Monday, July 16, 2018

Saints Anastasios and Euxitheos, Bishops of Thessaloniki

Sts. Anastasios and Euxitheos of Thessaloniki (Feast Day - July 16)

Saint Anastasios became Bishop of Thessaloniki in 431. At the time he served as the vicar of the Roman Papacy. Popes Sixtus and Leo wrote to him. In 451 the Fourth Ecumenical Synod took place in Chalcedon, but he did not seem to attend and was instead represented by Quintillus of Heraclea, who signed the Acts of the First and Second Session on October 8th and 10 of 451. It seems that he reposed around the end of September in 451, because at the Third Session on October 13, 451 a presbyter named Andrew represented the Bishop of Thessaloniki who is now Euxitheos.

Holy Martyr Helier the Hermit (+ 555)

St. Helier the Hermit (Feast Day - July 16)

Saint Helier was born to pagan parents in Tongeren (now in Belgium). His father was Sigebert, a nobleman from Tongres and his mother was Lusigard. Having had difficulties conceiving a child, they had turned to Saint Cunibert who had advised them to pray to God and that when they had a child they must hand him over to God, and that he, Cunebert, would bring him up in the Christian faith. Their prayers having been answered, Helier was born, but Helier’s father, the Saxon Governor of that place, eventually grew angry at the influence Cunibert exerted over his precocious son, who was already causing consternation with his youthful miracles. Helier’s father had Cunibert killed, whereupon Helier fled.

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Faustus

St. Faustus the Martyr (Feast Day - July 16)

Verses

For Faustus the cross was salvation,
To this he was affixed due to his faith.

He lived during the reign of Emperor Decius in the year 250. Apprehended for his faith in Christ, he confessed Christ with boldness. Therefore he was nailed to a cross and shot with arrows. For five days he was on the cross, then he delivered his holy soul into the hands of God, from whom he received the crown of the contest.


Saints and Feasts of July 16


On the sixteenth Athenogenes was beheaded by the sword.

Holy Hieromartyr Athenogenes of Pedachthoe 
and His Ten Disciples

Holy Hieromartyr Athenogenes of Pedachthoe and His Ten Disciples


Holy Martyr Faustus

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Faustus


Holy Martyr Antiochos

Holy Martyr Antiochos the Physician of Sebastea


Holy Fifteen Thousand Martyrs of Pisidia

The Holy 15,000 Martyrs of Pisidia with Many Women


Many Holy Female Martyrs

The Holy 15,000 Martyrs of Pisidia with Many Women


Holy Martyr Athenogenes

Phos Ilaron (Gladsome Liht): the Hymn of Athenogenes the Martyr


Holy Virgin Martyr Julia of Carthage

Holy Virgin Martyr Julia of Carthage


Saints Anastasios and Euxitheos, 
Bishops of Thessaloniki

Saints Anastasios and Euxitheos, Bishops of Thessaloniki


Holy Martyr Helier the Hermit

Holy Martyr Helier the Hermit (+ 555)


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Gospel Commentary for the Sunday of the Holy Fathers (St. Theophylact of Ochrid)


Sixth Sunday of the Holy Fathers
You are the Light of the World

Matthew 5:14-19

From The Explanation of the Gospel of St. Matthew

By Blessed Theophylact, Archbishop of Ochrid and Bulgaria

Matthew 5:14-19 - Ye are the salt of the earth. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a lamp, and put it under a bushel, but on a lamp stand; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father Who is in heaven. Think not that I am come to abolish the law, or the prophets: I am not come to abolish, but to fulfill. For amen, I say unto you. Till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be accomplished. Whosoever therefore shall disregard one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Saints and Feasts of the Sunday Between July 13th and 19th


Verses

The Six Synods defeated the factions,
Of the heretics, having divine words as a weapon.

Sunday of the Commemoration of the 
Holy Six Ecumenical Synods

Sunday of the Commemoration of the Holy Six Ecumenical Synods

Gospel Commentary for the Sunday of the Holy Fathers (St. Theophylact of Ochrid)


Saints and Feasts of the Sunday Between July 11th and 17th


Holy Five Venerable Martyrs of Leipsoi

The Five Ascetic Martyrs of Leipsoi


Saints and Feasts of July 15


On the fifteenth Julitta was beheaded, her son was broken.

