Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Saints and Feasts of June 20


On the twentieth the arch-sacrificer Methodios was slain by the sword.

Holy Hieromartyr Methodios, Bishop of Patara

Holy Hieromartyr Methodios, Bishop of Patara (+ 311)

The Influence of the Apocalypse of Pseudo-Methodius


Venerable Kallistos, Patriarch of Constantinople

Saint Kallistos I, Patriarch of Constantinople (+ 1363)


Saint Nicholas Cabasilas

Saint Nicholas Cabasilas Resource Page


Placement of the Relics and Garments of the 
Apostles Luke, Andrew and Thomas, 
the Prophet Elisha, and Martyr Lazarus in the 
Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople

Placement of the Relics and Garments of the Apostles Luke, Andrew and Thomas, the Prophet Elisha, and Martyr Lazarus in the Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople


Saint Nahum the Wonderworker, 
Enlightener and Missionary of Bulgaria

The Summer Feast of Saint Nahum of Ochrid

Synaxarion of Saint Nahum the Wonderworker and Enlightener of Bulgaria

Sacrilege at the Monastery of St. Naum of Ochrid


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Life and Sayings of Holy Abba Zeno the Wonderworker

Venerable Zeno (Feast Day - June 19)

Verses

What is common in Zeno, is that he was mortal in life?
He departed to the Angels in the life beyond.

Life

Zeno was a famous disciple of Abba Silvanus, on Sinai. Like other monks in the early days in Egypt, he moved about a good deal in Egypt, Syria and Palestine. At the end of his life he settled near Gaza and in 451 he shut himself up and would see no one until he reposed in peace at the age of 62. The Synaxarion of Constantinople says that because of his exceeding obedience, and extreme asceticism and poverty, he became a wonderworker and sign-bearer, vanquishing demons from people.

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Zosimas the Soldier of Apollonia

St. Zosimas the Soldier (Feast Day - June 19)

Verses

The soul of your dearest Zosimas ran to you,
He died by the sword, and lives a life of the soul, O Word.
On the nineteenth Zosimas was slain by the sword.

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Zosimas found eternal life,
His life itself died by the sword.

Saint Paisius of Hilandar (+ 1773)

St. Paisius of Hilandar (Feast Day - June 19)

Saint Paisius of Hilandar was born in the year 1722 in Bansko of southwest Bulgaria into a pious family. One of his brothers, Laurence, was abbot of Hilandar Monastery on Mount Athos, and another was noted as a generous benefactor of Orthodox temples and monasteries. Saint Paisius himself went through his obedience at Rila Monastery.

In 1745 at age twenty-three, Saint Paisius went to his brother in the Hilandar Monastery on Mount Athos, where he received monastic tonsure. The ascetic matured spiritually on the Holy Mountain. He studied Holy Scripture and he was found worthy of ordination to the holy priesthood.

Saint Job, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia (+ 1607)

St. Job of Moscow (Feast Day - June 19)

Saint Job, the first Patriarch of Moscow, was born into a family of pious tradesmen in Staritsa near Tver in the 1530s. His baptismal name was John.

As a teenager, John knew most of the biblical texts by heart and strove to become a monk. His father, however, insisted that he marry. One day John asked his father's permission to see his confessor in the Uspensky Monastery in their native town of Staritsa. Upon his arrival, John immediately took monastic vows and assumed the monastic name of Job. He spent fifteen years in the cloister and finally became its abbot in 1566 with the help of Ivan the Terrible, who had made Staritsa his residence during the time of the Oprichnina.

Saints and Feasts of June 19


On the nineteenth Jude was killed with arrows.

Holy Apostle Jude of the Twelve

Holy Apostle Jude of the Twelve


The Grandchildren of the Apostle Jude and Relatives of the Lord


Venerable Paisios the Great

Saint Paisios the Great (+ 417)

The Relics of Saint Paisios the Great

The Vision of St. Paisios the Great of St. Constantine the Great


Holy Martyr Zosimas the Soldier

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Zosimas the Soldier of Apollonia


Venerable Zeno the Wonderworker

Life and Sayings of Holy Abba Zeno the Wonderworker


Saint Job, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

Saint Job, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia (+ 1607)


Venerable Paisius of Hilandar

Saint Paisius of Hilandar (+ 1773)


Monday, June 18, 2018

Saint Kalogeros the Anchorite

St. Kalogeros the Anchorite (Feast Day - June 18)

Kalogeros (Calogerus) is commemorated by the Orthodox Church on June 18, together with Bishop Gregory and the Deacon Demetrios. There are various opinions as to when these Saints existed and under what circumstances. It is generally believed they came from Carthage in North Africa and fled a persecution there which brought them to Sicily. Some believe this took place in the fifth century and the persecution was by the Monophysites, others say it was the sixth century and the persecution was by the Arian Vandals, but another tradition says they probably lived in the late seventh century, and they fled Carthage when the Arab Muslims took Carthage in 698. Though one tradition says they fled, another says they were exiled.

