Saturday, January 20, 2018

Saint Euthymius, Patriarch of Tаrnovo (+ c. 1404)

St. Euthymius of Tarnovo (Feast Day - January 20)

A member of the boyar family of the Tsamblaks, Euthymius (Evtimiy) was born about 1325 in Tаrnovo. He received his education at the monastery schools in the vicinity of Tаrnovo. In 1350, he became a monk and entered the Kilifarevo Monastery that was founded by Patriarch Theodosius of Turnovo. After Theodosius appointed him his assistant, they traveled in 1363 to Constantinople and spent some time at the Studion Monastery, known for its center of learning and rich library. There, Euthymius became well-known among the educated clergy of the area as he was influenced by many outstanding thinkers, scholars, and reformers of the spiritual life and beliefs in southeastern Europe. However, soon after their arrival Theodosius died. Euthymius then joined the Great Lavra of Athanasius the Anchorite on Mount Athos.

Leo Tolstoy on the Mystery Behind the Identity of Saint Feodor of Tomsk


In the autumn of 1825 Tsar Alexander I traveled south to winter in the town of Taganrog. Within months news reached Saint Petersburg of his death from malaria. Almost instantly rumors began to spread as to what had really happened to the tsar. Within the royal family, stories abounded, even into the twentieth century and beyond the Russian Revolution. Rumors have long suggested that Alexander I staged his death in 1825 and became the holy man Feodor Kuzmich, also known as Feodor of Tomsk. A theory was that he wanted forgiveness for any role he may have played in the assassination of his father Pavel I in 1801, or in benefiting from the work of others in slaying the tsar. It was known that Alexander had considered abdicating the throne to become a hermit. When a soldier with a striking resemblance to the Emperor died after running the gauntlet, it was supposed that his body had been substituted for the Tsar’s. The facts of the case have never been determined.

Saint Ekvtime the Confessor (+ 1944)


By Archpriest Zakaria Machitadze

Abbot Euthymius Kereselidze was born in 1865 in the village of Sadmeli (Racha region) to the pious Solomon and Marta Kereselidze. At birth he was given the name Evstate. After completing his studies at the local parish school, fifteen-year-old Evstate traveled first to Kutaisi, then Tbilisi, in search of work. With the help of other pious young men Evstate founded a kind of theological “book club” in Tbilisi. The objectives of the organization were to strengthen the Orthodox Faith among the Georgian people, to better understand the ancient school of Georgian chant, and to spread knowledge of this venerable musical tradition among the general public.

Saints and Feasts of January 20


Your life ceased on the twentieth well-bearded Euthymios.

Venerable Euthymios the Great

Saint Euthymios the Great Resource Page


Holy Martyrs Bassus, Eusebius, Eutyches and Basilide

Holy Martyrs Bassus, Eusebius, Eutyches and Basilides the Roman Senators


Holy Martyrs Inna, Pinna and Rimma

Holy Martyrs Inna, Pinna and Rimma


Blessed Peter the Tax Collector

The Beneficial Tale of St. Peter the Tax Collector

Saint Peter the Merciful


Pious Emperor Leo the Great, 
also called Makellis and the Thracian

Saint Leo the Great, also called "Makellis" and "the Thracian", Emperor of the Romans (+ 474)


Saint Euthymius, Patriarch of Tаrnovo

Saint Euthymius, Patriarch of Tаrnovo (+ c. 1404)


Holy New Martyr Zacharias of Old Patras

Holy New Martyr Zacharias of Patras (+ 1782)


Saint Theodore of Tomsk

Was Saint Feodor of Tomsk Really Emperor Alexander I?

Leo Tolstoy on the Mystery Behind the Identity of Saint Feodor of Tomsk


Saint Ekvtime the Confessor

Saint Ekvtime the Confessor (+ 1944)


Friday, January 19, 2018

The Seven Great Letters of Saint Anthony the Great (Letter 3)


Letter III

The rational man who has prepared himself to be set free through the advent of Jesus, knows himself in his intellectual substance. For he who knows himself knows the dispensations of the Creator and all that He does among His creatures. Dearly beloved in the Lord, our members and join theirs with the saints, I beseech you in the name of Jesus Christ, that God may give you the spirit of discernment, to perceive and know how great love I have towards you, that it is not a bodily love, but a spiritual, religious love. For concerning your bodily names there is no need to write to you at all, since they are transitory. If a man knows his true name, he will see also the name of truth. For this cause also while Jacob was wrestling all night long with the angel, his name was still Jacob; but when morning came, his name was called Israel, which means “Mind that sees God”. (Gen. 32:24-30)

Saint Meletios the Confessor of Mount Galesion (+ 1283)

St. Meletios the Galesiotes (Feast Day - January 19)

Verses

David slew with a sling, he who was of another race,
Meletios also slew, those Ausonos who are in error.*

Born with the name Michael in 1206 in Theodotos of Pontus to parents whose names were George, a military man, and Maria, he was called by God at a young age due to his love for sacred things. Michael therefore abandoned his homeland and his beloved family and set out as a pilgrim for the Holy Land. Becoming a monk on Mount Sinai and taking the name Meletios, he spent weeks without food and nights without sleep, continuing in fasting, vigils, and ceaseless prayer to the astonishment of all his fellow monks. Having wandered through the deserts of Egypt, Palestine and Syria, like a diligent bee gathering the nectar of the virtues from the holy ascetics he met, Meletios settled near Ephesus on Mount Galesion at the Monastery of Saint Lazarus, becoming perfect in obedience and the ascetical life.