Holy Martyrs Kyrikos and Julitta

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyrs Kyrikos and Julitta

The Life and Martyrdom of Saint Kyrikos and his Mother Julitta

Saints Julitta and Kyrikos as Models for our Lives


Holy Martyr Abudimos

Holy Martyr Abudimos of Tenedos


Saint Vladimir, the Equal of the Apostles 
and Enlightener of Russia

Saint Vladimir, the Equal of the Apostles and Enlightener of Russia

Saint Vladimir Cathedral in Chersonesos Taurica

Skull Fragment of Vladimir the Great Stolen Then Recovered in Edmonton

Relics of Saint Vladimir to be Venerated in 45 Cities in Russia


Saint Donald of Ogilvy 
and His Nine Virgin Daughters

Saint Donald of Ogilvy and His Nine Virgin Daughters


Finding of the Honorable Head of the 
Venerable Matrona of Chios

Saint Matrona of Chios the Wonderworker


Commemoration of the Miracle of Saint Barbara 
in Polydendri in 1917

The Miracle of St. Barbara in Polydendri, Attica on July 15, 1917


Saturday, July 14, 2018

Saint Joseph the Confessor, Archbishop of Thessaloniki and Brother of Saint Theodore the Studite

St. Joseph the Confessor of Thessaloniki (Feast Day - July 14)

Verses

You left behind your earthly throne,
Now you stand before the throne of the Lord.

Our Holy Father Joseph, born in Constantinople to pious parents named Photinos and Theoktiste, was the brother of Saint Theodore the Studite (Nov. 11), and together they pursued a life of asceticism under the guidance of their uncle Saint Platon (Apr. 5) in the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian at Sakkudion of Bithynia.

Saints and Feasts of July 14


On the fourteenth Aquila was hidden in a grave.

Holy Apostle Aquila of the Seventy

Synaxarion of the Holy Apostles and Martyrs Aquila and Priscilla of the Seventy


Holy Martyr Justus

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Justus of Rome


Saint Joseph the Confessor, Archbishop of Thessaloniki 
and Brother of Saint Theodore the Studite

Saint Joseph the Confessor, Archbishop of Thessaloniki and Brother of Saint Theodore the Studite


Venerable Nikodemos the Hagiorite

Saint Nikodemos the Hagiorite Resource Page


Holy New Martyrs Emmanuel, Anezina, 
George and Maria

The Four Crypto-Christian Neomartyrs: Emmanuel, Anezina, George and Maria

 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Two Saints Known as Saint Stephen the Sabaite


It must first be stated that there are two Saints known as Stephen the Sabaite, who lived at approximately the same time. One is celebrated on July 13th, who lived for half a century from the age of ten at the Lavra of Saint Savvas in the Holy Land, and the other is celebrated on October 28th, who is primarily known for being the nephew of Saint John of Damascus and was a hymnographer. These two Saints are very often confused as being one person, until the Life of Saint Stephen the Sabaite by his disciple Leontios was recently discovered, which distinguishes this Stephen from the Stephen who was the nephew of Saint John of Damascus and a hymnographer. Therefore the first should be distinguished as "the Ascetic", while the latter should be known as "the Melodist" or "the Poet" or "the Hymnographer". Interestingly, Stephen the Melodist composed a Canon in honor of Stephen the Ascetic; in this canon the ascetic qualities and stays in the desert of Stephen the Ascetic are celebrated.

Saints and Feasts of July 13


On the thirteenth Gabriel brings us together here.

Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel

Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel (July 13)

Archangels Michael and Gabriel Resource Page


Venerable Stephen the Sabaite

Two Saints Known as Saint Stephen the Sabaite


Saint Golinduc the Persian Who Was Renamed Mary

Saint Golinduc the Persian Who Was Renamed Mary


Venerable Sarah

Life and Sayings of Holy Amma Sarah of Scete


Holy Heliophotoi

The Heliophotoi Saints, Who Lived as Hermits on Mount Kononi of Achera


Saint Onesiphoros the Wonderworker 
of Anarita in Paphos

Saint Onesiphoros the Wonderworker, Ascetic of Anarita in Paphos, Cyprus


Holy New Martyr Alexander Schmorell

New Martyr Alexander Schmorell (+ 1943)


Commemoration of the First Recorded Miracle 
of Saint Spyridon in Kerkyra

The First Recorded Miracle of St. Spyridon in Kerkyra


Thursday, July 12, 2018

How the Books About Saint Paisios the Athonite From Souroti Were Written


By Metropolitan Neophytos of Morphou

I asked the abbess Philothei: "Those important books about Elder Paisios, how were they written? Was it just how every nun remembered?"

She told me: "No. The Elder would come to the monastery, and we would have a gathering, where he would speak to the nuns. Then he would see each nun one by one separately. The Holy Spirit was at those gatherings. We knew that a God-bearing man was speaking to us. Then the nuns would come to me afterwards and say: 'Eldress, I wrote the things I heard from the Elder.' The nuns didn't have recorders, just their memories. 'Do we have the blessing to write the things the Elder told us?' they asked. I told them that whatever you hear from the Elder, write it down, but bring it to me. I wanted to ask the Elder first about it, and if he wanted them to stop then we would. In this way entire notebooks were written.

Holy Martyrs Theodore the Varangian and his son John (+ 983)

Sts. Theodore the Varangian and John (Feast Day - July 12)

The Holy Martyrs Theodore the Varangian and his son John lived at Kiev in the tenth century, when the Varangians, ancestors of the present day Swedes and Norwegians took an active role in the governance and military life of Rus. Merchants and soldiers, they opened up new trade routes to Byzantium and to the East, they took part in campaigns against Constantinople, and they constituted a significant part of the populace of ancient Kiev and the princely mercenary retinues. The chief trade route of Rus, from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea, was then called “the Way from the Varangians to the Greeks.”