Saint Amand, Bishop of Bordeaux (+ 431)

St. Amand of Bordeaux (Feast Day - June 18)

We read in Saint Paulinus of Nola that Saint Amand served God from his infancy; that he was educated in the knowledge of the scriptures, and that he preserved his innocence from those stains which are generally contracted in the commerce of the world. Being ordained priest by Saint Delphin, Bishop of Bordeaux, who employed him in his church, he manifested great zeal for the glory of God.

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyrs Isauros, Basil, Innocent, Felix, Perigrinos and Hermias

St. Iauros and Those With Him (Feast Day - June 18)

Verses

You were beheaded Isauros with your five fellow athletes,
Thus cutting at the middle of the heart the noetic dragon.

Saint Isauros, the Deacon of the Mysteries, and those with him, Basil and Innocent, were from Athens during the reign of Emperor Numerian in the year 284. Leaving their homeland, they went to Apollonia (which is in Albania, and commonly known as Polina), and there by a revelation from a divine Angel, they entered a cave and found Felix and Perigrinos and Hermias, who were Christians. Saint Isauros taught them to not love present temporary things. Thus they were fulfilled spiritually by the Saint, while they filled him bodily bringing to him food, thus confirming their words with their works.

Saints and Feasts of June 18


On the eighteenth Leontios wounded gave up his spirit.

Holy Martyr Leontios and his companions 
Hypatios, and Theodoulos

Holy Martyrs Leontios, Hypatios and Theodoulos at Tripoli in Syria


Saint Amand, Bishop of Bordeaux

Saint Amand, Bishop of Bordeaux (+ 431)


Holy Hieromartyrs Gregory and Demetrios 
with the Venerable Kalogeros the Anchorite

Saint Kalogeros the Anchorite


Venerable Leontius the Canonarch of the Kiev Caves

Saint Leontius the Canonarch of the Kiev Caves Lavra


Venerable Leontios the Athonite and Myrrhgusher

Saint Leontios the Athonite and Myrrhgusher (+ 1605)


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Holy Martyr Nectan of Hartland in Devonshire (+ 510)

St. Nectan of Hartland (Feast Day - June 17)

Life

Saint Nectan was born in Ireland but moved to Wales when he was young in 423, the eldest of the twenty-four children of King Brychan of Brycheiniog (now Brecknock in Wales), who is a Saint of the Church and commemorated on April 6th. While he was still living in Wales, God inspired him to imitate the example of Saint Anthony and other ascetics, and to embrace the monastic life.

Saints and Feasts of June 17


On the seventeenth the three brothers were beheaded by the sword.

Holy Martyrs Manuel, Sabel and Ishmael

Holy Martyrs Manuel, Sabel and Ishmael


Holy Martyr Isauros and Those With Him:
Basil, Innocent, Felix, Hermias and Peregrinos

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyrs Isauros, Basil, Innocent, Felix, Perigrinos and Hermias

Saint Isauros the Martyr and His Church In Kerkyra


Holy Hieromartyr Philonides, Bishop of Kourion

Holy Hieromartyr Philonides, Bishop of Kourion


Venerable Joseph

Life and Sayings of Holy Abba Joseph the Anchorite of Panephysis


Venerable Pior

Life and Sayings of Holy Abba Pior of Scetis


Venerable Bessarion

Life and Sayings of Holy Abba Bessarion of Egypt


Holy Venerable Martyr Nectan of Hartland

Holy Martyr Nectan of Hartland in Devonshire (+ 510)


Saint Botolph of Ikanhoe

Saint Botolph, Patron Saint of Two Bostons

Saint Botolph, His Life and Times

Prayers to the Patron Saint of Boston


Saturday, June 16, 2018

Holy Hieromartyr Mark, Bishop of Apollonia

St. Mark of Apollonia (Feast Day - June 16)

Verses

You balance Mark the weight of the stones,
Your hands as scales were hanging down.

This Mark is usually identified with Mark the cousin of the Apostle Barnabas. According to Hippolytus, in his work On the Seventy Apostles, Mark the cousin of Barnabas (Col 4:10; Phlm. 24) is distinct from John Mark the Bishop of Byblos (Acts 12:12, 25; 13:5, 13; 15:37) and Mark the Evangelist (2 Tim. 4:11). They all belonged to the Seventy Apostles of Christ (ranked #56, #65, and #14, respectively), who were sent out by Jesus to saturate Judea with the gospel not long before His crucifixion (Luke 10:1). Hippolytus says that Mark the cousin of Barnabas was a leader of the apostolic Church and the Bishop of Apollonia. (There are various possible sites for this place, including some in Greece, some in Italy, one in Thrace, one in Bithynia and one in Cyrenaica.)

