword.

On the thirteenth Karpos and Papylos were slain by the sword.

Saint Benjamin of the Kiev Caves

St. Benjamin of the Kiev Caves (Feast Day - October 13)

Saint Benjamin of the Kiev Caves lived during the fourteenth century, and before accepting monasticism was an important and wealthy merchant. Once at the time of divine services Saint Benjamin applied to his own case the words of the Psalmist about "the mouth that speaks lies and the tongue that has set forth deceit" (Ps. 11:3; 49:19). "Where is the merchant," he said to himself, "who has never told a lie and who will be able to escape punishment?" A little later he felt deeply in his heart the words of the Savior: "It is difficult for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God" (Mt. 19:23). After distributing his wealth to the needy, Saint Benjamin became a monk at the Kiev Caves Lavra, “pleasing the Lord by fasting and prayer and poverty and obedience even unto death.” He was buried in the Far Caves of Saint Theodosius.

Saints and Feasts of October 13


On the thirteenth Karpos and Papylos were slain by the sword.

Holy Martyrs Karpos, Papylos, Agathadoros and Agathonike

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyrs Karpos, Papylos, Agathadoros and Agathonike


Holy Martyr Florentios

Saint Florentios the Martyr of Thessaloniki


Holy Hieromartyr Benjamin the Deacon, Who Was Martyred in Persia

Holy Hieromartyr Benjamin the Deacon of Persia


Venerable Benjamin of the Kiev Caves

Saint Benjamin of the Kiev Caves


Holy Neomartyr Chryse (Zlata) of Meglen

Holy New Martyr Chryse of Meglen (+ 1796)

Holy New Martyr Zlata of Meglen (+ 1796)

Holy Neomartyr Chryse as a Model for our Lives


Holy Hieromartyr Jacob of Hamatoura

Holy Hieromartyr Jacob of Hamatoura

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Holy Martyrs Provos, Tarachos and Andronikos

Sts. Provos, Tarachos and Andronikos (Feast Day - October 12)

Verses

Tarachos, Andronikos and Provos by a sword,
Were taken up victoriously advancing beyond disturbance.
On the twelfth Provos, Tarachos and Andronikos were beheaded.

These three Holy Martyrs contested during the reign of Emperor Diocletian (284-305). They were Tarachos (Tarachus), a Roman who was a native of Claudiopolis in Isauria and a former soldier, the plebeian Provos (Probus) of Side in Pamphylia, and the patrician Andronikos (Andronicus), who belonged to a prominent family of Ephesus. The three were brought before the governor Numerian Maximus for being Christians, and they boldly confessed Christ. For this they were horribly tortured three times in various cities, including Tarsus, Mopsuestia, and Anazarbus of Cilicia.

Holy Martyr Anastasia the Virgin

St. Anastasia the Virgin (Feast Day - October 12)

Verses

Welcoming being conducted to her beheading,
Was the right-victorious Martyr Anastasia.

This Saint lived during the reign of the emperors Decius (249-251) and Valerian (253-260). She was from Rome, and lived in asceticism from her youth in a monastery together with four other virgins, that was directed by a woman named Sophia. Anastasia was accused of being a Christian and insulting the pagan gods to Governor Probus, and she was brought before him bound in iron chains. Having boldly confessed before him her Christian faith, and being unmoved by flatteries and threats alike, she was given over to torture.

The Life of Saint Symeon the New Theologian in Iconography


Young St. Symeon being taught by his elder, St. Symeon the Devout

Saints and Feasts of October 12


On the twelfth Provos, Tarachos and Andronikos were beheaded.

Holy Martyrs Provos, Tarachos and Andronikos

Holy Martyrs Provos, Tarachos and Andronikos

Saints Provos, Tarachos and Andronikos as Models for our Lives


Holy Martyr Domnina of Anazarbus

Saint Domnina of Anazarbus


Holy Martyr Anastasia the Virgin

Holy Martyr Anastasia the Virgin


Venerable Symeon the New Theologian

Saint Symeon the New Theologian Resource Page


Venerable Theosevios of Arsinoe in Cyprus

Saint Theosevios of Arsinoe in Cyprus


Holy Thief of Golgotha

Why The Good Thief Was Pardoned

Did Only One Thief Insult Christ on the Cross?

