Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Holy Martyr John Vladimir, King of Serbia (+ 1015)


By St. Nikolai Velimirovich

He came of a princely family from Zahumlje. His grandfather was named Hvalimir and his father Petrislav. He was a wise ruler; merciful, meek, chaste and courageous. He was fervent in prayer and a devoted builder and benefactor of churches. But he had major battles to fight, both inside and outside his realm; internally with heretics and Bogomils, and externally with invaders, with King Samuel and the Emperor Basil.

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Basiliskos, Nephew of Saint Theodore the Tiro

St. Basiliskos of Comana (Feast Day - May 22)

Verses

Basiliskos delivered his head to beheading,
Trampling on the head of the noetic basilisk.
On the twenty-second Basiliskos suffered the sword.

During the reign of Emperor Maximian (286-305), the governor Agrippa was sent to the East against the Christians, to replace the governor Asklipiodotos, and having arrived in Comana of Cappadocia, he interrogated and punished the Christians. At that time Saint Basiliskos was there, who was from a village of the Black Sea in Amasea called Choumiala, and was the nephew of Saint Theodore the Tiro. He had beforehand struggled in martyrdom with Eutropios and Kleonikos,* the fellow soldiers of his uncle Saint Theodore. Because their lives came to a martyric end, Basiliskos remained shut in prison, which is why he desired to end his path in martyrdom. Wherefore he was made worthy of manifestations from God, who ordered him to bid farewell to his relatives, and then go to Comana in Cappadocia to be martyred there. The Saint therefore was set free from prison by soldiers, who accompanied him to his household. Having bid farewell to his relatives, and catechized them in the words of piety, he remained there with them. Because the Saint was sought for in the prison and could not be found, the governor became enraged. He thus ordered that wherever he was to be found, he was to be bound by two chains and have iron shoes with nails in them to be placed on his feet, and to be brought to trial with much force.

Holy New Hieromartyr Zacharias of Prousa (+ 1802)

St. Zacharias the Hieromartyr of Prousa (Feast Day - May 22)

Zacharias was from Prousa in Asia Minor, where he served as a monastic priest. One day, under the influence of alcohol, he denied his faith in Christ and accepted Islam. When he sobered up from his drunken stupor, Zacharias realized what he had done, and he grieved and repented with bitter tears.

Since his denial was done publicly and his repentance was done privately, he wanted to make known that he was indeed a Christian, and therefore resolved to confess Christ before all. However, Zacharias was an alcoholic, so when he drank again, his zeal was consumed and it did not allow him to think straight. He feared the torture that would come his way as well.

Saints and Feasts of May 22


On the twenty-second Basiliskos suffered the sword.


Holy Martyr Basiliskos at Comana

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Basiliskos, Nephew of Saint Theodore the Tiro


Commemoration of the Second Holy and 
Ecumenical Synod

Commemoration of the Second Ecumenical Synod in 381


Holy Martyr Sophia the Physician

Saint Sophia the Martyr and Physician


Holy Martyr John Vladimir, 
King of Serbia and Wonderworker

Holy Martyr John Vladimir, King of Serbia (+ 1015)


Holy Martyrs Castus and Aimilius of Carthage

Holy Martyrs Castus and Aimilius of Carthage


Venerable Kali

Saint Kali the Philanthropist


Righteous Melchizedek, King of Salem

Homily on Melchizedek, the King and Priest


Holy New Hieromartyr Zacharias of Prousa

Holy New Hieromartyr Zacharias of Prousa (+ 1802)


Holy New Martyr Paul of Peloponnesos

Holy New Martyr Paul of Peloponnesos (+ 1818)


Monday, May 21, 2018

The Repentance of Constantine the Great


By Archimandrite Meletios Stathis

The very name of Constantine is enough to move the heart of any Greek Christian, not only today, but for very many years now, because it is associated with the legends of the nation, with “once again, with the passing of years and in good time, it will be ours again.”[1] It moves us because the first to bear the name Constantine, was not merely one of the greatest men in world history, but he was something more besides: a saint.

Saint Christopher I, Patriarch of Antioch (+ 967)

St. Christopher I, Patriarch of Antioch (Feast Day - May 21)

The future Patriarch Christopher was born in Baghdad to Orthodox parents who gave him the name Issa. As a young man, his penmanship and eloquence in Arabic made him a good candidate for the type of secretarial career that has often through history been the best path for advancement open to Christians in the Islamic world. So he went to Aleppo to seek his fortune at the court of the ruler Sayf al-Dawla. Sayf al-Dawla was himself most famous as the patron of the poet Al-Mutanabbi, who wrote many poems celebrating Sayf al-Dawla’s campaigns against the Romans. It seems that Sayf al-Dawla was sufficiently impressed with Issa’s abilities, and he made him secretary to one of his emirs, Caliph ibn Jundi, in the town of Shaizar, northwest of Hama.

