Sunday, April 22, 2018

Homily on the Sunday of the Myrrhbearing Women: On Spiritual Deadness (St. Ignatius Brianchaninov)


By St. Ignatius Brianchaninov

The Gospels have told us today[1] about the exploits of the holy women who followed the God-Man during His earthly wanderings. They witnessed His sufferings and were present at his burial. The burial took place on Friday evening. While the Jews’ wrath was pouring out like the fiery lava of Aetna not only upon the Lord, but upon all of those close to Him; while the Holy Apostles were forced to hide or observe the extraordinary events only from a distance; while only John, the beloved disciple who leaned upon the breast of the Lord, feared nothing and remained always near the Lord, the secret disciple, Joseph of Arimathea, who had always concealed his heart’s allegiance due to persecution from the Sanhedrin, suddenly disregards all the obstacles, hesitations, and anxiety that had bound and worried him until then, and he appears before cold, cruel Pilate to beg the body of the One who was shamefully executed. He receives the Lord’s body and buries it with reverence and honor.

Explanation of the Gospel Reading for the Third Sunday of Pascha (St. Theophylact of Ochrid)


Third Sunday of Pascha
The Myrrhbearing Women

Mark 15:43-16:6

By Blessed Theophylact, Archbishop of Ochrid and Bulgaria

42-47. Now when the evening was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a noble counsellor, who also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and asked for the Body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if He were already dead, and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether He had been any while dead. And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the Body to Joseph. And he bought fine linen, and took Him down, and wrapped Him in the linen, and laid Him in a tomb which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the tomb. And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses beheld where He was laid.

Saints and Feasts of April 22


On the twenty-second the Sykeote was hidden in the grave.

Venerable Theodore the Sykeote, Bishop of Anastasiopolis

Saint Theodore the Sykeote, Bishop of Anastasiopolis

The Role of St. George in the Life of St. Theodore Sykeote


Venerable Ananias of Malles in Crete

Hatzi Ananias of Malles, Crete (+ 1907)

The Amazing Miracles of Hatzi Ananias of Malles, Crete

Hatzi Ananias of Crete Has Been Proposed for Canonization


Holy New Hieromartyr Sabbas, Bishop of Gornji Karlovac

Holy New Hieromartyr Sabbas, Who Was Skinned Alive By the Ustashi (+ 1941)


Commemoration of the Prisoner Breakout from 
Jasenovac Concentration Camp

Holy New Martyrs of Jasenovac Concentration Camp


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Life of the Holy Hieromartyr Januarius, Bishop of Benevento, and his Companions


On the twenty-first of April, we commemorate the Holy Hieromartyr Januarius the Bishop of Benevento and his companions: Proculus, Sosius and Festus the Deacons, Desiderius the Reader, Acutius and Eutychius the Laymen.

Verses

To Januarius.
Januarius was a noble man,
In the month of April he was beheaded.

To Proculus, Sosius and Festus.
Proculus together with Sosius and Festus,
Bent forward for beheading while the sword was in its sheath.

To Desiderius.
The neck of Desiderius was bound to the sword,
He submitted to beheading and stands before the Lord.

To Acutius and Eutychius.
The voice of Acutius was heard,
Saying "Eutychius my fellow in beheading."

On the twenty-first Januarius was beheaded.

On the Salvation of Those Who Died Before Christ (St. Anastasios of Sinai)


I am offering the translation below in response to the translation here:  http://ldysinger.stjohnsem.edu/@texts/0-03_plato/99_anast-sinai.htm. There, "hades" is translated as "hell", which is not accurate, but even worse, in section 3, the translation of the first sentence reads: "Having heard this you cannot believe that there is no repentance in hell." This is a serious mistranslation, making it as if St. Anastasios believed there was "repentance in hell", which is something no Church Father believed. Therefore the translation below is a more accurate translation to remedy the false attribution of such a teaching to St. Anastasios.

By St. Anastasios of Sinai

(Questions and Answers, 61)

QUESTION 61:

In regard to the Greeks who died before the coming of Christ, is it fitting to pray for them, rather than condemn them?

ANSWER:

Saint Maximianos, Patriarch of Constantinople (+ 434)

St. Maximianos of Constantinople (Feast Day - April 21)

Verses

Maximianos who was not an all-devouring wolf,
Instead reared the Church and died.

Our Holy Father Maximianos was born in Rome to notable and wealthy parents, and was a childhood friend of Pope Celestine I of Rome. He was noted to be a pious man, but was not known for his intellect, though he was educated. He had a good reputation among the Christians, in part because at his own expense he constructed monuments to bury the departed. Maximianos led a monastic life before he entered the priesthood. He became a priest of the Church of Constantinople, ordained by Patriarch Sisinnius I. After the deposition of Nestorius, Maximianos became Archbishop of Constantinople at the insistence of Emperor Theodosius II, who apparently was looking for an ordinary candidate and perhaps one who was not overly under the influence of his sister, Pulcheria. His selection passed over Proclus, who was a favorite of the aristocrats.