Saint Tikhon of Lukh in Kostroma (+ 1503)

St. Tikhon of Lukh (Feast Day - June 16)

Saint Tikhon of Lukh in Kostroma was born in the middle of the fifteenth century in Lithuania and baptized with the name Timothy. His pious and wealthy parents gave him a good education and raised him to revere his Orthodox faith. When he came of age he served in the military in Vilnius.

Saints and Feasts of June 16


On the sixteenth Tychon went to dwell beneath the earth.

Saint Tychon the Wonderworker, Bishop of Amathus

Synaxarion of Saint Tychon the Wonderworker and Bishop of Amathus

Saint Tychon of Amathus as a Model for our Lives

Saint Tychon, Bishop of Amathus


Saint Mnemonios, Bishop of Amathus

Saint Mnemonios, Bishop of Amathus


Holy Hieromartyr Mark, Bishop of Apollonia

Holy Hieromartyr Mark, Bishop of Apollonia


Venerable Tikhon of Kaluga

Saint Tikhon of Kaluga the Tree Dweller (+ 1492)

The Veneration of Saint Tikhon of Kaluga in Pre-Soviet Russia


Venerable Tikhon of Lukh in Kostroma


Saint Tikhon of Lukh in Kostroma (+ 1503)


Venerable Moses of Optina

Saint Moses of Optina (+ 1862)

Two Letters From Saint Moses of Optina to His Brother Living in the World


Holy Hieromartyr Hermogenes, Bishop of Tobolsk

Hieromartyr Hermogenes, Bishop of Tobolsk (+ 1918)


Friday, June 15, 2018

7 Greek Shrines Dedicated to the Prophet Elisha


1. Chapel of the Prophet Elisha in Monastiraki of Plaka

This chapel was built during the Turkish occupation, probably in the 17th century. It is most famously known for being the chapel in which Saint Nicholas Planas liturgized, and was even ordained on March 2, 1884. There vigils were kept by Saint Nicholas beginning in 1885, chanted by the notable literary figures Alexandros Papadiamantis and Alexandros Moraitides. It was here also that the future Metropolitan Nikodemos of Patras first met Saint Nicholas; Metropolitan Nikodemos was responsible for submitting the request to have Saint Nicholas officially canonized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Papadiamantis died in 1911, but the vigils continued with Moraitides, who composed a Divine Office in honor of the Holy Prophet Elisha and published it in 1925. People would gather in this chapel not only because the liturgist was Saint Nicholas Planas, but they also wanted to hear the two greatest literary figures of Greece sing hymns to God, Moraitides from the left and Papadiamantis from the right.

Saint Jerome of Stridon (+ 420)

St. Jerome (Feast Day - June 15)

Verses

Jerome the great died,
Not dissimilarly remaining great crowned.

Saint Jerome of Stridon was born around 347 into a Christian family in the city of Stridon located on the border between Dalmatia and Pannonia. His full name is Eusebius Hieronymos Sophronios. His parents sent him to Rome, where he studied the secular sciences. At the beginning of his life in the capital, the youth was captivated by worldly vanities and fell into temptations of the flesh. To appease his conscience, he would visit on Sundays the sepulchres of the martyrs and the Apostles in the catacombs. This experience would remind him of the terrors of hell:

Holy Apostles Fortunatus, Achaicus and Stephanas of the Seventy

Sts. Fortunatus, Achaicus and Stephanas the Apostles (Feast Day - June 15)

Verses

To Fortunatus.
Fortunatus was the boast of the Apostles,
And of the Athletes, for he was beheaded.

To Achaicus.
You were released from hunger and thirst all-blessed one,
For you said like the Master from the wood "I thirst".

To Stephanas.
The work of Stephen I perceive in Stephanos,
Wearing the crown as a prize for labors.

Saint Jerome Resource Page

St. Jerome (Feast Day - June 15)

Verses

Jerome the great died,
Not dissimilarly remaining great crowned.

Life and Veneration

Saint Jerome of Stridon (+ 420)

Saint Jerome as a Model for our Lives


Saints and Feasts of June 15


On the fifteenth Amos flew away from this life.

Holy Prophet Amos

Holy Prophet Amos

Holy Prophet Amos as a Model for our Lives

Monastery of the Prophet Amos in Faliraki, Rhodes


Holy Apostles Fortunatus, Achaicus 
and Stephanas of the Seventy

Holy Apostles Fortunatus, Achaicus and Stephanas of the Seventy


Venerable Orsisios

Life and Sayings of Holy Abba Orsisios


Venerable Jerome

Saint Jerome Resource Page


Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo

Saint Augustine of Hippo Resource Page


Venerable Savvas of Vatopaidi

Saint Savvas of Vatopaidi, the Fool for Christ (+ 1349)


Saint Michael, Metropolitan of Kiev and All Russia

Saint Michael, First Metropolitan of Kiev and All Russia (+ 992)


Thursday, June 14, 2018

What Sirach Said About Elisha the Prophet


Below is an excerpt from the Book of the All-Virtuous Wisdom of Joshua ben Sirach, also known as Ecclesiasticus, chapter 48:12-16:

Elijah was covered by the whirlwind, and Elisha was filled with his spirit.* In his time, he didn’t tremble before any ruler, and no one oppressed him. Nothing was too great for him, and in death his body prophesied.** During his life, he performed wonders, and in death his accomplishments were marvelous.

