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A relevant aspect of the orthodox faith has always been the lecture of and the meditations upon hagiography.
I used to follow an orthodox calendar and read the lives of the saints on a daily basis, a habit I have miserably let slip from my routine.
Since I want to pick up this habit once more, I decided to create this thread in which I'll post information on the lives of saints daily.
I'll mostly be quoting this calendar (https://www.holytrinityorthodox.com/calendar/) and I invite everyone to provide resources and articles on the saint of the day for further information to all.
So as not to make this convoluted, I'll only update this thread once a day or give an alternate article on the saint that has been posted first.
I chose to post this on "other topics" after giving a thought on which subforum was best to post this within. If any mod has a better place for this thread, please move it.
That being said, let's begin.
 

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Thursday June 6, 2019 / May 24, 2019

The Ascension of our Lord. Tone five.

The Monk Simeon the Pillar-Dweller

Commemorated on May 24

      The Monk Simeon the Pillar-Dweller was born in the year 521 in Syrian Antioch from the pious parents John and Martha. Saint Martha (Comm. 4 July)from her youthful years prepared herself for an unmarried life and yearned for monasticism, but her parents insisted on her entering into marriage with the youth John. After ardent prayer in a church in the name of Saint John the Fore-Runner, the future nun was directed in a vision to submit to the will of her parents and enter into marriage. In married life, Saint Martha strove to please God and her husband in everything. She often prayed about granting her a baby and promised to devote him to the service of God. In his appearance to the saint, Saint John the Fore-Runner revealed to the pious Martha that of her would be born a son, who indeed would serve God. When the infant was born, he was named Simeon and baptised at two years of age.
      When Simeon was six years old, an earthquake occurred in the city of Antioch, during the time of which his father perished. Simeon during the time of the earthquake was in church. Leaving it, he became lost and spent seven days sheltered by a pious woman. Having again appeared to Blessed Martha, John the Baptist indicated where to find the lost boy. The mother of the saint, having found her lost son, settled after the earthquake on the outskirts of Antioch. Already during his childhood the Lord Jesus Christ appeared several times to Saint Simeon, foretelling him his future exploits and the recompense for them.




      The six year old lad Simeon went off into the wilderness, where for a certain time he was situated in complete isolation. During this time a light-bearing Angel guarded and fed him and finally, he arrived at a solitary monastery, the head of which was the hegumen Abba John, pursuing asceticism upon a pillar, and with love he accepted the lad.
      After a certain while Saint Simeon turned with a request to the Elder John to permit him also asceticise upon a pillar. A new pillar was erected by the brethren of the monastery with the blessing of the hegumen, not far from his pillar. Having completed the obedience of the seven year old boy into monasticism, Abba John himself raised him up upon this pillar. The young ascetic, strengthened by the Lord, quickly grew spiritually, in his efforts surpassing even his experienced preceptor. For his stringent efforts, Saint Simeon received from God the gift of healing. The fame about the deeds of the young monk began to spread about beyond the bounds of the monastery, and monks and laypeople began to come to him from various places, wanting to hear his counsel and receive healings from infirmities. The humble ascetic continued to pursue asceticism with instructions from his spiritual mentor Abba John.
      At 11 years of age the lad decided to pursue asceticism upon still higher a pillar,  to the top of which was 40 feet. The bishops of Antioch and Seleukos came to the place of the monk's exploits, and ordained the holy ascetic to the dignity of deacon, and then they permitted him to go up upon the new pillar, on which the Monk Simeon asceticised over the course of 8 years.
      The Monk Simeon prayed ardently for the sending down upon him of the Holy Spirit, and the holy prayer of the ascetic was heard. The Holy Spirit came down upon him in the form of a blazing light, filling the ascetic with Divine Wisdom. Alongside with spoken precepts, Saint Simeon dispatched written precepts about repentance, monasticism, about the Incarnation of Christ and about the future Judgement.
      After the death of his elder, Saint Simeon structured his life thus: from the rising of the sun until mid-afternoon he read books and copied Holy Scripture, after which he again rose to prayer and prayed all night. When the new day began, having rested somewhat, he began his usual rule of prayer with the rising of the sun.
      The Monk Simeon concluded his efforts on the second column and by the decree of God settled upon the Wondrous Mount, having become in his monastery an experienced elder for guidance to monks. The ascent onto the Wondrous Mount was marked by a vision of the Lord, standing atop a column. Saint Simeon continued his exploits at this place where he saw the Lord, at first upon a stone, and then upon a pillar again raised up. Future events were revealed to the Monk Simeon, and thus he foretold the death of the archbishop of Antioch, Ephrem, and the illness of the bishop, Domnos, which overtook him in punishment for his lack of pity. And finally, the Monk Simeon predicted an earthquake for the city of Antioch and urged all the inhabitants to repent themselves of their sins. On the Wondrous Mount Saint Simeon established a monastery, the church of which sick people healed by him built, in gratitude for the mercy shown them. For the needs of the monastery the monk petitioned by prayer a spring of water, and once during the time of a shortage of grain, by his prayer to the Lord wheat was multiplied in the granaries of the monastery. In the year 560 by the command of the Lord the holy ascetic at age 39 received the priestly dignity from the bishop of Seleukos, Dionysios. At age 75 the Monk Simeon was forewarned by the Lord about his impending end. He summoned the brethren of the monastery, instructed them in a farewell blessing talk and peacefully expired to God in the year 596, having toiled in the feat of pillar-dwelling for 68 years.
      Just as during life, so also after death the monk worked miracles, healing the blind and lame and leprous, saving many from wild beasts, casting out devils and resuscitating the dead.

© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.
Source: https://www.holytrinityorthodox.com/iconoftheday/los/May/24-01.htm
 

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Friday June 7, 2019 / May 25, 2019

Afterfeast of the Ascension. Tone five.

The Third Discovery of the Venerable Head of the Holy Prophet, Fore-Runner and Baptist of the Lord John occurred in about the year 850 (the account about the First and Second Discoveries is located under 24 February). During the time of unrest at Constantinople connected with the exile of Sainted John Chrysostom (Comm. 13 November), the head of Saint John the Fore-Runner was found in the city of Emesia. It was transferred from there during the time of Saracen raids (about 820-820) to Komana and there – during a period of iconoclast persecution, it was hidden in the ground. When the veneration of icons was restored, Patriarch Ignatios (847-857) during the time of prayer at night was shown in a vision the place, where the head of Saint John the Fore-Runner was concealed. The hierarch communicated this to the emperor, who dispatched a delegation to Komana, and there the head was found a third time at the place decreed by the patriarch in about the year 850. Afterwards the head was again transferred to Constantinople, and here on 25 May it was placed in a church at the court. Part of the head is located at Athos. In memory of the Third Discovery of the Head of the Baptist of the Lord John, the celebration is on 25 May.



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This is actually a neat idea!
Are you planning to do the New Calendar at all? If not, then I might start a separate thread like this but for the New Calendar. That way, Julian peeps can look at your thread and Revised Julian peeps can look at mine.
 

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This is the calendar I've always used and I intend to keep it that way.
I encourage you to post the lives of the saints according to the revised calendar in this thread also.
 

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Alright, I'll post here. I'll also note the fasting and scripture reading for today. The Lives of the Saints will be from the website of the Orthodox Church in America.

June 7, 2019 (Friday), New Calendar

Fasting: No meat, fish, dairy, eggs, alcohol, or oil
Scripture Reading:
  • Acts of the Apostles 19:1-8
  • John 14:1-11

Saint of the Day: Hieromartyr Theodotus of Ancyra, Bishop (303)

The Holy Martyr Theodotus lived in Ancyra of Galatia in the third century. He was distinguished by his kindliness and concern. At the height of the persecution under Diocletian (284-305) he provided Christians with everything they needed, and gave them shelter in his home. There they secretly celebrated church services.

Saint Theodotus visited the Christian captives in prison, paid their bail, and reverently buried the bodies of martyrs who had been thrown to the wild beasts. Once he buried the bodies of seven holy women martyrs, who were drowned in the sea (May 18). They reported this to the governor.

After refusing to offer sacrifice to idols, and denouncing the folly of paganism, Saint Theodotus confessed Christ as God, for which they subjected him to terrible tortures and beheaded him with a sword. They wanted to burn the holy martyr’s body, but could not do so because of a storm which had arisen, so they gave his holy relics to a certain Christian for burial.

Saint Theodotus is also commemorated on May 18.

Source: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2000/06/07/101641-hieromartyr-theodotus-the-bishop-of-ancyra
 

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June 8, 2019 (Saturday), New Calendar

Fasting: n/a
Scripture Reading:
  • St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 2:4-10
  • Matthew 10:16-22

Commemoration of the Day: Translation of the relics of Great-martyr Theodore Stratelates ("the General"), of Heraclea (319)

The Holy Great Martyr Theodore Stratelates suffered for Christ in Heraklea on February 8, 319. At the time of his sufferings the holy Great Martyr Theodore ordered his servant Varus to bury his body on the estate of his parents in Euchaita. The transfer of the relics of the Great Martyr Theodore took place on June 8, 319.

On this day we also recall a miracle of the icon of the Great Martyr Theodore in a church dedicated to him at a place called Karsat, near Damascus. A group of Saracens had turned this church into their residence. There was a fresco on the wall depicting Theodore. One of the Saracens shot an arrow into the icon of the Great Martyr. From the saint’s face, where the arrow had stuck into the wall, blood flowed before the eyes of everyone. A short while later, the Saracens who had settled in the church killed each other. Accounts of this miracle are given by the Anastasius of Mt. Sinai (April 20) and John of Damascus (December 4).

Source: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2019/06/08/101662-translation-of-the-relics-of-the-greatmartyr-theodore-stratelate
 

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Saturday June 8, 2019 / May 26, 2019

Afterfeast of the Ascension. Tone five.

