Friday, November 30, 2018

Miracles of the Apostle Andrew from the Sixth Century


Saint Gregory of Tours, in his late-6th century book titled Glory of the Martyrs (ch. 30), records the following miracles of the Apostle Andrew:

After the glorious reception of Andrew [in Paradise] many miracles are said to have been revealed either at his tomb or in various places where his relics are located. I do not think it inappropriate to relate a few of these miracles, because the edification of the Church is found in the glory of martyrs and the power of saints.

Saint Andrew Saguna, Metropolitan of Transylvania (+ 1873)

St. Andrew Saguna (Feast Day - November 30)

Saint Andrew (or Andrei) was Aromanian in origin, or what the Greeks would call a Vlach, and his parents Naum and Anastasia were from Grabova in Albania. Due to commercial interests, they settled in Miskolc, Hungary. Saint Andrew was born here, the youngest of three children, on 20 December 1808, and was baptized with the name Anastasios.

With the guidance of local Jesuits, Naum had opted for the family to convert to Roman Catholicism, seeking to obtain a better status than the second-class one reserved for most Eastern Orthodox subjects of the Habsburgs. However, the Sagunas, at the prompting of Anastasia, continued to be Orthodox in secret - the future Metropolitan and his two siblings were probably never practicing Catholic.

Saint Vakhtang Gorgasali, King of Georgia (+ 502)

St. Vakhtang of Iberia (Feast Day - November 30)

The holy and right-believing king Vakhtang I ascended the throne of Kartli at the age of fifteen. At that time Kartli was continually being invaded by the Persians from the south and by the Ossetians from the north. The situation was no better in western Georgia: the Romans had captured all the lands from Egrisi to Tsikhegoji.

After his coronation, the young King Vakhtang summoned his court and addressed his dedicated servants with great wisdom. He said that the sorrowful circumstances in which the nation had found itself were a manifestation of God’s anger at the sins of the king and the people. He called upon everyone to struggle in unity and selflessness on behalf of the Faith and motherland.

Saint Tudwal, Bishop of Treguier (+ 564)

St. Tudwal (Feast Day - November 30)

Saint Tudwal, or Tugdual, is known as one of the Seven Patron Saints of Brittany. The Welsh monk Tudwal was one of the sons of King Hoel I Mawr (the Great). He traveled to Ireland from his father's home in Britain to learn the scriptures before becoming a hermit on Ynys Tudwal (St. Tudwal's Isle East) off the Lleyn Peninsula in North Wales. He later immigrated to Leon in Brittany and settled at Lan Pabu with some seventy-two followers. Here he established a large monastery under the patronage of his cousin, King Deroch of Domnonee.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Holy Martyr Phaidros

St. Phaidros the Martyr (Feast Day - November 29)

Verses

Among other things you went to the hot resin,
We came to know you alone Phaidros as a firm contestant.

The Holy Martyr Phaidros met his end after hot resin was poured over him.




Holy Martyr Valerin

St. Valerin the Martyr (Feast Day - November 29)

Verses

For an all honorable crown I bear the sword,
The Martyr Valerin cried out.

The Holy Martyr Valerin, who in some manuscripts is known as Valerian, met his end by the sword.


Venerable Pankosmios

St. Pankosmios the Ascetic (Feast Day - November 29)

Verses

The entire world was nothing to Pankosmios,
He was raised to Eden and the mansion, he received.

Venerable Pankosmios met his end in peace.


Saint Urban, Bishop of Macedonia


Verses

Upon expiring Urban was in the hands of the Angels,
Who lived his life according to the Angels.

Saint Urban, Bishop of Macedonia, met his end in peace.

Holy Six Martyrs

Holy Six Martyrs (Feast Day - November 29)

Verses

A rock opened and became a tomb for six men,
The dead found in the tomb Christ the rock.

The Holy Six Martyrs met their end by a rock opening up and receiving them as they were being chased by their persecutors.


Holy Hieromartyr John of Persia

St. John of Persia (Feast Day - November 29)

Verses

And John the sacrificer of Christ,
Had his wages counted making him rich.

This is probably the same Hieromartyr John the Bishop commemorated with James the Presbyter on November 1st. They suffered torture and martyrdom by beheading in fourth century Persia under King Shapur, after having converted many to the faith of Christ.


Venerable Nicholas, Archbishop of Thessaloniki

St. Nicholas of Thessaloniki (Feast Day - November 29)

Verses

Nicholas cared for his people,
Victoriously persuading and guiding towards their purpose.

Venerable Nicholas, Archbishop of Thessaloniki, met his end in peace.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Synaxarion of the Holy Fifteen Martyrs of Tiberiopolis (+ 361)


On this day, the 28th of November, we commemorate the Holy Martyrs Timothy and Theodore the Bishops; Peter, John, Sergius, Theodore and Nikephoros the Priests; Basil and Thomas the Deacons; Hierotheos, Daniel, Chariton, Socrates, Komasios and Eusebius the Monks; with Etimasios, who all met their end by the sword.

Verses

To the two Bishops.
Timothy together with Theodore,
Were seen to be exceedingly honorable gifts to God.

