Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Saints Spyridon and Nikodemos the Prosphora-Bakers of the Kiev Caves

Sts. Spyridon and Nikodemos of the Kiev Caves (Feast Day - October 31)

Saints Spyridon and Nikodemos the Prosphora-Bakers of the Kiev Caves fulfilled their obedience of baking prosphora for thirty years.

Saint Spyridon was a pious and simple man and charitable in his deeds when he came to the monastery in the time of Abbot Pimen (1132-1141), no longer a young man. The ascetic combined his hard work with unceasing prayer and the singing of Psalms. Even during his life Saint Spyridon was glorified by miracles. He was illiterate, but knew the entire Psalter by heart, and would sing the entire Psalter on a daily basis, whether he was chopping wood for the fire, kneading the dough, walking or resting.

Holy Hieromartyr John Kochurov, Missionary to America and First Clergy Martyr of the Russian Revolution (+ 1917)

St. John Kochurov (Feast Day - October 31)

The Life of Saint John Kochurov, Hieromartyr

Missionary in America

First Clergy Martyr of the Russian Revolution

On October 31, 1917, in Tsarskoye Selo, a bright new chapter, full of earthly grief and heavenly joy, was opened in the history of sanctity in the Russian Church: the holiness of the New-Martyrs of the twentieth century. The opening of this chapter is linked to the name of the Russian Orthodox shepherd who became one of the first to give his soul for his flock during this twentieth century of fighters against God: Archpriest John Kochurov.

Saints and Feasts of October 31


On the thirty-first the six Apostles found their end.

Holy Apostles Stachys, Apelles, Amplias, Urban, Narcissus and Aristobulus of the Seventy

Holy Apostles Stachys, Apelles, Amplias, Urban, Narcissus and Aristobulus of the Seventy


Holy Martyr Epimachus of Egypt

Holy Martyr Epimachus of Egypt


Commemoration of an Anonymous Confessor

Commemoration of an Anonymous Confessor Under Julian the Apostate

Commemoration of an Anonymous Confessor


Saint James, Bishop of Nisibis (Mygdonia)

Saint James, Bishop of Nisibis


Holy Martyrs Gordianus and Epimachus

Holy Martyrs Gordianus and Epimachus


Venerable Spyridon and Nikodemos the Prosphora-Bakers of the Kiev Caves

Saints Spyridon and Nikodemos the Prosphora-Bakers of the Kiev Caves


100,000 Holy Martyrs of Tbilisi by the Mongols

100,000 Holy Martyrs of Tbilisi By the Muslims


Holy New Martyr Nicholas of Chios

Holy New Martyr Nicholas of Chios (+ 1754)


Holy Hieromartyr John Kochurov, Missionary to America and First Clergy Martyr of the Russian Revolution

Holy Hieromartyr John Kochurov, Missionary to America and First Clergy Martyr of the Russian Revolution (+ 1917)


Monday, October 30, 2017

Holy Hieromartyr Marcian, Bishop of Syracuse

St. Marcian of Syracuse (Feast Day - October 30)

Verses

Marcian well-minded in the household of Christ,
Was killed by hanging by the killers of Christ.

Saint Marcian was the father according to the flesh of Saint Pankratios, and while our Lord Jesus Christ was still alive physically on the earth and worked wonders, he heard of His miracles, and taking his son Pankratios and his wife they went from Antioch to Jerusalem to see the Lord, but since He already Ascended to Heaven, they were thus baptized by the Apostle Peter. Marcian and Pankratios then became disciples of the Apostle Peter.

Holy Apostle Cleopas of the Seventy

St. Cleopas the Apostle (Feast Day - October 30)

Verses

Cleopas does not see you as before O Word,
But now he sees clearly, delighting in your vision.

Cleopas appears in Luke 24:13-27 as one of two disciples walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus. Cleopas is named in verse 18, while his companion remains unnamed though he is traditionally identified with the Apostle Luke.

Saint Joseph I Galesiotes, Patriarch of Constantinople (+ 1283)

Saint Joseph I of Constantinople (Feast Day - October 30)

Verses

Among the Patriarchs Joseph shines greatly,
With the Patriarchs he has a heavenly tent.