The UnCovering of the Relics of the Monk Makarii of Kalyazinsk

Commemorated on May 26

      The UnCovering of the Relics of the Monk Makarii of Kalyazinsk occurred on 26 May 1521. A merchant from the city of Dmitrov, Mikhail Voronkov, offered the means for the construction of a stone church, in place of the decaying wooden one, at the Kalyazinsk monastery. The hegumen of the monastery, Joasaph, set up a cross designated for the altar, and gave blessing to dig the trench for the foundation. During the time of work there was discovered an undestroyed grave, from which they issued forth a fragrance. Hegumen Joasaph immediately recognised the grave of the founder of the monastery – the Monk Makarii, gone to rest in the year 1483. The brethren of the monastery and a crowd of gathered people made a panikhida over the transfer of the grave to the church. From this day the undecayed relics of the saint began to work healings. A report about this was made to the Metropolitan of Moscow, Daniel (1522-1539), who convened at Moscow a Sobor (Council) and, having examined in detail testimony about the sanctity of the Monk Makarii, he established a feastday to the newly-appeared saint. The relics were solemnly transferred to a temple in the Name of the Holy Trinity. Feodosii of Tver' was the compiler of the Service for the UnCovering of the Relics. Until 1547 the veneration of Saint Makarii was done only at this monastery. During the Moscow Sobor of 1547, under Metropolitan Makarii (1543-1564), the Monk Makarii of Kalyazinsk was enumerated to the rank of the Saints, and his memory set on the list of other Russian Saints to be celebrated throughout all of Russia. An account about the Monk Makarii of Kalyazinsk is located also under 17 March, on the day in memory of the repose of the saint.



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June 9, 2019 (Sunday), New Calendar
Fasting: n/a
Scripture Reading:
  • John 21:1-14
  • Acts of the Apostles 20:16-18, 28-36
  • John 17:1-13

Commemoration of the Day: Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council (325)

On the seventh Sunday of Pascha, we commemorate the holy God-bearing Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council.

The Commemoration of the First Ecumenical Council has been celebrated by the Church of Christ from ancient times. The Lord Jesus Christ left the Church a great promise, “I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Mt. 16:18). Although the Church of Christ on earth will pass through difficult struggles with the Enemy of salvation, it will emerge victorious. The holy martyrs bore witness to the truth of the Savior’s words, enduring suffering and death for confessing Christ, but the persecutor’s sword is shattered by the Cross of Christ.

Persecution of Christians ceased during the fourth century, but heresies arose within the Church itself. One of the most pernicious of these heresies was Arianism. Arius, a priest of Alexandria, was a man of immense pride and ambition. In denying the divine nature of Jesus Christ and His equality with God the Father, Arius falsely taught that the Savior is not consubstantial with the Father, but is only a created being.

A local Council, convened with Patriarch Alexander of Alexandria presiding, condemned the false teachings of Arius. However, Arius would not submit to the authority of the Church. He wrote to many bishops, denouncing the decrees of the local Council. He spread his false teaching throughout the East, receiving support from certain Eastern bishops.

Investigating these dissentions, the holy emperor Constantine (May 21) consulted Bishop Hosius of Cordova (Aug. 27), who assured him that the heresy of Arius was directed against the most fundamental dogma of Christ’s Church, and so he decided to convene an Ecumenical Council. In the year 325, 318 bishops representing Christian Churches from various lands gathered together at Nicea.

Among the assembled bishops were many confessors who had suffered during the persecutions, and who bore the marks of torture upon their bodies. Also participating in the Council were several great luminaries of the Church: Saint Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia (December 6 and May 9), Saint Spyridon, Bishop of Tremithos (December 12), and others venerated by the Church as holy Fathers.

With Patriarch Alexander of Alexandria came his deacon, Athanasius [who later became Patriarch of Alexandria (May 2 and January 18)]. He is called “the Great,” for he was a zealous champion for the purity of Orthodoxy. In the Sixth Ode of the Canon for today’s Feast, he is referred to as “the thirteenth Apostle.”

The emperor Constantine presided over the sessions of the Council. In his speech, responding to the welcome by Bishop Eusebius of Caesarea, he said, “God has helped me cast down the impious might of the persecutors, but more distressful for me than any blood spilled in battle is for a soldier, is the internal strife in the Church of God, for it is more ruinous.”

Arius, with seventeen bishops among his supporters, remained arrogant, but his teaching was repudiated and he was excommunicated from the Church. In his speech, the holy deacon Athanasius conclusively refuted the blasphemous opinions of Arius. The heresiarch Arius is depicted in iconography sitting on Satan’s knees, or in the mouth of the Beast of the Deep (Rev. 13).

The Fathers of the Council declined to accept a Symbol of Faith (Creed) proposed by the Arians. Instead, they affirmed the Orthodox Symbol of Faith. Saint Constantine asked the Council to insert into the text of the Symbol of Faith the word “consubstantial,” which he had heard in the speeches of the bishops. The Fathers of the Council unanimously accepted this suggestion.

