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July 15, 2019 (Monday), New Calendar
Fasting: n/a
Scripture Reading:
  • St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 13:11-14; 14:1-5
  • Matthew 17:24-27; 18:1-4
Commemoration of the Day: Equal of the Apostles Great Prince Vladimir, Enlightener of the Russian Land


About Prince Vladimir from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2019/07/15/102031-equal-of-the-apostles-great-prince-vladimir-in-holy-baptism-basi
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July 16, 2019 (Tuesday), New Calendar
Fasting: n/a
Scripture Reading:
  • St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 14:9-18
  • Matthew 12:14-16; 22-30
Commemoration of the Day: Hieromartyr Athenogenes, bishop of Herakleopolis


About Hieromartyr Athenogenes from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2011/07/16/102033-hieromartyr-athenogenes-the-bishop-of-heracleopolis-and-his-ten
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July 17, 2019 (Wednesday), New Calendar
Fasting: No meat, fish, dairy, eggs, alcohol, or oil
Scripture Reading:
  • St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 3:23-29; 4:1-5
  • Mark 5:24-34
Commemoration of the Day: Royal Passionbearers Tsar Nicholas II and his family


About the Romanovs from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2000/07/17/103789-royal-passionbearers-tsar-nicholas-nikolai-tsaritsa-alexandra-ts
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July 18, 2019 (Thursday), New Calendar
Fasting: n/a
Scripture Reading:
  • St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 15:17-29
  • Matthew 12:46-50; 13:1-3
Commemoration of the Day: Martyr Emilianos of Silistria in Bulgaria


About Saint Emilianos from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2014/07/18/102047-martyr-emilian-of-silistria-in-bulgaria
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July 19, 2019 (Friday), New Calendar
Fasting: No meat, fish, dairy, eggs, alcohol, or oil
Scripture Reading:
  • St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 16:1-16
  • Matthew 13:3-9
Commemoration of the Day: Venerable Macrina the Sister of St Basil the Great


About Saint Macrina from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/1999/07/19/102055-venerable-macrina-the-sister-of-st-basil-the-great
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July 20, 2019 (Saturday), New Calendar
Fasting: n/a
Scripture Reading:
  • St. James' Universal Letter 5:10-20
  • Luke 4:22-30
Commemoration of the Day: Prophet Elijah (Elias)


About Saint Elijah from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2009/07/20/102060-holy-glorious-prophet-elijah
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July 21, 2019 (Sunday), New Calendar
Fasting: n/a
Scripture Reading:
  • Luke 24:13-35
  • St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 10:1-10
  • Matthew 8:28-34; 9:1
Commemoration of the Day: Righteous Fathers John of Edessa in Mesopotamia and Simeon of Homs (Emesa), the Fool-for-Christ


About Saints John and Simeon from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2016/07/21/102065-ven-simeon-of-emessa-the-fool-for-christ-and-his-companion-ven-j
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July 22, 2019 (Monday), New Calendar
Fasting: n/a
Scripture Reading:
  • St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 9:2-12
  • Luke 8:1-3
Commemoration of the Day: Mary Magdalene, myrrh-bearer and equal-to-the-Apostles


About Saint Mary Magdalene from the Orthodox Church in America: https://images.oca.org/icons/sm/july/0722marymagdalene.jpg
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July 23, 2019 (Tuesday), New Calendar
Fasting: n/a
Scripture Reading:
  • St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 1:1-9
  • Matthew 13:24-30
Commemoration of the Day: Prophet Ezekiel


About Saint Ezekiel from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2010/07/21/102064-prophet-ezekiel
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July 24, 2019 (Wednesday), New Calendar
Fasting: No meat, fish, dairy, eggs, alcohol, or oil
Scripture Reading:
  • St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 2:9-16; 3:1-8
  • Matthew 13:31-36
Commemoration of the Day: Great-martyr Christina of Tyre


About Saint Christina from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2007/07/24/102084-martyr-christina-of-tyre
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July 25, 2019 (Thursday), New Calendar
Fasting: n/a
Scripture Reading:
  • St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 4:22-27
  • Luke 8:16-21
Commemoration of the Day: Fathers of the Fifth Ecumenical Council