Holy Prince Constantine and his sons Mikhail and Fyodor, Wonderworkers of Murom

Sts. Constantine, Mikhail and Fyodor of Murom (Feast Day - May 21)

The Holy Princes Constantine and his sons Mikhail and Fyodor of Murom lived during the eleventh-twelfth centuries.

Prince Constantine, a descendant of Saint Vladimir, asked his father, Prince Svyatoslav of Chernigov, to give him the city of Murom, which was inhabited by pagans, so he might enlighten this land with the light of the Christian faith.

Saints and Feasts of May 21


On the twenty-first Constantine died with his mother.

Holy and Glorious Divinely-Revered Great 
Emperors Constantine and Helen 
the Equal to the Apostles

Saint Constantine the Great Resource Page


Venerable Hospitius the Recluse

Saint Hospitius the Recluse (+ 581)


Saint Christopher, Patriarch of Antioch

Saint Christopher I, Patriarch of Antioch (+ 967)


Holy Prince Constantine and his sons 
Mikhail and Fyodor, Wonderworkers of Murom

Holy Prince Constantine and his sons Mikhail and Fyodor, Wonderworkers of Murom


Venerable New Martyr Pachomios of Usaki

Holy New Martyr Pachomios of Usaki (+ 1730)


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Saint Thalassios of Libya (+ 648)

St. Thalassios of Libya (Feast Day - May 20)

Verses

Thalassios dwelling in the grave,
Gushes forth a sea of grace from the grave.

Our holy Father Thalassios was from Libya in Africa, and both a priest and an abbot, who lived during the reign of Constantine Pogonatos (668-685). He was an ascetic author, whose four centuries titled On Love, Self-control and Life in accordance with the Nous appears in the Philokalia. This is his only known writing.

Saints and Feasts of May 20


On the twentieth the head of Thallelaios was cut off.

Holy Martyr Thallelaios the Unmercenary

Saint Thalelaeos and his Veneration on the Island of Naxos


Venerable Thalassios of Libya

Saint Thalassios of Libya (+ 648)


Translation of the Relics of Saint Nicholas 
the Wonderworker from Myra to Bari

Translation of the Relics of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker from Myra to Bari in 1087

The Transfer of the Body of Saint Nicholas from Myra in Lycia to Bari in Italy (A 13th cent. Anonymous Greek Account)

The Holy Monastery of Saint Nicholas in Spata

Saint Nicholas of Myra Resource Page


Saint Lydia of Philippi

Saint Lydia of Philippi, the Equal to the Apostles

Saint Lydia of Philippi as a Model for our Lives

The Baptistery of Saint Lydia Near Philippi (video)

Ten Albanians Baptized Where Saint Lydia Was Baptized


Saints Zabulon and Susanna

Saints Zabulon and Susanna, Parents of Saint Nina of Georgia


Saint David of Gareji

Saint David of Gareji and His Monastery


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Holy Hieromartyr Patrick, Bishop of Prusa, and His Companions

St. Patrick of Prusa and the Presbyters With Him (Feast Day - May 19)

Verses

To Patrick.
Patrick by his beheading was found to be a boast,
The boast of all earthly patricians.

To Akakios.
Called to partake of death Akakios,
You contested on behalf of this by the sword.

To Menander and Polyainos.
Polyainos and Menander were beheaded,
Worthily deemed worthy of many praises.

On the nineteenth Patrick was beheaded with a sharp sword.

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Akolouthos of the Thebaid

St. Akolouthos the Martyr (Feast Day - May 19);
photo shows a ruined temple in Hermopolis

Verses

The Martyr Akolouthos as to a bridal chamber,
Complies as he is carried off to the flames.
*

This Saint lived during the reign of Emperor Maximian (286-385), and was from the Thebaid in Egypt, in Hermopolis. Because of his faith and confession in Christ, he was brought before the governor of that area. And not being enticed by flatteries, nor made timid by threats, first they hung a heavy rock from his neck. Then they decided to put him to death by fire, and when the renowned one was cast therein, he acquired the crown of martyrdom.

Saint Cornelius of Komel (+ 1537)

St. Cornelius of Komel (Feast Day - May 19)

Saint Cornelius of Komel was born in 1457 and descended from the boyar (noble) family Kryukov, who lived in Rostov. His brother Lukian served at the court of the Great Prince of Moscow, and was able to help Cornelius assume the office of clerk in the Grand Prince's court. When Lukian, who was getting old, decided to go to the Monastery of Saint Cyril of White Lake, he was followed by Cornelius, who longed for the solitary life from a young age.

Saints and Feasts of May 19


On the nineteenth Patrick was beheaded with a sharp sword.