Saints and Feasts of April 21


On the twenty-first Januarius was beheaded.

Hieromartyr Januarius the Bishop of Benevento 
and his companions: Proculus, Sosius and Festus the Deacons, 
Desiderius the Reader,  Acutius and Eutychius the Laymen

Life of the Holy Hieromartyr Januarius, Bishop of Benevento, and his Companions

Saint Januarius as a Model for our Lives


Saint Alexandra the Empress and her servants 
Apollo, Isaakios and Kodratos

Saint Alexandra the Empress of Rome, Wife of Emperor Diocletian


Saint Maximianos, Patriarch of Constantinople

Saint Maximianos, Patriarch of Constantinople (+ 434)


Venerable Anastasios of Sinai

Saint Anastasios of Sinai


Friday, April 20, 2018

Saint Joasaph the Former King, Second Founder of the Great Meteoron Monastery (+ 1423)

St. Joasaph of Meteora (Feast Day - April 20)

Verses

Athanasios with Joasaph in the heavens,
Now dance together have shared in hard work.

The real successor of Saint Athanasios and the second founder of the Great Meteoron Monastery was the holy monk Joasaph. He was born around 1349/50, and baptized with the name John. John was son of the Greek-Serbian King of Thessaly and Epirus, Symeon Uros Palaiologos (1359-1370), whose seat was at Trikala. His mother, Thomais, was daughter of the Despot of Epirus Nikephoros II (+ 1359). From his father’s side he was related to the Roman imperial family of the Palaiologoi, whose surname he was proud to bear. Maria Palaiologina, great-granddaughter of the Roman Emperor Michael VIII Palaiologos (1259-1982) from her father’s side (John Palaiologos), and granddaughter from her mother’s side (Irene) of the great logothetis Theodore Metochetes, founder of the famous Chora Monastery at Constantinople, was married to John’s grandfather, the Serbian King Stephen Uros III (1321-1331). John had a younger brother named Stephen. His sister Maria Angelina Komneni Doukaina Palaiologina (+ 28 Dec. 1394), the great benefactress and donatrix of the Great Meteoron Monastery, had married the Despot of Ioannina Thomas Preliubovic (+ 23 Dec. 1384).

Saint Athanasios, Founder of the Great Meteoron Monastery (+ 1380)

St. Athanasios of Meteora (Feast Day - April 20)

Verses

Meteora's stone Athanasios,
You worked hard to make a path to the cornerstone.

The foundation of the Monastery of the Great Meteoron, or the Transfiguration Monastery, is the starting point of organized monastic life at Meteora. This monastery is the oldest, largest and most formal of the extant Meteora monasteries, as its name “Great Meteoron” implies. Perched on the most imposing rock, it occupies a commanding position among the monastic complex of Meteora.

The Great Meteoron was founded shortly before the middle of the fourteenth century by Saint Athanasios of Meteora, who was also its first founder and the first to organize a systematic monastic community. Athanasios, the son of eminent parents, was born at Hypati, the well-known medieval town of New Patras, in 1302 and was baptized Andronikos.

Holy Martyrs Victor, Zotikos, Zeno, Akindynos, Caesarios, Severian, Christopher, Theonas and Antoninos

St. Victor and his Companions (Feast Day - April 20)

Verses

To Akindynos and the four with him.
The four with Akindynos were slain by the sword,
Thus escaping the danger of delusion.

To Christopher and the three with him.
Covered in soot from the furnace,
Those with Christopher approached Christ.

Saints and Feasts of April 20


On the twentieth, Theodore, your bones went without your courageous spirit.

Venerable Theodore the Trichinas

Saint Theodore the Trichinas ("Hair-Shirt Wearer")


Holy Martyrs Victor, Zotikos, Zeno, Akindynos, Caesarios, 
Severian, Christopher, Theonas and Antoninos

Holy Martyrs Victor, Zotikos, Zeno, Akindynos, Caesarios, Severian, Christopher, Theonas and Antoninos


Holy Apostle Zacchaeus

Holy Apostle Zacchaeus, Bishop of Caesarea

Sunday of Zacchaeus Resource Page


Venerable John of Old Lavra

Saint John of Old Lavra


Venerable Athanasios, 
Founder of the Great Meteoron Monastery

Saint Athanasios, Founder of the Great Meteoron Monastery (+ 1380)


Venerable Joasaph the Former King, 
Second Founder of the Great Meteoron Monastery

Saint Joasaph the Former King, Second Founder of the Great Meteoron Monastery (+ 1423)


Holy Martyr Gabriel of Zabludov

Child Martyr Gabriel of Zabludov, Poland (+ 1690)


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Saint Symeon the Barefoot and Single-Tunicked, Abbot of the Monastery of Philotheou (+ 1594)

St. Symeon the Barefoot, Founder of Flamourion Monastery (Feast Day - April 19)

Verses

Blessed Symeon walked barefoot,
Who mortally stomped on the serpent.