Joseph I Galesiotes was a highly educated and virtuous monk who served twice as Patriarch of Constantinople, from 1266 to 1275 and from 1282 until shortly before his death in 1283. He is most notable as an opponent of Emperor Michael VIII Palaiologos' (known as the Latin-minded and the Azymite) plans to unite the Orthodox Church with the Catholic Church, for which he is recognized as a confessor by the Orthodox Church.

Saints and Feasts of October 30


Zenobios and his sister were beheaded on the thirtieth.

Holy Martyrs Zenobios and Zenobia the Siblings

Holy Martyrs Zenobios and Zenobia the Siblings


Holy Martyr Eutropia of Alexandria

Holy Martyr Eutropia of Alexandria


Holy Apostle Cleopas of the Seventy

Holy Apostle Cleopas of the Seventy


Holy Apostles Tertius, Mark, Justus and Artemas of the Seventy

Holy Apostles Tertius, Mark, Justus and Artemas of the Seventy


Holy Hieromartyr Marcian, Bishop of Syracuse and Disciple of the Apostle Peter

Holy Hieromartyr Marcian, Bishop of Syracuse


Venerable Therapon the Ascetic and Wonderworker of Lythrodontas

Saint Therapon the Ascetic and Wonderworker of Lythrodontas


Saint Joseph I Galesiotes, Patriarch of Constantinople (+ 1283)

Saint Joseph I Galesiotes, Patriarch of Constantinople (+ 1283)


Venerable Stephen Milutin of Serbia, Theoctistus his Brother, and Helen his Mother

Saint Stephen Milutin of Serbia

Sunday, October 29, 2017

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


Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost (or Seventh Sunday of Luke)
Jairus' Daughter and the Woman With an Issue of Blood

Luke 8:41-56

From The Explanation of the Gospel of St. Luke

By Blessed Theophylact, Archbishop of Ochrid and Bulgaria

40-44. And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the multitude gladly received Him: for they were all waiting for Him. And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus feet, and besought Him that He would come into his house: for he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went, the multitude thronged Him. And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, who had spent all her living upon physicians, and could not be healed by any, came behind Him, and touched the border of His garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.

Saints and Feasts of October 29


On the twenty-ninth Anastasia submitted to a sharp sword.

Holy Venerable Martyr Anastasia the Roman

Saint Anastasia the Roman Resource Page


Venerable Abramius and his Niece Mary

Saint Abramius the Recluse and His Niece, Blessed Mary


Venerable Anna, Who Was Renamed Euphemianos

Saint Anna the New, Who Was Renamed Euphemianos


Holy New Venerable Martyr Timothy of Esphigmenou

Holy New Martyr Timothy of Esphigmenou (+ 1820)

Saint Anastasia the Roman Resource Page

St. Anastasia the Roman (Feast Day - October 29)

Verses

You endured beheading with a mighty heart,
Offspring of Rome Martyr Anastasia.
On the twenty-ninth Anastasia submitted to a sharp sword.

Holy Virgin Martyr Anastasia the Roman

Saint Anastasia the Roman as a Model for our Lives

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Saint Feofil of the Kiev Caves, the Fool for Christ (+ 1853)

St. Feofil of the Kiev Caves (Feast Day - October 28)

In October 1788, twin boys were born to Andrei and Evfrosiniya Gorenkovsky in the town of Makhnovo near Kyiv. The oldest of them was named Foma and the younger was named Kalliniky.

From his infancy, Foma began to display unusual characteristics and naturally his parents became concerned. He would regularly refuse to drink his mother’s milk and was distant when it came to playful interaction with her. Evfrosiniya began to take this rejection from her son personally and her heart hardened toward him. She thought that he was possessed by a demon and one day devised a plan to destroy him once and for all. Evfrosiniya called her servant and secretly confided in her, telling her to take Foma to the river at the crack of dawn, and throw him in it. The servant begged and pleaded with Evfrosiniya not to make her do such an unthinkable act, but Evfrosiniya’s heart was completely hard and the servant’s pleas fell on deaf ears. In the end, the servant submitted to her.

Saints and Feasts of October 28


On the twenty-eighth Terentios endured beatings.