Holy Martyr Serapion the New

St. Serapion the New (Feast Day - July 12)

Verses

Serapion having drank of the sacrifice of Christ,
Was thrown into the fire by the enemies of Christ.

He lived during the reign of Emperor Severus (193-211), and was a man who feared God and who possessed good will. Being arrested by the governor Aquila, he was asked: "To what religion do you belong?" With boldness he confessed that he believed in and revered Christ. For this he was cast into the flames, and received from the Lord the crown of martyrdom.


Saints and Feasts of July 12


On the twelfth Proclus was taken by arrows, 
and Hilarion by a sword.

Holy Martyrs Proclus and Hilarion

Holy Martyrs Proclus and Hilarion of Ancyra


Holy Martyr Serapion the New

Holy Martyr Serapion the New


Venerable Michael Maleinos, 
Spiritual Father of Saint Athanasios the Athonite

Saint Michael Maleinos (+ 962), Spiritual Father of Saint Athanasios the Athonite


Saint Veronica the Bleeder

Saint Veronica the Bleeder


Holy Martyrs Theodore the Varangian and his son John

Holy Martyrs Theodore the Varangian and his son John (+ 983)


Saint Serapion, Bishop of Vladimir

St. Serapion of Vladimir on the Persecution of Witches


Venerable Paisios the Athonite

Saint Paisios the Athonite Resource Page


Synaxis of the Panagia Tricherousa

St. John of Damascus and the Miracle of Panagia Tricherousa

The Shrine of Panagia Tricherousa on Mount Athos

Panagia Tricherousa (Three Hands) in Nea Kios


Synaxis of the Panagia Prodromitissa

The Wondrous Icon of Panagia Prodromitissa


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Saint Nikodemos of Vatopaidi, Teacher of Saint Gregory Palamas (+ 1322)

St. Nikodemos of Vatopaidi (Feast Day - July 11)

Verses

You were seen as victorious in praxis and theoria,
Against the most-profane enemy, Nikodemos.
How unrewarded it is to leave behind the words,
Of Nikodemos, O reward of a watchful nous.

Saint Nikodemos, whose name in the world was Nikephoros, lived as an ascetic in a cell near the Vatopaidi Monastery at Mount Athos in the early fourteenth century. We learn about his personality from the Patriarch of Constantinople, Saint Philotheos Kokkinos, in his biography of Saint Gregory Palamas. According to Patriarch Philotheos, Saint Nikodemos, “a man admirable in his praxis and theoria,” lived the monastic life first at the Mount of Auxentius near Chalcedon, which had been a famous center of monasticism as early as the fifth century.

Holy Princess Olga of Kiev, Equal to the Apostles (+ 969)

St. Olga of Kiev (Feast Day - July 11)

Saint Olga, Equal of the Apostles, was the wife of the Kievan Great Prince Igor. The struggle of Christianity with paganism under Igor and Olga, who reigned after Oleg (+ 912), entered into a new phase. The Church of Christ in the years following the reign of Igor (+ 945) became a remarkable spiritual and political force in the Russian realm. The preserved text of a treaty of Igor with the Greeks in the year 944 gives indication of this: it was included by the chronicler in the “Tale of Bygone Years,” under the entry recording the events of the year 6453 (945).

Translation of the Relics of Saint Barbara from Constantinople to Kiev

Translation of the Relics of St. Barbara to Kiev (Feast day - July 11)

In the sixth century the relics of the Holy Great Martyr Barbara were transferred to Constantinople. Six hundred years later, they were transferred to Kiev by Barbara, the daughter of the Roman Emperor Alexios Komnenos (1081-1118), who married the Russian prince Michael Izyaslavich. They rest even now at Saint Vladimir Cathedral in Kiev, where an Akathist to the Saint is served each Tuesday.

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Kindeos the Presbyter

St. Kindeos the Presbyter (Feast Day - July 11)

Verses

Unworthy to bear being entirely burnt,
Kindeos was saved and he died in this way.

He was from a village called Talmenia Side in Pamphylia, during the reign of Emperor Diocletian (284-305), and his forefathers were from Oumanada. Brought before the governor Stratonikos, he boldly confessed Christ. Whence his feet were nailed to iron shoes, and he was forced to run to the area known as the sacred door.*

Saints and Feasts of July 11


On the eleventh the definition was wondrously 
and firmly set by Euphemia.