Saint Nephon the Athonite (+ 1411)

St. Nephon of Kavsokalyva (Feast Day - June 14)

Verses

Nephon was indeed Sober,
Passing his life watchful over the nous.

Our Venerable Father Nephon was born in the village of Lukovë, in the Himarra region of the Despotate of Epirus in 1315. His father was a revered priest. From an early age he studied the Holy Scriptures and the Lives of the Saints, and became an erudite polymath.

Saint Julia of Tabennisi (+ 410)

St. Julitta of Tabennisi (Feast Day - June 14)

Verses

Julitta was separated from the flesh,
By the Word of God who appeared for our sake in the flesh.

We know of Saint Julia, otherwise known as Julitta, from the life of Saint Euphrasia, who is also called Eupraxia (July 25). They both lived as nuns at a monastery of one hundred and thirty nuns in Tabennisi, Egypt. We are told they were both close companions who loved each other very much and encouraged each other in the struggles of monastic life. It appears Julia was older than Euphrasia and was like a teacher to her. When Euphrasia was tempted by the devil or when the devil tried to kill her, Julia was there to help her.

Saints and Feasts of June 14


On the fourteenth the pleasant portion fell upon Elisha.

Holy Prophet Elisha

Prophet Elisha Resource Page


Saint Methodios the Confessor, 
Patriarch of Constantinople

Saint Methodios the Confessor, Patriarch of Constantinople (+ 846)


Holy Hieromartyr Cyril, Bishop of Gortyna

Saint Cyril, Bishop of Gortyna


Venerable Julia of Tabennisi

Saint Julia of Tabennisi (+ 410)


Venerable Nephon the Athonite

Saint Nephon the Athonite (+ 1411)


Holy Eleven Estonians Martyred During the 
Soviet Occupation of Estonia (1940-1941): 
Protopresbyter Vasilli Ritskok, 
Presbyters Johannes Kraav, 
Joan Segejev, Arteemi Vapper and Νikolai Leisman, 
Deacons Vasilli Astanin and Peeter Koslov, 
Presvytera Marta Leisman and the Laypeople 
Joann Lagovski, Theodor Pettai and Anna Pettai

11 New Martyrs of Estonia Canonized


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Finding of the Sacred Relics of the Newly-Revealed Hieromartyr Nicholas in Karyes of Lesvos in 1960

Finding of the Relics of Saint Nicholas of Lesvos in 1960 (Feast Day - June 13)

The Newly-Revealed Martyrs of Lesvos, Saints Raphael, Nicholas and Irene, were martyred by the Turks on Bright Tuesday (April 9, 1463) ten years after the Fall of Constantinople. They began appearing to various inhabitants of Lesvos in 1959 and revealed the details of their lives and martyrdom. These accounts form the basis of Photios Kontoglou’s 1962 book A Great Sign (in Greek).

In 1451, during a meeting in the French town Morlaix, near Brest in the area of Bretagne, Raphael met a 27 year old Greek law student, Nicholas. Nicholas was born in the year 1424 and raised in Thessaloniki. His Family was comprised of his father Georgios Konstantakis, a lawyer, his mother Anna and his sister Zoe. As recorded in his biography, the Konstantakis family had its origins in the town of Ragoi, Media in Asia Minor. In 1445, Georgios Konstantakis sent his son, Nicholas, to Morlaix, France, to study law at the local university. However, overwhelmed by material pleasures, Nicholas had been spending his time entertaining himself and enjoying social life instead of studying. Nevertheless, by collaborating with Father Raphael and influenced by his exemplary way of living and his valuable advice, he changed his way of life and, eventually became a Deacon. First he became a monk, then, because of his exemplary way of living and his passion for Orthodoxy, Father Raphael ordained him a Deacon and kept him as his assistant, assigning him tasks in different cities, to preach Orthodoxy.

Holy New Martyrs Synesios, Benedict, Timothy and Paul at Thessaloniki

Sts. Synesios, Benedict, Timothy and Paul the Neomartyrs (Feast Day - June 12)

These four Neomartyrs were Athonite monks from the Monastery of Konstamonitou. The year 1821 marked the first year of the Greek Revolution, at which time many Greeks were killed. Some of these were Martyrs, having died for their testimony of faith in Christ. In 1821 Abdul Abud was the Pasha of Thessaloniki, who persecuted the Christians and Athonite monks at the time. We received the following information from the biographer Monk Dositheos Konstamonites, who compiled the lives of various Neomartyrs.

Saints and Feasts of June 13


For Your sake Aquilina's head was severed on the thirteenth.

