Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Are You A Man or a Wild Beast? (St. John Chrysostom)


By St. John Chrysostom

When you are like an ass, kicking,
and like a bull, wantoning,
and like a horse neighing after women;
when you play the glutton like the bear,
and pamper your flesh as the mule,
and bear malice like the camel;
when you prowl as a wolf,
are wrathful as a serpent,
sting like a scorpion,
and are crafty as a fox,
treasure the poison of wickedness like an asp or a viper,
and war against your brethren like that evil demon;--
how shall I be able to number you with men,
not seeing in you the marks of man's nature?

Two Old and Rare Icons of the Virgin Mary and Christ Child


The first icon above bears the title "The First Steps of Christ". Though in recent years this icon has been reproduced many times, the original and oldest dates to the late 16th century and can be found at Leimonos Monastery in Lesvos. It depicts the Theotokos teaching the Christ Child how to walk.

Saint Quintianus, Bishop of Rodez (+ 525)

St. Quintianus of Rodez (Feast Day - November 13)

Saint Quintianus was a Bishop of Rodez and a Bishop of Clermont-Ferrand (Arvernes) in the sixth century, and participated in the Councils of Agde (508) and Orleans (511).

Tradition makes him a native of Africa and a priest of Carthage who fled to France due to the persecutions of the Vandals. At the death of Saint Amantius (Amans) in 487, Quintian succeeded him as Bishop of Rodez.

During the war between the Franks and the West Goths, he was a zealous supporter of Clovis I. To avoid the persecutions of the Arian Visigoths, he fled Rodez and proceeded to Auvergne, where he was hospitably received by Bishop Euphrasius.

Beware These Two Thoughts and Fear Them (St. Silouan the Athonite)


By Saint Silouan the Athonite

Beware these two thoughts, and fear them. The first suggests 'You are a saint;' the other, 'You will not be saved.' Both come from the enemy, and there is no truth in them. Instead, think to yourself, 'I am a great sinner, but the Lord is merciful. He loves man with a great love, and will forgive me my sins.'

Monday, November 12, 2018

Synaxarion of Saint Martin, Bishop of Terracina

St. Martin of Terracina (Feast Day - November 12)

Verses

Martin received mighty glory from God,
Which he seized by being adorned with mercy.

He was from Savaria in Pannonia, renowned in his generation and greatly recognized among the Illyrians. Adorned with the apostolic office, the Arians plotted against him. Many times he was publicly beaten by them, then banished. Going to Milan, the same thing was done to him by the Bishop there named Auxentios, who was an Arian. The renowned one was therefore forced to flee to the deserted and uninhabited island of Pantelleria in the Tyrrhenian Sea. There he lived in silence, eating only the roots of plants.

Holy Martyr Arsakios

St. Arsakios the Martyr (Feast Day - November 12)

Verses

Arsakios rejoiced when he beheld the sword,
With the sword, he also beheld the crown.

The Holy Martyr Arsakios met his end by the sword. Nothing else is known of his life.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

MYSTAGOGY STORE OF ICONS & ECCLESIASTICAL ITEMS


Dear Readers:

Welcome to the Mystagogy Store of Icons and Ecclesiastical Items!

Most of the items for sale here come from my own personal collection. For many years, after moving around numerous times, most of these items have never been put to use, and been boxed away. Therefore, in an effort to raise funds for the ministry of the Mystagogy Resource Center, I will be selling most of my ecclesiastical items I don't use, hoping they will find a better home where they can be appreciated and put to their proper use. Please look through my items, and if you have any interest, email me at mystagogy@aol.com to confirm its availability before I instruct you how to make the purchase, including shipping and handling charges.

Thank you and happy shopping,

John Sanidopoulos

P.S. Please check back often, as new items will be added frequently.

ICONS

St. Nektarios, 5x4
$10

St. Nicholas of Myra, 10x7
$20

Archangel Michael of Mantamados, 7x8
$15

Holy Neomartyrs Under the Turks, 9x7
$10

Panagia Myralaion of Evia, 9x7
$15

St. Isaac the Syrian, 5x3
$5

Holy Unmercenaries Kosmas and Damian, 4x3
$5

St. Gerasimos of Kefallonia, 5x4
$5

Nativity of Christ (Christmas ornament), 5x4
$5

St. John of Kronastadt,  St. Nektarios, Elder Joseph the Hesychast, Fr. Seraphim Rose, 8x11
$15

Christ and the Theotokos folded icon, 5x8 
$10

Christ, 8x6
$10

The Theotokos, 8x6
$10


 St. John the Baptist, 8x6
$10

Sts. Sava and Stefan of Serbia, 8x6
$10


 Sts. Ephraim the Syrian and Mark of Ephesus, 8x6
$10

Sts. Marina, Sophia and her three daughters, and Kyriaki, 7x13
$10

St. Marina, 6x4 
$12


 St. Stephen the Protomartyr, 6x4 
$12

 St. George the Great Martyr, 6x4 
$12

 St. Demetrios of Thessaloniki, 6x4 
$12

 St. Symeon the God-Receiver, 6x4 
$12

 Crucifixion of Christ, 6x4 
$12

 St. Pelagia of Tinos, 6x4 
$12

 St. Anthony the Great, 6x4 
$12

 St. Irene the Empress, 6x4 
$12

Apostles Peter and Paul, 9x5
$25

Archangel Michael, 10x6
$30

Archangel Gabriel, 10x6
$30

St. John the Baptist, 13x10
$30

Sts. Symeon the Stylite and Symeon of the Wonderful Mountain, 10x7
$25

St. Herman of Alaska (with scenes of his life), 7x6
$20

St. Nicholas of Myra, handpainted, 10x8. 
$75


St. Haralambos, 8x6.
$30

Sts. Raphael, Nicholas and Irene, 10x7.
$30

Mother of God "Axion Estin", 10x7.
$30

Elevation of the Holy Cross, 10x8.
$30


Jesus Christ, silver encased, 9x7.
$40

Christ the Bridegroom, silver encased, wrapped in plastic, 10x8.
$30

Mother of God, 10x8.
$20

All Saints, 10x8.
$20

Ladder of Divine Ascent, white wooden frame, glass covered, 15x12. 
$50

St. Gregory Palamas, white wooden frame, glass covered, 15x12.
$50

 St. Nicholas of Myra, 6x4.
$12

Life of St. Constantine the Great,  Ceramic tile, 8x6.
$20


Virgin Mary embracing Christ Child, 7x5. (Qty. 2)
$20


ECCLESIASTICAL ITEMS

Wedding Crowns
$50

4 different scents of incense from the Monastery of Panagia Eleousa in Patras, Greece
$10


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