In the Nicean Creed, the holy Fathers set forth and confirmed the Apostolic teachings about Christ’s divine nature. The heresy of Arius was exposed and repudiated as an error of haughty reason. After resolving this chief dogmatic question, the Council also issued Twelve Canons on questions of churchly administration and discipline. Also decided was the date for the celebration of Holy Pascha. By decision of the Council, Holy Pascha should not be celebrated by Christians on the same day with the Jewish Passover, but on the first Sunday after the first full moon of the vernal equinox (which occured on March 22 in 325).

The First Ecumenical Council is also commemorated on May 29.

Source: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2017/05/28/43-commemoration-of-the-holy-fathers-of-the-first-ecumenical-counci
 

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Seventh Sunday of Pascha: The Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council. Tone six.

The Holy Confessor John the Russian

Commemorated on May 27

      The Holy Confessor John the Russian was born towards the end of the XVII Century in Little Russia and was raised in piety and love for the Church of God. Upon attaining the age of maturity he was called up into military service, and he served as a simple soldier in the army of Peter I and took part in the Russo-Turkish War. During the time of the Prutsk Campaign of 1711 he together with other soldiers was taken captive by the Tatars, who handed him over to the commander of the Turkish cavalry, who took his Russian captive home with him to Asia Minor, to the village of Prokopia (in Turkish, Urkiul). The Turks tried to convert the captive Christian soldiers to Mahometanism: some with threats and allurements, while others that were more stoically hardy, they beat and tortured. Saint John was not swayed by the promise of earthly blessings and he bravely endured the ferocity, the humiliations and beatings. His master tortured him often in the hope, that his slave would accept Mahometanism. But Saint John resolutely resisted the will of his master and he answered: "Neither by threats, nor with promises of riches and delights wilt thou be able to turn me away from my holy faith. I was born a Christian, and a Christian I shalt die". The bold words and firm faith of the confessor, his fearlessness and righteous life, finally humbled the fierce heart of the master. He ceased to torment and revile the captive, and no more urged him towards a renunciation of Christianity, but had him only instead take care of the cattle and keep up the stable, in a corner of which was the bed-cot of Saint John.



From morning until late evening the saint of God served his Turkish master, judiciously fulfilling all his commands. In the winter cold and summer hear, half naked and bare of foot he did his duty. Other slaves frequently mocked him, in seeing his zeal. Righteous John never became angry with them, on the contrary, as occasions arose he helped them in their servitude and comforted them in their misfortune. Such sincere kindness of heart of the saint had its effect on the souls of both the master and the slaves. The master began to confide in Righteous John so much, and to esteem him for his integrity and decency, that he offered him to live as though free and to resettle, wheresoever he desired. But the ascetic suggested that he should remain in the vicinity of the horse-stable, where each night he could without hindrance asceticise in solitary prayer, strengthening people in goodness and love for God. Sometimes he left his quiet shelter and under cover of night he went to the church of the GreatMartyr George, where on the portico he prayed fervently on bended knees. And in this church on feastdays he communed the Holy Mysteries of Christ.
      During this while Righteous John continued as before to serve his master, and despite his own poverty, he always helped the needy and the sick and shared with them his meagre food.
      Towards the end of his difficult and ascetic life Saint John became infirm, and sensing the nearness of his end, he summoned the priest, so as to receive the final blessing for the departure of the soul. The priest, fearing to go with the Holy Gifts to the house of the Turkish commander, enclosed the Holy Gifts in an apple and so without problem gave them to Righteous John. Having glorified the Lord, he communed the Holy Mysteries of Christ and then expired to God. The righteous end of the holy Confessor John the Russian occurred on 27 May 1730. When they reported to the master that his servant John had died, he summoned the priests and gave over to them the body of Saint John, and they gave him burial befitting a Christian. At the funeral there gathered almost all the Christian inhabitants of Prokopia, and they accompanied the body of the saint to the Christian cemetery.
      Three and an half years later the priest was miraculously informed in a dream, that the relics of Saint John had remained incorrupt. Soon the relics of the saint were transferred to the church of the holy GreatMartyr George and placed in a special reliquary. The new saint of God began to be glorified by innumerable miracles of grace, accounts of which spread to the remote cities and villages. Christian believers from various places came to Prokopia to venerate the holy relics of Saint John the Russian and they received through his prayers graced healings. The new saint came to be venerated not only by Orthodox Christians, but also by Armenians, and even Turks, recoursing with prayerful petition to the Russian saint: "Servant of God, disregard us not in thine mercy".
      In the year 1881 part of the relics of Saint John were transferred to the Russian monastery of the holy GreatMartyr Panteleimon by the monks of Holy Mount Athos, after they were miraculously saved by the saint of God during the time of a dangerous journey. Through the means of both this monastery and the inhabitants of Prokopia, in 1886 there was started construction of a new church, since the church of the holy GreatMartyr George, where the relics of Saint John were situated, – had become decrepit.
      On 15 August 1898 the new church in the name of Saint John the Russian was consecrated by the Caesarea metropolitan John, with the blessing of the oecumenical patriarch Constantine V.
      In 1924 the inhabitants of Caesarea Prokopia, having resettled to the Island of Eubeia, took with them also part of the relics of Saint John the Russian. For several decades the relics were situated in the church of the holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Constantine and Helen at New Prokopia on Eubeia, but in 1951 they were transferred into a new church in the name of Saint John the Russian. Thousands of pilgrims flocked here from all the corners of Greece, particularly on the day of his memory, 27 May. Righteous John the Russian is widely venerated on Holy Mount Athos, particularly in the Russian Panteleimonov monastery.