Our Venerable Father Symeon the Barefoot and Single-Tunicked was the son of a priest, and from the age of fifteen he was under the spiritual care of Bishop Pachomios of Demetriada, in the region of Larissa. Bishop Pachomios tonsured him a monk and ordained him a hierodeacon. In order to learn the strict monastic life, Symeon soon departed to a monastery near Mount Olympus, and from there went to the Great Lavra of Saint Athanasios the Athonite on Mount Athos. There, his humility and zealous obedience gained him the respect of the brethren, and he was ordained a hieromonk.

Holy Martyr Theodore of Perge in Pamphylia, with his mother Philippa, the two soldiers Socrates and Dionysios, and Dioscorus

Sts. Theodore of Perge, Pamphilla, Socrates, Dionysios and Dioscorus (Feast Day - April 19)

Verses

To Theodore.
You were seen to be a communicant of the passion, Theodore,
Having suffered beyond the passion.

To Philippa.
I kiss Philippa, as the mother of an athlete,
I kiss Philippa, as having contested by the sword.

To Socrates and Dionysios.
Of old a spear pierced the Highest when dead,
And now the two Martyrs were pierced while alive.

Saint Tryphon, Patriarch of Constantinople (+ 933)

St. Tryphon, Archbishop of Constantinople (Feast Day - April 19)

Verses

Hating luxury Tryphon longed for God,
He stands before God in His dwelling-place.

Our Holy Father Tryphon was a monk somewhere in Asia Minor from the time of his youth, distinguished by his meekness, lack of malice, full submission to the will of God, and his firm faith and love for the Church. At this time the emperor Romanos I Lekapenos (919-944) ruled in Constantinople. He wanted to elevate his younger son Theophylaktos to the patriarchal throne. Initially he had him made synkellos at the age of eleven in 924 to Patriarch Nicholas I Mystikos. When Patriarch Stephen (925-928) died, Theophylaktos was only sixteen years old and ostensibly installed on the patriarchal throne. The emperor then suggested that Tryphon be locum tenens of the patriarchal throne until Theophylaktos came of age.

Holy Hieromartyr Paphnutios of Jerusalem

St. Paphnutios of Jerusalem (Feast Day - April 19)

Verses

The grave of Paphnutios was hidden in the earth,
Neglected and silent it hides the grave.
On the nineteenth Paphnutios was thereupon raised up.

All that we know of Saint Paphnutios is gathered from the hymns chanted today, as no biography has been left to us. We therefore gather that he was a Bishop or Priest from Jerusalem, who for his faith in Christ contested with wild beasts, then fire, and he was finally beheaded by the sword.

Saints and Feasts of April 19


On the nineteenth Paphnutios was lifted up.

Holy Hieromartyr Paphnutios of Jerusalem

Holy Hieromartyr Paphnutios of Jerusalem

Saint Paphnutios of Jerusalem as a Model for our Lives


Holy Martyr Theodore of Perge in Pamphylia, 
with his mother Philippa, 
the two soldiers Socrates and Dionysios, and Dioscorus

Holy Martyr Theodore of Perge in Pamphylia, with his mother Philippa, the two soldiers Socrates and Dionysios, and Dioscorus


Venerable George the Confessor, Bishop of Pisidia

Synaxarion of Saint George the Confessor, Bishop of Pisidia


Saint Tryphon, Patriarch of Constantinople

Saint Tryphon, Patriarch of Constantinople (+ 933)


Venerable Symeon the Barefoot and Single-Tunicked, 
Abbot of the Monastery of Philotheou and 
Founder of Flamourion Monastery

Saint Symeon the Barefoot and Single-Tunicked, Abbot of the Monastery of Philotheou (+ 1594)


Holy New Martyr Agathangelos of Esphigmenou

Holy New Martyr Agathangelos of Esphigmenou (+ 1819)


Synaxarion of Saint George the Confessor, Bishop of Pisidia

St. George the Confessor (Feast Day - April 19)

Verses

George as a great farmer,
Had virtue in all its forms at his departure.