Holy Hieromartyr Patrick, Bishop of Prusa, 
With the Presbyters Akakios, Menander and Polyainos

Holy Hieromartyr Patrick, Bishop of Prusa, and His Companions


Venerable Memnon the Wonderworker

Synaxarion of Saint Memnon the Wonderworker


Holy Martyr Akolouthos

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Akolouthos of the Thebaid


Holy Martyr Theotimi

Holy Martyr Theotimi


Thirteen Holy Martyrs of Kantara in Cyprus

The 13 Holy Martyrs of Kantara in Cyprus: Defenders of Leavened Bread in the Eucharist


Venerable Cornelius of Komel

Saint Cornelius of Komel (+ 1537)


Holy New Martyr John the Dragatis, 
nicknamed "Arnaoutoyiannis"

Holy New Martyr John the Dragatis, nicknamed "Arnaoutoyiannis" (+ 1845)


Holy New Hieromartyr John Karastamatis 
of Santa Cruz

New Hieromartyr John Karastamatis of Santa Cruz

Miracles of Father John Karastamatis of Santa Cruz

Parole Hearing of Fr. John Karastamatis

Fr. John Karastamatis' Murderer Denied Parole


Commemoration of the Entrance of Saint Nina
the Equal to the Apostles into Georgia

Saint Nina of Georgia Resource Page


Translation of the Sacred Relics of 
Saints Julian the Presbyter and Julias the Deacon

Saints Julian and Julias the Missionaries from Aegina


Friday, May 18, 2018

Holy Hieromartyr Potamon, Bishop of Heraclea (+ 341)

St. Potamon of Heraclea (Feast Day - May 18)

Saint Potamon was Bishop of Heraclea, or Hieracleopolis, in Egypt. During the reign of Maximinus Daia, when the Christians were being persecuted in 310, he was imprisoned for his Christian faith, and had his eye plucked out and probably, according to Rufinus, the sinews of his ham severed, then condemned to the mines. Released from prison when Christianity became tolerated, he returned to his flock where he was revered as a Confessor.

Holy Martyrs David and Tarechan of Georgia (+ 693)

Sts. David and Tarechan (Feast Day - May 18)

By Archpriest Zakaria Machitadze

The holy martyrs David and Tarichan were born to Vardan and Tagine, pious Christians and relatives of the king. Vardan died while his sons were still young, and Tagine’s pagan brother Theodosius seized all the family’s possessions.

Concerned that the brothers would eventually claim their legal inheritance, Theodosius resolved to convert his sister and nephews to his own creed. “Leave behind the faith of the crucified Christ and receive mine and I will adopt your children,” he told Tagine. But Tagine firmly guarded the family against her brother’s evil intent. “It is enough that you have seized my sons’ estate,” she said. “But you cannot seize the inheritance they will receive from their Father in heaven!”

Saints and Feasts of May 18


On the eighteenth the champions entered heaven from earth.

Holy Martyrs Peter, Dionysios, Andrew, Paul, 
Christina, Herakleios, Paulinos and Venedimos

Holy Martyrs Peter, Dionysios, Andrew, Paul, Christina, Herakleios, Paulinos and Venedimos


Holy Martyr Theodotos and the 
Holy Seven Virgin Martyrs of Ancyra: 
Tekousa, Alexandria, Claudia, Phaine, 
Matrona, Julia, Theodoti

Holy Martyr Theodotos and the Holy Seven Virgin Martyrs of Ancyra With Him

Holy Martyr Theodotos of Ancyra


Holy Martyr Euphrasia

Holy Martyr Theodotos and the Holy Seven Virgin Martyrs of Ancyra With Him


Saint Stephen the New, Patriarch of Constantinople

Saint Stephen I, Patriarch of Constantinople


Holy Hieromartyr Potamon, Bishop of Heraclea

Holy Hieromartyr Potamon, Bishop of Heraclea (+ 341)


Holy Martyrs David and Tarechan of Georgia

Holy Martyrs David and Tarechan of Georgia (+ 693)


Commemoration of All Orthodox Martyrs 
Slain Under the Emperor Valens

Commemoration of All Orthodox Martyrs Under the Arian Emperor Valens


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Canon of the Ascension (St. John of Damascus)


INTRODUCTION

The Canon is by Saint John of Damascus, who borrows much of his imagery from the Old and New Testaments. Some of the texts used, apart from the account in Acts 1, are Psalm 23:7-10, Ezekiel 1:19, Ephesians 2:6, "He raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus," Hebrews 1:3; 12:2, Apocalypse 3:21. The opening Troparion of the first Ode makes use of Psalm 17:11, "He mounted on the Cherubim and he flew, he flew on the wings of the winds." The Fathers explain that, just as the two Angels appeared in human form so that they would be visible to the Apostles, so the Cherubim appeared in the form of a cloud to carry Christ to heaven. As Saint John Chrysostom says, "For the Son a royal throne was sent, and not simply a royal throne, but that of the Father himself. For Isaiah says of the Father, 'See, the Lord sits on a luminous cloud.' Since then the Father sits on a cloud, therefore he also sent a cloud for the Son."

The Meaning of Christ Eating Baked Fish and Honeycomb Before His Ascension


By St. Gregory Palamas

That incorruptible body was fed after the resurrection, not because it needed food, but to prove it had risen and to demonstrate that it was the same one as He had eaten with them before the passion. It did not, however, consume the food in the way that mortal bodies do, but by divine energy, as, so to speak, fire dissolves wax, except that fire has to have fuel to sustain it, whereas immortal bodies do not need food for sustenance.