Commemoration of the Miracle at the 
Tomb of the Holy Great Martyr Euphemia 
During the Fourth Ecumenical Synod

Saint Euphemia Resource Page


Holy Martyr Kindeos the Presbyter

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Kindeos the Presbyter


Holy Princess Olga the Equal to the Apostles

Holy Princess Olga of Kiev, Equal to the Apostles (+ 969)

Saint Olga, Equal to the Apostles, as a Model for our Lives


Venerable Nikodemos of Vatopaidi

Saint Nikodemos of Vatopaidi, Teacher of Saint Gregory Palamas (+ 1322)


Holy New Venerable Martyr Nikodemos 
of Elbasan in Albania

Holy New Martyr Nikodemos the Albanian of Elbasan (+ 1722)


Holy New Venerable Martyr Nektarios of Vryoulla

Holy New Martyr Nektarios of Vryoulla (+ 1820)


Venerable Cyril the New of Paros

Saint Cyril the New of Paros (+ 1833)


Translation of the Relics of Saint Barbara 
from Constantinople to Kiev

Translation of the Relics of Saint Barbara from Constantinople to Kiev


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Saint Athanasios the Pentaschoinitis

St. Athanasios of Pentaschoinon (Feast Day - July 10)

What we know of Saint Athanasios the Pentaschoinites comes to us from Saint Anastasios of Sinai (Apr. 21), who was from Amathous and lived not too long after the events described. He learned of Athanasios while visiting Pentaschoinon, where he venerated his relics. Anastasios tells us that Athanasios hailed from the south coast village of Pentaschoinon (by the homonymous stream south of Agios Theodoros) near Amathous in Cyprus. He was the son of a godly old man whose wife had died when their son was still young, so he remarried (Anastasios calls the father a "presbyter", but due to the fact that he remarried, which is forbidden to a priest, we must assume by "presbyter" that he meant an "old man"). His father likewise raised his son in the admonition and fear of the Lord, and the love Athanasios had for the Lord issued over towards love for his neighbor, which his father taught him to display.

Saints and Feasts of July 10


On the tenth very mighty Nicopolitans were slain in fire.

Holy Forty-Five Martyrs at Nicopolis in Armenia

Holy Forty-Five Martyrs at Nicopolis in Armenia


Holy Martyr Apollonios of Sardis

Holy Martyr Apollonios of Sardis


Holy Myriad Venerable Martyrs of Nitria

The Holy Myriad Venerable Martyrs of Nitria


Saint Athanasios the Pentaschoinitis

Saint Athanasios the Pentaschoinitis

The Tomb and Church of St. Athanasios Pentaschoinitis Brought to Light in Cyprus


Venerables Parthenios and Evmenios of Crete

Saints Parthenios and Evmenios, Founders of Koudoumas Monastery

The Miraculous Intervention of Panagia Koudoumiani Towards St. Evmenios

Miracles of Saints Parthenios and Evmenios of Koudoumas (1 of 3)

The Mitochondrial DNA Analysis of the Relics of Saints Parthenios and Evmenios


Venerable Anthony, Founder of the Kiev Caves Lavra

Saint Anthony, Founder of the Kiev Caves Lavra

Sts. Anthony and Theodosius, Founders of the Kiev Caves Lavra


Saint Joseph of Damascus

Saint Joseph of Damascus (+ 1860)


Translation of the Sacred Relics of 
Saint Gregory the Bishop of Assos

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


Synaxis of All Saints of Vatopaidi Monastery

Synaxis of All Saints of Vatopaidi Monastery


Monday, July 9, 2018

Holy Hieromartyr Pankratios, Bishop of Taormina

St. Pankratios of Taormina (Feast Day - July 9)

Verses

Pankratios set himself as a foundation,
By his contest he built a house of stones.
On the ninth Pankratios saw clearly the All-Powerful.

This Saint lived in the time of the Lord and the Holy Apostles, and was from Antioch. Hearing about the miracles of Christ, the parents of Pankratios desired to see the Lord Jesus. Together with Pankratios, they traveled to Jerusalem where they saw Jesus, heard His words and witnessed His miracles. It was in Jerusalem that Pankratios became acquainted with the Apostle Peter. After the Ascension of the Lord, both parents and Pankratios were baptized in Antioch.

Saints and Feasts of July 9


On the ninth Pankratios saw clearly the All-Powerful.

Holy Hieromartyr Pankratios, Bishop of Taormina

Holy Hieromartyr Pankratios, Bishop of Taormina

Homily on the Holy Hieromartyr Pankratios, Bishop of Taormina


Venerable Photios the Thettalos, 
Founder of Akapniou Monastery in Thessaloniki

St. Photios the Thettalos: The Forgotten Life of a Great Saint


Venerables Dionysios the Rhetor and 
Metrophanes the Spiritual Father

Saints Dionysios the Rhetor and Metrophanes the Spiritual Father (+ 1606)


Holy New Hieromartyr Methodios, Bishop of Lampes

Holy New Hieromartyr Methodios, Bishop of Lampes in Crete (+ 1793)


Holy New Martyr Michael Paknanas the Gardner

Saint Michael Paknanas Resource Page


Synaxis of the Cyprus Icon of the Mother of God

Icon of the Mother of God of Cyprus


Sunday, July 8, 2018

Gospel Commentary for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost (St. Theophylact of Ochrid)


Sixth Sunday after Pentecost (or Sixth Sunday of Matthew)
Healing of the Paralytic

Matthew 9:1-8

From The Explanation of the Gospel of St. Matthew

By Blessed Theophylact, Archbishop of Ochrid and Bulgaria

1-2. And He entered into a boat, and passed over, and came into His own city. And, behold, they brought to Him a paralytic, lying on a bed. 

