Thursday, October 18, 2018

Saint James the Deacon

St. James the Deacon (Feast Day - October 18)

Saint James lived in the seventh century, and assisted Saint Paulinus of York (Oct. 10) in evangelizing the north of England, known as Northumbria.

Following the death of Saint Edwin (Oct. 12) in 633, the northern kingdom experienced many trials, including military defeats, famine, and plague. The year 633-634 was so fraught with misfortune that it became known as “The Hateful Year.” Saint Paulinus accompanied Saint Ethelburga (Apr. 5) back to her native Kent after the death of her husband King Edwin, leaving Saint James behind to care for the new converts in northern England.

Holy Forty Child Martyrs

Holy Forty Child Martyrs (Feast Day - October 18)


Two times twenty children died by the sword,
Honoring Christ who is two according to essence.

The Holy Forty Child Martyrs met their end by the sword.

Saint Mnason, Bishop of Cyprus

St. Mnason, Bishop of Cyprus (Feast Day - October 18)


As a pillar Mnason gave his head over bent,
By the sword he lives on the earth before the fall.

Saint Mnason, Bishop of Cyprus, met his end by the sword.

It is most probable that this Saint Mnason is the same as Saint Mnason the Old Disciple commemorated on October 19th, both of whom are said to be Bishops of Cyprus, but the former alone is mentioned in the Synaxarion of Constantinople while the latter is commemorated as a local saint. This is despite the fact that the Saint Mnason of today is said to have been martyred by the sword, while the Saint Mnason of tomorrow is said to have reposed in peace.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Incorrupt Relic of Saint Savvas the Sanctified Placed in a New Reliquary (video and photos)

On Saturday night, September 30/October 13, 2018, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated at the Holy Lavra of Saint Savvas the Sanctified according to the Typicon of the Lavra. The Liturgy was officiated by our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos with co-celebrants the His Eminence Metropolitan Nikolaos of Mesogaia and Lavreotiki and the Most Reverend Archbishops, Aristarchos of Constantina, Philoumenos of Pella, and the Most Reverend Metropolitan Joachim of Helenoupolis, Hagiotaphite Hieromonks, Arab-speaking Priests, as well as visiting Priests from other Churches, Archdeacon Mark and Deacon Demetrios.

Synaxarion of our Venerable Father Malos

St. Malos (Feast Day - October 16)


Malos for a short time departed his household on earth,
To dwell for a long time in the heavenly household.

Our Holy Father Malos, leaving behind the world, wealth and relatives, went to deserted and uninhabited places. There the renowned one occupied himself, rejoicing in fasting and vigils and other hardships. His face was joyful, and in the name of Christ he performed various miracles; cleansing lepers, banishing demons and giving sight to the blind. These things he did even when he was still alive. After departing to the Lord, he left behind his all-honorable body as a source of healing. He received the grace to have myrrh gush from it, for the averting of every form of suffering and the healing of unhealable illnesses. As the Lord said: "Those who glorify Me I will glorify" (1 Kings/Samuel 2:30).

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