This Saint lived during the years of iconoclasm, and was dedicated to God from childhood. Because of his extraordinary virtue, he was ordained Bishop of Pisidia.*

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Synaxarion of Saint Kosmas the Confessor, Bishop of Chalcedon

St. Kosmas the Confessor of Chalcedon (Feast Day - April 18)

Verses

Shattered by arrows and you departed life,
Kosmas was like a discharged arrow by his words.

This Saint was nourished on the milk of asceticism, and having cleansed himself with the spiritual contests of virtue, he became a dwelling-place of the Holy Spirit. Thus he was honored with the office of the Priesthood, and later he was established as the shepherd chosen by God of the holy Church of Chalcedon.

Holy Martyr Savvas the General and Goth (+ 372)


Verses

Savvas entered the corruptible water with pleasure,
Now you drink the pleasant incorruptible waters.

The faith of Christ erected its trophies not only over the pride and sophistry of the heathen philosophers, and the united power of the Roman Empire, but also over the kings of barbarous infidel nations; who, though in every other thing the contrast of the Romans, and enemies to their name, yet vied with them in the rage with which they sought, by every human stratagem, and every invention of cruelty, to depress the cross of Christ, by which the finger of God was more visible in the propagation of His faith. Even among the Goths, His name was glorified by the blood of martyrs. Athanaric, king of the Goths, in the year 370, and according to Saint Jerome, raised a violent persecution against the Christians among them. The Greeks commemorate fifty-one martyrs who suffered in that nation. The two most illustrious are Saints Niketas and Savvas.*

Saint John, Disciple of the Saint Gregory of Decapolis

St. John, Disciple of St. Gregory the Decapolite (Feast Day - April 18)

Verses

Leap O John like John,
Not inside the womb, but in Eden.
On the eighteenth John was seen dead.

Our Holy Father John hated the things of this world from a young age, and loved Christ. For this reason he went to Saint Gregory of Decapolis (Nov. 20) at a monastery in Thessaloniki, and received the monastic tonsure from him. There he struggled in all things, serving the Lord. He was conspicuous for his obedience and submissiveness to such an extent, that the divine Gregory his spiritual father rejoiced and glorified God on account of him.

Synaxis of the Maximov Icon of the Mother of God

Synaxis of the Maximov Icon of the Mother of God (Feast Day - April 18)

The Maximov Icon of the Mother of God was painted in the year 1299 following her appearance to Saint Maximus, Metropolitan of Vladimir (Dec. 6). A description of this vision was inscribed on the left side of his crypt. The icon shows the Mother of God in full stature with the Christ Child in her left hand. With her right hand, she offers Metropolitan Maximus (depicted on his knees, or sometimes standing) a bishop’s omophorion.

Saints and Feasts of April 18


On the eighteenth John was seen dead.

Saint John, Disciple of the Saint Gregory of Decapolis

Saint John, Disciple of the Saint Gregory of Decapolis


Holy Martyr Savvas the General and Goth

Holy Martyr Savvas the General and Goth (+ 372)


Venerable Kosmas the Confessor, Bishop of Chalcedon

Synaxarion of Saint Kosmas the Confessor, Bishop of Chalcedon


Venerable Athanasia of Aegina the Wonderworker

Saint Athanasia of Aegina the Wonderworker


Holy New Martyr John the Tailor of Ioannina

Holy New Martyr John the Tailor of Ioannina (+ 1546)

Saint John of Ioannina as a Model for our Lives


Holy New Martyr Tounom the Emir

Saint Tounom the Emir (+ 1579)

Regarding the Column That Was Split By the Holy Fire in 1579


Holy Hieromartyr Cyril VI, Patriarch of Constantinople

Saint Cyril VI, Patriarch of Constantinople (+ April 18, 1821)

Three Recent Miracles of Saint Cyril VI, Patriarch of Constantinople


Synaxis of the Maximov Icon of the Mother of God

Synaxis of the Maximov Icon of the Mother of God


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Saints and Feasts of April 17


On the seventeenth Symeon was decapitated at the neck.

Holy Hieromartyr Symeon, Bishop of Persia, and those with him: 
Audella the Presbyter, Gothazat, Fousik, and another 
One Thousand One Hundred and Fifty Martyrs

Holy Hieromartyr Symeon the Bishop of Persia and Those With Him (+ 343)


Saint Makarios Notaras, Metropolitan of Corinth

Saint Makarios of Corinth Resource Page


Translation of the Sacred Relics of the Venerable Alexander of Svir

Translation of the Relics of Saint Alexander of Svir in 1641

The Incorrupt Relics of St. Alexander of Svir (video)


Holy Hieromartyr Symeon the Bishop of Persia and Those With Him (+ 343)

St. Symeon of Persia and Those With Him (Feast Day - April 17)

Verses

To Symeon.
You are indeed great Symeon the Bishop,
By the sword you are perceived to be a great athlete.

