Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Saint Abramius of Smolensk (+ 1221)

St. Abramius of Smolensk (Feast Day - August 21)

Our Venerable Father Abramius of Smolensk, a preacher of repentance and the Dread Last Judgment, was born in the mid-twelfth century at Smolensk of rich parents, who had twelve daughters before him, and they begged God for a son.

From childhood he grew up in the fear of God, he was often in church and had the opportunity to read books. The parents hoped that their only son would enter into marriage and continue their illustrious lineage, but he sought a different life. After the death of his parents, having given away all his wealth to monasteries, to churches and to the destitute, the Saint walked through the city in rags, asking God to show him the way to salvation.

Saints and Feasts of August 21


On the twenty-first Thaddaeus flew away from life.

Holy Apostle Thaddaeus, also called Lebbaeus, 
of the Twelve

Holy Apostle Jude Thaddaeus of the Twelve

The Grandchildren of the Apostle Jude and Relatives of the Lord


Holy Martyr Vassa and her three sons 
Theognios, Agapios and Pistos

Holy Martyrs Vassa and Her Three Sons Theognios, Agapios and Pistos


Venerable Abramius of Smolensk

Saint Abramius of Smolensk (+ 1221)


Saint Athanasios Patellarios the Sitter, 
Patriarch of Constantinople

Saint Athanasios Patellarios of Lubensk and His Seated Relics

Miracles of Saint Athanasios the Sitter, Patriarch of Constantinople


Commemoration of the Appearance of the Theotokos 
at Panteleimon Monastery

In 1903 a Photo of the Virgin Mary Was Taken on Mount Athos


Monday, August 20, 2018

Holy Martyrs Severus and Memnon and the Thirty-Seven With Them at Bizye

Sts. Severus and Memnon and the Thirty-Seven Martyrs (Feast Day - August 20)

Verses

To the Thirty-Seven.
Three were bound to those who were burned,
On Your behalf the three times ten plus four were perfected.

To Severus.
Severus was found worthy to suffer the sword,
Brilliantly gaining the prize through the suffering of the sword.

To Memnon.
Memnon was in the fire for a short time,
But he remains crowned ever lasting.

Saints and Feasts of August 20


Seeing the future, Samuel went hence on the twentieth.

Holy Prophet Samuel

Prophet Samuel Resource Page


Holy Thirty-Seven Martyrs at Bizye

Holy Martyrs Severus and Memnon and the Thirty-Seven With Them at Bizye


Holy Martyrs Severus and Memnon

Holy Martyrs Severus and Memnon and the Thirty-Seven With Them at Bizye


Holy Martyr Photini, Outside the Doors of Blacherna

Discovery of the Relics of Saint Photini in Constantinople


Holy Martyr Lucius the Councillor

Saint Lucius the Councillor and Martyr


Saints Reginos and Orestes of Cyprus

Saints Reginos and Orestes of Cyprus


Holy New Martyr Theocharis of Neapolis

Holy New Martyr Theocharis of Neapolis (+ 1740)


Sunday, August 19, 2018

Saints and Feasts of August 19


On the nineteenth Andrew was beheaded radiantly.

Holy Great Martyr Andrew the General 
and the Two Thousand Five Hundred and 
Ninety-Three Soldiers Martyred With Him

Saint Andrew the General and the 2,593 Soldiers Martyred With Him


Holy Martyrs Timothy, Thekla and Agapios

Saints Timothy, Thekla and Agapios of Gaza


Venerable Theophanes the New of Naousa

Saint Theophanes the New and Wonderworker


Synaxis of the Donskoi Icon of the Mother of God

The Donskoi Icon of the Mother of God


Saints and Feasts of the First Sunday After August 15th


Synaxis of All Saints of Lefkada

Synaxis of All Saints of Lefkada


Synaxis of the Panagia Prekla in Skiathos

The Church of Panagia Prekla in Skiathos


Saturday, August 18, 2018

Saints Barnabas, Sophronios and Christopher, Founders of Soumela Monastery

Sts. Barnabas, Sophronios and Christopher (Feast Day - August 18)

Our Venerable Fathers Barnabas and Sophronios were the founders of the Monastery of the Panagia of Soumela in Trebizond in the late fourth century. According to tradition, these two Saints, who were relatives (Barnabas was the uncle and Sophronios was his nephew) were born and raised in Athens in the fourth century. Barnabas’s name in the world was Basil, and that of his nephew Soterichos.

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyrs Hermes, Serapion and Polyainos

Sts. Hermes, Serapion, and Polyainos (Feast Day - August 18)

Verses

To Hermes.
Hermes was violently dragged over rocks,
He was a rock who ceased, taking refuge in the heavens.

To Serapion.
The all-terrible rocks brought dragging,
And Serapion was completely firm as a rock.

To Polyainos.
Polyainos spills blood being dragged over rocks,
A lion of Christ from the water of the rocks.

Saints and Feasts of August 18


On the eighteenth Floros and Lavros entered the well.