Saints and Feasts of July 8


On the eighth the head of Prokopios was swiftly cut off.

Holy Glorious Great Martyr Prokopios

Saint Prokopios the Great Martyr Resource Page


Saint Theodosia, Mother of Saint Prokopios

Saint Prokopios the Great Martyr Resource Page


Holy Twelve Female Martyrs of Senatorial Rank

Saint Prokopios the Great Martyr Resource Page


Holy Martyrs Antiochos and Nikostratos

Saint Prokopios the Great Martyr Resource Page


Holy Martyr Abda

Saint Prokopios the Great Martyr Resource Page


Venerable Theophilos the Hagiorite

Saint Theophilos the Myrrhgusher (+ 1548)


Holy New Hieromartyr Anastasios 
the Gounaras of Agiou Vlasiou

Holy New Martyr Anastasios the Gounaras of Agiou Vlasiou (+ 1743)


Synaxis of the Sitka Icon of the Mother of God in Alaska

The Sitka Icon of the Mother of God in Alaska


Commemoration of the Miracle of the Bleeding Icon 
of the Mother of God in Torginskoye in 1922

The Miracle of the Bleeding Icon of the Mother of God in Torginskoye in 1922


Saturday, July 7, 2018

Saints and Feasts of July 7


On the seventh Thomas was seized from the sensible darkness of death.

Venerable Thomas of Mount Maleon

Saint Thomas of Mount Maleon in Peloponnesos


Holy Great Martyr Kyriaki

Saint Kyriaki Resource Page


Holy Martyrs Peregrinus, Lucian, Pompeius, 
Hesychius, Papius, Saturninus and Germanus

Saint Asteios, Bishop of Dyrrachium and the Seven Holy Martyrs With Him


Holy Hieromartyr Vlasios of Akarnania

Holy Newly-Revealed Hieromartyr Vlasios of Akarnania

Saint Vlasios of Akarnania Has Been Canonized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate

Thousands Attend the First Celebration of the Newly Canonized Saint Vlasios of Akarnania


Commemoration of the Kalinovka Miracle 
of the Bloody Crucifix in 1923

The Kalinovka Miracle of the Bloody Crucifix in 1923


Saints and Feasts of the First Saturday of July


Venerable Melo

Saint Melo and her Church in Kos


Friday, July 6, 2018

Uncovering of the Relics of the Holy Virgin Princess Juliana Olshansky

St. Juliana Olshansky (Feast Day - July 6)

Saint Juliana lived during the first quarter of the sixteenth century. Her father, Prince Yurii Dubrovitsky-Olshansky, was one of the benefactors of the Kiev Caves Lavra. The God-pleasing virgin died at the age of sixteen.

One day, during the time of Archimandrite Elisha Pletenets (1599-1624), monks began to dig a grave near the Church of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos, in front of the Chapel of Saint John the Forerunner. Here the diggers unexpectedly found the honorable relics of the God—pleasing Princess Juliana, who had rested uncorrupted. The deceased lay as if she were alive and sleeping. Her body was nice and white. She lay near the church wall with her head to the south and feet to the north. There was a stone over her coffin with the inscribed arms of the Olshansky. On the coffin itself, there was a silver gold-plated plaque with the arms and the inscription: ‘Juliana, Princess Olshanskaya, daughter of Prince Gregory Olshansky, reposed a virgin in the 16th year from her birth.’ All her clothing looked completely new as if no one had touched it.

Saint Sisoes of the Kiev Caves Lavra

St. Sisoes of the Kiev Caves (Feast Day - July 6)

Saint Sisoes, schemamonk of the Kiev Caves Lavra, lived in the thirteenth century, and was noted for his great ascetic feats of fasting, amazing everyone who knew him. For this he conquered the weaknesses of the flesh and became mighty in spirit through divine grace. Having spent his life in such a manner, he was found worthy of knowing beforehand the time of his death, and after his death many found healing before his sacred relics, which rest in the Far Caves.

Saints and Feasts of July 6


On the sixth Sisoes advanced blamelessly from the earth to Heaven.