To Audella.
You entered into the mouth of the fearsome bear Audella,
Escaping the insatiable mouth of Satan's abominations.

To Gothazat.
Given the choice between sacrificing and death,
Gothazat seized death by beheading through a sword.

To Fousik.
"Flay my skin" said Fousik,
The garment woven with the cloth of Satan.

To the One Hundred and Fifty.
Three times fifty men were beheaded,
Who venerated the Essence in three Persons.

To the Thousand.
A thousand Persians fell by the sword,
Declaring what you had seen Paul - a cloud of Martyrs.

On the seventeenth Symeon was decapitated at the neck.

By Sozomen

(Ecclesiastical History, Bk. 2, Chs. 9-11)

Translation of the Relics of Saint Alexander of Svir in 1641

Translation of the Relics of St. Alexander of Svir (Feast Day - April 17)

Saint Alexander of Svir died on August 30, 1533. His incorrupt relics were translated in 1641 during the reconstruction of the Transfiguration Cathedral.

The incorrupt relics of the Saint were removed from the Svir Monastery by the Bolsheviks on December 20, 1918 after several unsuccessful attempts to confiscate them. There was an infamous campaign to liquidate the relics of the saints which continued from 1919 to 1922. Many relics of Russsian saints were stolen and subjected to “scientific examination” or displayed in antireligious museums. Some were completely destroyed.

Saint Makarios of Corinth Resource Page

St. Makarios Notaras (Feast Day - April 17)

Life and Veneration

St. Makarios of Corinth: Author of the Philokalic Revival

Saint Makarios Notaras and Patmos

Saint Makarios Notaras, the Wonderworker of Myloi in Samos

Monday, April 16, 2018

The Miraculous Liberation of the Holy Mountain of Athos from the Turks in 1830


The Turks first invaded the Holy Mountain of Athos in the year 1812, spreading panic to all its inhabitants. The ancient monasteries were devastated, and the monks suffered violence and banishment. Though some monks remained without assistance or protection, most fled the peninsula to preserve their lives.

A second invasion took place in 1821. The Turks occupied the Holy Mountain for nine years. On the Sunday of Saint Thomas, 13 April 1830, the Turks abandoned the Holy Mountain. This liberation is annually celebrated by the monks of Mount Athos on the Sunday of Saint Thomas.

When the Turks invaded Mount Athos in 1821, they came to Iveron Monastery. The monks fled to the nearby high country, but the sick and the elderly stayed behind, awaiting whatever death the Turks chose for them. Hierodeacon Gregory Bouyatsas, who was a young monk at Iveron at the time, records that the Turks began to slaughter each monk as they came upon them. Hierodeacon Gregory himself was tortured by the Turks.

Holy New Martyrs George, Manuel, Theodore, George and Michael of Samothrace (+ 1835)


On the Sunday after Pascha (the Sunday of Saint Thomas), we commemorate the Holy Five Neomartyrs of Samothrace: Saints Manuel, Theodore, George, George the Younger, and Michael.

Verses

The five in number choir of New Martyrs,
Are now rightly celebrated in Samothrace.

These Holy New Martyrs were from Samothrace, with the exception of Saint Michael who was from Cyprus. During the Greek Revolution of 1821, the island of Samothrace was occupied by the Turks, who came from Abydos and Tenedos and murdered the Christians inhabitants, while many women and children were taken as slaves to the East and Egypt. Then afterwards, the four martyrs along with Saint Michael (who denied his faith and converted out of fear), were sold throughout various places in Turkey. When Greece was liberated, the Five New Martyrs returned to Samothrace and followed a Christian life.

Holy Sisters and Virgin Martyrs Agape, Irene and Chionia of Thessaloniki

Sts. Agape, Irene and Chionia (Feast Day - April 16)

Verses

To Agape and Chonia.
The fire was as if snow to Chonia,
Which she partook of with her beloved Agape.

To Irene.
An arrow was dispatched to that peaceful place,
Intoxicated by your blood Irene.

Chionia and Agape were burnt on the sixteenth.

The Holy Martyrs Agape, Irene, and Chionia were sisters who lived during the reign of Emperor Diocletian (284-305). They hailed from Thessaloniki and were left orphaned at an early age. When a persecution against the Christians broke out, they left their homeland and went to a mountain near a lake in the area of Nicaea, where they lived in a hermitage with a priest named Zoilos (Dec. 22).

Holy New Martyr Michael of Vourla (+ 1772)

St. Michael of Vourla (Feast Day - April 16)

Verses

You were painted Michael with the gore of your blood,
And appeared white as snow Victorious one.