History of the Relics of Saint Gregory the Theologian

Reliquary of St. Gregory the Theologian in Nea Karvali

By John Sanidopoulos

Following the death of Saint Gregory the Theologian in 389, he was buried either at his estate in Arianzos or in Nazianzos itself. Oddly, for someone of Gregory's importance, the location of his burial seems to have gone unrecorded. In the early tenth century Niketas the Paphlogonian, in his Encomium to Saint Gregory the Theologian, relates that he was buried in his father's mausoleum, his body covered by a single stone. Before this we have no other text addressing his death and burial, and it seems as if he died unnoticed, with no Oration composed in his honor.

Life and Sayings of Holy Abba Makarios the Great of Egypt


Life

Macarius (Makarios) the Great (the Egyptian), born c. A.D. 300, was a former camel-driver, who traded in nitre. He was one of the pioneers of Scetis. He was ordained priest and lived as an anchorite in a village until he was falsely blamed for the pregnancy of a girl there; when he was cleared, he went to Scetis. Like many of the early monks, he traveled about and was not fixed in any one place, as these stories show. Cassian said of him, ‘He was the first who found a way to inhabit the desert of Scetis.' He was much influenced by Anthony the Great and visited him at least twice. He died in A.D. 390.

Sayings

1. Abba Macarius said this about himself: ‘When I was young and was living in a cell in Egypt, they took me to make me a cleric in the village. Because I did not wish to receive this dignity, I fled to another place. Then a devout layman joined me; he sold my manual work for me and served me. Now it happened that a virgin in the village, under the weight of temptation, committed sin. When she became pregnant, they asked her who was to blame. She said, “The anchorite.” Then they came to seize me, led me to the village and hung pots black with soot and various other things round my neck and led me through the village in all directions, beating me and saying, “This monk has defiled our virgin, catch him, catch him and they beat me almost to death. Then one of the old men came and said: “What are you doing, how long w ‘ ill you go on beating this strange monk?” The man who served me was walking behind me, full of shame, for they covered him with insults too, saying, “Look at this anchorite, for whom you stood surety; what has he done?” The girl’s parents said, “Do not let him go till he has given a pledge that he will keep her.” I spoke to my servant and he vouched for me. Going to my cell, I gave him all the baskets I had, saying, “Sell them, and give my wife something to eat.” Then I said to myself, “Macarius, you have found yourself a wife; you must work a little more in order to keep her.” So I worked night and day and sent my work to her. But when the time came for the wretch to give birth, she remained in labour many days without bringing forth, and they said to her, “What is the matter?” She said, “I know what it is, it is because I slandered the anchorite, and accused him unjustly; it is not he who is to blame, but such and such a young man.” Then the man who served me came to me full of joy saying, “The virgin could not give birth until she had said ‘The anchorite had nothing to do with it, but I have lied about him.’ The whole village wants to come here solemnly and do penance before you.” But when I heard this, for fear people would disturb me, I got up and fled here to Scetis. That is the original reason why I came here.’

Saints and Feasts of January 19


On the nineteenth the Makarii obtained the blessed land.

Venerable Makarios of Egypt and Venerable Makarios of Alexandria

Saints Makarios of Egypt and Makarios of Alexandria Resource Page


Holy Martyr Euphrasia

Synaxarion of Holy Martyr Euphrasia of Nicomedia


Translation of the Relic of our Holy Father Gregory the Theologian 
to the Church of the Holy Apostles

History of the Relics of Saint Gregory the Theologian

Saint Gregory the Theologian Resource Page


Commemoration of the Miracle of Basil the Great in Nicaea

Commemoration of the Miracle of St. Basil the Great Against the Arians

The Dialogue Between Basil the Great and the Arian Prefect Modestus

The Orthodoxy of St. Basil and the Extremism of Patriarch Nikon

Saint Basil the Great Resource Page


Commemoration of the Return of the Relics of Saint Peter the Wonderworker 
to Argos from Rome (January 19, 2008)

Synaxarion of Saint Peter the Wonderworker of Argos

Saint Peter the Wonderworker of Argos


Venerable Meletios the Confessor of Mount Galesion

Saint Meletios the Confessor of Mount Galesion (+ 1283)


Saint Mark the Eugenikos, Metropolitan of Ephesus

Saint Mark of Ephesus Resource Page


Saint Makarios Kalogeras

Saint Makarios Kalogeras of Patmos (+ 1737)


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Life and Sayings of Holy Abba Silvanus of Palestine

Venerable Silvanus (Feast Day - January 18)

Life

Silvanus, a Palestinian by birth, was the head of a community of twelve disciples in Scetis, among whom was Mark the Calligrapher. The group moved to Sinai in 380, and later went to Syria where they settled in the region of Gaza in Gerar. They lived in a lavra, with scattered cells and a central church for worship on Saturday and Sunday. On account of his high virtue, an angel was once seen to minister to him. Silvanus died before 414 and was succeeded by his disciple Zacharias.

