Sunday, July 15, 2018

Gospel Commentary for the Sunday of the Holy Fathers (St. Theophylact of Ochrid)


Sixth Sunday of the Holy Fathers
You are the Light of the World

Matthew 5:14-19

From The Explanation of the Gospel of St. Matthew

By Blessed Theophylact, Archbishop of Ochrid and Bulgaria

Matthew 5:14-19 - Ye are the salt of the earth. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a lamp, and put it under a bushel, but on a lamp stand; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father Who is in heaven. Think not that I am come to abolish the law, or the prophets: I am not come to abolish, but to fulfill. For amen, I say unto you. Till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be accomplished. Whosoever therefore shall disregard one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Saints and Feasts of the Sunday Between July 13th and 19th


Verses

The Six Synods defeated the factions,
Of the heretics, having divine words as a weapon.

Sunday of the Commemoration of the 
Holy Six Ecumenical Synods

Sunday of the Commemoration of the Holy Six Ecumenical Synods

Gospel Commentary for the Sunday of the Holy Fathers (St. Theophylact of Ochrid)


Saints and Feasts of the Sunday Between July 11th and 17th


Holy Five Venerable Martyrs of Leipsoi

The Five Ascetic Martyrs of Leipsoi


Saints and Feasts of July 15


On the fifteenth Julitta was beheaded, her son was broken.

Holy Martyrs Kyrikos and Julitta

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyrs Kyrikos and Julitta

The Life and Martyrdom of Saint Kyrikos and his Mother Julitta

Saints Julitta and Kyrikos as Models for our Lives


Holy Martyr Abudimos

Holy Martyr Abudimos of Tenedos


Saint Vladimir, the Equal of the Apostles 
and Enlightener of Russia

Saint Vladimir, the Equal of the Apostles and Enlightener of Russia

Saint Vladimir Cathedral in Chersonesos Taurica

Skull Fragment of Vladimir the Great Stolen Then Recovered in Edmonton

Relics of Saint Vladimir to be Venerated in 45 Cities in Russia


Saint Donald of Ogilvy 
and His Nine Virgin Daughters

Saint Donald of Ogilvy and His Nine Virgin Daughters


Finding of the Honorable Head of the 
Venerable Matrona of Chios

Saint Matrona of Chios the Wonderworker


Commemoration of the Miracle of Saint Barbara 
in Polydendri in 1917

The Miracle of St. Barbara in Polydendri, Attica on July 15, 1917


Saturday, July 14, 2018

Saint Joseph the Confessor, Archbishop of Thessaloniki and Brother of Saint Theodore the Studite

St. Joseph the Confessor of Thessaloniki (Feast Day - July 14)

Verses

You left behind your earthly throne,
Now you stand before the throne of the Lord.

Our Holy Father Joseph, born in Constantinople to pious parents named Photinos and Theoktiste, was the brother of Saint Theodore the Studite (Nov. 11), and together they pursued a life of asceticism under the guidance of their uncle Saint Platon (Apr. 5) in the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian at Sakkudion of Bithynia.

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