Holy Martyr Aquilina

Holy Virgin Martyr Aquilina of Byblos


Venerable Anna of Larissa and her son John

Saint Anna of Larissa and Her Son John


Venerable James, Who Was Beguiled to 
Worship the Devil

Saint James, Who Was Beguiled to Worship the Devil


Saint Triphyllios, Bishop of Leukosia

Saint Triphyllios, Bishop of Leukosia and Disciple of Saint Spyridon


Saint Antipater, Bishop of Bostra

Saint Antipater, Bishop of Bostra


Venerable Philotheos of Sklataina

Saint Philotheos of Sklataina, Second Founder of the Monastery of Saint Stephen at Meteora (+ 1550)


Holy New Hieromartyr Anthimos, Metropolitan of Wallachia

Holy New Hieromartyr Anthimos, Metropolitan of Wallachia (+ 1716)

Movie: "Antimoz Iverieli" (2001)


Venerable John the Presbyter, 
the New Chrysostom and Merciful

Saint John Triantaphyllides, the New Chrysostom and Merciful (+ 1903)


Finding of the Sacred Relics of the 
Hieromartyr Nicholas in Karyes of Lesvos

Finding of the Sacred Relics of the Newly-Revealed Hieromartyr Nicholas in Karyes of Lesvos in 1960


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Saint John Tornike the Soldier (+ 985)

St. John Tornike the Soldier and Athonite (Feast Day - June 12)

Verses

Now the soldier dances in the heavens,
Where there are armies of Angels O John.

Tornike Eristavi* was a Georgian army commander famed for his victories in war and a favorite of King David Kuropalates. He came from a notable Georgian noble family and was in the immediate circles of the ruling dynasty of the Bagrationi. His father, Chordvaneli, had been in the suite of the Georgian prince Ashot II Kuropalates who had paid a visit to the Roman Emperor Constantine Porphyrogennetos in Constantinople in around 950. Eventually he abandoned his worldly glory and set off in search of his spiritual father, Saint John the Iberian with his son Euthymios, on Mount Olympus. There he learned that Saint John the Iberian had moved to Mount Athos, so he journeyed there and settled with him in the Monastery of Great Lavra headed by Saint Athanasios the Athonite. He was tonsured a monk and given the new name John.

Saint Arsenius of Konevits the Wonderworker (+ 1447)

St. Arsenius of Konevits (Feast Day - June 12)

Saint Arsenius of Konevits was a native of Novgorod, a coppersmith by trade. The Saint accepted tonsure in 1373 at the Lisich Monastery near Novgorod, where he spent seventeen years and took the monastic name of Arsenius. He went to Mount Athos in 1390, and there he spent three years, dwelling in prayer and making copper vessels for the brethren. Although his recorded life does not state which monastery this was, it is believed that he entered the Serbian Monastery of Hilandar.

Saint Zeno, Bishop of Kourion


Verses

Zeno was joined to the God in whom he hoped,
As Scripture says, hope does not put to shame.

Saint Zeno was the Bishop of Kourion in Cyprus. Together with Bishop Reginos of Constantia and Bishop Evagrios of Solon, Bishop Zeno was instrumental in asserting the independence and autocephaly of the Cypriot Church at the Third Ecumenical Synod of Ephesus in 431. He is also credited as signing the Acts of the Synod. Bishop Zeno of Kourion also is known to have overseen the building of the great basilica which was constructed over the ruins of a major pagan temple in Kourion, the ruins of which still exist.

Saints and Feasts of June 12


On the twelfth Onouphrios was removed from life without a tunic.

Venerable Onouphrios the Egyptian

Saint Onouphrios the Egyptian Resource Page


Venerable Peter the Athonite

Synaxarion of Saint Peter the Athonite (+ 734)

Saint Peter the Athonite, the First Ascetic of Mount Athos

Saint Peter the Athonite and the Demons

A Miracle of St. Nicholas and St. Symeon the God-Receiver


Holy Martyr Antonina

Saint Antonina the Martyr of Nicaea


Venerable Zeno, Bishop of Kourion

Saint Zeno, Bishop of Kourion


Saint John Tornike the Soldier, 
Founder of Iveron Monastery

Saint John Tornike the Soldier (+ 985)


Venerable Arsenius of Konevits the Wonderworker

Saint Arsenius of Konevits the Wonderworker (+ 1447)


Holy New Martyr John of Trebizond

Holy New Martyr John of Trebizond, Who Contested in Akkerman (+ 1492)


Saint Onouphrios of Koronisia



Holy New Martyrs Synesios, Benedict, 
Timothy and Paul at Thessaloniki

Holy New Martyrs Synesios, Benedict, Timothy and Paul at Thessaloniki


Uncovering of the Relics of the Venerable John 
the Fool for Christ of Moscow in 1672

Saint John the Fool for Christ of Moscow (+ 1589)


Monday, June 11, 2018

Saint Barnabas of Vetluga (+ 1445)


Saint Barnabas of Vetluga was born in Great Ustiug. Before going off into the wilderness he was a priest in one of the city churches. In 1417 the monk settled at one of the banks of the River Vetluga at Red Hill, where he labored in solitude for 28 years, “toiling for God in psalmody and prayer, he subsisted on grass and acorns.” In the words of the author of his Life, there came also to Saint Barnabas “wild animals, and many bears lived near his cell. He, however, walked among them, as though among cattle, watching after them and delighting with them; rejoicing in the great God that these beasts had become tame for him.”