Sayings

1. Abba Silvanus and his disciple Zacharias went to a certain monastery one day. They were given something to eat a little before taking the road and when they got outside his disciple found some water beside the path and wanted to drink. The old man said to him, 'Zacharias, it is a fast day.' The latter said to him, 'But, Father, have we not eaten?' The old man said to him, 'What we have eaten came through charity but, my child, let us keep our own fast.'

The Seven Great Letters of Saint Anthony the Great (Letter 2)


Letter II

My dear and honorable brethren, I Anthony greet you in the Lord.

Truly, my beloved in the Lord, not at one time only did God visit His creatures; but from the foundation of the world, whenever any have come to the Creator of all by the law of His covenant implanted in them, God is present with each one of these in His bounty and grace by His Spirit. But in the case of those rational natures in which that covenant grew cold, and their intellectual perception died, so that they were no longer able to know themselves according to their first condition, concerning them I say that they became altogether irrational, and worshiped the creation rather than the Creator. But the Creator of all in His great bounty visited us by the implanted law of the covenant. For He is immortal substance. And as many as became worthy of God and grew by His implanted law, and were taught by His Holy Spirit and received the Spirit of Adoption, these were able to worship their Creator as they ought: of whom Paul says that ‘they received not the promise’ on account of us. (Heb. 11:39)

Saint Ephraim the Lesser of Georgia (+ 1101)

St. Ephraim the Lesser (Feast Day - January 18)

Today little is known about the life of Venerable Ephraim the Lesser, the great 11th-century writer, translator, philosopher, and defender of the Georgian Church. His work Reminiscences and other sources, however, provide us with the means to speculate about the major periods of his life and labors.

In 1027, when King Bagrat IV (1027-1072) ascended the Georgian throne, many noblemen of the Tao region in southern Georgia relocated to Greece. Among them was the honorable Vache, son of Karichi, whom scholars believe was Ephraim’s father.

Saints and Feasts of January 18


On the eighteenth the body of Athanasius was mournfully buried.

Saints Athanasius and Cyril, Archbishops of Alexandria

Synaxarion of Saints Athanasius and Cyril, Archbishops of Alexandria

Saint Athanasius the Great Resource Page

Saint Cyril of Alexandria Resource Page


Holy Martyr Theodouli

Synaxarion of Holy Martyr Theodouli of Cilicia


Holy Martyrs Elladios the Commentarisius and Boethos

Synaxarion of Holy Martyr Theodouli of Cilicia


Holy Martyrs Evagrios and Makarios

Synaxarion of Holy Martyr Theodouli of Cilicia


Venerable Silvanus

Life and Sayings of Holy Abba Silvanus of Palestine


Venerable Ephraim the Lesser

Saint Ephraim the Lesser of Georgia (+ 1101)


Venerable Hieromonk Alexi of Teklati

Saint Alexi of Teklati (+ 1923)


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Seven Great Letters of Saint Anthony the Great (Letter 1)


"Anthony the monk, whose life Athanasius bishop of Alexandria wrote a long work upon, sent seven letters in Coptic to various monasteries, letters truly apostolic in idea and language, and which have been translated into Greek. The chief of these is To the Arsenoites. He flourished during the reign of Constantinus and his sons." (St. Jerome, On Illustrious Men, 88)

Letter I : A Letter of Anthony the Solitary and Chief of Solitaries 
to the brethren dwelling in every place

First of all – peace to your love in the Lord!

I think, brethren, that the souls which draw near to the love of God are of three sorts, be they male or female. There are those who are called by the law of love which is in their nature, and which original good implanted in them at their first creation. The word of God came to them, and they doubted not at all but followed it readily, like Abraham the Patriarch: for when God saw that it was not from the teaching of men that he had learnt to love God, but from the law implanted in the nature of his first compacting, God appeared to him and said, ‘Get thee out from thy country and from thy kindred and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee.’ (Gen. 12:1) And he went nothing doubting, but was ready for his calling. He is the pattern of this approach, which still persists in those who follow in his footsteps. Toiling and seeking the fear of God in patience and quiet, they achieve the true manner of life, because their souls are ready to follow the love of God. This is the first kind of calling.

Why We Celebrate the Feast of Saint Anthony the Great on January 17th


By John Sanidopoulos

In the Synoptic Gospels we read that immediately after Jesus was baptized, He was led into the desert by the Holy Spirit in order to be tempted by the devil. The Lord spent forty days of complete abstinence in the desert, where He faced the temptations of the devil, and overcame them all.

In imitation of the Lord, Euthymios the Great in the early fifth century would annually leave his Palestinian monastery for the inner desert after the leavetaking of the feast of Holy Theophany, which was January 14th, in order to face the temptations of the devil, "sundered from all human intercourse and yearning to consort with God in solitude through prayer." He would return to his monastery from his sojourn in the desert on Palm Sunday, in order to celebrate Holy Week and Easter with his fellow monks and disciples. This is most likely the origins of the period of Great Lent, based on the forty day fast of the Lord following His baptism.

Saint George of the Foustanella Proclaimed Patron Saint of the Greek Presidential Guard


In Athens today, 17 January 2018, at the facilities of the Presidential Guard next to the Presidential Mansion, Archbishop Hieronymos of Athens and All Greece presided over the first celebration there of Saint George of the Foustanella, who was proclaimed the patron saint of the Presidential Guard.