Saint Cyril of Alexandria on the Ascension of the Lord


By St. Cyril of Alexandria

If there had not been many dwelling places in the house of God the Father, our Lord would have told us that he was going on ahead to prepare the dwelling places of the saints. He knew, however, that many such dwelling places already prepared were awaiting the arrival of those who love God. Therefore he did not give this as the reason for his departure, but rather his desire to open the way for our ascent to those heavenly places and to prepare a safe passage for us by making smooth the road that had previously been impassible. For heaven was then completely inaccessible to us — human foot had never trodden that pure and holy country of the angels. It was Christ who first prepared the way for our ascent there. By offering himself to God the Father as the first fruits of all who are dead and buried, he gave us a way of entry into heaven and was himself the first human being the inhabitants of heaven ever saw. The angels in heaven, knowing nothing of the sacred and profound mystery of the incarnation, were astonished at his coming and almost thrown into confusion by an event so strange and unheard of. "Who is this coming from Edom?" they asked; that is, from the earth. But the Spirit did not leave the heavenly throng ignorant of the wonderful wisdom of God the Father. Commanding them to open the gates of heaven in honor of the King and Master of the universe, he cried out: "Lift up your gates, you princes, and be lifted up you everlasting doors, that the king of glory may come in."

Saints and Feasts of May 17


On the seventeenth Junia and Andronikos died.

Holy Apostles Andronikos and Junia

Holy Apostles Andronikos and Junia of the Seventy


Holy Martyrs Solochon, Pamphamir and Pamphylon

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyrs Solochon, Pamphamir and Pamphylon


Venerable Nektarios and Theophanes, 
Founders of Barlaam Monastery at Meteora

Saints Nektarios and Theophanes, Founders of Barlaam Monastery at Meteora


Holy New Martyr Nicholas Basdanis of Metsovo

Holy New Martyr Nicholas Basdanis of Metsovo (+ 1617)

Discovery of the Skull of Saint Nicholas of Metsovo


Saint Athanasios the New, 
the Wonderworking Archbishop of Christianopolis

Saint Athanasios the New, Archbishop of Christianopolis (+ c. 1707)


Holy New Martyrs of Batak

The New Martyrs of Batak: Sparks Amidst the Gloom


Commemoration of the Fall and Burning 
of Jerusalem by the Persians

Commemoration of the Capture of Jerusalem by the Persians in 614 A.D.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Holy Water of Saint Therapon in Constantinople


It has been said that although Greece may have its chapels, Constantinople has its holy springs. Though well known among Christians and Turks of Istanbul, the Ayiasma (Holy Water) of Saint Therapon in the City is little known to outsiders. For this reason outsiders hardly every visit, let alone know about it. Though it is an Orthodox Christian shrine dating to Byzantine times, it is primarily visited by Muslims who believe in the healing power of these waters, which they know is blessed by Saint Therapon. It is probably the third most visited Orthodox Christian shrine by Muslims, after the Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos at Vefa and the Church of Saint Demetrios at Kuruçesme.

Audio Recording of St. Porphyrios Reading the Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom


A Paschal Greeting of St. Porphyrios

"I pray that the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ will resurrect within your souls every good and beautiful feeling, in order to lead everyone towards holiness and to put to death the old man together with its passions and desires. This is what our Lord seeks and for these we pray: that His Resurrection might help, according to His good pleasure, to overcome and to put to death our old man, that we might be made worthy of His Church. Indeed! This we pray, may our Lord help us. Many Years! Christ is risen!"

The Manner By Which Saint Theodore the Sanctified Embraced Monasticism


The Life of Saint Pachomios

By an Unknown Greek Author

Chapter 29

The name of Pachomios became well known everywhere, giving rise to universal thanksgiving towards God. Numbers of people were renouncing the affairs of the world and turning to this extraordinary monastic way of life and its spiritual search. Theodore was numbered among them, and this is the story of his conversion. He was a young man of nearly fourteen years of age, of Christian parents, highly respected in the world. On the eleventh day of the Egyptian month Tybi, that is, the eighth day before the Ides of January, a certain Egyptian festival was being celebrated as usual. He was giving thanks to God, aware that he had a large and splendid house and an abundance of possessions of all kinds, when he suddenly felt compunction in his heart.

Saints and Feasts for the Apodosis of Pascha


Christ is Risen!

Jesus is Risen from the grave as He foretold,
Granting us eternal life and great mercy.

(If the Apodosis of Pascha lands on a 
Wednesday or Friday, Fish is allowed.)

Leavetaking of Holy Pascha

The Apodosis (Leavetaking) of Pascha

On the Fifty Day Celebration of the Resurrection (St. Gregory Palamas)

Holy Pascha Resource Page


Discovery of the Panagia Ypapanti Icon in Kalamata

Discovery of the Panagia Ypapanti Icon in Kalamata


Saints and Feasts of May 16


On the sixteenth Theodore flew away from the earth.