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June 10, 2019 (Monday), New Calendar
Fasting: n/a
Scripture Reading:
  • Acts of the Apostles 21:8-14
  • John 14:27-15:7

Commemoration of the Day: Martyr Alexander and Virgin-martyr Antonina of Constantinople (313)

Saint Antonina was from the city of Krodamos (Asia Minor). She was arrested for being a Christian, and was brought before the governor Festus. He urged her to worship the pagan gods, promising to make her a priestess of the goddess Artemis. But the saint bravely confessed Christ, and she urged the governor to renounce the worship of demons in the form of idols. Festus gave orders to strike the saint on the face and lock her up in prison.

The martyr spent all her time at prayer, she ate and drank nothing, but then she heard the voice of God, “Antonina, fortify yourself with food and be brave, for I am with you.” When they led her before the governor again, the martyr continued to stand up for the Christian Faith and to denounce the pagans.

The governor decided to give the holy virgin over for defilement by soldiers, but the Lord inspired one of them, Saint Alexander, to save the holy virgin. He sought permission to go in to her on the pretext that he might be able to convince her to obey the governor’s will. Saint Alexander then suggested that she put on his military attire and flee. Saint Antonina was afraid, but the Lord ordered her to agree.

No one recognized her dressed as a soldier, and she walked out of prison. The soldiers sent by Festus found Saint Alexander alone in the cell. He would not respond to the questions of the governor, and so he was tortured and mercilessly beaten. Through the inspiration of the Lord Jesus Christ, Saint Antonina also came to stand before Festus.

Soldiers cut off their hands, then they smeared them with pitch and threw them into a pit where a fire was burning. When the fire went out, they threw snakes into the pit, so that Christians would not be able to gather up the bones of the martyrs. Returning home, Festus became numb, and was able neither to eat nor to drink. He died after seven days of terrible torment.

Sts Alexander and Antonina were martyred on May 3, 313. In the Prologue their memory is listed under June 10. The relics of the saints were transferred to Constantinople and placed in the Maximov monastery.

Source: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2001/06/10/101684-martyr-alexander-at-constantinople
 

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Monday June 10, 2019 / May 28, 2019

Afterfeast of the Ascension. Tone six.

The Monk Nikita the Confessor, Bishop of Chalcedon

Commemorated on May 28

      The Monk Nikita the Confessor, Bishop of Chalcedon, lived during the 2nd half of the VIII Century. For his God-pleasing life he was elevated to the dignity of bishop of Chalcedon. Saint Nikita distinguished himself by his charity, he always helped the poor, he took in wanderers into his dwelling, he concerned himself about the orphaned and the widowed, and he interceded for the wronged. During the reign of the Iconoclast Leo the Armenian (813-820), Saint Nikita bravely denounced the Iconoclast heresy and urged his flock reverently to venerate the holy icons of Christ, the Mother of God and the holy Saints. Saint Nikita endured much suffering from the impious emperor and his like-minded cohorts; he was subjected to tortures and sent off to exile. The holy Confessor Nikita died at the beginning of the IX Century. From his relics occurred miracles of healing. In the Canon of the service to him, written by the Constantinople presbyter Joseph, it declares as glorified amongst the Saints also the brother of Saint Nikita – Saint Ignatios.

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June 11, 2019 (Tuesday), New Calendar
Fasting: n/a
Scripture Reading:
  • Luke 10:16-21
  • St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 4:9-16
  • Matthew 5:14-19

Commemoration of the Day: Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas (1st century)



Life of Saint Bartholomew from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2019/06/11/101690-apostle-bartholomew-of-the-twelve
Life of Saint Barnabas from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2019/06/11/101691-apostle-barnabas-of-the-seventy
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June 12, 2019 (Wednesday), New Calendar
Fasting: No meat, fish, dairy, eggs, alcohol, or oil
Scripture Reading:
  • Acts of the Apostles 23:1-11
  • John 16:15-23

Commemoration of the Day: Venerable Onouphrios the Great (400)


Life of Saint Onouphrios from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2016/06/12/107799-venerable-onuphrius-the-great
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Tuesday June 11, 2019 / May 29, 2019

Afterfeast of the Ascension. Tone six.