Saint George, who was martyred by the Turks for not converting to Islam on 17 January 1838 by hanging in Ioannina, and subsequently canonized by the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople on 19 September 1839, was chosen as their patron saint because traditionally in iconography he is depicted wearing the traditional foustanella, like the Evzones of the Presidential Guard. The foustanella (φουστανέλα) of the Evzones is a cotton kilt made from 30 meters (98 feet) of white cloth, with supposedly 400 pleats (πιέτες) representing the 400 years of Ottoman occupation. As the Archbishop said during the ceremony: "The foustanella is a symbol of the Greek struggle and the acquisition of freedom."

Saints and Feasts of January 17


On the seventeenth Anthony thereupon was lifted up.

Venerable Anthony the Great

Saint Anthony the Great Resource Page


Venerable Anthony the New, Wonderworker of Beroia

Saint Anthony the New, Wonderworker of Beroia


Pious Emperor Theodosius the Great

Synaxarion of Holy Emperor Theodosius the Great

Saint Theodosius the Great, Emperor of the Romans


Venerable Achilles

Sayings of Holy Abba Achilles


Holy New Martyr George of Ioannina

Saint George of Ioannina Resource Page


Saint George of Ioannina Resource Page

St. George the New of Ioannina (Feast Day - January 17; October 26)

Verses

You cultivated your soul on earth O George,
In a strange manner reaping the imperishable corn in glory.
On the seventeenth George came to an end by the noose.

Life and Veneration of Saint George the New Martyr of Ioannina

16 Miracles of Saint George the New of Ioannina

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The History of Saint Fursey, Enlightener of East Anglia and Langy (+ 650)


By Venerable Bede

(Ecclesiastical History of England, Bk. 3, Ch. 19)

How Fursa (Fursey) built a monastery among the East Angles, and of his visions and sanctity, to which, his flesh remaining uncorrupted after death bore testimony. [575-650 A.D.]

WHILST Sigbert still governed the kingdom, there came out of Ireland a holy man called Fursa, renowned both for his words and actions, and remarkable for singular virtues, being desirous to live as a stranger and pilgrim for the Lord’s sake, wherever an opportunity should offer. On coming into the province of the East Angles, he was honorably received by the aforesaid king, and performing his wonted task of preaching the Gospel, by the example of his virtue and the influence of his words, converted many unbelievers to Christ, and confirmed in the faith and love of Christ those that already believed.

Palestinian Muslims Beat, Torture and Threaten Greek Monks in Jerusalem


The abbot of the Monastery of Saint Theodosios in Jerusalem, Elder Hierotheos, describes in the video below what the Orthodox monks of the Holy Land are made to endure at the hands of Palestinian Muslim extremists.

The story of Elder Hierotheos is one of the many stories of the monks of the Holy Land, who are daily tormented and endure hardships.

Saint Honoratus, Archbishop of Arles and Founder of Lerins Monastery (+ 429)

St. Honoratus of Arles (Feast Day - January 16)

Saint Honoratus was born in Gaul around the year 350, and came from a distinguished Roman family. In his youth he renounced the worship of idols, and gained his elder brother Venantius to Christ, whom he also inspired with a contempt of the world. They desired to renounce it entirely, but their pagan father put continual obstacles in their way. At length they took Saint Caprasius (June 1), a holy hermit, for their spiritual father, wishing to become hermits themselves. The three decided to go on pilgrimage to the Holy Land and visit the holy places of Greece, Palestine, Syria and Egypt from Marseilles at about 368. However, Venantius died at Methoni, Messenia and Caprasius and Honoratus cut short their voyage.

Holy New Martyr Nicholas of Mitylene (+ 1771)

St. Nicholas the New Martyr of Mytilene (Feast Day - January 16);
Icon depicts All Saints of Lesvos

The only thing we know about this New Martyr is that his name was Nicholas and he was associated with the island of Lesvos and its city of Mytilene, and he died a martyr's death on January 16, 1771, which was the same day as the Holy New Hieromartyr Damaskenos of Gambrovo who was martyred in Bulgaria by the Turks.


Saints and Feasts of January 16


On the sixteenth I venerate the bonds of Peter.

The Veneration of the Honorable Chains of the Apostle Peter

The Veneration of the Honorable Chains of the Apostle Peter

Archaeologists Find Evidence of St. Peter's Prison


Holy Martyrs Peusippos, Elasippos, Mesippos and their Grandmother Neonilla

Holy Martyrs Peusippos, Elasippos, Mesippos and their Grandmother Neonilla


Holy Martyr Danax the Reader

Saint Danax the Reader


Saint Honoratus, Archbishop of Arles and Founder of Lerins Monastery

Saint Honoratus, Archbishop of Arles and Founder of Lerins Monastery (+ 429)


Saint Fursey, Enlightener of East Anglia and Langy

The History of Saint Fursey, Enlightener of East Anglia and Langy (+ 650)


Holy New Hieromartyr Damaskenos of Gambrovo

Holy New Hieromartyr Damaskenos of Gambrovo (+ 1771)


Holy New Martyr Nicholas of Mitylene

Holy New Martyr Nicholas of Mitylene (+ 1771)


Monday, January 15, 2018

Holy Virgins Maura and Britta of Touraine

Sts. Maura and Britta (Feast Day - January 15);
photo depicts the Church of Saints Maura and Britta in Touraine