Venerable Theodore the Sanctified

Saint Theodore the Sanctified

The Manner By Which Saint Theodore the Sanctified Embraced Monasticism

Abba Pachomios and the Phantom


Holy Hieromartyr Alexander, Archbishop of Jerusalem

Holy Hieromartyr Alexander, Archbishop of Jerusalem


Holy Fathers Slain at the Monastery of Saint Savvas

Holy Fathers Slain at the Monastery of Saint Savvas in 614 A.D.


Saint Nicholas Mystikos, Patriarch of Constantinople

Saint Nicholas I Mystikos, Patriarch of Constantinople (+ 925)


Saint Musa of Rome

Saint Musa of Rome


Saint Brendan the Anchorite, 
also known as the Navigator or Voyager

Saint Brendan the Anchorite, also known as the Navigator or Voyager (+ c. 577)


Saint Makarios Notaras, 
the Wonderworker of Myloi in Samos

Saint Makarios Notaras, the Wonderworker of Myloi in Samos

Saint Makarios of Corinth Resource Page


Holy New Martyr Vukasin of Klepci

Holy New Martyr Vukasin of Klepci (+ 1943)


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Location of the Martyrdom of Saint Isidore of Chios


In the year 251, during the reign of Emperor Decius, Saint Isidore was beheaded for his faith in Christ on the island of Chios. According to the tradition handed down on the island of Chios, his martyrdom took place in the village of Neochori, at the spot where the church dedicated to his name is located today. It is said that the trees of the area wept at his martyrdom, which became the source of the famous mastic trees, able to grow only here and nowhere else in the world.

Saint Serapion of Pskov (+ 1480)

St. Serapion of Pskov (Feast Day - May 15)

Saint Serapion of Pskov was born at Yuriev (now Tartu), which then was under the rule of Germans, who sought to stamp out Orthodoxy. His parents were parishioners of a Russian church in the name of Saint Nicholas.

Saint Serapion was well versed in the Holy Scriptures, and more than once he entered into the defense of Orthodoxy. When they wanted to convert him by force to the foreign faith, he departed to the Tolvsk wilderness, not far from Pskov, where the Pskov ascetic monk Euphrosynus (May 15) began his prayerful work.

Saint Euphrosynus the Wonderworker of Pskov (+ 1481)

St. Euphrosynus of Pskov (Feast Day - May 15)

Saint Euphrosynus of Pskov, in the world Eleazar, was born in about the year 1386 in the village of Videlebo, near Pskov, the same village where Saint Nicander of Pskov (Sept. 24) had also been born. His parents wanted Eleazar to marry, but secretly he withdrew to the Snetogorsk Monastery (on the Snyatni hill, now in Pskov itself) and there accepted tonsure.

At that time the theologians at Pskov argued how many times – two or three – they should sing the word “Alleluia” in the prayer: “Alleluia, Alleluia, glory to Thee, O God!” The liturgical books sent by Metropolitan Cyprian in the late 14th century prescribed to sing “Alleluia” three times but the monks sang it twice. Saint Euphrosynus was a proponent of it being sung twice, while the Priest Job was a proponent of it being sung three times. To resolve this dispute, Saint Ephrosynus made a heavy trip to Constantinople some historians believe to have happened in the 1420s. In Constantinople the Saint got a blessing from the Patriarch Joseph II to stick to the old version and sing “Alleluia” twice. However, the Church of Constantinople recognized both practices thus leaving the theological dispute unresolved.

Saint Silvanos of Tabennisi, the Former Actor Who Had the Gift of Tears

St. Silvanos of Tabennisi (Feast Day - May 15);
Rothschild Canticles (f. 3v): Silvanus watering the garden. C. 1300
Description: A bearded and hooded hermit carries a basket over his left arm
as he covers his eyes with his left hand and waters
the leafy foliage at his feet with a bowl of water.
Interpretation: The image illustrates the virtue of sobriety.
Asked by his disciple to water the gardens,
Silvanus does so with his eyes covered to avoid distractions.

Paralipomena
From the Life of Holy Pachomios
Ch. 2

Once there was a brother called Silvanos, who had been wearing the monastic habit for twenty years. He was originally an actor. In the beginning of his renunciation he was extremely vigilant about his soul, spending all his time in fasting and frequent prayers and in all humility. But after a long time had elapsed, he began so to disregard his own salvation that he wanted to live softly and enjoy himself, and even fearlessly declaimed among the brothers improper quips from the theater.

Saints and Feasts of May 15


On the fifteenth Pachomios was carried off to the other side.