Holy Hieromartyr Mitrophan of Beijing and his Family (+ 1900)

St. Mitrophan of Beijing (Feast Day - June 11);
photo shows Fr. Mitrophan at the All Japan Council of 1882

Father Mitrophan, his Chinese name being Chang Yangji, was born on January 17, 1856. Yangji was born into a family of Chinese Orthodox associated with the Russian Orthodox Mission in China. His father died while he was very young, and he was raised by his mother Marina, who was a teacher at a school for girls, and his grandmother Ekaterina. He grew to be a humble person who was cautious and quiet. He was peaceful in demeanor and was impassive even when faced with great insults.

Saints and Feasts of June 11


On the eleventh zealous-minded Bartholomew was crucified.

Holy Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas

Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas Resource Page


Synaxis of the Panagia of the Axion Estin at Adein


Archangels Michael and Gabriel Resource Page - The Revelation of the Hymn "Axion Estin"


Venerable Barnabas the Wonderworker of Vasa

Saint Barnabas the Wonderworker of Vasa


Venerable Barnabas of Vetluga

Saint Barnabas of Vetluga (+ 1445)


Holy New Martyr Zafeirios of Halkidiki

Holy New Martyr Zafeirios of Halkidiki (+ c. 1821)


Holy New Martyrs of China During the Boxer Rebellion

The Feast of the Chinese Martyrs of the Boxer Rebellion

The Holy New Martyrs of China (+ 1900)

Martyrs and Confessors of Orthodoxy in China

Holy Hieromartyr Mitrophan of Beijing and his Family (+ 1900)


Saint Luke, Archbishop of Simferopol and Crimea

Saint Luke the Surgeon Resource Page


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Saints and Feasts of June 10


On the tenth the fate of Antonina was to be burned in fire covered in pitch.

Holy Martyrs Alexander and Antonina

Holy Martyrs Alexander and Antonina


Venerable Theophanes and Pansemni

Saints Theophanes and Pansemni of Antioch


Saint John (Maximovitch), 
Metropolitan of Tobolsk in Siberia

Saint John (Maximovitch), Metropolitan of Tobolsk, Siberia (+ 1715)


Holy New Martyr Savvas the Stageiritis

Holy New Martyr Savvas the Stageiritis (+ 1821)


Synaxis of All Saints of Siberia

Synaxis of All Saints of Siberia


Saints and Feasts of the Second Sunday of June


Commemoration of the Enthronement of the Icon 
of Panagia Koutsouriotissa in Erateini

Synaxis of Panagia Koutsouriotissa in Erateini, Phocis


Saturday, June 9, 2018

Church of the Holy Five Canonical Virgins in Crete


The Church of the Holy Five Canonical Virgins in ancient Lappa, now Argyroupoli of Rethymno, is one of the most important shrines of western Crete, with a long tradition of worship. The church is dedicated to the Holy Five Canonical Virgins Thekla, Mariamna, Martha, Maria and Ennatha, who are believed to have lived and died there.

Saint Columba of Iona, Enlightener of Scotland (+ 597)

St. Columba of Iona (Feast Day - June 9)

A poet, prophet and monk of royal Irish lineage, Columba went to Scotland to evangelize the pagan Picts. He was a student of Finnian of Clonard. His name means “Dove of the Church.” 

Columba was born into a royal clan in Donegal, Ireland. He called Christ “his druid,” or teacher. Columcille, his Irish name, or Columba, as he is known in Latin Britain, founded the monasteries of Derry and Durrow in his native Ireland, and the island monastery of Iona on the coast of Scotland. Iona was the center of operations for the conversion of the Scots and Picts, and became the most famous monastic complex in Scotland. There Columba baptized Brude, King of the Picts, and later a King of the Scots came to this Abbot of the "Holy Isle" for baptism. All of these monasteries had oak groves, the favorite trees of the druids. 

Holy Martyrs Primus and Felician of Rome

Sts. Primus and Felician (Feast Day - June 9)

These two martyrs were brothers, and lived in Rome many years, mutually encouraging each other in the practice of all good works. They seemed to possess nothing but gave whatever they had to the poor, and often spent both nights and days with the confessors of Christ in their dungeons, or at the places of their torments and execution. Some they encouraged to perseverance, others who had fallen they raised up again, and they made themselves the servants of all in Christ that all might attain to salvation through Him.