In the book Glory of the Confessors (18), Saint Gregory the Bishop of Tours informs us of the following discovery of the tombs of two virgins by a certain man who after a revelation built an oratory to them in their honor, which was blessed by the then Bishop Euphronius of Tours, who was Saint Gregory's maternal cousin and predecessor, succeeding him in 573. He writes:

"Within the territory of Tours there was a small hill that was covered with briers and brambles and wild vines. The hill was so densely entwined in vines that scarcely anyone could climb it. Rumor reported that two virgins who had been dedicated to God were buried in this place. During the vigils before festival days believers often saw a light burning there by the power of God. One brave man trusted in the impulse of his heart and did not fear to approach the place during a dark night. He saw a candle shining with the vast light of a marvelous brightness. After watching it for a long time, he left and told others what he had seen. Then the virgins revealed themselves to one of the local inhabitants in a dream. They explained that they had been buried there and that without a shelter they could not endure any longer the damage from storms. But if this man wished to be of use to them, then he should cut down the thorn-bushes and build a roof over their tombs. When the man awoke, his other concerns overwhelmed him and he forgot what he had seen. On another night the virgins had appeared to him again and horribly threatened him with a menacing scowl that he would migrate from this world during the current year if he did not cover the place. The man was terrified by this dream. He took his axe, chopped down the thicket, and exposed the tombs. He found large drops of candle wax that were fragrant with the scent of nectar, similar to frankincense. He hitched oxen to a wagon, collected stones, and built an oratory during the summer.

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Pansophios of Alexandria

St. Pansophios the Martyr (Feast Day - January 15)

Verses

The deluded by thoroughly smiting Pansophios,
They fashioned for him a full crown.

This Saint was from Alexandria during the reign of Emperor Decius (249-251). His father's name was Nilus and he was a proconsul. Because of his great wealth and sharp nature, as well as his father's love for the beautiful, he arrived at the pinnacle of learning and education, both in the external knowledge of the Greeks and the internal knowledge of the Holy Scriptures. 

Saints Salome of Ujarma and Perozhavra of Sivnia

Sts. Salome and Perozhavra of Georgia (Feast Day - January 15)

Saints Salome of Ujarma and Perozhavra of Sivnia were the helpers and closest companions of Saint Nina, Enlightener of Georgia. Saint Nina herself had converted them to the Christian faith from Zoroastrianism in 337.

Salome was the wife of Rev II, the son of King Mirian III of Iberia, and Perozhavra was married to the ruler of the Kartli region. Both women were queens, but they succeeded in serving Saint Nina while retaining their imperial roles. Saint Nina taught them to pray, and the women fasted regularly and performed good works. As a result of their influential social status, the two queens were able to help Saint Nina tremendously in spreading the Christian faith.

Saints and Feasts of January 15


On the fifteenth Paul the offspring of Thebes died.

Venerable Paul of Thebes

Synaxarion of Saint Paul of Thebes

Life of Saint Paul of Thebes


Venerable John the Hut-Dweller

Saint John the Hut-Dweller


Holy Martyr Pansophios of Alexandria

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Pansophios of Alexandria


Holy Virgins Maura and Britta of Touraine

Holy Virgins Maura and Britta of Touraine


Saints Salome of Ujarma and Perozhavra of Sivnia

Saints Salome of Ujarma and Perozhavra of Sivnia


Venerable Prohor of Pcinja

Saint Prohor of Pcinja Monastery


Saint Ita the Hermitess of Killeady

Saint Ita the Hermitess of Killeady


Saint Gerasimos Palladas, Patriarch of Alexandria

Saint Gerasimos Palladas, Patriarch of Alexandria (+ 1714)


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Saints and Feasts of January 14


On the fourteenth the Abbas were slain with the sword.

Leavetaking of Holy Theophany

Orthodox Theophany Resource Page


Holy Thirty-Eight Fathers Slain at Mount Sinai

Thirty-Eight Holy Fathers Slain at Mount Sinai

The Holy Fathers Slain at Sinai and Raithu


Holy Thirty-Three Fathers Slain at Raithu

Thirty-Three Holy Fathers Slain at Raithu

The Holy Fathers Slain at Sinai and Raithu


Venerable Theodoulos, the Son of Saint Nilus of Sinai

Saint Theodoulos, the Son of Saint Nilus of Sinai


Saint Nina, Enlightener of Georgia and Equal to the Apostles

Saint Nina of Georgia Resource Page


Venerable Stephen, Founder of Chenolakkos Monastery

Synaxarion of Saint Stephen, Founder of Chenolakkos Monastery


Venerable Sava, First Archbishop of Serbia 
and Founder of the Sacred Monastery of Hilandari

Saint Sava of Serbia Resource Page


Holy Hieromartyr Platon, First Bishop of Estonia 
and All New Martyrs of Estonia

Life and Martyrdom of Hieromartyr Platon, Bishop of Tallinn (+ 1919)


Saints and Feasts of the Second Sunday of January


Feast of the Holy Family of Saint Basil the Great

Feast of the Holy Family of Saint Basil the Great


Saint Emmelia

Saint Emmelia, Mother of Saint Basil the Great

Saint Emmelia as a Model for our Lives


Saint Basil the Great

Saint Basil the Great Resource Page


Saint Gregory of Nyssa

Saint Gregory of Nyssa Resource Page


Saint Macrina the Younger

Saint Macrina the Younger Resource Page


Saint Theosevia the Deaconess

Saint Theosevia the Deaconess of Nyssa


Saint Naukratios

Saint Naukratios, Brother of Basil the Great


Saint Peter, Bishop of Sebaste

Saint Peter, Bishop of Sebaste (+ 391)


Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Flight of Saint Maximos the Kavsokalyvites


By Hieromonk Nephon
(Biographer of Saint Maximos the Kavsokalyvites)

Two monks from the holy Monastery of Vatopaidi once went to the blessed one [Maximos]. And he was away from his hut; but he came to his hut, as though on wings, above the branches of the forest. When they saw this, they were astounded, and a great fear took hold of them, and they started trembling with fear.