Venerable Pachomios the Great

Saint Pachomios the Great Resource Page


Venerable Silvanos of Tabennisi

Saint Silvanos of Tabennisi, the Former Actor Who Had the Gift of Tears


Venerable Achillios, Bishop of Larissa

Saint Achillios of Larissa, the Ecumenical Father

Saint Achillios Church in Arilje, Serbia


Venerable Barbaros the Myrrhgusher

Life and Miracles of Saint Barbaros the Myrrhgusher

Saint Barbaros the Myrrhgusher and Wonderworker

The Discovery of the Relics of Saint Barbaros the Myrrhgusher in 2013


Venerable Andrew the Hermit and Wonderworker

Saint Andrew the Hermit and Wonderworker


Venerable Panegyrios the Wonderworker

Saint Panegyrios the Wonderworker


Venerable Kali

Saint Kali the Philanthropist


Venerable Pachomius the Anchorite of Nerekhta

Saint Pachomius of Nerekhta (+ 1384)


Venerable Euphrosynus the Wonderworker of Pskov

Saint Euphrosynus the Wonderworker of Pskov (+ 1481)


Venerable Serapion of Pskov

Saint Serapion of Pskov (+ 1480)


Saint Demetrius of Moscow the Wonderworker

Holy Tsarevich Demetrius of Moscow (+ 1591)


Translation of the Sacred Head of the 
Holy Apostle Titus

The Church and Relics of the Apostle Titus in Heraklion, Crete


Commemoration of the Walling Up and Bringing Out 
of the Acheiropoieton Icon of Kamouliana

The Finding of the Acheiropoieton Icon of Christ in Kamouliana (St. Gregory of Nyssa)


Monday, May 14, 2018

Holy New Martyr John the Goldsmith of Bulgaria (+ 1802)

St. John or Raiko of Bulgaria (Feast Day - May 14)

John was from the town of Suma (Shoumen) in Bulgaria where he practiced the craft of goldsmith. He was a handsome young man of eighteen and great in virtue.

Holy New Martyr Mark of Crete, Who Was Martyred in Smyrna (+ 1643)

St. Mark the New Martyr of Crete (Feast Day - May 14)

Verses

When Mark of Crete was led to the sword,
He looked towards the sword steadfastly as if it were a crown.

Mark was a native of the island of Crete, but moved to Smyrna at a young age. While still a child in Smyrna, he was forced to become a Muslim. From Smyrna he moved to Constantinople where he studied under the learned teacher and polymath Meletios Syrigos. It appears it was from this acquaintance that Mark desired to forsake Islam and suffer for Christ.

Holy Hieromartyr Therapon, Bishop of Cyprus

St. Therapontos, Bishop of Cyprus (Feast Day - (Gr.) May 14 and (Sl.) May 25)

Verses

You were seen Therapon as an excellent sacrificer of the Word,
You were seen Therapon also through your blood Father.

We do not know exactly where Therapon was born, nor when, nor who his parents were. Saint Andrew of Crete, who composed an encomium in his honor, says he was from somewhere in the East, while in Cyprus, with its many Alamanni saints, they say he was from the area of Germany, which is why they call him Saint Therapon the Alamanni. We know he did not live after 740, when Saint Andrew of Crete reposed, but he probably lived some time between the 6th and 8th century.

Holy Martyr Isidore of Chios

St. Isidore of Chios (Feast Day - May14)


Verses

Isidore is gladdened with the hope of the crown,
And he went to be beheaded after the crown.
On the fourteenth Isidore was beheaded by the sword.

The Holy Martyr Isidore lived during the reign of Emperor Decius (249-251) and was from Alexandria of Egypt. From childhood, Isidore adhered to the faith of Christ and spent his entire life in fasting, prayer and good works. He was a Roman soldier who was sent with a fleet to the island of Chios under the military commander Numerian. Because he refused to sacrifice to the pagan gods, a centurion named Julian betrayed him as being a Christian to Numerian.

Saints and Feasts of May 14


On the fourteenth Isidore was beheaded by the sword.

Holy Martyr Isidore of Chios

Holy Martyr Isidore of Chios

Saint Isidore of Chios as a Model for our Lives

Saint Isidore and his Basilica in Chios

The Location of the Martyrdom of Saint Isidore of Chios

The Beautiful Chapel of Saint Isidore in Leros


Holy Hieromartyr Therapon, Bishop of Cyprus

Holy Hieromartyr Therapon, Bishop of Cyprus

The Holy Water of Saint Therapon in Constantinople


Holy Martyr Alexander 
who was martyred in Kentoukellai

Saint Alexander the Roman, Who Was Martyred in Drizipara of Thrace


Saint Leontios, Patriarch of Jerusalem

When St. Leontios of Jerusalem Gained the Respect of Pirates


Saint Isidore the Wonderworker of Rostov 
and Fool For Christ

Saint Isidore of Rostov the Fool For Christ


Holy New Martyr Mark of Crete, 
Who Was Martyred in Smyrna

Holy New Martyr Mark of Crete, Who Was Martyred in Smyrna (+ 1643)


Holy New Martyr John the Goldsmith of Bulgaria

Holy New Martyr John the Goldsmith of Bulgaria (+ 1802)


Sunday, May 13, 2018

Holy New Hieromartyrs Gabriel and Arkadios of Iveron (+ 1922)


Gabriel was born in the village of Berova (mod. Vertiskos) in Kilkis in 1886. He entered Iveron Monastery in 1904. In 1907 he was tonsured a monk and then ordained a deacon and presbyter. According to the records of the monastery, he faced a martyric death in Kydonies (mod. Ayvalık) by the Turks during the population exchange between the Greeks and the Turks in 1922. It specifically took place on the Sunday Before the Elevation of the Honorable Cross, which was September 11, 1922.