By St. Nikodemos the Hagiorite

The Holy New Martyr Michael was born in Vourla of Asia Minor. He was a coppersmith by trade, very youthful (about 18 years of age), and of a goodly appearance. He was, however, once deceived by a certain Turkish coppersmith, his employer, and denied the faith of Christ. His renunciation took place on the first Saturday of the Great Fast.

Saints and Feasts of April 16


Chionia and Agape were burnt on the sixteenth.


Holy Sisters and Virgin Martyrs Agape, Irene and Chionia

Holy Sisters and Virgin Martyrs Agape, Irene and Chionia of Thessaloniki


Holy Martyr Leonidas and the Holy Martyrs Charissa, Nike, 
Galena, Kallida, Nounechia, Vasilissa and Theodora

Newly-Revealed Martyrs Leonidas and His Companions


Holy New Martyr Michael of Vourla

Holy New Martyr Michael of Vourla (+ 1772)


Holy New Martyr Christopher of Dionysiou

Holy New Martyr Christopher of Dionysiou (+ 1818)


Synaxis of the Weeping Icon of the Mother of God 'Ilyin Chernigov'

Weeping Icon of the Mother of God 'Ilyin Chernigov'


Saints and Feasts of Thomas Monday and Tuesday


Monday of Saint Thomas

Thomas Monday or Tuesday and the Departed

Homily on the Mystery of the Resurrection of Christ (St. Symeon the New Theologian)

Pentecostarion Resource Page


Synaxis of Panagia Paravouniotissa in Eretria

Synaxis of Panagia Paravouniotissa in Eretria, Greece


Synaxis of Panagia Voithia in Chios

Synaxis of Panagia Voithia in Chios


Synaxis of Panagia Chrysafitissa of Monemvasia

Panagia Chrysafitissa of Monemvasia


Tuesday of Saint Thomas

Thomas Monday or Tuesday and the Departed

Tuesday of St. Thomas: Radonitsa (Day of Rejoicing)

St. John Chrysostom's Homily On the Cemetery and the Cross (Excerpts)

Pentecostarion Resource Page


Sunday, April 15, 2018

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Crescens of Myra in Lycia

St. Crescens the Martyr (Feast Day - April 15)

Verses

In astonishment Crescens was seen in the midst of the fire,
The flame that led him to the delightful meadow.
On the fifteenth Crescens was violently made to die in the fire.

He was from Myra of Lycia from an illustrious and notable family, old and advanced in age. When he saw impiety flourishing and the religion of the idols was on the rise, and many were enslaved to its delusion, offering sacrifices to soulless images, the blessed one was moved by zeal, and he went in the midst of the idolaters, admonishing them to refrain from this delusion, and convert to the God believed in by the Christians, Who is the Creator of all that breathes, and the Giver of all life.

Belief and Unbelief: A Homily for Thomas Sunday (St. Luke of Simferopol)


By St. Luke, Archbishop of Simferopol

It was very, very, extremely hard for the apostles to believe that the Lord Jesus Christ had risen.

They considered the words of the Myrrhbearers who brought them this news to be lies.

When they went to Galilee, to the mountain as Jesus had commanded them, and saw Him, some fell down and worshipped Him while others stood petrified and did not believe their own eyes.

When Jesus appeared to all of them in the upper room in Jerusalem, they thought that they were seeing a spirit.

Holy Martyrs Theodore the Presbyter and Pausolypios

Sts. Theodore and Pausolypios (Feast Day - April 15)

Verses

Pausolypios and Theodore the sacrificer,
The sword was a gift to end the pain.

Saints Theodore the Presbyter and Pausolypios (or Pausilippus) were martyred by the sword around 130 A.D. under Emperor Hadrian at Heracleia in Thrace. Their Synaxis was annually celebrated in the old age home known as Melovios in Constantinople.


Saints and Feasts of April 15


On the fifteenth Crescens was violently made to die in the fire.