Saint Irenarchus the Recluse of Rostov (+ 1616)

St. Irenarchus the Recluse of Rostov (Feast Day - January 13)

Saint Irenarchus the Recluse of Rostov was born into a peasant family in the village of Kondakovo in the Rostov district. In Baptism he received the name Elias. In his thirtieth year, he was tonsured a monk at the Saints Boris and Gleb Monastery in Rostov. There he began fervently to labor at monastic tasks, he attended church services, and by night he kept vigil and slept on the ground. Once, taking pity on a vagrant who did not have shoes, Saint Irenarchus gave him his own boots, and from that time he began to go barefoot through the snow.

Saint Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers

St. Hilary of Poitiers (Feast Day - January 13)

The holy Hierarch Hilary was born of pagan parents in Gaul, and was trained in philosophy and rhetoric and a high level of Greek. At a time when paganism was still strong in Gaul, Saint Hilary understood the falsehood of polytheism after studying the Old and New Testament writings, with the result that he abandoned his Neo-Platonism for Christianity, and with his wife and his daughter (traditionally named Saint Abra), was baptized and received into the Church.

About the year 350 he was ordained Bishop of Poitiers, when Arles and Milan were in the hands of the Arians and the Arian Constantius was sole Emperor. Like his contemporary Saint Athanasius, Saint Hilary's episcopate was one long struggle against the Arians. As Bishop of Poitiers, Saint Hilary foresaw the future greatness of Saint Martin (Nov. 12), and attached him to himself. In 355, when required to agree to the condemnation of Saint Athanasius passed by the Synod of Milan, Hilary wrote an epistle to Emperor Constantius convicting the wrongs done by the Arians and requesting, among other things, the restoration of the Orthodox bishops, including Athanasius. For this, Hilary was banished to Asia Minor, where he wrote his greatest work, On the Trinity.

The Scholar Who Doubted the Lives and Martyrdoms of the Saints


By Hieromonk Nephon
(Biographer of Saint Maximos the Kavsokalyvites)

A learned and intelligent scholar once came from Constantinople to the holy Lavra. In fact, he had much doubt in his mind in this regard, namely that the saints, at the time they lived, did almost nothing, but that those who wrote about those things made these additions to their Lives and to the accounts of their martyrdom.

Saints and Feasts of January 13


On the thirteenth Hermylos and his companion drowned in the Danube.

Holy Martyrs Hermylos and Stratonikos

Holy Martyrs Hermylos and Stratonikos of Belgrade

Saints Hermylos and Stratonikos as Models for our Lives


Venerable James, Bishop of Nisibis

Saint James, Bishop of Nisibis


Holy Martyr Athanasios

Saint Athanasios the Martyr


Saint Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers

Saint Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers


Venerable Maximos the Kavsokalyvites

Saint Maximos the Kavsokalyvites Resource Page


Venerable Irenarchus the Recluse of Rostov

Saint Irenarchus the Recluse of Rostov (+ 1616)


Friday, January 12, 2018

The Funeral of Archimandrite Placide Deseille


Archbishop Job (Getcha) of Telmessos (Ecumenical Patriarchate), a spiritual child of Archimandrite Placide Deseille who was tonsured at one of the Simonopetra dependencies, reported that Father Placide reposed at the age of 91 on January 7 at 1:00 PM in the hospital. Father Placide went to the hospital on January 5 due to suffering from acute pneumonia. His burial took place on Thursday the 11th of January at the Monastery of Saint Anthony the Great in Saint-Laurent-en-Royans, France, one of the dependencies of Simonopetra Monastery. The aforementioned Archbishop Job with Metropolitan Emmanuel of France and other clergy presided over the funeral and burial services.

Saint Benedict Biscop, Abbot of Wearmouth (+ 690)


By Edgar Charles S. Gibson

Biscop Baducing (this was the name of Benedict before his tonsure) was born in Northumbria in AD 628, of a noble English family. When quite a young man, he stood high in the Royal favour and was rewarded for his services to King Oswiu by the gift of a possession in land suitable to his rank. But, it would seem, to the astonishment of King and courtiers alike, when he was only twenty-five, and had all bright prospects opening out before him, "he lightly esteemed this transitory inheritance in order that he might obtain that which is eternal; he despised the warfare of this World, with its corruptible rewards, that he might be the soldier of the true King, and be thought worthy to possess an everlasting kingdom in the heavenly city. He forsook home, kindred and country for the sake of Christ and his gospel, that he might receive an hundredfold and possess the life which is eternal."