The Monastic Martyress Theodosia

Commemorated on May 29

      The Monastic Martyress Theodosia lived during the VIII Century. She was born through the fervent prayer of her parents, and after their death, she was raised at the Constantinople women's monastery in honour of the holy Martyress Anastasia. Saint Theodosia accepted monasticism at the women's monastery after she distributed to the poor of what remained of her parental inheritance. Part of the money she used for writing icons of the Saviour, the Mother of God and the Martyress Anastasia. When Leo the Isaurian (717-741) ascended to the imperial throne, and being a fierce persecutor of icon-veneration, he issued an edict to destroy holy icons everywhere. (...)



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Wednesday June 12, 2019 / May 30, 2019

Afterfeast of the Ascension. Tone six.

Venerable Dodo of the St. David-Gareji Monastery, Georgia

Commemorated on the Wednesday of Holy Ascension

      A companion of St. Davit of Gareji, St. Dodo belonged to the royal family Andronikashvili. He was tonsured a monk while still an youth, and was endowed with every virtue.
      An admirer of poverty and solitude, he labored as a hermit at Ninotsminda in Kakheti. (...)



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Thursday June 13, 2019 / May 31, 2019

Afterfeast of the Ascension. Tone six.

St. David of Gareji (6th c.)

Commemorated on May 7 and on the Thursday of Holy Ascension

      Saint David of Gareji was Syrian by birth. The future ascetic became a disciple of St. John of Zedazeni and journeyed with him to Georgia. St. David and his spiritual son Lucian settled on a mountain above Tbilisi, the capital of Kartli.
      At that time Kartli was constantly under threat of the Persian fire-worshippers. St. David would spend entire days in prayer, beseeching the Lord for forgiveness of the sins of those who dwelt in the city. (...)



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June 14, 2019 (Friday), New Calendar
Fasting: No meat, fish, dairy, eggs, alcohol, or oil
Scripture Reading:
  • Acts of the Apostles 27:1-44; 28:1
  • John 17:18-26

Commemoration of the Day: Apodosis of the Ascension & Prophet Elisha (10th century BC)


Life of Saint Elisha from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2013/06/14/101718-prophet-elisha
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Friday June 14, 2019 / June 1, 2019

Apososis of the Ascension. Tone six.

The Holy Martyr Justin the Philosopher was born at Sykhem – an ancient city of Samaria. Justin's parents, being Greeks, were pagan. From the time of his childhood the saint displayed profundity of mind, love for knowledge and a fervent devotion to the cognition of Truth.

(...)

In addition to the above-mentioned works, the following array of compositions belong to the holy martyr Justin the Philosopher: "Observations about the Soul", "Demonstration against the Hellenes", "Speech against the Hellenes". Saint John Damascene preserved a significant part of a non-surviving work of Saint Justin "About the Resurrection". The church historian Eusebios asserts, that by Saint Justin were written books entitled "The Singer", "Denunciation of all Existing Heresies" and "Against Marcian".



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June 15, 2019 (Saturday), New Calendar
Fasting: n/a
Scripture Reading:
  • St. Paul's First Letter to the Thessalonians 4:13-17
  • John 21:14-25

Commemoration of the Day: Commemoration of the Departed & Prophet Amos (8th century BC)


Life of Saint Amos from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2014/06/15/101724-prophet-amos
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Saturday June 15, 2019 / June 2, 2019

Commemoration of the Dead. Tone six.

Sainted Nicephoros the Confessor was born in Constantinople in the second half of the VIII Century. Deep faith and preparation for the deed of confessor were instilled in him by his parents, Theodore and Eudocia. They gave their son a genuine Christian upbringing, reinforced by the example of their own life. (...)

During the reign of Leo IV (775-780), Saint Nicephoros received the position of imperial counselor. Situated at the imperial court, he continued to lead a strict and virtuous life, he firmly preserved the purity of his Orthodox faith and zealously defended the veneration of holy icons. (...)



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June 16, 2019 (Sunday), New Calendar
Fasting: n/a
Scripture Reading:
  • John 20:19-23
  • Acts 2:1-11
  • John 7:37-52; 8:12
Commemoration of the Day: Holy Pentecost


About Holy Pentecost from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2017/06/04/45-holy-pentecost
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Sunday June 16, 2019 / June 3, 2019

Pentecost – Trinity Sunday.

Holy Fathers and Mothers of Atchara

(...) the renowned early twentieth-century scholar Zakaria Chichinadze retold a story he had heard from one elderly Atcharan man: “In Atchara the implanting of Islam faced a powerful opposition. Many of the elderly men and the majority of women stood firmly by the Christian Faith, and even challenged and debated the Turkish mullahs.… The number of these aged men in Atchara was considerably high. In the end an order was issued: to arrest all dissidents, forcibly convert them to Islam, and execute those who resisted.

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Monday June 17, 2019 / June 4, 2019

Day Of the Holy Spirit. Tone seven.
Fast-free Week. Fast-free

The Monk Methodii of Peshnoshsk

Commemorated on June 4, June 14

      The Monk Methodii, Hegumen of Peshnozh (XIV), was the founder of the Peshnozh monastery. In his youth he went to the Monk Sergei of Radonezh and spent several years under his guidance (...)