Saint Cyril of White Lake (+ 1427)

St. Cyril of White Lake (Feast Day - June 9)

Saint Cyril, founder and abbot of White Lake Monastery (or Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery) in the present-day Vologda Oblast, and the largest monastery in Northern Russia, was born in Moscow in 1337 of pious parents and baptized with the name Kosmas. In his youth he was left an orphan and lived with his kinsman, the boyar (nobleman) Timothy Vasil’evich Vel’yaminov, in the surroundings of the court of the Great Prince Demetrius Donskoy (1363-1389). Secular life bored the youth. At the request of Stephen of Makhra (July 14), Kosmas was dismissed to the Simonov Monastery, where he took vows under Theodore (Nov. 28) with the name Cyril.

Holy Abba Cyrus of Alexandria

Venerable Cyrus of Alexandria (Feast Day - June 9)

Verses

With the noetic image is defilement Cyrus,
You stand before God, indeed as His image.

Abba Cyrus of Alexandria was asked about the temptation of fornication, and he replied, 'If you do not think about it, you have no hope, for if you are not thinking about it, you are doing it. I mean, he who does not fight against the sin and resist it in his spirit will commit the sin physically. It is very true that he who is fornicating in fact is not worried about thinking about it.'

Saints and Feasts of June 9


On the ninth Cyril found the day of the grave.

Saint Cyril, Archbishop of Alexandria

Saint Cyril of Alexandria Resource Page


Holy Five Canonical Virgins 
Thekla, Mariamna, Martha, Maria and Ennatha

Church of the Holy Five Canonical Virgins in Crete


Venerable Cyrus

Holy Abba Cyrus of Alexandria


Holy Martyrs Primus and Felician

Holy Martyrs Primus and Felician of Rome


Saint Columba of Iona, Enlightener of Scotland

Saint Columba of Iona, Enlightener of Scotland (+ 597)

Saint Columba and the Loch Ness Monster


Venerable Cyril the Wonderworker, 
Abbot of White Lake Monastery

Saint Cyril of White Lake (+ 1427)


Friday, June 8, 2018

Holy Abba Athre of Nitria

St. Athre of Nitria (Feast Day - June 8)

Verses

Turning your mind away with disgust from the things of the earth,
You gazed Athre at the beauty of your Master.

Abba Pistus related that which follows: ‘We were seven anchorites who went to see Abba Sisoes who lived at Clysma, begging him to give us word.

He said to us, “Forgive me, for I am a very simple man. But I have been to Abba Or and to Abba Athre. Abba Or was ill for eighteen years. I made a prostration before him and asked him to give me a word. Abba Or said to me, ‘What shall I say to you? Go, and do what you see is right; God comes to him who reproaches himself and does violence to himself in everything.’

Venerable Melania the Elder (+ 410)

St. Melania the Elder (Feast Day - June 8)

Verses

Melania turned her spirit towards the future,
With a bright spirit she withdrew to God the Word.

By Palladius

(Lausiac History, Chs. 46 & 47)

Melania, the holy woman who is worthy of all blessings, was of Spanish origin, and she grew up in Rome, for she was the daughter of Marcellinus, a man who had held consular rank. Now her husband was a man who performed a large number of duties under the Government, and she became a widow when she was twenty-two years old. Now this woman, having been held worthy to be seized upon by divine love, revealed the matter to no man, for she would not have been permitted to perform her own will, because she lived in the time of the rule of Valens (A.D. 364–378); and having arranged that he should be named the procurator of her son’s affairs, she took everything which she possessed which could be easily moved and carried off, and placed it in a ship with tried servants, both men and women, and sailed hastily to Alexandria, where she sold her property and changed it into gold. And she went into the mount of Nitria, and saw the fathers, that is to say, Pambô, and Arsenius, and Serapion the Great, and Paphnutius of Scete, and Isidore the Confessor and Bishop of Hermopolis, and Dioscurus; and she remained with them for half a year, and she went round about through all that desert, and saw all the holy men and was blessed by them. And when Augustus, who was in Alexandria, sent into exile to Palestine and Caesarea, Isidore, and Pissimius, and Adelphius, and Fîsânîs, and Paphnutius, and Pambô (now with these also was Ammonius, that is to say, twelve holy bishops), this blessed woman clave to them, and she ministered unto them of her own possessions. And when the servants whom she used to send unto them were stopped, this brave woman (according to what the holy men Pîsânîs, and Paphnutius, and Isidore, and Ammonius related unto me, for I used to hold converse with them) used to clothe herself in the garment of one of her servants, and carry unto them late in the evening the food which they needed.

Holy Martyrs Nikandros and Markianos at Dorostolum in Moesia

Sts. Nicander and Marcian (Feast Day - June 8)

Verses

Markianos was beheaded by the sword,
And Nikandros said, "I will follow you."

Nikandros (Nicander) and Markianos (Marcian) had served some time in the Roman army at Dorostolum in Moesia when Diocletian was emperor, but when the edicts were everywhere published against the Christians, they forsook the army. This was considered a crime, and they were brought before Maximus the governor of the province. The judge informed them of the imperial order that all were commanded to sacrifice to the gods. Nikandros replied, that the imperial order meant nothing to Christians, who looked upon it as unlawful to abandon the immortal God, to worship wood and stones.