The Miraculous Healing of St. Porphyrios of Gaza by the Thief on the Cross

The First Chapel Dedicated to the Holy Thief of Golgotha


Translation of the Relics of Saint Savvas the Sanctified from Rome to Jerusalem (1965)

Saint Savvas the Sanctified Resource Page


Synaxis of All Saints of Athens

Synaxis of All Saints of Athens


Synaxis of Panagia Eleftherotria in Salamina

Synaxis of Panagia Eleftherotria in Salamina


Saint Symeon the New Theologian Resource Page

St. Symeon the New Theologian (Feast Day - October 12)

Verses

Before you had a tongue instead of books,
Whereas now instead of your tongue, we also have your books.

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The Life of Saint Symeon the New Theologian in Iconography

Saint Symeon the New Theologian as a Model for our Lives

On St. Symeon the New Theologian's First Vision of Uncreated Glory

The Core Theological Message of St. Symeon the New Theologian

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Commemoration of the Miracle of the Icon of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Beirut


At the fourth session of the Seventh Ecumenical Synod in 787, Saint Peter, Bishop of Nicomedia, in defending the necessity of icon veneration, presented an account attributed to Saint Athanasius the Great about a miracle which occurred in the city of Beirut (Berytus) of Phoenicia.

In this city, near the Jewish synagogue, lived a certain Christian. When he moved to another place, he left behind an icon of our Lord Jesus Christ. A Jew, who moved into the house, paid no attention to the icon. Once, his friend noticed the image of Jesus Christ on the wall, and said to the homeowner, “Why do you, a Jew, have an icon in your house?” He then went to the synagogue and reported this transgression of Jewish law.

Holy Martyrs Zenaida and Philonella the Sisters

Sts. Zenaida and Philonella (Feast Day - October 11)

Verses

The friends of peace reposed in peace,
Both Zenais together with Philonella.

The holy sisters Zenaida (or Zenais) and Philonella were born in the district of Tarsus early in the first century. They were cousins of the Apostle Paul and were born into a highly educated Jewish family. Both sisters had a natural intelligence and a love for learning. When they entered the famous school at Tarsus to study philosophy, the sisters were instantly attracted to the lectures of the medical theorists. Their cousin Jason, Bishop of Tarsus, was an early convert to Christianity and a follower of their kinsman, the Apostle Paul.

Saint Leonid of Optina (+ 1841)

St. Leonid of Optina (Feast Day - October 11)

Leo Nagolkin, the future Saint Leonid, was born in Karachev in the Orlov Province in 1768. As a young man he worked for a merchant, making long and frequent trips on his employer’s business. He met all sorts of people, and this experience helped him later in life when visitors of diverse backgrounds would come to him for spiritual advice.

Leo first entered Optina Monastery in 1797, but remained for only two years. Then he went to White Bluff monastery in the Orlov diocese, where Hieromonk Basil (Kiskin) was abbot. He tonsured Leo as a monk in 1801, giving him the new name Leonid. In December of that year, Father Leonid was ordained as a deacon and then as a priest.

Synaxarion of Saint Theophilos the Confessor

St. Theophilos the Confessor (Feast Day - October 10)

Verses

By your works Theophilos you showed forth your calling,
For you contested on behalf of the divine-human icon.

Our blessed Father Theophilos was born three stades from Tiberiopolis, which in Bulgarian is known as Strumica, to pious and Orthodox parents. He was baptized when he was three years old. His parents then took him to a mountain called Selention,* and there they found our Holy Father Stephen, received his blessing, and returned again to their home. From that time the sacred child occupied himself with sacred letters.

Saints and Feasts of October 11


Philip the liturgist received his reward on the eleventh.

Holy Apostle Philip of the Seventy, One of the Seven Deacons

Holy Apostle Philip of the Seventy, One of the Seven Deacons


Holy Confessor Theophanes the Graptos, Bishop of Nicaea

Saint Theophanes the Graptos, Who Was Branded With Twelve Iambic Verses


Holy Martyrs Zenaida and Philonella the Sisters

Holy Martyrs Zenaida and Philonella the Sisters


Saint Jonah of Pergamos in Cyprus

Saint Jonah the Hermit of Pergamos


Saint Philotheos Kokkinos, Patriarch of Constantinople

Saint Philotheos Kokkinos (+ 1379)


Saint Savvas of Vatopaidi

Saint Savvas of Vatopaidi, the Fool for Christ (+ 1349)


Venerable Leonid of Optina

Saint Leonid of Optina (+ 1841)

On Prayer For Those Who Commit Suicide and For the Departed Non-Orthodox


Commemoration of the Miracle of the Icon of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Beirut

Commemoration of the Miracle of the Icon of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Beirut


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Saint Bassianos at Constantinople

St. Bassianos (Feast Day - October 10)

Verses

Bassianos is absent from life below,
Rejoicing as he advances above.