Venerable Sisoes the Great

Saint Sisoes the Great Resource Page


Holy Virgin Martyr Lucia, Rexius the Vicarius 
and others martyred with them from Campania

Holy Virgin Martyr Lucia, Rexius the Vicarius and the 24 Martyrs with them from Campania


Holy Twenty-Four Martyrs

Holy Virgin Martyr Lucia, Rexius the Vicarius and the 24 Martyrs with them from Campania


Saint Asteios, Bishop of Dyrrachium

Saint Asteios, Bishop of Dyrrachium and the Seven Holy Martyrs With Him


Venerable Sisinnius

Holy Abba Sisinnius of Cappadocia


Holy Martyr Valentine the Presbyter of Rome 
and Those With Him

Saint Valentine Resource Page


Venerable Sisoes of the Kiev Caves Lavra

Saint Sisoes of the Kiev Caves Lavra


Holy New Venerable Martyr Cyril from Thessaloniki

Holy New Martyr Cyril from Thessaloniki (+ 1566) and the Discovery of His Relics in 1972


Uncovering of the Relics of the Holy Virgin 
Princess Juliana Olshansky

Uncovering of the Relics of the Holy Virgin Princess Juliana Olshansky


Commemoration of the Discovery of Holy Relics 
at the Monastery of Skoutera

Synaxis of Panagia Lykourisiotissa in Skoutera of Agrinio


Thursday, July 5, 2018

Our Venerable Father Athanasios the Athonite

St. Athanasios the Athonite (Feast Day - July 5)

Saint Athanasios of Athos, in holy Baptism named Abraham, was born in the city of Trebezond. He was orphaned at an early age, and being raised by a certain good and pious nun, he imitated his adoptive mother in the habits of monastic life, in fasting and in prayer. Doing his lessons came easily and he soon outpaced his peers in study.

After the death of his adoptive mother, Abraham was taken to Constantinople, to the court of the Roman Emperor Romanos the Elder, and was enrolled as a student under the renowned rhetorician Athanasios. In a short while the student attained the mastery of skill of his teacher and he himself became an instructor of youths. Reckoning as the true life that of fasting and vigilance, Abraham led a strict and abstinent life, he slept little and then only sitting upon a stool, and barley bread and water were his nourishment. When his teacher Athanasios through human weakness became jealous of his student, blessed Abraham gave up his teaching position and went away.

Chapel of Saint Athanasios the Athonite in Tsagarada of Pelion


The Chapel of Saint Athanasios the Athonite is located at an altitude of 820 meters, surrounded by oak and chestnut trees, in the village of Tsagarada in Pelion of Thessaly.

The construction date of the chapel was September 1888 as evidenced by the inscription above the main entrance. The cost was covered by Maria Demetriou Kapetanopoulou.

Holy New Martyr Elizabeth, Grand Duchess of Russia (+ 1918)

St. Elizabeth the New Martyr and Grand Duchess (Feast Day - July 5)

Grand Duchess Elizabeth Fyodorovna of Russia (February 24, 1864 – July 18, 1918), was the wife of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia, the fifth son of Emperor Alexander II of Russia and Maria Alexandrovna. After the assassination of her husband, she went on to found a convent dedicated to ministering to the poor. She was later martyred by the Bolsheviks, and more recently she has been glorified as a new martyr.

Saint Stephen of Nicaea, First Bishop of Reggio in Calabria

St. Stephen of Nicaea (Feast Day - July 5)

There is a special tie between Saint Paul and the Church in Reggio Calabria since the latter originated from the preaching of the Apostle, who landed in Reggio from Syracuse during his journey from Ceasarea to Rome in 61 A.D., and stayed for a day as the Acts of the Apostles (28:13) states: "And from there, following the coast, we reached Regium."

Uncovering of the Relics of the Venerable Sergius of Radonezh (1422)

Uncovering of the Relics of St. Sergius of Radonezh (Feast Day - July 5)

In the year 1408, when Moscow and its environs was invaded by the Tatar horde of Edigei, the Trinity Monastery founded by Saint Sergius of Radonezh (+ 1392) was devastated and burned, and the monks led by Saint Nikon hid themselves in the forests. They saved the icons, sacred vessels, books and other holy things connected with the memory of Saint Sergius.

In a vision on the eve of the Tatar incursion Saint Sergius informed his disciple and successor Nikon about the coming tribulations. He also said that the vexation would not be prolonged but that the monastery, arising from the ashes, would flourish and grow even more. Metropolitan Philaret wrote about this in his Life of Saint Sergius: “Just as it suited Christ to suffer, and through the Cross and death to enter into the glory of the Resurrection, so it also becomes everyone who would be blessed by Christ with length of days in glory, to be tested by one’s own cross and death.” Going through its own fiery cleansing, the Monastery of the Life-Creating Trinity was resurrected unto length of days, and Saint Sergius himself rose up, so that his holy relics should dwell within it forevermore.

Saints and Feasts of July 5


On the fifth Athanasios was noetically carried to God's city.

Venerable Athanasios the Athonite 
and his Six Disciples

Saint Athanasios the Athonite Resource Page


Venerable Lampados

Synaxarion of Saint Lampados the Wonderworker of Irenopolis (+ 10th cent.)