Saints and Feasts of May 13


On the thirteenth the wild beast bit and killed Glykeria.

Holy Martyr Glykeria

Saint Glykeria the Great Martyr from Trajanopolis

Saint Glykeria as a Model for our Lives


Holy Martyr Laodikos the Jailkeeper

Saint Glykeria the Great Martyr from Trajanopolis


Venerable Pausikakos, Bishop of Synnada

Synaxarion of Saint Pausikakos the Bishop of Synnada


Holy Hieromartyr Alexander, Bishop of Tiberian

Saint Alexander the Roman, Who Was Martyred in Drizipara of Thrace


Venerable Euthymios the New, 
Founder of Iveron Monastery

Saint Euthymios the New, Founder of Iveron Monastery (+ 1028)


Venerable John of Iveron, Father of Euthymios

Saint Euthymios the New, Founder of Iveron Monastery (+ 1028)


Venerable George of Iveron, Relative of Euthymios

Saint Euthymios the New, Founder of Iveron Monastery (+ 1028)


Venerable Gabriel of Iveron, Who Retrieved the 
Wonderworking Portatissa Icon from the Sea

The Appearance of the Panagia Portaitissa Icon at Iveron Monastery


Holy Venerable Martyrs of Iveron Monastery 
Massacred by the Latins

Holy Martyrs of Iveron Monastery Massacred by the Latins


Saint Glykeria of Novgorod

Saint Glykeria of Novgorod (+ 1522)


Holy New Hieromartyrs Gabriel 
and Arkadios of Iveron

Holy New Hieromartyrs Gabriel and Arkadios of Iveron (+ 1922)


Saturday, May 12, 2018

Saint Germanos of Constantinople Resource Page

St. Germanos of Constantinople (Feast Day - May 12)

Verses

Germanos rejoiced to leave the earth and his earthly throne,
The earth as the throne of the Creator sees and rejoices.

Synaxarion of Saint Germanos the Patriarch of Constantinople

Saint Germanos, Patriarch of Constantinople, and the Wonderworking Icon of Lydda

“The Ecclesiastical History and Mystical Contemplation” of St. Germanos of Constantinople


By Bishop Auxentios and Father James Thornton

The short commentary on the Divine Liturgy of St. Germanos of Constantinople is one of the most fascinating of Byzantine documents, if simply because it has been so widely used by commentators on the Liturgy. In fact, it was included in the text of the first printed edition of the Divine Liturgy. It enjoys great popularity today because it is thought to represent a synthesis of the Alexandrian interpretation of the Divine Liturgy (represented by St. Dionysios the Areopagite and St. Maximos the Confessor) and the Antiochian school. Next to the mystical texts of the Alexandrians, presumably permeated by hidden Origenistic presuppositions and an obfuscating emphasis on the ascended Christ over and against the Christ of salvation history, some liturgical scholars juxtapose the writings of Patriarch Germanos. In him, they find a fresh “synthesis” of the Alexandrian school with deliberate attempts to portray the Liturgy as it relates to the life and works of Christ, to an historical dimension, drawn from the more literal exegetical school of the Antiochian Fathers. Acknowledging both St. Germanos’ debt to the Alexandrians and his roots in a new Antiochian-inspired view of the Divine Liturgy, Paul Meyendorff comments that:

The Church and Cave of Saint Epiphanios in Ayia Napa of Cyprus


Salamis, where the Basilica of Saint Epiphanios was together with his tomb, was abandoned during the Arab invasions of the seventh century after destruction by Muawiyah I. The inhabitants thus moved to Arsinoë (Famagusta). Nearby, outside the village of Ayia Napa, was a cave on a hill associated with Saint Epiphanios, where he did his writing and praying, and there also it is said was an old church built by Saint Epiphanios himself, later dedicated to him. This church was later destroyed, leaving only the foundations.

The Basilica of Saint Epiphanios in Salamis of Cyprus


Saint Epiphanios was the Bishop of Salamis, known then as Constantia (named after Emperor Constantius II who had rebuilt Salamis after the devastating earthquakes in 350), from 368 to 403 AD; it is believed that it was during this period the basilica was built, probably around 400. It was constructed to proclaim the predominance of Christianity in a setting that was still mixed with paganism and shifting. Salamis was the administrative capital of the island, the former home town of Saint Barnabas, and it served as the seat of the Archbishop. One tradition also says that the basilica was built on the site where Saint Barnabas was martyred. According to the Acts of Barnabas, he was taken out of town and burned by the hippodrome. Nearby the basilica is a massive temple of Zeus, where Epiphanios miraculously found a large amount of gold in this temple with which to finance his building project. Along with this money, he also used the donations of grateful patrons who ascribed miracles to the Saint.