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I'm gonna be gone for the next 12 days so I'm gonna crank out the next 12 calendar days, as well as today, into one post.

June 19, 2019 (Wednesday), New Calendar
Fasting: n/a
Scripture Reading:
  • St. Jude's First Universal Letter 1:1-25
  • John 14:21-24
Commemoration of the Day: Apostle Jude (Thaddeus), brother of the Lord (80)


About Saint Jude from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2019/06/19/101752-apostle-jude-the-brother-of-the-lord
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June 20, 2019 (Thursday), New Calendar
Fasting: n/a
Scripture Reading:
  • St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 1:28-32; 2:1-9
  • Matthew 5:27-32
Commemoration of the Day: Hieromartyr Methodios, bishop of Patara (312)


About Saint Methodios from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2012/06/20/101759-hieromartyr-methodius-the-bishop-of-patara
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June 21, 2019 (Friday), New Calendar
Fasting: n/a
Scripture Reading:
  • St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 2:14-28
  • Matthew 5:33-41
Commemoration of the Day: Martyr Julian of Tarsus (305)


About Saint Julian from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2012/06/21/101772-martyr-julian-of-tarsus-in-cilicia
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June 22, 2019 (Saturday), New Calendar
Fasting: n/a
Scripture Reading:
  • St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 1:7-12
  • Matthew 5:42-48
Commemoration of the Day: Apodosis of Pentecost & Hieromartyr Eusebios, bishop of Samosata (380)


About Saint Eusebios from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/0215/06/22/101779-hieromartyr-eusebius-the-bishop-of-samosata
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June 23, 2019 (Sunday), New Calendar
Fasting: n/a
Scripture Reading:
  • Matthew 28:16-20
  • St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 11:33-40; 12:1-2
  • Matthew 10:32-33; 37-38; 19:27-30
Commemoration of the Day: The Sunday of All Saints


About the Sunday of All Saints from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2018/06/03/48-synaxis-of-all-saints
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June 24, 2019 (Monday), New Calendar
Fasting: No meat, fish, dairy, or eggs (Apostles' Fast)
Scripture Reading:
  • Luke 1:24-25, 57-68, 76, 80
  • St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 13:11-14; 14:1-4
  • Luke 1:1-25, 57-68, 76-80
Commemoration of the Day: The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist


About the Nativity of John the Baptist from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2018/06/24/101800-nativity-of-the-holy-glorious-prophet-forerunner-and-baptist-joh
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June 25, 2019 (Tuesday), New Calendar
Fasting: No meat, fish, dairy, or eggs (Apostles' Fast)
Scripture Reading:
  • St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 4:4-12
  • Matthew 7:15-21
Commemoration of the Day: Venerable-martyr Febronia of Nisibis (304)


About Saint Febronia from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2015/06/25/101812-virginmartyr-febronia-of-nisibis
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June 26, 2019 (Wednesday), New Calendar
Fasting: No meat, fish, dairy, eggs, alcohol, or oil (Apostles' Fast)
Scripture Reading:
  • St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 4:13-25
  • Matthew 7:21-23
Commemoration of the Day: Venerable David of Thessalonika (540)


About Saint David from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2015/06/26/101817-st-david-of-thessaloniki
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June 27, 2019 (Thursday), New Calendar
Fasting: No meat, fish, dairy, or eggs (Apostles' Fast)
Scripture Reading:
  • St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 5:10-16
  • Matthew 8:23-27
Commemoration of the Day: Sampson the host of strangers (530)


About Saint Sampson from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2017/06/27/101828-st-sampson-the-hospitable-of-constantinople
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June 28, 2019 (Friday), New Calendar
Fasting: No meat, fish, dairy, eggs, alcohol, or oil (Apostles' Fast)
Scripture Reading:
  • St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 5:17-21; 6:1-2
  • Matthew 9:14-17
Commemoration of the Day: The translation of the relics of Cyros and John the unmercenary healers (412)


About this translation from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2014/06/28/101834-translation-of-the-relics-of-the-holy-and-wonderworking-unmercen
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June 29, 2019 (Saturday), New Calendar
Fasting: n/a
Scripture Reading:
  • John 21:14-25
  • St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 11:21-33; 12:1-9
  • Matthew 16:13-19
Commemoration of the Day: The Holy, Glorious and All-praised Leaders of the Apostles, Peter and Paul (67)


About Saints Peter and Paul from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2000/06/29/101840-the-holy-glorious-and-all-praised-leaders-of-the-apostles-peter
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June 30, 2019 (Sunday), New Calendar
Fasting: n/a
Scripture Reading:
  • Mark 16:1-8
  • St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 4:9-16
  • Matthew 9:36, 10:1-8
Commemoration of the Day: Synaxis of the Holy Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ


About this Synaxis from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2011/06/30/101711-synaxis-of-the-holy-glorious-and-all-praised-twelve-apostles
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July 1, 2019 (Monday), New Calendar
Fasting: n/a
Scripture Reading:
  • St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 12:27-31; 13:1-8
  • Matthew 10:1, 5-8
Commemoration of the Day: Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian, martyrs in Rome


About Cosmas and Damian from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2013/07/01/101859-holy-wonderworking-unmercenary-physicians-cosmas-and-damian-at-r
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The Monk Bessarion, Wonderworker of Egypt

Commemorated on June 6 (Julian Calendar)/ June 19 NS

      The Monk Bessarion, Wonderworker of Egypt, by descent an Egyptian, was baptised while still in his youth and he led a strict life, striving to preserve the grace given him during Baptism. Seeking to become more closely acquainted with the monastic life, he undertook a journey to the holy places, – he was in Jerusalem, he visited the Monk Gerasimos (Comm. 4 March) in the Jordanian wilderness, he viewed other monastic wilderness-monasteries, and assimilated all the rules of monastic life. Upon his return, he accepted monastic tonsure and became a disciple of the Monk Isidor Pelusiotes (Comm. 4 February). Saint Bessarion took upon himself a vow of silence, he partook of food only once a week, and sometimes he remained without food or drink for 40 days. There was an instance when the monk, immersed in prayer, stood motionless for 40 days and 40 nights without food or sleep.
      The Monk Bessarion received from God the gift of wonderworking: when on a journey his disciple was strongly beset by thirst, he sweetened bitter water; by his prayer the Lord sent rain upon the earth, and he could as though on dry land cross a river; with but a single word he cast out devils, but he did this privately to avoid glory. His humility was so great, that when one time a priest ordered someone from the skete settlement to leave church for having fallen into sin, together with him went also the monk with the words: "I too am a sinner". The Monk Bessarion slept only standing or sitting. A large portion of the life of the saint was spent under the open sky in prayerful solitude. He peacefully expired to the Lord, having reached old age.

 

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Great thread, folks. Today in the Old Calendar we commemorate St. Nicholas Cabasilas, who wrote at least two classical mystical works translated to English: a commentary on the Divine Liturgy, and one on Christ and the sacraments.
 

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July 6, 2019 (Saturday), New Calendar
Fasting: n/a
Scripture Reading:
  • St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 3:28-31; 4:1-3
  • Matthew 7:24-29; 8:1-4
Commemoration of the Day: Venerable Sisoes the Great (429)


About Saint Sisoes from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2013/07/06/101918-venerable-sisoes-the-great
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July 7, 2019 (Sunday), New Calendar
Fasting: n/a
Scripture Reading:
  • Mark 16:9-20
  • St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 3:23-29; 4:1-5
  • Matthew 6:22-33
Commemoration of the Day: Great-martyr Kyriaki of Nicomedia (289)


About Saint Kyriaki from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2001/07/07/101963-martyr-kyriake-of-nicomedia
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July 8, 2019 (Monday), New Calendar
Fasting: n/a
Scripture Reading:
  • St. Paul's First Letter to Timothy 4:9-15
  • Luke 6:17-19, 9:1-2, 10:16-21
Commemoration of the Day: Great-martyr Prokopios of Caesarea in Palestine (303)


About Saint Prokopios from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2000/07/08/101966-greatmartyr-procopius-of-caesarea-in-palestine
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July 9, 2019 (Tuesday), New Calendar
Fasting: n/a
Scripture Reading:
  • St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 10:11-21; 11:1-2
  • Matthew 11:16-20
Commemoration of the Day: Hieromartyr Pankratios, bishop of Taormina in Sicily (1st century)


About Saint Pankratios from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/0215/07/09/101970-hieromartyr-pancratius-the-bishop-of-taormina-in-sicily
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July 10, 2019 (Wednesday), New Calendar
Fasting: No meat, fish, dairy, eggs, alcohol, or oil
Scripture Reading:
  • St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 11:2-12
  • Matthew 11:20-26
Commemoration of the Day: The 45 martyrs at Nikopolis in Armenia (319)


About the 45 Martyrs from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2016/07/10/101984-45-holy-martyrs-at-nicopolis-in-armenia
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July 11, 2019 (Thursday), New Calendar
Fasting: n/a
Scripture Reading:
  • Mark 5:24-34
  • St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:1-10
  • Luke 7:36-50
Commemoration of the Day: Great-martyr Euphemia the all-praised (304)


About Saint Euphemia from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2016/07/11/102002-greatmartyr-euphemia-the-all-praised
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July 12, 2019 (Friday), New Calendar
Fasting: No meat, fish, dairy, eggs, alcohol, or oil
Scripture Reading:
  • St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 11:25-36
  • Matthew 12:1-8
Commemoration of the Day: Martyrs Proklos and Hilarion of Ancyra (2nd century)


About these martyrs from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2016/07/12/102008-martyrs-proclus-and-hilary-of-ancyra
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