To the five Priests.
Beforehand they sacrificed a most pure sacrifice,
Afterwards they were observed becoming the sacrifices.

To the two Deacons.
Wherever Christ is, as he says,
The contestants stand nearby serving.

To the six Monks.
The six monks were cut asunder by the sword,
Now they stand together with the six-winged intelligences.

To Etimasios.
Deprived of the first syllable blessed one,
Stands your calling, for you have honor above.

(The following is an English translation of the Greek translation and summary of Saint Nikodemos the Hagiorite from the original text of Saint Theophylact of Ochrid.)

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

MYSTAGOGY STORE OF ICONS & ECCLESIASTICAL ITEMS


Dear Readers:

Welcome to the Mystagogy Store of Icons and Ecclesiastical Items!

Most of the items for sale here come from my own personal collection. For many years, after moving around numerous times, most of these items have never been put to use, and been boxed away. Therefore, in an effort to raise funds for the ministry of the Mystagogy Resource Center, I will be selling most of my ecclesiastical items I don't use, hoping they will find a better home where they can be appreciated and put to their proper use. Please look through my items, and if you have any interest, email me at mystagogy@aol.com to confirm its availability before I instruct you how to make the purchase, including shipping and handling charges.

Thank you and happy shopping,

John Sanidopoulos

P.S. Please check back often, as new items will be added frequently.

ICONS

St. Stylianos, 5x4
$10

St. George of Monemvasia, 4x3
$5

Theotokos, 2.5x2
$5

Theotokos from Tinos, 3.5x2.5
$7

Theotokos, silver encased, 4x3
$7

Triptych Icon of Christ with scenes from the Annunciation
$10

Diptych Icon of the Theotokos and St. Nicholas
$5

Diptych Icon of the Theotokos and Christ 
$5

Diptych Icon of the Theotokos and St. Andrew
$5

Plate with St. John the Russian
$15

St. Nektarios, 5x4
$10

St. Nicholas of Myra, 10x7
$20

Archangel Michael of Mantamados, 7x8
$15

Holy Neomartyrs Under the Turks, 9x7
$10

Panagia Myralaion of Evia, 9x7
$15

St. Isaac the Syrian, 5x3
$5

Holy Unmercenaries Kosmas and Damian, 4x3
$5

St. Gerasimos of Kefallonia, 5x4
$5

Nativity of Christ (Christmas ornament), 5x4
$5

St. John of Kronastadt,  St. Nektarios, Elder Joseph the Hesychast, Fr. Seraphim Rose, 8x11
$15

Christ and the Theotokos folded icon, 5x8 
$10

Christ, 8x6
$10

The Theotokos, 8x6
$10


 St. John the Baptist, 8x6
$10

Sts. Sava and Stefan of Serbia, 8x6
$10


 Sts. Ephraim the Syrian and Mark of Ephesus, 8x6
$10

Sts. Marina, Sophia and her three daughters, and Kyriaki, 7x13
$10

St. Marina, 6x4 
$12


 St. Stephen the Protomartyr, 6x4 
$12

 St. George the Great Martyr, 6x4 
$12

 St. Demetrios of Thessaloniki, 6x4 
$12

 St. Symeon the God-Receiver, 6x4 
$12

 Crucifixion of Christ, 6x4 
$12

 St. Pelagia of Tinos, 6x4 
$12

 St. Anthony the Great, 6x4 
$12

 St. Irene the Empress, 6x4 
$12

Apostles Peter and Paul, 9x5
$25

Archangel Michael, 10x6
$30

Archangel Gabriel, 10x6
$30

St. John the Baptist, 13x10
$30

Sts. Symeon the Stylite and Symeon of the Wonderful Mountain, 10x7
$25

St. Herman of Alaska (with scenes of his life), 7x6
$20

St. Nicholas of Myra, handpainted, 10x8. 
$75


St. Haralambos, 8x6.
$30

Sts. Raphael, Nicholas and Irene, 10x7.
$30

Mother of God "Axion Estin", 10x7.
$30

Elevation of the Holy Cross, 10x8.
$30


Jesus Christ, silver encased, 9x7.
$40

Christ the Bridegroom, silver encased, wrapped in plastic, 10x8.
$30

Mother of God, 10x8.
$20

All Saints, 10x8.
$20

Ladder of Divine Ascent, white wooden frame, glass covered, 15x12. 
$50

St. Gregory Palamas, white wooden frame, glass covered, 15x12.
$50

 St. Nicholas of Myra, 6x4.
$12

Life of St. Constantine the Great,  Ceramic tile, 8x6.
$20


Virgin Mary embracing Christ Child, 7x5. (Qty. 2)
$20


ECCLESIASTICAL ITEMS

St. Nektarios keychain
$10

Set of Beeswax candles with stone holders
$20

Blessed Greek phylakto (amulet) 
$5 each

Prayer ropes (for wrist and finger) 
$10 for wrist, $5 for finger

Traditional prayer rope 
$20

Prayer rope
$15

Wedding Crowns
$50

4 different scents of incense from the Monastery of Panagia Eleousa in Patras, Greece
$10


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