Holy Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos at Blachernae and the Annual Commemoration of OXI Day

Protection of the Theotokos and OXI Day Resource Page


Holy Hieromartyr Kyriakos, Who Revealed the Honorable Cross to Saint Helen

Holy Hieromartyr Kyriakos of Jerusalem and his Mother Anna


Holy Martyr Anna, Mother of Saint Kyriakos

Holy Hieromartyr Kyriakos of Jerusalem and his Mother Anna


Saint Dimitri, Metropolitan of Rostov

Saint Dimitri of Rostov: The Chrysostom of Russia


Holy New Martyrs Angelis, Manuel, George and Nicholas of Rethymno in Crete

The Four Holy New Martyrs of Rethymno (+ 1824)


Venerable Feofil the Fool for Christ of the Kiev Caves

Saint Feofil of the Kiev Caves, the Fool for Christ (+ 1853)

The Testament of the Holiest Human Being in Kiev 1853


Synaxis of Panagia Eleftherotria in Didymoteicho

Church of Panagia Eleftherotria in Didymoteicho

Protection of the Theotokos and OXI Day Resource Page

Protection of the Theotokos and OXi Day (Feast Day - October 28)

Verses

With your Protection Pure One, you cover all the faithful,
You have become our Protection, and the salvation of the world.
On the first the mantle of the Pure One covers all who sing hymns to her.

+ + +

With your Protection, Pure One, you cover and comfort,
The faithful who look towards you, O Virgin.
Mother of God the Protection of Greece cover the godly-minded.

Feast of the Holy Protection of the Theotokos in Blachernae and OXI Day

The Protection of the Theotokos in the Life of the Church

Friday, October 27, 2017

100 Years After the Bolshevik Revolution: Russian Orthodox Believers Speak



Saint Kyriakos, Patriarch of Constantinople (+ 230)

St. Kyriakos of Byzantium (Feast Day - October 27)

Verses

Kyriakos departed the earth and life,
To be present with the Lord of Lords.

Saint Kyriakos, also called Kyrillianos, is called the "Patriarch of Constantinople" in the Synaxarion of Constantinople, more than a century before Byzantium was called Constantinople and the Bishop of that area was known as a Patriarch. In fact, Saint Kyriakos was known as the Bishop of Argyropolis and the sixteenth successor after the Apostle Stachys, who was the first Bishop of Byzantium ordained by the Apostle Andrew. Kyriakos lived on the opposite shore of Byzantium at the time, so technically he was known as the Bishop of Argyropolis and Byzantium. He became a Bishop in the year 214.

Saint Nestor the Chronicler of the Kiev Caves (+ 1114)

St. Nestor the Chronicler (Feast Day - October 27)

Saint Nestor the Chronicler of the Kiev Caves, was born at Kiev in 1050. He came to Saint Theodosius (May 3) as a young man of seventeen, and became a novice. Nestor took monastic tonsure under the successor to Saint Theodosius, the abbot Stephen, and under him was ordained a hierodeacon.

Saints and Feasts of October 27


On the twenty-seventh diligent Nestor was beheaded.

Holy Martyr Nestor of Thessaloniki

Synaxarion of Saint Nestor the Martyr of Thessaloniki

Saint Nestor the Martyr of Thessaloniki

Saint Nestor, the Daring Disciple

Saint Demetrios of Thessaloniki Resource Page


Holy Martyrs Capitolina and Erotheis of Cappadocia

Holy Martyrs Capitolina and Erotheis of Cappadocia


Saint Procla, the Wife of Pontius Pilate

Saint Procla, the Wife of Pontius Pilate


Saint Kyriakos I, Patriarch of Constantinople

Saint Kyriakos I, Patriarch of Constantinople (+ 230)


Narration Concerning the Iberians as to How They Came to the Knowledge of God by a Woman

A Narration on the Conversion of the Iberian Nation by a Woman

Saint Nina of Georgia Resource Page


Venerable Nestor the Chronicler of the Kiev Caves

Saint Nestor the Chronicler of the Kiev Caves (+ 1114)


Venerable Demetrius the New of Basarabov

Saint Demetrius the New of Basarabov (+ 13th cent.)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Saint Demetrios and Emperor Leo VI the Wise


By John Sanidopoulos

Although Emperor Basil I the Macedonian (867-886) renovated a Church of Saint Demetrios in the city of Constantinople that had probably existed since the early eighth century, transferring in some respects the veneration of the Great Martyr outside of Thessaloniki to the capital of the Roman Empire, there is no indication that he had a special devotion to the Saint, since it was only listed as one among many other churches he built or restored, with no further information if he was a personal patron.