Our Venerable Father Bassianos (or Bassian, Basianus) was from Syria, and during the reign of Emperor Marcian (450-457) he came to Constantinople and founded a monastery. There he gained fame for his virtues and miracles, so that Emperor Marcian built a church in his name to honor him. His disciples increased to three hundred in number.

Saint Ambrose of Optina (+ 1891)

St. Ambrose of Optina (Feast Day - October 10)

Alexander Michailovich Grenkov was born November 23, 1812 in the Russian province of Tambov. His parents raised him strictly and with fervent piety. Since he was of a priestly family, it was no surprise when he entered the Tambov Theological Seminary in 1830. He did well in his studies and was ranked among the top students.

About a year before graduation Alexander became seriously ill. He promised that if God healed him, he would become a monk. Although his prayer was answered, Alexander seemed to forget his promise.

Saint Pinytus, Bishop of Knossos

St. Pinytus of Knossos (Feast Day - October 10)

Saint Pinytus was the Bishop of Knossos in Crete in the late second century. He was considered one of the foremost ecclesiastical writers of his time by Eusebius of Caesarea.

Saints and Feasts of October 10


On the tenth Eulampios was beheaded with his sister.

Holy Martyrs Eulampios and Eulampia the Siblings

Saints Eulampios and Eulampia the Siblings


Holy Two Hundred Martyrs

Saints Eulampios and Eulampia the Siblings


Saint Pinytus, Bishop of Knossos

Saint Pinytus, Bishop of Knossos


Venerable Bassianos at Constantinople

Saint Basianos at Constantinople


Venerable Theophilos the Confessor

Synaxarion of Saint Theophilos the Confessor


Venerable Longinus the Stylite

Synaxarion of Saint Theophilos the Confessor


Holy Twenty-Six Venerable Martyrs of Zographou

26 Holy Martyrs of Zographou Monastery

The Holy 26 Martyrs of Zographou as Models for our Lives


Saint Dionysios the Philosopher

Saint Dionysios the Philosopher (+ 1611)


Holy New Martyr Dionysios of Vatopaidi

Holy New Martyr Dionysios of Vatopaidi (+ 1822)


Venerable Ambrose of Optina

Saint Ambrose of Optina (+ 1891)


Monday, October 9, 2017

The Patristic Interpretation of the Seduction of Lot By His Two Daughters


By John Sanidopoulos

Genesis 19:30-38 describes how Lot's two daughters, shortly after the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, got their father drunk on wine, engaged in sexual intercourse with him on two successive nights, though he was unaware due to intoxication, and became pregnant, and eventually gave birth to two sons Moab and Benammi. Their sons, born of incest, are described as founding the Moabite and Ammonite nations, which became continuous enemies of Israel.

This scandalous event in the Book of Genesis has long troubled interpreters, especially when one considers the fact that Ruth was a descendant of Moab, and her offspring became a descendant of Jesus Christ. This means that one of the descendants of Christ was born through incest, between Lot and his oldest daughter. It also troubles readers because they don't know what to make of it, since incest seems so obviously wrong on many levels.

Synaxarion of the Holy and Righteous Abraham and Lot

Righteous Abraham and Lot (Feast Day - October 9)

Verses

To Abraham.
When Abraham died, what abode did he go to?
For there is no other bosom, than the abode of Lazarus.

To Lot.
For Lot heaven was like a new Zoar,
Which he arrived at after fleeing the fire of this life.

Who Was the Apostle James the Son of Alphaeus?

St. James the son of Alphaeus (Feast Day - October 9)

James, the son of Alphaeus, was an Apostle of Christ and was numbered among the Twelve Disciples. In the three Synoptic Gospels, his name is listed in the list of twelve (Matthew 10:3, Mark 3:18, Luke 6:15), but other information about him is not reported. He was perhaps the brother of the Apostle Jude and/or the brother of the Apostle Matthew, though we are never explicitly told that James son of Alphaeus had a brother.

Some believe, according to tradition, that James was a tax collector, who after Pentecost preached in Judea, and then went to Edessa with the Apostle Andrew. He then preached the gospel in Gaza and Eleutheropolis.

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