February 26, 2018

Saints and Feasts of March 9


On the ninth the legs of the forty men were broken.

Holy Forty Great Martyrs of Sebaste

Holy Forty Martyrs of Sebaste Resource Page


Holy Martyr Urpasianos

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Urpasianos


Saint Caesarius of Nazianzus, 
Brother of Gregory the Theologian

Saint Caesarius of Nazianzus, Brother of Gregory the Theologian


Holy Grandfather, Grandmother, Father, Mother
and Two Children Martyrs
 
 
 
Venerable Vitalis of Castronovo in Sicily
 
Holy Forty-Two Martyrs of Momisici

Forty-Two Martyrs of Momisici Canonized


Holy New Martyrs Christos the Priest and Panagos

Holy New Martyrs Christos the Priest and Panagos (+ 1716)


Saints and Feasts of March 8


On the eighth Theophylaktos went near to God.

Venerable Theophylaktos, Bishop of Nicomedia

Saint Theophylaktos, Bishop of Nicomedia (+ c. 840)

Saint Theophylaktos of Nicomedia as a Model for our Lives


Venerable Paul the Confessor, Bishop of Prusia

Saint Paul the Confessor, Bishop of Prusia


Holy Apostle Hermas of the Seventy

Holy Apostle Hermas of the Seventy


Holy Martyr Dion

Holy Martyr Dion


Venerable Dometios

Venerable Dometios


Saint Pontius of Carthage 
 
 
 
Saint Felix, Bishop of Dunwich
 
Venerable Lazarus of Murom 
 
 
 
Commemoration of the Miracle of the Kursk-Root Icon 
of the Mother of God in 1898

Saints and Feasts of March 7


On the seventh the seven fathers were carried off in death.

Holy Seven Hieromartyrs of Chersonesos, 
the Bishops Ephraim, Basil, Eugenios, Agathodoros, 
Elpidios, Aitherios and Kapiton

Synaxarion of the Holy Seven Hieromartyrs of Chersonesos


Saints Arkadios and Nestor,
Bishops of Tremithus in Cyprus

Saints Arkadios and Nestor, Bishops of Tremithus in Cyprus


Venerable Paul the Simple
 
 
 
Saint Ephraim, Patriarch of Antioch 
 
 
Venerable Laurentios of Megara, 
Founder of the Sacred Monastery 
of Phaneromenis in Salamina

Saint Laurentios of Megara, Founder of the Sacred Monastery of Phaneromenis in Salamina

The Wonderworking Icon of the Venerable Laurentios in Nea Ionia


Saint Aimilianos the Roman 
with his Companions James and Marianos

Saint Aimilianos the Roman


Holy Martyr and Confessor Johannes of Ilomantsi

Holy Martyr and Confessor Johannes of Ilomantsi (+ 1918)

Two New Saints from Finland Canonized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate


Synaxis of All Saints of the Dodecanese

Synaxis of All Saints of the Dodecanese


February 25, 2018

Saints and Feasts of March 6


On the sixth the heads of the forty-two were cut off together.

Holy Forty-Two Great Martyrs of Ammoria

Holy Forty-Two Martyrs of Ammoria in Phrygia (+ 845)

The Holy 42 Martyrs of Amorium as Models for our Lives


Venerable Arkadios of Cyprus

Venerable Arkadios of Cyprus with the Holy Martyrs Julian and Euboulos


Holy Martyrs Julian and Euboulos

Venerable Arkadios of Cyprus with the Holy Martyrs Julian and Euboulos


Venerable Hesychios the Wonderworker

Synaxarion of our Venerable Father Hesychios the Wonderworker


Holy Venerable Martyr Maximos

Holy Venerable Martyr Maximos


Holy Martyr Euphrosynos

Holy Martyr Euphrosynos


Venerable Job (in schema Joshua) of Anzersk

Saint Job (in schema Joshua) of Anzersk (+ 1720)


Commemoration of the Finding of the Honorable Cross 
and Nails by Saint Helen

Commemoration of the Finding of the Honorable Cross and Nails by Saint Helen

The Forgotten Feast and Hidden Mysteries of the Cross


Finding of the Miraculous Icon 
of Jesus Christ at Agia Moni

The Miraculous Icon of Jesus Christ at Agia Moni


Saints and Feasts of March 5


On the fifth Conon released his stout-hearted soul.