Holy Martyr Crescens

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Crescens of Myra in Lycia

Saint Crescens Served God in Both Body and Soul


Holy Martyrs Anastasia and Vasilissa

Holy Martyrs Anastasia and Vasilissa of Rome


Holy Martyrs Theodore the Presbyter and Pausolypios

Holy Martyrs Theodore the Presbyter and Pausolypios


Saturday, April 14, 2018

A Description of the Martyrdom Preparation of Saint Demetrios of Peloponnesos


Saint Demetrios of Peloponnesos suffered martyrdom in 1803 at Tripolis of the Peloponnese. He was a native of Ligouditsa in Arcadia, and became a servant of a Turkish family at Tripolis. Yielding to their continual incitement to espouse Islam, he renounced his Christian faith. But soon he began to have strong feelings of remorse for his act. So he went to a monastery, confessed to the abbot and sought his advice. The abbot sent him, with a letter of introduction, to Saint Makarios of Corinth in Chios. Here he received very valuable spiritual training and guidance first from his spiritual father Makarios of Corinth, then from his second spiritual father Saint Nikephoros of Chios. Duly prepared by them for martyrdom, Demetrios returned to Tripolis ready to profess his faith openly and to die for it. When the Turks at Tripolis saw him and heard him say that he was a Christian, they seized him, subjected him to many kinds of tortures, and finally beheaded him on the Tuesday following the Sunday of Saint Thomas, which was April 14, 1803. He is annually commemorated by the Church on the anniversary day of his martyrdom.

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Ardalion the Mime

St. Ardalion the Mime (Feast Day - April 14)

Verses

Now Ardalion the mime of old,
Mimics the Martyrs enduring the flames.

Ardalion lived during the reign of Maximian (286-305), occupying himself in the theaters in comedies, mimicking this and that, and interpreting the sufferings and dramas of others. On one such performance he decided to mimic through his interpretation the resistance of the Christians towards the tyrants, when they were being martyred. For this reason he was suspended high and lacerated, because he did not want to sacrifice to the gods.

The Kollyvades Movement as it Appears Throughout History and in the Present


By Archimandrite Ephraim, Abbot of Vatopaidi Monastery

Throughout the history of the Church, the Holy Spirit has been endorsing some spiritual figures who not only leave their mark in their times but also become illuminating beacons for the future generations. Therefore, by looking up to them, we “the ones who have reached the end times” are able to sail through the seas of tribulation, of passions and of the devil’s delusions without danger, without “wetting our feet” to reach the port of the “true life”, of dispassion, of Sabbatism and thus accomplish our deliverance. Such personalities were the Three Hierarchs, St Maximus the Confessor, St Symeon the New Theologian, St Gregory Palamas as well as the Fathers of the Kollyvades movement.

Holy Apostles Aristarchus, Pudens and Trophimus of the Seventy

Sts. Aristarchus, Pudens and Trophimus (Feast Day - April 14)

Verses

To Aristarchus.
I honor Aristarchus as excellent,
Who was excellent until the sword.

To Pudens.
Where were you transported, having been beheaded, Pudens?
Where was he transported, to whom is directed incorruptible praise?

To Trophimus.
Trophimus extremely longs for the nourishing delights of heaven,
Which he approaches through the sharp sword.

On the fourteenth the disciples were carried away.

Saints and Feasts of April 14


On the fourteenth the disciples were carried away.

Holy Apostles Aristarchus, Pudens and Trophimus of the Seventy

Holy Apostles Aristarchus, Pudens and Trophimus of the Seventy


Holy Martyr Ardalion the Mime

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Ardalion the Mime

Saint Ardalion the Mime as a Model for our Lives


Holy Martyr Thomais

Saint Thomais the Martyr of Alexandria

Holy Martyr Thomais as a Model for our Lives


Holy Martyrs Anthony, John, and Eustathius of Lithuania

Saints Anthony, John, and Eustathius of Lithuania


Holy New Martyr Demetrios of Peloponnesos

Holy New Martyr Demetrios of Peloponnesos (+ 1803)

A Description of the Martyrdom Preparation of Saint Demetrios of Peloponnesos


Saints and Feasts of Bright Saturday


Christ is Risen!

Saturday of Bright Week (Renewal Week)

Bright Week Resource Page


Synaxis of the Venerable Kollyvades Fathers of Holy Mount Athos

Kollyvades Movement Resource Page


Venerable Kali

Saint Kali the Philanthropist


Friday, April 13, 2018

Synaxis of the Panagia of the Tongue in Kellaki of Cyprus

Panagia of the Glossa (Feast Day - Friday of Renewal Week)

The Monastery of the Zoodochos Pege (Life-Giving Spring) is located in the village of Kellaki in the Limassol District of Cyprus. This monastery is popularly known as Panagia of the Glossa, or "of the Tongue", because prior to 1976, when the current female monastery was built, there was a smaller church at this location with a miraculous icon of the Panagia known to heal people, especially children, with speech problems. Because of the numerous miracles of this kind, it increased in popularity, received its name, and expanded.

Synaxis of the Panagia Phaneromeni (or Panagia of the Lepers) in Rhodes

Panagia Phaneromeni of Rhodes (Feast Day - Friday of Renewal Week)

Verses

Your Icon was revealed O Virgin,
Revealing to all your great grace.