The Skull of Saint Epiphanios of Salamis


Saint Jerome calls Saint Epiphanios "the last relic of ancient piety," due to his zeal for Orthodoxy and simplicity of faith. Upon his repose in 403 he was buried in Salamis (Constantia), after serving as Bishop there for 36 years. His sacred relic was brought to Constantinople under Emperor Leo the VI the Wise (886-912). Today his holy head, or skull, is kept at Kykkos Monastery in Cyprus, as one of its most precious treasures.

Saints and Feasts of May 12


On the twelfth Epiphanios was seized by death.

Saint Epiphanios, Archbishop of Cyprus

Saint Epiphanios of Salamis Resource Page


Saint Germanos, Patriarch of Constantinople

Saint Germanos of Constantinople Resource Page


Saint Theodore Who Lived in Asceticism in Kythera

Saint Theodore Who Lived in Asceticism in Kythera (+ 922)


Venerable Leo of Methoni

Saint Leo of Methoni


Holy New Martyr John of Serres

Holy New Martyr John of Serres (+ c. 1480)


Holy New Martyr John the Wallachian

Holy New Martyr John the Wallachian (+ 1662)


Friday, May 11, 2018

Saints Cyril and Methodios Resource Page

Sts. Cyril and Methodios (Feast Day - May 11)

Saints Cyril and Methodios, Enlighteners of the Slavs

The Disputation Between Saint Cyril the Philosopher and the Muslims

Who Sent Cyril And Methodius Into Central Europe?

The Veneration of Saints Cyril and Methodios in Greece

Saint Christopher of Georgia, also called Christesia (+ 1771)

St. Christopher the Monk of Georgia (Feast Day - May 11)

Blessed Christesia’s family was from Egrisi in western Georgia. From his youth Christesia longed for the divine services and the solitary life, but he was forced by his master to marry, and by this marriage he begot a son. Later, when both his wife and son had died, his master insisted that he marry again, but the pious Christesia would not heed his master’s order.

Instead he related the order to his spiritual father, who advised him to depart from the world and journey to the David-Gareji Wilderness. Deeply inspired by his spiritual father’s counsel, Christesia abandoned his possessions and his life in the world and withdrew to the Monastery of Saint John the Baptist in the David-Gareji Wilderness.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the Birthday of Constantinople


On May 12, 2010, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, after the Divine Liturgy in the Church of Saint George at the Phanar, referred to the anniversary of the Birthday, or Dedication, of Constantinople, in which he stated the following:

The Chapel of Saint Mokios in Nerofrakti


In the Thracian village of Nerofrakti, outside of Drama, is the Church of Saint Demetrios, where one can find the Chapel of Saint Mokios in its courtyard. Saint Mokios was martyred in ancient Perinthos, which today is called Heraclea in Eastern Thrace. His feast was especially celebrated by the Greeks in the village of Leukasio in the Thracian district of Malgara.

Saints and Feasts of May 11


On the eleventh the head of gentle-minded Mokios was cut off.

Holy Hieromartyr Mokios

Synaxarion of the Holy Hieromartyr Mokios

The Chapel of Saint Mokios in Nerofrakti


Commemoration of the Birthday, namely the 
Dedication of the God-Protected and 
God-Magnified Constantinople, 
which is especially dedicated to the Protection 
of our All-Immaculate Lady the Theotokos 
and Ever-Virgin Mary, 
and which has been Preserved by Her

Synaxarion for the Dedication of Constantinople

The Founding of Constantinople (May 11, 330)

Constantine and the Founding of Constantinople

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the Birthday of Constantinople

The Different Names of Constantinople (Istanbul)


Saints Cyril and Methodios, Enlighteners of the Slavs

Saints Cyril and Methodios Resource Page


Venerable Christopher of Georgia, also called Christesia

Saint Christopher of Georgia, also called Christesia (+ 1771)


Holy New Martyr Argyrios of Thessaloniki

Holy New Martyr Argyrios of Epanomi (+ 1806)


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyrs and Brothers Alphius, Philadelphus and Cyrinus

Sts. Alphius, Philadelphus and Cyrinus (Feast Day - May 10)

Verses

To Alphius.
Although the tongue of Alphius was taken from him,
The tongue of his soul glorifies you O Word.

To Philadelphus.
Philadelphus showed himself to be a friend of Christ,
The friend of Christ contested on a fiery grill.

To Cyrinus.
Once O Savior you ate a portion of broiled fish,
In the same way receive Cyrinus who was broiled.

The Holy Martyrs Alphius, Philadelphus and Cyrinus were three brothers from Vaste in Southern Italy during the reign of Emperor Decius (249-251), and were the sons of the governor of that area whose name was Vitale and their mother was Benedicta. They were taught piety and the Sacred Scriptures by Onesimus, a holy man who preached Christ.

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