Holy Venerable Martyr Conon of Isauria 
 
 

Holy Martyr Nestor, 
Father of Saint Conon of Isauria

Synaxarion of the Holy Venerable Martyr Conon of Isauria


Holy Martyr Conon the Gardner

Holy Martyr Conon the Gardener


Venerable Mark the Ascetic and Wonderworker
 
 
Venerable Mark the Hermit of Athens

Saint Mark the Anchorite of Athens

Venerable Mark the Hermit


Holy Martyr Eulogios of Palestine

Holy Martyr Eulogios of Palestine


Holy Martyr Eulampios of Palestine

Holy Martyr Eulampios of Palestine


Holy Martyr Archelaos and the
One Hundred and Fifty-Two Martyrs With Him

Holy Martyr Archelaos and the One Hundred and Fifty-Two Martyrs With Him


Holy Venerable Martyr Adrian of Poshekhonye
and his fellow-ascetic Venerable Leonid
 
 
Holy New Martyr John of Bulgaria

Holy New Martyr John of Bulgaria (+ 1784)


Holy New Hieromartyr Parthenios Partheniades 
 
 


Holy New Martyr George of Rapsani 
 
 
Saint Nikolai Velimirovich, 
Bishop of Ochrid and Zhicha

Saint Nikolai Velimirovich, the Serbian Chrysostom (+ 1956)

Saint Nikolai Velimirovich, Bishop of Ochrid and Zhicha

Response To Slanders Against St. Nikolai Velimirovich and St. Justin Popovich


Uncovering of the Relics of the Holy Prince 
Theodore of Smolensk and his Children 



Sunday of Saint Gregory Palamas Resource Page


Verses

The fountain of light leadeth unto the unwaning light,
The radiant herald of the light and the truly great mind.
 
Second Sunday of Great Lent, or the
Sunday of Saint Gregory Palamas 
 
 
 
 
 

Saint Gregory Palamas Resource Page 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Saint Athanasius "the Resurrected", Recluse of the Kiev Caves
 
 
 
Third Week of Great Lent 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



Saints and Feasts of March 4


On the fourth Gerasimos departed life.

Venerable Gerasimos of Jordan

Saint Gerasimos of Jordan Resource Page


Holy Martyrs Paul and Juliana

Holy Martyrs Paul and Juliana of Ptolemais


Holy Martyrs Kodratos, Akakios and Stratonikos

Holy Martyrs Paul and Juliana of Ptolemais


Saint Gregory, Bishop of Constantia in Cyprus

Saint Gregory, Bishop of Constantia in Cyprus


Saint Gregory, Bishop of Assos

Saint Gregory, Bishop of Assos, and the Discovery of His Relics in 1935


Venerable Gerasimus of Vologda

Saint Gerasimus of Vologda (+ 1178)


Holy Right-Believing Prince Basil of Rostov

Holy Right-Believing Prince Basil of Rostov (+ 1238)


Holy Hieromartyrs Joasaph of Snetogorsk 
and Basil of Mirozh

Holy Hieromartyrs Joasaph of Snetogorsk and Basil of Mirozh (+ 1299)


Holy Right-Believing Prince Daniel of Moscow
 
 
 
Venerable Nikanor of Hilandar 
 

 

Saints and Feasts of March 3


On the third Eutropios contended for the prize 
on the wood of the cross.

Holy Martyr Eutropios, Kleonikos and Basiliskos

Saints Eutropios, Kleonikos and Basiliskos the Martyrs


Holy Hieromartyr Theodoret, Presbyter of Antioch

Synaxarion of the Holy Hieromartyr Theodoret of Antioch


Saints Zenon and Zoilos

Saints Zenon and Zoilos


Venerable Piamun the Virgin

Holy Amma Piamun the Virgin of Egypt


The Unknown Maiden

The Unknown Maiden


Saint John Chrysostom IV, Catholicos of Georgia

Saint John Chrysostom IV, Catholicos of Georgia (+ 1001) and Saint John Chrysostom V, Catholicos of Georgia (+ 1048)


Saint John Chrysostom V, Catholicos of Georgia

Saint John Chrysostom IV, Catholicos of Georgia (+ 1001) and Saint John Chrysostom V, Catholicos of Georgia (+ 1048)


Synaxis of the Volokolamsk Icon of the Mother of God

Synaxis of the Volokolamsk Icon of the Mother of God


Saints and Feasts of March 2


On the second Hesychios hastened to ascend to the heavens.

Holy Martyr Hesychios the Senator

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Hesychios the Senator


Holy Hieromartyr Theodotos, 
Bishop of Kyrenia in Cyprus

Holy Hieromartyr Theodotos, Bishop of Kyrenia in Cyprus (+ 326)


Holy Confessor Kointos the Wonderworker

Synaxarion of the Holy Confessor Kointos the Wonderworker


Holy Martyrs Nestor and Tribimios

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyrs Nestor and Tribimios


Holy Martyr Troadios and Those With Him

Holy Martyr Troadios of Neocaesarea and Those With Him


Holy Martyr and Virgin Euthalia

Holy Virgin and Martyr Euthalia of Sicily

Saint Euthalia as a Model for our Lives


Holy Martyrs Andronikos and Athanasia

Holy Martyrs Andronikos and Athanasia


Holy Four-Hundred and Forty Martyrs 
Who Were Killed by the Lombards

The Four-Hundred and Forty Martyrs Who Were Killed by the Lombards


Saint Arsenius, Bishop of Tver
 
 
Venerable Sabbatius of Tver

Saint Sabbatius of Tver (+ 1434)


Venerable Joachim of Ithaca

Saint Joachim the Papoulakis Resource Page


Saint Nicholas Planas

Saint Nicholas Planas Resource Page


Synaxis of the Reigning Icon of the Mother of God

Miracle on the Day of the Abdication Of Tsar Nicholas II (March 2, 1917)

The Enthroned (or "Reigning") Mother of God Icon


Saints and Feasts of March 1


On the first of March Eudokia endured the sword.