Holy Martyrs Floros and Lavros

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyrs Floros and Lavros

Saints Floros and Lavros as Models for our Lives


Holy Poor Martyrs

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyrs Floros and Lavros


Holy Martyrs Maximos and Patroklos

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyrs Floros and Lavros


Holy Martyrs Hermes, Serapion and Polyainos

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyrs Hermes, Serapion and Polyainos


Venerable Barnabas, Sophronios 
and Christopher of Soumela

Saints Barnabas, Sophronios and Christopher, Founders of Soumela Monastery


Saint Christodoulos the Philosopher

Saint Christodoulos the Philosopher and Islam


Holy New Martyr Constantine of Kappua

Holy New Martyr Constantine of Kappua (+ 1610)


Holy New Martyr Matthew of Crete

Holy New Martyr Matthew (+ 1697)


Holy New Hieromartyr Agapios of Galatista

Holy New Hieromartyr Agapios of Galatista (+ 1752)


Venerable Kollyvades Fathers Agapios and Porphyrios 
the Ascetics of Santorini

The Holy Kollyvades Agapios (+ 1844) and Porphyrios (+ 1852) the Ascetics of Santorini


Translation of the Sacred Relic of the 
Venerable Arsenios the New of Paros

Saint Arsenios of Paros Resource Page


Friday, August 17, 2018

Saint George the Pilgrim (+ 1916)

St. George the Pilgrim (Feast Day - August 17)

George (Gheorghe) Lazar was born in the village of Șugag, in Alba county, in 1846, at a time when Transylvania was part of the Habsburg Empire. From a young age he liked fasting and solitude, praying in the village church, and finding remote places to converse with God. He especially loved reading the Psalter.

Saint Tbeli Abuserisdze of Khikhuni, Adjara (+ 1240)

St. Tbeli Abuserisdze (Feast Day - August 17)

Our Venerable Father Tbeli Abuserisdze was born around 1190 and lived and labored in thirteenth century Georgia. His father John, the archduke of Upper Adjara, perished in a battle with the Turks. After Tbeli’s mother was widowed, she was tonsured a nun and given the name Katherine. Tbeli’s brothers, Abuseri and Bardan, were also well-known figures in their time. Tbeli received an education befitting his noble rank and succeeded in fully developing his natural abilities.

Saints and Feasts of August 17


On the seventeenth Myron was beheaded with a sharp sword.

Holy Martyr Myron

Holy Hieromartyr Myron of Cyzicus


Holy Martyrs Straton, Philip, Eutychianos and Cyprian

Holy Martyrs Straton, Philip, Eutychianos and Cyprian of Nicomedia


Holy Martyrs Paul and Juliana 
with Akakios, Kodratos and Stratonikos

Holy Martyrs Paul and Juliana of Ptolemais


Venerable Elias the New

Saint Elias the New of Sicily (+ 903)


Venerable Alypius the Iconographer of the Kiev Caves

Saint Alypius the Iconographer of the Kiev Near Caves


Saint Tbeli Abuserisdze

Saint Tbeli Abuserisdze of Khikhuni, Adjara (+ 1240)


Holy New Martyr Demetrios of Samarina

Holy New Martyr Demetrios of Samarina (+ 1808)


Saint George the Pilgrim

Saint George the Pilgrim (+ 1916)


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Second Homily on the Dormition of the Theotokos (St. John of Damascus)


Homily Two on the Dormition of the Theotokos

By St. John of Damascus

There is no one in existence who is able to praise worthily the holy death of God's Mother, even if he should have a thousand tongues and a thousand mouths. Not if all the most eloquent tongues could be united would their praises be sufficient. She is greater than all praise. Since, however, God is pleased with the efforts of a loving zeal, and the Mother of God with what concerns the service of her Son, suffer me now to revert again to her praises. This is in obedience to your orders, most excellent pastors, so dear to God, and we call upon the Word made flesh of her to come to our assistance. He gives speech to every mouth which is opened for Him. He is her sole pleasure and adornment. We know that in celebrating her praises we pay off our debt, and that in so doing we are again debtors, so that the debt is ever beginning afresh. It is fitting that we should exalt her who is above all created things, governing them as Mother of the God who is their Creator, Lord, and Master. Bear with me you who hang upon the divine words, and receive my good will. Strengthen my desire, and be patient with the weakness of my words. It is as if a man were to bring a violet of royal purple out of season, or a fragrant rose with buds of different hues, or some rich fruit of autumn to a mighty potentate who is divinely appointed to rule over men. Every day he sits at a table laden with every conceivable dish in the perfumed courts of his palace. He does not look at the smallness of the offering, or at its novelty so much as he admires the good intention, and with reason. This he would reward with an abundance of gifts and favours. So we, in our winter of poverty, bring garlands to our Queen, and prepare a flower of oratory for the feast of praise. We break our mind's stony desire with iron, pressing, as it were, the unripe grapes. And may you receive with more and more favour the words which fall upon your eager and listening ears.