Demetrios took on a new role in the imperial court in the next generation. Like his father, Emperor Leo VI the Wise (886-912) seems to have cultivated the patronage of a number of divine figures. Among these were the Prophet Elijah and the Holy Unmercenaries Kosmas and Damian. And despite the exclusive association of Saint Demetrios with Thessaloniki, Leo showed a keen interest in him. This may have to do with his ideas about the divine protection of the Roman army and the similarities between soldiers and martyrs. It would not be surprising therefore that he would set Saint Demetrios as a model for his his troops. Furthermore, Saint Demetrios became famous for protecting the city of Thessaloniki from all manner of calamities and enemies, furthering his status as a patron of the imperial army and expanding his veneration to the ever-besieged Constantinople.

Saint Demetrios of Thessaloniki, Greater than Righteous Job (St. Gregory Palamas)


By St. Gregory Palamas

What we said of Job from the land of Uz could refer to Demetrios at that time, that "there was none like him in the earth" (Job 1:8). In fact, even Job himself, of whom it is written that there was none like him among men (Job 2:3 LXX), did not resemble Demetrios, who was holy in every way.

Job, in an earlier time, had certainly been blameless, righteous and God-fearing, just as Demetrios was later shown to be. But Job could not be praised for virginity, whereas virginity marked out Demetrios as victoriously crowned from his youth, superior to human nature, and a match for the angels who surround God. And whereas Job's body was severely wounded in his fight against evil (Job 2:8, 13), Demetrios struggled with evil to the point of shedding his last drop of blood.

Saint Theophilus of the Kiev Caves and Archbishop of Novgorod (+ 1484)


Saint Theophilus of the Kiev Caves was chosen Archbishop of Novgorod by lot after the death of the holy hierarch Jonah (Nov. 5). He was elevated to the dignity of Archbishop of Novgorod on December 15, 1472 at Moscow. Until his elevation, he had pursued asceticism in the Otensk Monastery and was protodeacon under Archbishop Jonah and sacristan of the monastery.

A harsh destiny was allotted the Saint in the guidance of the Novgorod flock. The mayor Martha Boretskaya and her adherents stirred up and agitated the people against the Great Prince of Moscow, Ivan III. The monk Pimen, a Boretskaya partisan, roused enmity against the archbishop in the flock. Some of the Novgorod populace were inclined to go over to the side of Lithuania. Unfaithful to the Moscow principality, they were prepared to fall into apostasy.

Saints and Feasts of October 26


On the twenty-sixth spears pierced the side of Demetrios.

Holy and All-Glorious Great Martyr and Wonderworker Demetrios the Myrrhgusher

Saint Demetrios of Thessaloniki Resource Page


Commemoration of the Transfer of the Icon of Saint Demetrios from Thessaloniki to Constantinople

Commemoration of the Transfer of the Icon of St. Demetrios from Thessaloniki to Constantinople


Saint Theophilus of the Kiev Caves and Archbishop of Novgorod

Saint Theophilus of the Kiev Caves and Archbishop of Novgorod (+ 1484)


Holy New Venerable Martyr Joasaph

Holy New Martyr Joasaph the New (+ 1516)


Translation of the Sacred Relic of the Holy New Martyr George of Ioannina

Life and Veneration of Saint George the New Martyr of Ioannina (+ 1838)

16 Miracles of Saint George the New of Ioannina

The Gallows of St. George the New Martyr in Ioannina

The House of Saint George the New of Ioannina


Commemoration of the Great Earthquake at Constantinople in 740

Commemoration of the Great Earthquake at Constantinople in 740

Earthquakes in the Synaxarion of the Orthodox Church

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Narration Concerning the Contest of a Certain Submissive Monk, Who by Falling Into Disobedience Was Not Made Worthy by God of Perfect Glory


OCTOBER 15

Narration Concerning the Contest of a Certain Submissive Monk, Who by Falling Into Disobedience Was Not Made Worthy by God of Perfect Glory

Verses

Disobedient and at the same an athlete,
He is banished, and once again received.