Holy Venerable Martyr Eudokia the Samaritan

Holy Martyr Eudokia the Samaritan of Heliopolis

Saint Eudokia the Samaritan as a Model for our Lives


Venerable Domnina the New

Saint Domnina the New of Syria


Holy Martyr Antonina

Saint Antonina the Martyr of Nicaea


Holy Martyrs Markellos and Anthony

Holy Martyrs Markellos and Anthony


Holy Martyrs Sylvestor and Sophronios

Holy Martyrs Sylvestor and Sophronios


Holy Martyr Nestorianos

Holy Martyr Nestorianos


Holy Martyrs Charisios, Nikephoros and Agapios

Holy Martyrs Charisios, Nikephoros and Agapios


Venerable Agapios of Vatopaidi

Saint Agapios of Vatopaidi


Venerable Synesios of Lysi in Cyprus 
 
 
 
Saint David, Bishop of Wales  
 
 

Venerable Martyrius of Zelenets

Saint Martyrius of Zelenets (+ 1603)


Holy New Martyr Paraskevas of Trebizond 
 
 
  
Venerable Mother Zosima of Ennatsky
 

Sunday of Orthodoxy Resource Page


Verses

I rejoice on seeing the Icons that were unworthily,
Banished being accorded fitting veneration.
 
Sunday of Orthodoxy  
 
 
 
 
 
Commentary on the Gospel Reading for the First Sunday of Great Lent (St. Cyril of Alexandria) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Synodikon of Orthodoxy 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Orthodoxy 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Icons 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Second Week of Great Lent 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



Reflection for the Sunday of Orthodoxy (St. Theophan the Recluse)


By St. Theophan the Recluse

The Sunday of Orthodoxy.[1] Do not forget the right word[2] which you spoke to God, renewing your covenant with Him which you broke through your negligence. Remember how and why you broke it and try to avoid being unfaithful again. Pretty words are not glorious; faithfulness is glorious. Is it not glorious to have a covenant with a king? How much more glorious is it to have a covenant with the King of kings! But this glory becomes your disgrace if you are not faithful to this covenant. How many great people have been glorified since the beginning of the world! And all of them have been glorified for their faithfulness, in which they stood firm, regardless of great misfortunes and sorrows as a result of this faithfulness. They had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: "They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; Of whom the world was not worthy: they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth…. Wherefore, seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith (Heb. 11:36–38; 12:1–2).

Notes:

[1] The first Sunday of Great Lent is called “The Sunday of Orthodoxy,” and celebrates the restoration of the veneration of Icons and the victory of Orthodoxy over the Iconoclast heresy.

[2] “The right word” is a reference to the meaning of the word “Orthodox” in Russian, which is literally “rightly glorifying.”


February 24, 2018

Saints and Feasts of February 28


On the twenty-eighth the image of Basil 
was hidden under the earth.

Venerable Basil the Confessor

Saint Basil the Confessor


Holy Hieromartyr Proterios, Archbishop of Alexandria

Holy Hieromartyr Proterios, Patriarch of Alexandria (+ 457)


Venerable Barsos, Bishop of Damascus

Saint Barsos, Bishop of Damascus


Holy Martyr Abrikios

Holy Martyr Abrikios


Holy Martyr Nestor

Holy Hieromartyr Nestor, Bishop of Megydos


Venerable Marana and Kyra

Saints Marana and Kyra, Two Female Ascetics of Syria


Holy Six Martyrs of Egypt

Holy Six Martyrs of Egypt


Holy Apostles Nymphas and Eubulus of the Seventy

Holy Apostles Nymphas and Eubulus of the Seventy


Holy New Martyr Kyranna the Sound-Minded

Saint Kyranna the New Martyr Resource Page


Holy Venerable Martyr Jonah of Leros

Holy Venerable Martyr Jonah of Leros (+ 1561)


Saint Nicholas of Pskov 
 
 
 
 
Holy Martyrs Who Died in the 
Great Plague in Alexandria
 
 
 
If it is not a leap year, then the following Saints are celebrated 
on February 28th; otherwise they are celebrated on 
February 29th.

Venerable Cassian the Roman

Saint John Cassian Resource Page


Venerable Germanus of Dobrogea

Saint Germanus of Dobrogea


Venerable Leo the Cappadocian

Saint Leo the Cappadocian


Saint George the Confessor, Bishop of Develtos

Saint George the Confessor, Bishop of Develtos


Saint Oswald of Worcester, Archbishop of York

Saint Oswald of Worcester, Archbishop of York (+ 992)


Saint Meletius, Archbishop of Kharkov and Akhtyr