Saint Martinian of White Lake (+ 1483)

St. Martinian of White Lake (Feast Day - January 12)

Saint Martinian of White Lake, who was baptized with the name Michael, was born in the year 1397 in the village of Bereznik, about twenty miles from the Cyrilov Monastery. At age thirteen in 1410 he left his parents and went secretly to Saint Cyril of White Lake (June 9), whom many described as a great and holy ascetic. Seeing the holy elder, the pious boy fell at his feet and implored him: "Take me to your place, Master!" Touched by the child's entreaties, the ascetic with joy and fatherly love took him to himself. At that time, near the Cyrilov Monastery lived the deacon Alexy Pavlov, who was known around the area for his art in teaching literacy. The monk called him to him and said: "Friend, fulfill for me the commandment of the love of God: teach the boy whom you see reading and writing, and keep him as the apple of your eye, in all purity." The deacon took the boy with him and diligently followed the order of Cyril, then he was returned to him. It was then that Michael was tonsured a monk by Cyril and took the name Martinian.

Holy Eight Martyrs of Nicaea

Holy Eight Martyrs of Nicaea (Feast Day - January 12);
photo depicts the theater of Nicaea

Verses

The eight numbered chorus died by the sword,
The eight thus finding eternal life.

We do not know details of the lives and contests of these Holy Martyrs, except that in Nicaea of Bithynia they were beheaded by the sword for confessing their faith in Christ.


Saints and Feasts of January 12


On the twelfth Tatiana was beheaded.

Holy Martyr Tatiana

Holy Martyr Tatiana of Rome

The Skull of Saint Tatiana the Martyr of Rome


Holy Martyr Peter the Absalamite

Holy Martyr Peter the Absalamite


Holy Martyr Mertios

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Mertios


Holy Eight Martyrs of Nicaea

Holy Eight Martyrs of Nicaea


Holy Martyr Euthasia

Saint Euthasia the Martyr


Venerable Elias the Wonderworker

Life and Sayings of Holy Abba Elias the Wonderworker


Saint Eulogia, Mother of Saint Theodosios the Cenobiarch

Saint Eulogia, Mother of Saint Theodosios the Cenobiarch


Venerable Benedict Biscop, Abbot of Wearmouth

Saint Benedict Biscop, Abbot of Wearmouth (+ 690)


Venerable Martinian of White Lake

Saint Martinian of White Lake (+ 1483)


Synaxis of Panagia Galaktotrophousa

Panagia Galaktotrophousa (Milk-Feeder) of Hilandari Monastery

The Recent Discovery of the Holy Spring of the Virgin Mary in Smyrna


Synaxis of Panagia of the Akathist

Akathist to the Theotokos Resource Page


Synaxis of Panagia Popska

The Popska Icon of the Mother of God in Hilandari


Synaxis of Panagia Mesopanditissa of Crete

Synaxis of Panagia Mesopanditissa of Crete


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Saint Theodosios, Abbot of Philotheou and Metropolitan of Trebizond (+ 1392)

St. Theodosios of Trebizond (Feast Day - January 11)

Verses

Theodosios fashioned a double crown,
As a hierarch and venerable of the Lord.

Our Venerable Father Theodosios was born in the village of Korisos, near Kastoria, to virtuous parents who made their living through farming. He was the older brother of Saint Dionysios (June 25), who later became the founder of Dionysiou Monastery on Mount Athos.

When Theodosios was eighteen and Dionysios was still a child, he went to Constantinople in search of virtuous men to benefit from their words and by their example. There he stayed at the Ecumenical Patriarchate, where there were monks who excelled in chanting and asceticism. There he received a well-rounded education, both secular and sacred. Because he was revered by all and acquired all the virtues, the Patriarch ordained him Deacon and then Presbyter.

Saint Hyginus, Pope of Rome (+ 142)


By Rev. Alban Butler (1711–73)

Hyginus was placed in the chair of Saint Peter after the martyrdom of Saint Telesphorus, in the year 139. Eusebius informs us, that he sat four years. The church then enjoyed some sort of calm, under the mild reign of the emperor Antoninus Pius; though several martyrs suffered in his time by the fury of the populace, or the cruelty of certain magistrates. The emperor himself never consented to such proceedings; and when informed of them by the governors of Asia, Athens, Thessalonica, and Larissa, he wrote to them in favor of the Christians, as is recorded by Saint Justin and Eusebius.

Saints and Feasts of January 11


On the eleventh the Cenobiarch departed this life.

Venerable Theodosios the Cenobiarch

Synaxarion of Saint Theodosios the Cenobiarch

Saint Theodosios the Great, Teacher of the Desert

St. Theodosios the Coenobiarch: "Behold, the Grave Is Ready!"


Venerable Vitalios

Saint Vitalios and the Prostitutes of Alexandria


Saint Hyginus, Pope of Rome

Saint Hyginus, Pope of Rome (+ 142)


Venerable Theodosios, Abbot of Philotheou and Metropolitan of Trebizond

Saint Theodosios, Abbot of Philotheou and Metropolitan of Trebizond (+ 1392)


Saint Michael of Klopsk, the Fool for Christ and Wonderworker

Saint Michael of Klopsk, the Fool for Christ


Holy New Martyr Nikephoros of Crete

Holy New Martyr Nikephoros of Crete (+ 1832)


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Where Saint Theophan Lived as a Recluse for 28 Years

The House of St. Theophan at Vyshensky Monastery

Consecrated Bishop of Tambov in 1859, Theophan was transferred to Vladimir in 1863. Three years later he resigned and became a recluse in a house at the Vyshensky Monastery in Vysha. During his 28 years as a recluse till his death, Theophan published several books on the spiritual life, and had a profound influence on the spiritual revival of society. "It seems he withdrew from the world, that from the height of his feat he could see more clearly the pressing needs and illnesses of our time and, if possible, to better provide the necessary assistance." He noted: "To write is the needed service of the Church. The best use of the gift to write and speak is to turn it to the admonition of sinners."