A monk in a certain hermitage was subservient to an elder for a period of some years. By the envy of a demon, one time he strayed from being obedient to the elder, without there being any sensible reason or hurtful pretext. Having been censured by the elder and and given a penance for his disobedience, he disregarded both the censure and the penance. Going therefore to Alexandria, he was arrested by the pagan governor there. Having been stripped of his monastic schema, he was urged to sacrifice to the idols. Because the governor was unable to persuade him, first he was ordered to be flogged with the sinews of an ox without mercy, then the order was given that he be beheaded. When this was done, they cast his body outside the city, to be eaten by the dogs. However, some God-loving Christians went by night and retrieved the body. Wrapping it in a sheet with myrrh, they placed it in a casket. This casket was placed in the Holy Altar of the church, and they honored it as a victorious relic.

Saints and Feasts of October 25


On the twenty-fifth Markianos and Martyrios were beheaded.

Holy Martyrs Markianos and Martyrios the Notaries

Holy Martyrs Markianos and Martyrios the Notaries


Holy Martyr Anastasios the Fuller

Holy Martyr Anastasios the Fuller at Salona in Dalmatia


Saint Tabitha, Who Was Raised From the Dead by the Apostle Peter

Saint Tabitha, Who Was Raised From the Dead by the Apostle Peter


Holy Martyr Varus of Egypt

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

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


Holy Martyrs Faustus, Basil and Silouan at Darion in Constantinople

Holy Martyrs Faustus, Basil and Silouan at Darion in Constantinople


Saints Philadelphos and Polykarpos

Saints Philadelphos and Polykarpos


The Great Miracle of Panagia Prousiotissa on October 25, 1918

The Great Miracle of Panagia Prousiotissa on October 25, 1918

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos "The Joy of All Who Sorrow" of Moscow

Mother of God "Joy of All who Sorrow" (Feast Day - October 24)

The Mother of God “Joy of All Who Sorrow” is a Theotokos image without a single compositional pattern which is encountered in many versions. Many icons of the Mother of God “Joy of All Who Sorrow” are miraculous. The icons of the “Joy of All Who Sorrow” appeared not later than the 1680's. Russian chronicles say that in 1683 the royal artist I.A. Bezmin painted an icon “Joy of All Who Sorrow”, but say nothing of the icon composition. A similar icon was also housed in the Saint Alexis Monastery in Arzamas and, according to a 1686 inventory, featured the Mother of God with two angels.

Saint Elesbaan, King of Ethiopia (+ 555)

St. Elesbaan of Axum (Feast Day - October 24)

Saint Elesbaan, also known as Kaleb, was King of Ethiopia, and lived when Arabia was ruled by Dunaan, the oppressor of Christians. The pious Elesbaan was unable to look on indifferently as believers in Christ were being massacred. He declared war on Dunaan, but his military campaign was unsuccessful.

Saints and Feasts of October 24


On the twenty-fourth Arethas and those with him were beheaded.

Holy Great Martyr Arethas and Those With Him

Saint Arethas the Great Martyr and the Christian Martyrs of Najran


Holy Mother and Child Martyred With Saint Arethas

Saint Arethas the Great Martyr and the Christian Martyrs of Najran


Holy Martyr Sebastiane of Heraclea

Synaxarion of Holy Martyr Sebastiane of Heraclea


Holy Martyrs Mark, Soterichos and Valentina

Holy Martyrs Mark, Soterichos and Valentina


Saint Senoch of Tours the Healer

Saint Senoch of Tours the Healer


Saint Elesbaan, King of Ethiopia

Saint Elesbaan, King of Ethiopia (+ 555)


Venerable Arethas the Recluse of the Kiev Caves

Saint Arethas of the Kiev Caves Lavra and His Terrifying Vision


Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos "The Joy of All Who Sorrow" of Moscow

Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos "The Joy of All Who Sorrow" of Moscow


Monday, October 23, 2017

Synaxarion of the Holy Apostle and First Bishop of Jerusalem James the Brother of God

St. James the Brother of God (Feast Day - October 23)

Verses

The brother was hurled to the condemning club,
By this the all-blessed one died being struck with a club.
On the twenty-third the good brother of God was struck with a club.