Holy Martyr Basil of Scythopolis

Holy Martyr Basil and the Seventy Martyrs of Scythopolis


Saint Stephen of Nicaea, Bishop of Reggio

Saint Stephen of Nicaea, First Bishop of Reggio in Calabria


Holy New Hieormartyr Cyprian at Constantinople

Holy New Hieormartyr Cyprian at Constantinople (+ 1679)


Holy New Martyr Elizabeth, Grand Duchess of Russia, 
the Venerable Barbara, and those martyred with them

Holy New Martyr Elizabeth, Grand Duchess of Russia (+ 1918)

Grand Duchess Elizabeth in the 'New York Times'


Uncovering of the Relics of the Venerable 
Sergius of Radonezh

Uncovering of the Relics of the Venerable Sergius of Radonezh (1422)


Synaxis of the Panagia Economissa

Saint Athanasios of Athos and the Panagia Economissa


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The Tomb of St. Andrew of Crete in Eressos of Lesvos


The Chapel of Saint Andrew in Skala of Eressos sits on a quiet shaded road next to the Cathedral of Saint Andrew and the ruins of the ancient Basilica of Saint Andrew. All three of these are dedicated to Saint Andrew, who was Archbishop of Crete in the 7th century, but in the first is his tomb. How did it happen that the Archbishop of Crete lay in a tomb in Lesvos?

Saints and Feasts of July 4


On the fourth the arch-sacrificer Andrew 
was seized by his destiny.

Saint Andrew the Jerusalemite, Archbishop of Crete

Saint Andrew of Crete Resource Page


Holy Hieromartyr Theodore, Bishop of Cyrene

Holy Hieromartyr Theodore the Bishop of Cyrene with the Holy Martyrs Cyprilla, Aroa and Lucia


Holy Martyr Cyprilla

Holy Hieromartyr Theodore the Bishop of Cyrene with the Holy Martyrs Cyprilla, Aroa and Lucia


Holy Martyrs Aroa and Lucia

Holy Hieromartyr Theodore the Bishop of Cyrene with the Holy Martyrs Cyprilla, Aroa and Lucia


Saint Martha, Mother of Venerable Symeon 
of the Wonderful Mountain

Saint Martha, the Mother of Saint Symeon Stylites the Younger


Saint Michael Chioniates, Metropolitan of Athens

Saint Michael Chioniates, Metropolitan of Athens (+ 1222)


Saint Andrei Rublev the Iconographer

Saint Andrei Rublev the Iconographer

The Spirituality of Andrei Rublev's Icon of the Holy Trinity

Andrei Tarkovsky's "Andrei Rublev" (1966)


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Holy Martyrs Theodotos, Theodote, Golinduch, Diomedes, Eulampios and Asklepiades

Sts. Theodotos, Theodote, Golinduch, Diomedes, Eulampios and Asklepiades (Feast Day - July 3)

Verses

To Theodotos and Theodote.
Theodotos and Theodote were beheaded,
The God of gods gave them a worthy crown.

To Golinduch.
On behalf of God you were stretched out like the curtain of heaven,
Golinduch was cut at the neck by the sword.

To Diomedes.
Diomedes made a drink offering the blood of the Lord,
Having made no drink offering to the demonic enemy.

To Eulampios.
What O executioner do you say to him whose head is bent,
"Eulampios bends all his limbs to the sword?"

To Asklepiades.
Asklepiades enters the sea,
Where he seeks and finds the good pearl.

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyrs Mark and Mokianos

Sts. Mark and Mokianos the Martyrs (Feast Day - July 3)

Verses

Mark endured beheading,
Inscribing the path to the passion of Mokianos.

These Saints were urged to sacrifice to the idols by the eparch Maximus and were not persuaded, rather they boldly confessed the name of Christ, and were beheaded.

When Saint Mokianos was going to the place of judgement, he was followed by his wife and children who were crying, but the Saint advised them to be quiet and not cry.

Saint Nicodemus of Kozhe Lake (+ 1640)

St. Nikodim of Kozhe Lake (Feast Day - July 3)

Saint Nicodemus (Nikodim) of Kozhe Lake was born in the village of Ivankovo near Rostov into a peasant family, and he was baptized with the name Nikita. When he was still a young man working with his father in the fields, he heard someone call, “Nicodemus! Nicodemus!” indicating his future monastic state.

Saint Basil, Bishop of Ryazan (+ 1295)

St. Basil of Ryazan (Feast Day - June 10 & July 3)

Saint Basil, the Wonderworker of Ryazan, is mentioned in the Laurentian Chronicles. In the ancient list of Ryazan hierarchs, he is mentioned as the fourth.

Saints and Feasts of July 3


On the third Hyacinth died of accursed hunger.