The Holy Monastery of Panagia Phaneromeni is located a few kilometers outside the city of Rhodes, in the area of Ixia. In the location where now lies the Holy Monastery of the Panagia Phaneromeni, in the 19th century, was the leper colony of Rhodes, isolated from the rest of the world. One day, a leper found on the shore in the sand an icon of the Virgin Mary.

Saints and Feasts of April 13


On the thirteenth the celebrated Martin died.

Saint Martin, Pope of Rome

Saint Martin the Confessor, Pope of Rome (+ 655)


Holy Two Bishops who were Confessors with Saint Martin

Saint Martin the Confessor, Pope of Rome (+ 655)


Holy Martyrs Quinctilian, Maximus and Dada

Holy Martyrs Quinctilian, Maximus and Dada at Durostorum


Holy Martyrs Quinctilian, Maximus and Dada at Durostorum


Verses

For April 13.

Whose heads are these that lie asunder?
Quinctilian, Maximus and Dada.

Fro August 2.

The earth brings forth three dead who are life-bearers,
The heavens said it was fitting they be brought forth from where they hid.

Saints and Feasts of Bright Friday


Christ is Risen!

Friday of Bright Week (Renewal Week)

Bright Week Resource Page


Feast of the Zoodochos Pege (Life-Giving Spring)

Zoodochos Pege (Life-Giving Spring) Resource Page


Synaxis of the Panagia of the Zoodochos Pege in Poros

The Holy Monastery of Zoodochos Pege in Poros


Synaxis of the Panagia of the Zoodochos Pege at Longovarda in Paros

The Holy Monastery of the Life-Giving Spring of Longovarda in Paros


Synaxis of Panagia Argokoiliotissa in Naxos

Synaxis of Panagia Argokoiliotissa in Naxos


Synaxis of the Panagia Phaneromeni 
(or Panagia of the Lepers) in Rhodes

Synaxis of the Panagia Phaneromeni (or Panagia of the Lepers) in Rhodes


Synaxis of the Panagia of the Tongue in Kellaki of Cyprus

Synaxis of the Panagia of the Tongue in Kellaki of Cyprus


Synaxis of Panagia Tripiti in Aigio

Panagia Tripiti of Aigio


Synaxis of the Panagia of the Cave in Karditsa

Panagia of the Cave Monastery in Karditsa


Synaxis of the Panagia Kefalariotissas in Argos

Panagia Kefalariotissas of Argos


Synaxis of Panagia Eleistria in Koroni

The Holy Shrine of Panagia Eleistria in Koroni


Synaxis of Panagia Dobra in Beroia

Feast of Panagia Dobra in Beroia on Bright Friday


Synaxis of Panagia of Ampelokipoi in Larisa

Synaxis of Panagia of Ampelokipoi in Larisa


Feast of the Holy Spring of Saint Paraskevi Outside Thessaloniki

The Holy Spring of Saint Paraskevi Outside of Thessaloniki


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Synaxarion of Saint Basil the Confessor, Bishop of Parium

St. Basil of Parium (Feast Day - April 12)

Verses

You rejoiced at your end thrice-blessed Basil,
Now you are, where joy fills everywhere.
On the twelfth dead Basil was placed in the grave.

Saint Basil lived during the time of the impious iconoclasts. Due to his exceeding virtue and divinely-inspired way of life, he became Bishop of Parium (or Parion), which is a city on the shores of Bithynia, founded by residents from the island of Paros, between Kyzikos and Lampsakos. He was not willing to agree to the heresy of the iconoclasts, and put his signature towards the abolition of the holy icons. For this reason the renowned one spent his entire life in tribulations, persecutions and difficulties, always coming and going from one place to another. He was a champion of the doctrines of the divine Fathers, and he opposed and hated the assemblies of the cacodox. Having served God openly and live a life pleasing to Him, he reposed in peace.

Saint Anthousa, Daughter of Emperor Constantine Copronymos (+ 809)

St. Anthousa the Princess (Feast Day - April 12)

Verses

The fragrant fruit from a putrid root,
Revered Anthousa faded from the earth and life.

The holy princess Anthousa of Constantinople was the daughter of the Iconoclast Emperor Constantine V Copronymos (741-775) and his third wife Eudokia. She and her twin brother, the future emperor Leo the Khazar (775-780), were born on January 25, 756 or 757.

Constantine V had previously tortured the holy Abbess Anthousa of Mantineon (July 27) because she venerated the holy icons. During a campaign in Paphlagonia, he had her brought before him again, promising her even harsher torments if she did not come around to his way of thinking. She remained steadfast in defending the icons, however. Constantine told her that his wife was having difficulty in her pregnancy, and he asked her to pray for the empress. She agreed to do so, and told him that his son and daughter would be born safely, and even spoke about their future life.

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