Monday, July 16, 2018

Saints Anastasios and Euxitheos, Bishops of Thessaloniki

Sts. Anastasios and Euxitheos of Thessaloniki (Feast Day - July 16)

Saint Anastasios became Bishop of Thessaloniki in 431. At the time he served as the vicar of the Roman Papacy. Popes Sixtus and Leo wrote to him. In 451 the Fourth Ecumenical Synod took place in Chalcedon, but he did not seem to attend and was instead represented by Quintillus of Heraclea, who signed the Acts of the First and Second Session on October 8th and 10 of 451. It seems that he reposed around the end of September in 451, because at the Third Session on October 13, 451 a presbyter named Andrew represented the Bishop of Thessaloniki who is now Euxitheos.

Holy Martyr Helier the Hermit (+ 555)

St. Helier the Hermit (Feast Day - July 16)

Saint Helier was born to pagan parents in Tongeren (now in Belgium). His father was Sigebert, a nobleman from Tongres and his mother was Lusigard. Having had difficulties conceiving a child, they had turned to Saint Cunibert who had advised them to pray to God and that when they had a child they must hand him over to God, and that he, Cunebert, would bring him up in the Christian faith. Their prayers having been answered, Helier was born, but Helier’s father, the Saxon Governor of that place, eventually grew angry at the influence Cunibert exerted over his precocious son, who was already causing consternation with his youthful miracles. Helier’s father had Cunibert killed, whereupon Helier fled.

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Faustus

St. Faustus the Martyr (Feast Day - July 16)

Verses

For Faustus the cross was salvation,
To this he was affixed due to his faith.

He lived during the reign of Emperor Decius in the year 250. Apprehended for his faith in Christ, he confessed Christ with boldness. Therefore he was nailed to a cross and shot with arrows. For five days he was on the cross, then he delivered his holy soul into the hands of God, from whom he received the crown of the contest.


Saints and Feasts of July 16


On the sixteenth Athenogenes was beheaded by the sword.

Holy Hieromartyr Athenogenes of Pedachthoe 
and His Ten Disciples

Holy Hieromartyr Athenogenes of Pedachthoe and His Ten Disciples


Holy Martyr Faustus

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Faustus


Holy Martyr Antiochos

Holy Martyr Antiochos the Physician of Sebastea


Holy Fifteen Thousand Martyrs of Pisidia

The Holy 15,000 Martyrs of Pisidia with Many Women


Many Holy Female Martyrs

The Holy 15,000 Martyrs of Pisidia with Many Women


Holy Martyr Athenogenes

Phos Ilaron (Gladsome Liht): the Hymn of Athenogenes the Martyr


Holy Virgin Martyr Julia of Carthage

Holy Virgin Martyr Julia of Carthage


Saints Anastasios and Euxitheos, 
Bishops of Thessaloniki

Saints Anastasios and Euxitheos, Bishops of Thessaloniki


Holy Martyr Helier the Hermit

Holy Martyr Helier the Hermit (+ 555)


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.

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