On the Blood-Flowing Icon of Saint Theodore in Karsatas (St. Anastasios of Sinai)

Commemoration of the Miracle of the Blood-Flowing Icon of
Saint Theodore in Karsatas (Feast Day - June 8)

By St. Anastasios of Sinai

About four miles from Damascus, there is a village called Karsatas, in which village there is a church dedicated to Saint Theodore. Saracens came into this church, and lived there, causing every kind of filth and uncleanness from women and children and animals. One day many of them were sitting together and one of them shot an arrow at the icon of Saint Theodore and hit it on his right shoulder, and immediately there came out blood, which flowed to the bottom of the icon, while they all had looked at the sign that had taken place and the arrow sticking in the shoulder of the Saint and the blood flowing. And even though such a sign had taken place, those who saw it were not moved to a sense of sin. Neither did he who shot the arrow repent, nor were any of them troubled in themselves, nor did they leave the church, nor did they cease defiling it. Nevertheless vengeance came upon them.

Synaxarion of the Translation of the Sacred Relic of Saint Theodore the General

Translation of the Sacred Relic of St. Theodore the Stratelates (Feast Day - June 8)

Verses

Homeland of Theodore receive him dead,
Who is alive among the Martyrs enriching the celestial homeland.
On the eighth the body of the blessed Theodore was conveyed.

He was during the reign of Emperor Licinius (307–324), and was from Euchaita, which is commonly known as Ephleem, in Galatia. He lived in Heraclea which is located near the Black Sea. He was beautiful in his physical appearance, but even more beautiful in his soul, and adorned with reason and knowledge and wisdom, with some even calling him a fountain of rhetoric (vryorretora). Having been tried with every torment and punishment, he was perfected in martyrdom. As a conqueror his holy soul departed to the heavens. His holy relic remained on earth, and gushed forth a stream of healings to those who hastened to them with faith. The translation of this sacred relic we celebrate today. It was transferred from Heraclea to Euchaita, and it was placed in the parental home of the Saint, as the Martyr himself had communicated regarding this to his notary Abgar, before he was beheaded, the details of which are written in the Synaxarion of the Saint, which can be found under the eighth of February.*

Saints and Feasts of June 8


On the eighth the body of the blessed Theodore was conveyed.

Translation of the Sacred Relic of the
Holy Great Martyr Theodore the General

Synaxarion of the Translation of the Sacred Relic of Saint Theodore the General

The Relics and Blood-Gushing Icon of St. Theodore the Stratelates

The Relics and Blood-Flowing Icon of St. Theodore Stratelates

Holy Theodoroi Resource Page (Theodore the Stratelates and Theodore the Tiro)


Holy Martyrs Nikandros and Markianos

Holy Martyrs Nikandros and Markianos at Dorostolum in Moesia


Holy Martyr Kalliopi

Saint Kalliopi the Martyr


Venerable Melania the Elder

Venerable Melania the Elder (+ 410)


Venerable Athre

Holy Abba Athre of Nitria


Venerable Naukratios

Saint Naukratios, Brother of Basil the Great


Holy New Martyr Theophanes of Constantinople

Holy New Martyr Theophanes of Constantinople (+ 1588)


Commemoration of the Blood-Flowing Icon of 
Saint Theodore in Karsatas

On the Blood-Flowing Icon of Saint Theodore in Karsatas (St. Anastasios of Sinai)

The Relics and Blood-Gushing Icon of St. Theodore the Stratelates

The Relics and Blood-Flowing Icon of St. Theodore Stratelates

Holy Theodoroi Resource Page (Theodore the Stratelates and Theodore the Tiro)


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Venerable Anastasios Gordios (+ 1729)


Anastasios was born in 1654 and was from Vraggiana, a village in Evrytania of Central Greece. He was one of the most important scholarly clerics during the Turkish occupation. Also, he was a disciple of Saint Eugenios the Aitolos (Aug. 5), who kept the authentic Orthodox spirit alive in a time of ignorance, especially in the region of Agrafa, numbering him among the Teachers of the Nation and a precursor of the Modern Greek Enlightenment.

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Lykarion of Hermopolis

St. Lykarion of Hermopolis (Feast Day - June 7)

Verses

Without making a sound Lykarion approaches the sword,
Like a lamb before its shearing.

He was from the city of Hermopolis which is in Egypt. Arrested for his Christian faith, he was brought for trial, and stood before the ruler there, who urged him to deny Christ. Unable to be persuaded, he was placed in a dark and very dirty prison. After a few days, they removed him from prison, and they lacerated him with iron, then crucified him on a cross, and they struck all the members of his body. After this they beat him and stretched him on the rack, and they also burned his sides, burning also his chest with red hot iron rods.

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