Saint Constantine Brancoveanu, Prince of Wallachia (+ 1714)

St. Constantine Brancoveanu and Those With Him (Feast Day - August 16)

Holy Prince Constantine Brancoveanu, the son of Prince Matthew Basarab, was born in 1654. When his parents died, he was raised and educated by his uncle, Constantine Cantacuzino. When another uncle, Prince Serban Cantacuzino died on on October 19, 1688, Constantine was chosen to succeed him as Prince of the Romanian Land (Wallachia). Constantine and his wife Marica had seven daughters and four sons.

A Canticle of Mar Jacob of Serugh on Edessa


By Mar Jacob of Serugh

Edessa sent to Christ by an epistle to come to her and enlighten her. On behalf of all the peoples did she make intercession to Him that He would leave Zion, which hated Him, and come to the peoples, who loved Him.

She dispatched a messenger to Him, and begged of Him to enter into friendship with her. By the righteous king she made intercession to Him, that He would depart from the Jewish people, and towards the other peoples direct His burden.

Commemoration of the Great Earthquake at Constantinople on August 16, 542


On this day (August 16) we commemorate our compassionate assailing in the days of old, of the fearsome threat of an earthquake, from which the All-Compassionate God, in whom is all our hope, redeemed us.

Verses

Do thou cease the fear in our thoughts,
Regarding O Master the shaking, of the foundations of the earth.

Life and Sayings of Holy Abba Chaeremon of Scetis

Venerable Chaeremon (Feast Day - August 16)

Verses

Blessed Chaeremon rejoiced at the cessation of his life,
For it was the beginning of the compensation of labor.

Our Venerable Father Chaeremon is the one mentioned in the Paradise of the Holy Fathers and in the Lausiac History:

Saints and Feasts of August 16


On the sixteenth the corpse of Diomedes was beheaded.

Holy Martyr Diomedes

Saint Diomedes the Physician and Martyr of Tarsus


Venerable Chaeremon

Life and Sayings of Holy Abba Chaeremon of Scetis


Commemoration of the Entrance of the 
Acheiropoieton Image of the Lord 
into the Queen City from Edessa

Synaxarion for the Holy Mandylion and Holy Keramion of Edessa

The Apostolic Tradition of the Holy Mandylion

A Canticle of Mar Jacob of Serugh on Edessa

A Tenth Century Icon of the Holy Mandylion from Sinai

Images of Christ Not Made With Hands Resource Page


Commemoration of the Earthquake

Commemoration of the Great Earthquake at Constantinople on August 16, 542


Saint Akakios, Bishop of Liti and Rendini

Saint Akakios, Bishop of Liti and Rendini (15th cent.)

Two New Saints of the Orthodox Church - Akakios and Damaskinos, Bishops of Liti and Rendini


Venerable Gerasimos the New Ascetic of Kefallonia

Saint Gerasimos of Kefallonia Resource Page


Saint Timothy, Bishop of Euripos 
and Founder of Penteli Monastery

Saint Timothy the Bishop of Euripos and Founder of Penteli Monastery (+ 1590)

The Cave of Saint Timothy in Kea


Holy New Martyr Stamatios of Volos

Life and Veneration of Saint Stamatios of Volos (+ 1680)


Holy New Martyr Apostolos the New

Holy New Martyr Apostolos the New (+ 1686)


Holy New Martyrs Constantine the Prince, 
with his sons Constantine, Stefan, Radu, Matei, 
and the counselor Ianache

Saint Constantine Brancoveanu, Prince of Wallachia (+ 1714)


Finding of the Honorable Relics of Saints Seraphim, 
Dorotheos, Iakovos, Demetrios, Basil 
and Saranti in Megara

The Newly-Revealed Six Martyrs of Megara


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

First Homily on the Dormition of the Theotokos (St. John of Damascus)


Homily One on the Dormition of the Theotokos

By St. John of Damascus

The memory of the just takes place with rejoicing, said Solomon, the wisest of men; for precious in God's sight is the death of His saints, according to the royal David. If, then, the memory of all the just is a subject of rejoicing, who will not offer praise to justice in its source, and holiness in its treasure-house? It is not mere praise; it is praising with the intention of gaining eternal glory. God's dwelling-place does not need our praise, that city of God, concerning which great things were spoken, as holy.† David addresses it in these words: "Glorious things are said of thee, thou city of God." What sort of city shall we choose for the invisible and uncircumscribed God, who holds all things in His hand, if not that city which alone is above nature, giving shelter without circumscription* to the supersubstantial Word of God? Glorious things have been spoken of that city by God himself. For what is more exalted than being made the recipient of God's counsel, which is from all eternity?

Encomium on the Dormition of the Holy Theotokos (St. Theodore the Studite)


By St. Theodore the Studite

(Excerpt from the Encomium on the Dormition of the Holy Theotokos)

To do justice to the holy celebrations proclaimed for today, my friends, our words call for the sound of the trumpet, for the voice of the horn sounding out more loudly and echoing to the ends of the earth; yet I fear they must be borne by the weak instrument of our own voices. Still, the queen and mistress of the world cares little for honor, and may well accept our short, poor discourse, offered here in her service, as graciously as the long and splendid works of great orators. For she is moved by the prayers of those who have asked me to speak, since she values true goodness, after all, and looks only at our intentions.