Saint James the Brother of God was the first Bishop of Jerusalem, having been ordained by the Lord Himself. He was also the first to write the Divine Liturgy, having been taught regarding it by the Master Christ Himself. This was later shortened by Basil the Great, and again that of Basil the Great was shortened by the divine Chrysostom due to the weakness of the listeners.

Saint Petronios, Disciple of Saint Pachomios the Great

Saint Petronios of Egypt (Feast Day - October 23)

Verses

Covered by a rock Moses sees God,
And Petronios also, in the heavens on a rock.

Saint Petronios was a fourth-century monk who was a disciple of and briefly the successor of Saint Pachomios as head of the monastic community at Tabennisi, Egypt. Petronios was born of well-to-do parents in the city of Pjoj, in the diocese of Diospolis Parva (Hiw). Moved by the Spirit of God, he withdrew from the world and built a monastery on the property of his parents, where he gathered about him "anyone who wanted to live in Christ." The monastery, called Tbow, was situated on the west bank of the Nile, much farther north than Tmoushons, almost opposite Shmin. He also converted his father, Pshenthbo, and his brother, Pshenapalhi, "with all their household," to the monastic life. When he learned of the holy community of Pachomios, he asked him to receive the monks of Tbow into it. Pachomios came with his brothers and established at Tbow the rules of the other monasteries of the community.

Translation of the Relics of Saint James of Borovichi, Wonderworker of Novgorod, in 1544


Most of the details of the life of Saint James are unknown, though he is said to have been a Fool for Christ from his youth and a ship-worker who died young perhaps by being struck by lightning, but the Lord glorified him after death.

In the year 1540, on the third day of Pascha, a large block of ice floated up against the current along the River Msta to the village of Borovichi (in the district of Novgorod), and on this block of ice stood the coffin (made from an oak log) without cover, in which the incorrupt body of the youth lay. Shunning the holy relics, peasants with poles pushed the block of ice back into the river, but it returned to the shore. This was repeated three times. That night the youth appeared in a dream to the elders of the village, who had seen him upon the ice-flow, and said, “I am also a Christian just like you. Don’t push me away. My name is James. I am the namesake of Saint James, the Brother of God.”

Saints and Feasts of October 23


On the twenty-third the good brother of God was struck with a club.

Holy Apostle and First Bishop of Jerusalem James the Brother of God

Apostle James the Brother of God Resource Page


Holy Ignatios, Archbishop of Constantinople

Saint Ignatios, Patriarch of Constantinople (+ 877)


Venerable Makarios the Roman

Saint Makarios the Roman of Mesopotamia


Venerable Petronios

Saint Petronios, Disciple of Saint Pachomios the Great


Translation of the Relics of Saint James of Borovichi, Wonderworker of Novgorod, in 1544

Translation of the Relics of Saint James of Borovichi, Wonderworker of Novgorod, in 1544


Apostle James the Brother of God Resource Page

St. James the Just and Brother of God (Feast Day - October 23)

Verses

The brother was hurled to the condemning club,
By this the all-blessed one died being struck with a club.
On the twenty-third the good brother of God was struck with a club.

Synaxarion of the Holy Apostle and First Bishop of Jerusalem James the Brother of God

Holy Apostle James, the Brother of God

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Commemoration of the Miraculous Deliverance of Moscow and Russia from the Poles in 1612


The end of the sixteenth and beginning of the seventeenth centuries is known in Russian history as the "Time of Troubles.” The country suffered the onslaught of Polish–Lithuanian armies, which scoffed at the Orthodox faith, plundering and burning churches, cities and villages. Through deceit they succeeded in taking Moscow during the reign of Prince Basil Ivanovich. In response to the appeal of His Holiness Patriarch Hermogenes (May 12), the Russian people rose up in defense of its native land. From Kazan, the wonderworking icon of the Mother of God was sent to the army headed by Prince Demetrius Pozharsky.