Holy Martyr Hyacinth the Cubicularius

Holy Martyr Hyacinth the Cubicularius of Caesarea

Saint Hyacinth, the Saint Of Love In Crete


Holy Martyrs Theodotos, Theodote, Golinduch, 
Diomedes, Eulampios and Asklepiades

Holy Martyrs Theodotos, Theodote, Golinduch, Diomedes, Eulampios and Asklepiades


Holy Martyrs Mark and Mokianos

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyrs Mark and Mokianos


Venerable Isaiah the Anchorite

Life and Sayings of Holy Abba Isaiah the Anchorite

On Guarding the Nous: Twenty-Seven Texts (St. Isaiah the Anchorite)


Holy Hieromartyr Jacob of Hamatoura

Holy Hieromartyr Jacob of Hamatoura


Venerable Joachim the New God-bearer

Saint Joachim the New God-bearer of Notenon Monastery


Saint Basil, Bishop of Ryazan

Saint Basil, Bishop of Ryazan (+ 1295)


Saint John of Moscow the Fool for Christ

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


Venerable Nicodemus of Kozhe Lake

Saint Nicodemus of Kozhe Lake (+ 1640)


Holy New Martyr Gerasimos of Karpenisi

Holy New Martyr Gerasimos of Karpenisi (+ 1812)


Translation of the Sacred Relics of Saint Philip 
the Metropolitan of Moscow

Saint Philip, Metropolitan of Moscow (+ 1569)


Synaxis of the Panagia Galaktotrophousa

Panagia Galaktotrophousa (Milk-Feeder) of Hilandari Monastery

The Recent Discovery of the Holy Spring of the Virgin Mary in Smyrna


Monday, July 2, 2018

Saint Juvenal, Patriarch of Jerusalem (+ 458)

St. Juvenal of Jerusalem (Feast Day - July 2)

Verses

The memory of Juvenal I celebrate,
Whose divine memory Palestine carries.

Saint Juvenal , Patriarch of Jerusalem, occupied the throne of the Holy City during the years 420-458. During this period great luminaries of the Church enlightened the world: Saints Euthymios the Great (Jan. 20), Symeon the Stylite (Sept. 1), Gerasimos of Jordan (Mar. 4), and many others. In 451, on the see of Jerusalem being recognized as a Patriarchate by the Synod of Chalcedon, he became the first Patriarch of Jerusalem, though Cyril of Alexandria and Pope Leo I opposed the separation of Jerusalem from Caesarea and Antioch.

Saint Stephen the Great, Prince of Moldavia (+ 1504)


Stephen the Great is considered the greatest figure of Romanian history. The country being harassed and attacked incessantly by the Turks, he was able to defend its integrity and independence at the price of numerous sacrifices. The piety of Stephen can be judged by the number of monasteries he built: ‘forty-four’, says the chronicler Gregory Ureche. According to tradition, the pious Voivode built a monastery after every victory over the Turks.

Saint Photios, Metropolitan of Moscow and All Russia (+ 1431)

St. Photios of Moscow (Feast Day - July 2)

Saint Photios, Metropolitan of Kiev and All Russia, was by birth a Greek from the Peloponnesian city of Monemvasia (Malbasia). While still in his adolescence he entered a monastery and was tonsured under the Elder Akakios, a great ascetic (afterwards the Metropolitan of Monemvasia). In 1408, when Photios was in Constantinople with the Patriarch on ecclesiastical matters, the question arose about a replacement for the Russian See after the death of Saint Cyprian (Sept. 16). The choice of Patriarch Matthew (1397-1410) fell upon Photios, known for his learning and holiness of life. On September 1, 1408 Saint Photios was made Metropolitan and in the next year arrived in Rus, though he did not know a word of Russian.

Saints and Feasts of July 2


On the second the robe of the All-Pure was deposited in the reliquary.

Deposition of the Honorable Robe of the 
Theotokos in Blachernae

Synaxarion of the Deposition of the Honorable Robe of the Theotokos in Blachernae

Deposition of the Honorable Robe of the Theotokos in Blachernae


Saint Juvenal, Patriarch of Jerusalem

Saint Juvenal, Patriarch of Jerusalem (+ 458)


Saint Monegundis of Chartres

Saint Monegundis of Chartres (+ 570)


Saint Photios, Metropolitan of Moscow and All Russia

Saint Photios, Metropolitan of Moscow and All Russia (+ 1431)


Saint Stephen the Great, Prince of Moldavia

Saint Stephen the Great, Prince of Moldavia (+ 1504)


Holy New Martyr Lampros of Samothrace

Holy New Martyr Lampros of Samothrace (+ 1835)


Saint John Maximovitch, 
Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco

Saint John Maximovitch Resource Page


Synaxis of the Panagia of Blachernae in Constantinople

The Church of Panagia of Blachernae in Constantinople


Pilgrimage to the Cave of Saint Nicholas of Varasova

Divine Liturgy At the Holy Mountain of Varasova


Sunday, July 1, 2018

Gospel Commentary for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (St. Theophylact of Ochrid)


Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (or Fifth Sunday of Matthew)
Healing of the Gergesene Demoniacs

Matthew 8:28-9:1

From The Explanation of the Gospel of St. Matthew

By Blessed Theophylact, Archbishop of Ochrid and Bulgaria

28. And when He was come to the other side into the land of the Gergesenes, there met Him two possessed with demons, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.

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