On the Dormition of the Theotokos (St. Gregory of Tours)


By St. Gregory of Tours

(from The Glory of the Martyrs 4)

Then, after the wonderful glory of the Lord's ascension, which inspired the minds of believers to contemplate heavenly affairs by bruising the head of diabolical evilness, the holy apostles of our Lord and Savior gathered with the blessed Mary, his mother, in one house and always shared everything in common. No one said that something was his own, but each always possessed everything in charity, as the holy pen of the Acts of the Apostles narrates [Acts 4:34]. Then they were sent throughout different regions to preach the word of God. Although the blessed Mary had already been called from this world, finally the passage of her life was completed, and all the apostles gathered from their particular regions at her house. When they heard that she must be taken from the world, they all kept watch with her. And behold, the Lord Jesus came with his angels, and after taking her soul he gave it to the angel Michael and left. At dawn the apostles lifted her body on a bed, placed it in a tomb, and kept guard over it, in anticipation of the arrival of the Lord. And behold, again the Lord approached them. He took the holy body in a cloud and ordered it to be brought to Paradise, where, after regaining her soul, Mary now rejoices with his elect and enjoys the goodness of eternity that will never perish.


On the Dormition of the Theotokos (St. Dionysius the Areopagite)


By St. Dionysius the Areopagite

(On the Divine Names, Ch. 3, Sect. 2)

Perhaps also, this is worthy of apology, that whilst our illustrious leader, Hierotheos, is compiling his Theological Elements, in a manner above natural capacity, we, as if those were not sufficient, have composed others, and this present theological treatise. And yet, if that man had deigned to treat systematically all the theological treatises, and had gone through the sum of all theology, by detailed expositions, we should not have gone to such a height of folly, or stupidity, as to have attempted alone theological questions, either more lucidly or divinely than he, or to indulge in vain talk by saying superfluously the same things twice over, and in addition to do injustice to one, both teacher and friend, and that we, who have been instructed from his discourses, after Paul the Divine, should filch for our own glorification his most illustrious contemplation and elucidation. But, since in fact, he, whilst teaching things divine, in a manner suitable to presbyters, set forth comprehensive definitions, and such as embraced many things in one, as were suitable to us, and to as many as with us were teachers of the newly-initiated souls, commanding us to unfold and disentangle, by language commensurate with our ability, the comprehensive and uniform compositions of the most intellectual capacity of that illustrious man; and you, yourself, have oftentimes urged us to this, and sent back the very book, as being of transcendent value; for this reason, then, we too distinguish him as a teacher of perfect and presbyterial conceptions for those who are above the common people, even as certain second Oracles, and next to the Anointed of God. But for people, such as we are, we will transmit things Divine, according to our capacity. For, if strong meat belongs to the perfect, how great perfection is required that the same should feed others. Correctly, then, we have affirmed this, that the self-perceptive vision of the intelligible Oracles, and their comprehensive teaching, needs presbyterial power; but the science and the thorough teaching of the reasons which lead to this, fittingly belong to those purified and hallowed persons placed in a subordinate position. And yet, we have insisted upon this with the utmost care, that, as regards the things that have been thoroughly investigated by him, our divine leader, with an accurate elucidation, we should not, in any way, handle the same tautologically, for the same elucidation of the Divine text expounded by him. For, amongst our inspired hierarchs (when both we, as you know, and yourself, and many of our holy brethren, were gathered together to the depositing of the Life-springing and God-receptive body, and when there were present also James, the brother of God, and Peter, the foremost and most honored pinnacle of the Theologians, when it was determined after the depositing, that every one of the hierarchs should celebrate, as each was capable, the Omnipotent Goodness of the supremely Divine Weakness), he, after the Theologians, surpassed, as you know, all the other divine instructors, being wholly entranced, wholly raised from himself, and experiencing the pain of his fellowship with the things celebrated, and was regarded as an inspired and divine Psalmist by all, by whom he was heard and seen and known, and not known. And why should I say anything to thee concerning the things there divinely spoken? For, if I do not forget myself, many a time do I remember to have heard from thee certain portions of those inspired songs of praise; such was thy zeal, not cursorily, to pursue things Divine.


Saints and Feasts of August 15


God’s Mother lives forever, though she died on the fifteenth.

Dormition and Metastasis of our Lady 
the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

Dormition of the Theotokos Resource Page

Commemoration of the Philanthropy of God in 
Turning Away the Saracens from Constantinople 
Through the Mediation of our Most Holy Lady 
the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

Commemoration of the Miracle of the Theotokos Against the Saracens in 716 A.D.