Gospel Commentary for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost (St. Theophylact of Ochrid)


Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost (or Sixth Sunday of Luke)
Healing of the Gadarene Demoniac

Luke 8:26-39

From The Explanation of the Gospel of St. Luke

By Blessed Theophylact, Archbishop of Ochrid and Bulgaria

26-33. And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is across from Galilee. And when He went forth to land, there met Him out of the city a certain man, possessed by demons for a long time, who wore no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, "What have I to do with Thee, Jesus, Son of God most high? I beseech Thee, torment me not." (For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he broke the bands, and was driven by the demon into the wilderness.) And Jesus asked him, saying, "What is thy name?" And he said, "Legion," because many demons were entered into him. And he besought Him that He would not command them to go out into the abyss. And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain, and they besought Him that He would suffer them to enter into them. And He suffered them. Then went the demons out of the man, and entered into the swine, and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were drowned.

Saints and Feasts of October 22


On the twenty-second Abercius departed the earth.

Venerable Abercius the Equal to the Apostles, Bishop of Hierapolis and Wonderworker

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

The Epitaph of Saint Abercius of Hierapolis


Holy Martyrs Alexander the Bishop, Herakleios, Anna, Elizabeth, Theodote and Glykeria

Saints Alexander the Bishop, Herakleios, Anna, Elizabeth, Theodote and Glykeria


Venerable Lot

The Sayings of Abba Lot


Venerable Rufus

The Sayings of Abba Rufus


Holy Seven Youths of Ephesus

Holy Seven Youths of Ephesus Resource Page


Venerable Kuksha of Odessa

Saint Kuksha of Odessa (+ 1964)


Commemoration of the Miraculous Deliverance of Moscow and Russia from the Poles in 1612

Commemoration of the Miraculous Deliverance of Moscow and Russia from the Poles in 1612

Saints and Feasts of the Sunday Between October 18 and 24


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

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


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Translation of the Relics of Saint Christodoulos the Wonderworker of Patmos

Translation of the Relics of St. Christodoulos from Evia to Patmos (Feast Day - October 21)

Our Venerable Father Christodoulos was born in 1020 in Nicaea of Bithynia, and became a monk at a young age at Mount Olympus in Bithynia. From there he lived a monastic life and established monasteries in Palestine, Mount Latros, Lycea and Kos. In 1080 he left Kos and went to Patmos, where he established the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian in 1088. In 1092 he left Patmos because of the successive Saracen raids and took refuge with his companions in the area of ​​Limni in northern Evia.

Holy Martyrs Theodote and Socrates the Presbyter

Sts. Theodote and Socrates (Feast Day - October 21)

Verses

To Theodote.
Theodote was beheaded by the sword,
A pure sacrifice offered to God.

To Socrates.
Socrates hastened to behold You, O Word,
Beheaded for You Socrates possesses the crown.

The Life of Saint Hilarion the Great (St. Jerome)


The Life of Saint Hilarion the Great

By St. Jerome

(Written in Bethlehem in the year 390)

1. Before I begin to write the life of the blessed Hilarion I invoke the aid of the Holy Spirit who dwelt in him, that He who bestowed upon the saint his virtues may grant me such power of speech to relate them that my words may be adequate to his deeds. For the virtue of those who have done great deeds is esteemed in proportion to the ability with which it has been praised by men of genius. Alexander the Great of Macedon who is spoken of by Daniel as the ram, or the panther, or the he-goat, on reaching the grave of Achilles exclaimed "Happy Youth! To have the privilege of a great herald of your worth," meaning, of course, Homer. I, however, have to tell the story of the life and conversation of a man so renowned that even Homer were he here would either envy me the theme or prove unequal to it. It is true that that holy man Epiphanius, bishop of Salamis in Cyprus, who had much intercourse with Hilarion, set forth his praises in a short but widely circulated letter. Yet it is one thing to praise the dead in general terms, another to relate their characteristic virtues. And so we in taking up the work begun by him do him service rather than wrong: we despise the abuse of some who as they once disparaged my hero Paulus, will now perhaps disparage Hilarion; the former they censured for his solitary life; they may find fault with the latter for his intercourse with the world; the one was always out of sight, therefore they think he had no existence; the other was seen by many, therefore he is deemed of no account. It is just what their ancestors the Pharisees did of old! They were not pleased with John fasting in the desert, nor with our Lord and Saviour in the busy throng, eating and drinking. But I will put my hand to the work on which I have resolved, and go on my way closing my ears to the barking of Scylla's hounds.