Eight Letters of St. Gregory the Theologian to St. Gregory of Nyssa


Ep. I.

(Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa, was a younger brother of Basil the Great. Ordained a Reader at an early age he grew tired of his vocation, and became a professor of Rhetoric. This gave scandal in the Church and occasioned much grief to his friends. Gregory of Nazianzus, wrote him the following letter of remonstrance, which was not without effect, for shortly afterwards he gave up his secular avocation, and retired to the Monastery which his brother Basil had founded in Pontus. Here he spent several years in the study of Holy Scripture and the best Commentators.)

Holy Abba Ammonios

Holy Abba Ammonios (Feast Day - January 10)

Verses

The virtuous divine lamp has been quenched,
Shut is the fleshly lamp of Ammonios.

In the Lausiac History of Palladius there are two individuals named Ammonios that today's commemoration can refer to. Below is the history of both, not knowing which of the two is being commemorated today.

1. Now this man Ammonios and his three brothers [i.e., Dioscorus, Eusebius, and Euthymius, who were called the “Tall Brothers” by Sozomen] and his two sisters were disciples of Abba Pambo; and when they had attained unto the perfection of divine life and conversation they departed from the desert, and founded two monasteries, I mean, one for men and one for women, but they placed the monastery of the women at a sufficient distance from that of the men, for Ammonios did not greatly love the intercourse of speech. It was for this reason that a certain city desired that he should be its bishop, and the people thereof drew nigh unto the blessed man Timothy, Bishop of Alexandria, and entreated him to make the blessed Ammonios their bishop; and Timothy [who sat from 381–385] told them to bring Ammonios unto him and that he would make him their bishop. Then they took with them much people, and they went unto Ammonios to bring him, and when he saw them he tried to find means to take to flight. But when he saw that he was unable to escape from them, he tried to persuade them, with many oaths, that he would not accept it, but he was unable to make them give up their intention. And when they would not be persuaded by him, he seized a razor and cut off his left ear at the root, and said unto them, “Now I am indeed persuaded that I cannot be that which you are urging me to be, for the Law also commands, ‘The man whose ear has been cut off shall not draw nigh unto the altar’” (Leviticus 26:17); so they left him and went and informed the Bishop, who said unto them, “This law is observed among the Jews, but even if his nose was split and he had fine qualities I would make him Bishop.” Then the people went to Ammonios again and entreated him to come, and when the pious man would not be persuaded by them, they wanted to take him and to make him come by force; but he said unto them, “If you do not leave me I will also slit my tongue”; and when they heard this they left him and departed.

Saint Dometian, Bishop of Melitene (+ 602)

St. Dometian of Melitene (Feast Day - January 10)

Verses

Dometian wished to be delivered from corruption,
Even though corruption is necessary in life, he said.

Our Venerable Father Dometian lived in the years of the Emperor Justin II, who reigned from 565 to 578, and the Emperor Maurice, who reigned from 582 to 602. Born of pious and wealthy parents named Theodore and Eudocia, he received a thorough education in both secular and sacred knowledge. After he had lived in lawful wedlock a short time, his wife died, and he, for his virtue and learning was made Bishop of Melitene in Armenia at the age of thirty.

Saints and Feasts of January 10


On the tenth Gregory died enwrapped in darkness.

Saint Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa

Saint Gregory of Nyssa Resource Page


Saint Dometian, Bishop of Melitene

Saint Dometian, Bishop of Melitene (+ 602)


Saint Markianos, Presbyter and Steward of the Great Church

Saint Markianos, Presbyter and Steward of the Great Church (+ 471)


Venerable Ammonios

Holy Abba Ammonios


Saint Theosevia the Deaconess

Saint Theosevia the Deaconess of Nyssa


Venerable Antipas the Athonite

Saint Antipas the Hesychast of Moldavia (+ 1882)


Venerable Theophan the Recluse

Saint Theophan the Recluse Resource Page


Commemoration of the Great Earthquake of 869

Commemoration of the Great Earthquake at Constantinople on January 9, 869


Saint Theophan the Recluse Resource Page

St. Theophan the Recluse (Feast Day - January 10)

Saint Theophan the Recluse (+ 1891)

Where Saint Theophan Lived as a Recluse for 28 Years

Christianity Should Not Change With The Times

The Truth and Power of the Resurrection

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Church of Saint Polyeuktos in Constantinople


The Church of Saint Polyeuktos was commissioned by the noblewoman Anicia Juliana, descendant of several Western emperors, and was constructed between 524 and 527, during the reign of Justin I (518–527). It was meant to replace an earlier church, built by Eudocia, wife of Theodosius II and Juliana's great-grandmother, to enshrine the skull of Saint Polyeuktos. The new church was thought to have been the largest in Constantinople before the building of Hagia Sophia by Justin's nephew and heir, Justinian I (527–565).

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