Saint Tarcisius the Acolyte

Saint Tarcisius the Acolyte


Synaxis of the Panagia Fidousa in Kefallonia

The Annual Appearance of the Snakes of the Panagia in Kefallonia

The Holy Snakes of the Virgin Mary in Kefallonia (1 of 2)

The Holy Snakes of the Virgin Mary in Kefallonia (2 of 2)

The Holy Snakes of Kefallonia and the Calendar Change of 1924

The Snakes of the Panagia in Kefallonia (Videos and Photos)

Documentary on the Miracle of the Snakes of the Panagia in Kefallonia from the 1960's

Two Documentaries on the Snakes of the Virgin Mary in Kefallonia

The Snakes of the Panagia in Kefallonia (2012)

A Snake of the Panagia Has Appeared in Kefallonia (2013)

A Snake of the Panagia Has Finally Appeared in Kefallonia (2014)

The Snakes of the Panagia Have Made Their Appearance in Kefallonia (2015)

The Snakes of the Panagia Have Made Their Appearance in Kefallonia (2016)

The Snakes of the Panagia Have Made Their Appearance in Kefallonia (2017)

2017 Photos and Videos of the Snakes of the Panagia in Kefallonia

The Snakes of the Panagia Have Made Their Appearance in Kefallonia (2018)

My Experience of the Feast of the Dormition in 1991


Synaxis of the Panagia Malevi in Arcadia

The Miracle of Panagia Malevi for the Young Andrew


Synaxis of the Panagia Tripolitsa in Tripoli

The Litany of Panagia of Tripolitsa in Tripoli


Synaxis of the Panagia Voulkaniotissa in Messinia

Synaxis of the Panagia Voulkaniotissa in Messinia


Synaxis of the Panagia Kosmosotira in Feres

The Monastery of Panagia Kosmosotira in Feres


Synaxis of the Panagia Krifti in Lesvos

The Chapel of Panagia Krifti (The Hidden Panagia)


Synaxis of the Panagia of the Castle in Pyrgos of Thessaloniki

The Veneration of the Panagia on the Island of Santorini


Synaxis of the Panagia of Mikrokastrou in Kozani

Panagia of Mikrokastrou and the Dormition Monastery


Synaxis of the Panagia of Kastro in Leros

The Castle of the Panagia in Leros


Synaxis of the Panagia Kavouradaina in Leros

The Chapel of Panagia Kavouradaina in Leros


Synaxis of the Panagia Gourlomata of Leros

Panagia Gourlomata of Leros


Synaxis of the Panagia Panachrantos in Andros

The Monastery of Panagia Panachrantos in Andros


Synaxis of the Panagia Thalassini in Andros

Chapel of Panagia Thalassini in Andros


Synaxis of the Panagia Myrtidiotissa in Kythera

Panagia Myrtidiotissa ("Of the Myrtle Tree") of Kythera


Synaxis of the Panagia Thalassomahousa of Strofades

Panagia Thalassomahousa of Strofades Monastery


Synaxis of the Panagia Chrysoleontissa in Aegina

The Monastery of Panagia Chrysoleontissa in Aegina


Synaxis of the Panagia Spiliani in Nisiros

The Monastery of Panagia Spiliani in Nisiros


Synaxis of the Panagia Makrini in Samos

The Chapel of Panagia Makrini in Samos


Synaxis of the Panagia of "Toso Nero" in Sifnos

The Monastery of Panagia of "Toso Nero" In Sifnos


Synaxis of the Panagia Ypseni in Rhodes

Synaxis of Panagia Ypseni in Rhodes


Synaxis of the Panagia Prekla in Skiathos

The Church of Panagia Prekla in Skiathos


Synaxis of the Panagia Trikoukiotissa in Cyprus

Synaxis of Panagia Trikoukiotissa in Cyprus


Synaxis of the Panagia Trooditissa in Cyprus

The Monastery of Panagia Trooditissa in Cyprus


Synaxis of the Panagia of Jerusalem in Jerusalem

The Miraculous Panagia of Jerusalem Icon


Synaxis of the Panagia of Soumela in Pontus

Panagia Soumela - Pontus and the Pontians

The Liturgies at Soumela and Akhtamar on August 15 and 19

88 Years Later, A Liturgy at Soumela Monastery

The Historic Divine Liturgy At Soumela in Pontus

Second Historic Divine Liturgy At Soumela Monastary

Why Is Panagia Soumela So Special?

Three Bicyclists on an 1800km Journey to Venerate the Virgin Mary in Soumela

Why There Was No Liturgy at Panagia Soumela on August 15, 2016

The Secret Tunnel of Panagia Soumela Leading to a Previously Unknown Chapel

Ecumenical Patriarch Celebrates Paraklesis In the Ruins of Panagia Paramythia After 40 Years


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Snakes of the Panagia Have Made Their Appearance in Kefallonia (2018)


Just as every year, from the feast of the Transfiguration of Christ till the feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos, or from August 6th to 15th, snakes appear in a wondrous manner in two villages of Kefallonia with chapels dedicated to the Dormition of the Theotokos, in Markopoulo and Arginia, that appear to worship among the pilgrims who flock to these chapels, and venerate of their own accord the icon of the Panagia.