Saints and Feasts of October 21


On the twenty-first Hilarion entered his final sleep.

Venerable Hilarion the Great

Saint Hilarion the Great (+ 372)

The Life of Saint Hilarion the Great (St. Jerome)


Holy Martyrs Gaios, Dasios and Zotikos of Nicomedia

Holy Martyrs Gaios, Dasios and Zotikos of Nicomedia


Holy Martyrs Theodote and Socrates the Presbyter

Holy Martyrs Theodote and Socrates the Presbyter


Saint Hilarion, Bishop of Meglin

Saint Hilarion, Bishop of Meglin (+ 1164)


Venerable Philotheos the Hagiorite

Saint Philotheos the Hagiorite (+ 1610)


Holy New Martyr John of Monemvasia

Holy New Martyr John of Monemvasia (+ 1773)


Translation of the Sacred Relics of Venerable Christodoulos the Wonderworker of Patmos

Translation of the Relics of Saint Christodoulos the Wonderworker of Patmos

Saint Christodoulos of Patmos Resource Page


Friday, October 20, 2017

Two Miracles of Saint Matrona of Chios to Muslims


Saint Matrona of Chios reposed in peace in 1462. She is known as a Wonderworker because she not only worked miracles in her lifetime, but also continues to work miracles for the faithful after her death by the power of God. Often people who were sick would spend the night in her church, and when morning came they would be cured, usually after seeing the Saint in a dream. During the Ottoman occupation, these miracles not only took place for the Christians, but also for Muslims who came to believe that the Saint was indeed a vessel of grace. Two such miracles are recorded in the New Martyrology of Saint Nikodemos the Hagiorite.

The Unknown Church of Saint Gerasimos the New Ascetic in Aroni of Crete


Akrotiri of Chania in Crete has the highest density of churches from various eras of history, and these are mostly well known and attract visitors due to their history and their particular architecture. Others however are not as well known, and some are totally unknown. This does not mean they do not have their own history, but instead their history is not widely known. One of these churches is that of Saint Gerasimos in Aroni. A reason this church is often overlooked, is because it is a relatively new church. Yet it is an important church, which is in fact built over an older church dedicated to Saint Gerasimos.

Saint Jonah of Manchuria, Bishop of Hankoo (+ 1925)

St. Jonah of Manchuria (Feast Day - October 20)

The future Saint Jonah was born in 1888 in Kaluga, Russia, with the name Vladimir Pokrovsky. He was orphaned at the age of 8 and was taken in by a deacon, who ensured he received an education. He went on to attend, graduate, and eventually teach at the Kazan Theological Academy. While attending as a student, he was tonsured a monk of the Optina Brotherhood and given the name Jonah. He took a teaching position at the academy only out of obedience to the Elder Gabriel of Optina.

Miracles of Saint Artemios the Great Martyr (6 - 10)


In the seventh century an Anonymous author compiled a number of miracles of Saint Artemios, whose healing activities were predominantly centered in the Church of Saint John the Forerunner in Constantinople and who "specialized" in healing hernias and diseases affecting the genitals of mostly male patients. Below are five examples of many:

Saints and Feasts of October 20


On the twentieth astute Artemios was beheaded.

Holy Great Martyr Artemios

Saint Artemios the Great Martyr

Miracles of Saint Artemios the Great Martyr (1 - 5)

Miracles of Saint Artemios the Great Martyr (6 - 10)

St. Artemios and the Exorcism of the Black Crow


Venerable Matrona of Chios the Wonderworker

Saint Matrona of Chios the Wonderworker

Two Miracles of Saint Matrona of Chios to Muslims


Holy Martyr Andronikos of Crete

Holy Martyr Andronikos of Crete


Saint Artemius of Verkola the Righteous Youth

Saint Artemius of Verkola the Righteous Youth


Saint Jonah of Manchuria, Bishop of Hankoo

Saint Jonah of Manchuria, Bishop of Hankoo (+ 1925)


Translation of the Sacred Relics of Venerable Gerasimos the New Ascetic of Kefallonia

Saint Gerasimos of Kefallonia Resource Page


Translation of the Sacred Relics of Venerable Gregory Kallides of Herakleia

Saint Gregory Kallides of Herakleia (+ 1925)

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.

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