The Amazing Voyage of a Paper Icon of the Theotokos from Crete to Mount Tabor


The paper icon appeared on a full page of the newspaper Orthodox Observer (Ορθόδοξος Παρατηρητής) which was published in Athens in 1956. A devout man named George Lazarakis from Heraklion, Crete took this clipping from his copy of the newspaper, and wrapped in it three candles, incense and a bottle of oil. After packaging these items, he threw it into the sea and asked the Panagia to guide his package to the island of Tinos so that they may use his gifts at her famous sacred shrine there.

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Ursicius of Illyricum

St. Ursicius the Martyr (Feast Day - August 14)

Verses

Ursicius was beheaded O God the Word,
How can his head be without a crown?

This Saint lived during the reign of Emperor Maximian (286-305), and was from the city of Sebentus, which was located in Upper Illyricum, namely Slavonia, and was a soldier according to office. Because he was a Christian, he was accused to the emperor Maximian. Maximian delivered him to the governor Aristides in order to be judged by him. Wherefore he was flogged in the back with ox-hides, and harshly wounded on his sides. They then wrapped his hands with flax made wet with oil, on top of which they applied sulfur and resin, and they were lit on fire. Suffering these punishments, the Saint said: "Justly do my hands suffer, because they saved the tyrant, who wrongly was destined to perish."

Translation of the Honorable Cross to the Palace


Verses

Lighting discourses instead of bright lamps,
I escort the Cross into the palace.

On this day, the 14th of August, we celebrate the return of the Honorable and Life-Giving Cross, which began its procession around the city of Constantinople on August 1st, to the Imperial Palace from which it emerged.


Saints and Feasts of August 14


On the fourteenth Micah was lifted up on the wood.

(Fasting Day)

Forefeast of the Dormition of the Theotokos



Holy Prophet Micah

Holy Prophet Micah the Morasthite

Holy Prophet Micah as a Model for our Lives


Holy Hieromartyr Markellos, Bishop of Apamea

Saint Markellos, Bishop of Apamea


Holy Martyr Ursicius

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Ursicius of Illyricum


Holy New Martyr Symeon of Trebizond

Holy New Martyr Symeon the Goldsmith from Trebizond (+ 1653)


Translation of the Honorable Cross to the Palace

Translation of the Honorable Cross to the Palace

Synaxarion for the Forefeast of the Procession of the Holy Cross

Feast of the Procession of the Venerable Wood of the Cross From August 1-14

The Healing Properties of the True Cross in Constantinople

Holy Cross Resource Page


Monday, August 13, 2018

Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk, Bishop of Voronezh (+ 1783)

St. Tikhon of Zadonsk (Feast Day - August 13)

Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk, Bishop of Voronezh, was born in the year 1724 in the village of Korotsko in the Novgorod diocese, into the family of the chanter Sabellius Kirillov. (A new family name, Sokolov, was given him afterwards by the head of the Novgorod seminary). He was baptized with the name Timothy. His father died when Timothy was a young child, leaving the family in such poverty that his mother was barely able to make ends meet. She wanted to give him to be raised by a neighbor, a coachman, since there was nothing with which to feed the family, but his brother Peter would not permit this. Timothy often worked a whole day with the peasants for a single piece of black bread.

Holy Abba Seridus of Gaza

St. Seridus of Gaza (Feast Day - August 13);
Photo is a general view of Deir e-Nuseirat, the location of Seridus' Monastery

Verses

Wherever You and Seridus are O God the Word,
Glory is beheld, which the Father has given You.

Our Venerable Father Seridus founded the famous monastery named after him near Thabatha, a village five miles south of Gaza. It was a coenobium surrounded by hermit's cells.

The Monastery of Seridus was founded during the reign of Emperor Justin I (518-527). Saint Barsanuphios, who was known as the "Great Old Man", spiritually led the monastic community through Seridus, who headed the coenobium. Both Saints Barsanuphios and John, the two great elders, lived as isolated hermits near this monastery. Among the other great saints of this monastery were Saint Dorotheos and his disciple Dositheos.

Saints and Feasts of August 13


Dead Maximus was translated on the thirteenth.

(Fasting Day)

Leavetaking of the Feast of the 
Transfiguration of the Savior Christ

The Afterfeast of the Transfiguration

Transfiguration of Christ Resource Page


Translation and Placement of the Sacred Relic 
of the Venerable Maximus the Confessor

Saint Maximus the Confessor Resource Page


Holy Empress Eudocia

Saint Eudocia the Empress, Wife of Emperor Theodosius the Younger


Venerable Seridus, Abbot of the Monastery in Gaza

Holy Abba Seridus of Gaza


Venerable Dorotheos of Gaza

Holy Abba Dorotheos of Gaza

Abba Dorotheos of Gaza as a Model for our Lives


Venerable Dositheos the Submissive, 
Disciple of Saint Dorotheos

Saint Dositheos the Submissive, Disciple of Abba Dorotheos


Holy Empress Irene, 
Who Was Renamed Xene as a Monastic

Holy Empress Irene of Constantinople, Who Was Renamed Xene as a Monastic


Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk, Bishop of Voronezh

Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk, Bishop of Voronezh (+ 1783)


Uncovering of the Sacred Relic 
of Saint Maxim of Moscow

St. Maxim the Fool: "Yes, It Is Bitterly Cold, But Paradise Is Sweet!"


Sunday, August 12, 2018

Saints and Feasts of August 12


On the twelfth Photios and Aniketos were put to death in the fire.

(Fasting Day)

Holy Martyrs Photios and Aniketos

Holy Martyrs Photios and Aniketos of Nicomedia


Venerable Palamon

Holy Abba Palamon, Spiritual Father of Saint Pachomios the Great


Holy Twelve Soldier Martyrs of Crete

The Holy Twelve Soldier Martyrs of Crete


Saturday, August 11, 2018

Saint Theodosius of the Kiev Caves, Formerly Prince Theodore of Ostrog (+ 1483)

St. Theodosius (Theodore) of the Kiev Caves (Feast Day - August 11)

Saint Theodore, Prince of Ostrog, gained fame with the construction of churches and by his defense of Orthodoxy in Volhynia against the enroachment of Papism. He was descended from Saint Vladimir (July 15), through a great-grandson Svyatopolk-Michael, Prince of Turov (1080-1093) and later Great Prince of Kiev (+1113).

Saints and Feasts of August 11


On the eleventh Euplos was struck with the sword.

(Fasting Day)

Holy Great Martyr Euplos the Deacon

Holy Great Martyr Euplos the Deacon of Catania


Narration Concerning the Acheiropoieton Icon of 
Our Lord, God and Savior and Maria the Patrician

Narration Concerning the Icon of Our Lord Made Without Hands and Maria the Patrician

The Fourth Image of Christ Not Made By Hands (August 11)

Images of Christ Not Made With Hands Resource Page


Venerable Passarion

Saint Passarion of Palestine (+ 428)


Saint Nephon II, Patriarch of Constantinople

Synaxarion of Saint Nephon II, Patriarch of Constantinople (+ 1508)

Saint Nephon II, Patriarch of Constantinople (+ 1508)


Holy Venerable Martyrs Theodore and Basil 
of the Kiev Caves

Holy Venerable Martyrs Theodore and Basil of the Kiev Caves


Venerable Theodosius of the Kiev Caves,
Formerly Prince Theodore of Ostrog

Saint Theodosius of the Kiev Caves, Formerly Prince Theodore of Ostrog (+ 1483)


Holy New Martyrs Anastasios Paneras 
and Demetrios Begiazis



Commemoration of the Miracle of Saint Spyridon 
Against the Hagarenes



Friday, August 10, 2018

Saints and Feasts of August 10


On the tenth Lawrence was roasted like a fish.

(Fasting Day)

Holy Martyrs Lawrence the Archdeacon, 
Sixtus the Pope of Rome and Hippolytus

Saint Lawrence of Rome Resource Page


Saint Heron the Philosopher

The Curious Sainthood of Heron the Philosopher


Saint Lawrence of Kaluga, 
the Fool for Christ and Wonderworker

Saint Lawrence the Fool for Christ and Wonderworker of Kaluga (+ 1515)


Thursday, August 9, 2018

Holy New Martyr Ignatius Bazyluk of Poland (+ 1942)

St. Ignatius Bazyluk (Feast Day - August 9)

The Holy New Martyr Ignatius (Bazyluk) was born in Poland sometime in 1860s, and received the name Jacob at his Baptism. Very little is known of his early life or where he was born, but in the period between the First and the Second World Wars he was a monk at Saint Onuphrios Monastery in Jabłeczna. At his tonsure he received the monastic name Ignatius.

Father Ignatius was one of the oldest monks in the monastery, and he fulfilled the obedience of ringing the bells for church services. When he first entered the monastery, it consisted of about a dozen monks, whose task was to offset the propaganda of the Roman Catholics and Uniates among the Orthodox population. However, the monks were unprepared for such a task and uneducated. Ignatius witnessed therefore the rise of the monastery when priests and monks came who helped restore the monastery and established a school for children, so that in 1915 there were about eighty monks and four hundred pupils in the school.

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Anthony of Alexandria

St. Anthony of Alexandria (Feast Day - August 9)

Verses

Although the body of Antoninus* was laden with burning ashes,
His spirit brilliantly longed for a foreign land.

This Saint was by birth an Alexandrian, who was arrested by the governor of Alexandria, and suspended by him and lacerated. He was then put in a lit furnace, by which he delivered his soul into the hands of God, from whom he received the unfading crown of martyrdom. His holy relic was found in the midst of the furnace unharmed and sound, without being harmed by the fire, not even a hair on his head.

Holy Abba Psoi, Disciple of Saint Pachomios the Great

St. Psoi of Egypt (Feast Day - August 9)

Verses

With the whip of prayer Psoi ended his life,
Smiting terrible noetic demons in the loins.

Around the year 324 A.D., three men came to Saint Pachomios in Tabennisi to follow him, that is, Psentaesi, Sourous and Psoi. They said to him, "We want to become monks in your company and to serve Christ." He talked with them to know whether they would be able to renounce their parents and follow the Savior. Then he put them to the test and, having found that they had the right intentions, he clothed them in the monks' habit and received them as his companions with joy and God's love. Once they had joined the holy community, they gave themselves over to great exercises and many ascetical practices.

Saints and Feasts of August 9


On the ninth divine Matthias was hoisted on the wood.

(Fasting Day)

Holy Apostle Matthias of the Twelve

Apostle Matthias Resource Page


Holy Ten Martyrs at the Chalke Gate

Synaxarion of the Holy Ten Martyrs at the Chalke Gate


Holy Martyr Anthony of Alexandria

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Anthony of Alexandria


Venerable Psoi

Holy Abba Psoi, Disciple of Saint Pachomios the Great


Finding of the Acheiropoieton Icon 
of Christ in Kamouliana

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

The Acheiropoieton Icon of Christ in Kamouliana

Images of Christ Not Made With Hands Resource Page


Saint Constantine I, Patriarch of Constantinople

Saint Constantine I, Patriarch of Constantinople (+ 677)


Holy New Hieromartyr Euthymios, 
Metropolitan of Rhodes

Holy New Hieromartyr Euthymios, Metropolitan of Rhodes (+ 1529)


Holy New Martyr Ignatius Bazyluk of Poland

Holy New Martyr Ignatius Bazyluk of Poland (+ 1942)


Glorification of the Venerable Herman of Alaska

Saint Herman of Alaska Resource Page


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Saint Theodosios, Abbot of Oroboi Monastery

St. Theodosios of Oroboi (Feast Day - August 8)

Verses

A gift of God in life you were shown to be blessed one,
You found a calling as an advocate to turn to.

Our Venerable Father Theodosios became a monastic at a young age, in obedience to the precept of the Lord, that we are to abandon all things, take up our cross, and follow Him. He therefore fled into the wilderness, where he dwelt in a cave on a mountain, sustaining himself off the fruits of trees and herbs of the ground. Night and day he called upon God both for his own salvation and for the salvation of the world. In his life he acquired all the virtues, and became worthy of the grace to work miracles, so that he healed many of their illnesses. When the time for his repose came, he departed to the Lord rejoicing, and was presented to Him as precious myrrh, and as acceptable and most-fragrant incense.

Saint Gregory the Iconographer of the Kiev Caves

St. Gregory the Iconographer of the Kiev Caves (Feast Day - August 8)

Saint Gregory the Iconographer of the Kiev Caves Lavra is said to have been an associate of Saint Alypius the Iconographer of the Kiev Caves (Aug. 17), but there really is no basis for this assertion. In the “Accounts of the Holy Iconographers”, written in the early eighteenth century, it says that he painted many wonderworking icons throughout the Russian Land and his relics were incorrupt. The time of Gregory's life is not known exactly, in various sources the dates of his death are in 1074 or 1105, but they have no basis. His sacred relics lie in the Near Caves of Saint Anthony.

Saints and Feasts of August 8


On the eighth the ground received the bones of Aimilianos.

(Fasting Day)

Saint Aimilianos the Confessor, Bishop of Cyzicus

Saint Aimilianos the Confessor, Bishop of Cyzicus

Saint Aimilianos of Cyzicus as a Model for our Lives

The Veneration of Saint Aimilianos of Cyzicus in Greece


Saint Myron, Bishop of Crete

Saint Myron of Crete Resource Page


Venerable Theodosios, Abbot of Oroboi Monastery

Saint Theodosios, Abbot of Oroboi Monastery


Venerable Gregory the Iconographer of the Kiev Caves

Saint Gregory the Iconographer of the Kiev Caves


Holy New Martyr Triantaphyllos of Zagora

Holy New Martyr Triantaphyllos the Sailor of Zagora (+ 1680)


Holy New Martyr Anastasios of Bulgaria

Holy New Martyr Spaso (Anastasios) of Rodovis in Bulgaria (+ 1794)


Commemoration of the Consecration of the 
Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul 
and the Solar Eclipse

Consecration of the Church of the Apostles Peter and Paul in the Year 891 and the Solar Eclipse That Day


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Saint Dometios the Sign-Bearer of Philotheou

St. Dometios the Sign-bearer (Feast Day - August 7)

Verses

You were made worthy most-blessed one to work signs,
You Dometios, as a dwelling-place of grace.

Our Venerable Father Dometios was an ascetic in the mountains near Philotheou Monastery at the Holy Mountain of Athos in the sixteenth century. We read about him in the New Martyrology of Saint Nikodemos the Hagiorite, where we are told that the Holy New Martyr Damianos (Feb. 14), after leaving Philotheou Monastery, went to live under obedience to Saint Dometios, who is called a "Sign-bearer", for a period of three years. There they lived together in constant prayer, fasting, vigils and hardwork, perfecting the virtues. Saint Damianos went on after three years to preach the word of God in the villages surrounding Mount Olympus, and suffered martyrdom by the Turks in 1568. Saint Dometios reposed in peace at Mount Athos.


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