About the Fathers of the Fifth Ecumenical Council from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/1999/07/25/102090-commemoration-of-the-holy-165-fathers-of-the-fifth-ecumenical-co
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The Appearance of the Icon of the MostHoly Mother of God in the City of Kazan (1579)

Commemorated on July 8

The Appearance of the Icon of the MostHoly Mother of God in the City of Kazan (1579): On 1 October 1552, on the feastday of the Pokrov-Protection of the MostHoly Mother of God (...) The surrender of Kazan on the feast of the Pokrov-Protection of the MostHoly Mother of God completed a course of events, initiated way back centuries earlier in the year 1164 by holy Prince Andrei Bogoliubsky (+ 1174, Comm. 4 July), against the Moslem Volga Bulgars. With the taking of Kazan, the Volga – the chief waterway route of the land, became finally a Russian river. And from Tatar servitude were liberated 60,000 Russian people. The enlightenment of the Tatars with the light of the Gospel truth was started.

(...)

But the advance of Orthodoxy was especially enabled amongst the Volga Mahometans by the appearance, on 8 July 1579, of the wonderworking Icon of the Mother of God in the city of Kazan. Preaching the Gospel had been a difficult matter in this conquered kingdom amongst the incorrigible Moslems and pagans. The MostHoly Mother of God, Mediatrix of preachers of the Word of God, Who even during Her earthly life shared in the evangelic work of the holy Apostles, – in looking down upon the efforts of the Russian missionaries, She did not hesitate to send them Heavenly help, manifest through Her wonderworking Icon.

(...) The city began quickly to rise up from its ruins.(...) On 28 June 1579 there occurred a terrible conflagration which had started around the church of Sainted Nikolai of Tula.(...) The Mother of God appeared in a dream to his nine year old daughter Matrona and commanded her to find Her icon, hidden in the ground by secret confessors of Orthodoxy way back still in the time of Moslem rule. But to the words of a mere girl they paid no attention. Thrice the Mother of God appeared and pointed out the spot, where the wonderworking icon had been concealed. Finally, Matrona with her mother began to dig in the indicated place and they found the sacred icon.

(...)

The not-large Icon, discovered by the girl Matrona in the then recently annexed foreign frontier of the Russian realm, soon became a national sacred item, a sign of the Heavenly protection of the Mother of God, manifest for all the Russian Church, since the soul of the Orthodox nation sensed the special participation of the All-Pure Lady Mother of God in the historical destiny of its "Rodina" native-land. Not by mere chance was the Kazan Image a copy of the ancient Blakhernae Icon (Comm. 7 July) written by the holy Evangelist Luke, and considered in its iconographic type  to be of icons named "Hodegetria" ("Putevoditel'nitsa", "Way-Guide"). Many a time the "Kazan Mother" showed the way to victory for Russian Orthodox soldiers in the fulfilling of their sacred duty for God and Country.



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The Monks Patermuphios and Koprios

Commemorated on July 9

Patermuphios at first was a pagan and also the head of a band of robbers, but then he repented, was baptised and withdrew into the wilderness. The monk devoted all the rest of his life to attending the sick and burying the dead. For his love of toil and efforts, Patermuphios received from God the gift of wonderworking.
Presbyter Koprios was an eyewitness of the doings of the Monk Patermuphios and recorded his life and miracles.

(...)

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The Placing of the Venerable Robe of Our Lord Jesus Christ at Moscow (1625)

Commemorated on July 10

According to the tradition of the Gruzinian (Georgian) Orthodox Church, the Chiton-tunic of the Lord was carried by the Hebrew rabbi Elioz from Jerusalem to Mtsketa and at present is beneathe a crypt in the foundations of the Mtsketian Patriarchal cathedral of Svetitskhoveli (the feast in honour of the Chiton-tunic of the Lord is celebrated on 1 October). None of the Mohamedan invaders ever ventured to enroach upon this spot, glorified with a sign by the mercy of God – the Life-Creating Pillar. (...) At Moscow annually on 10 July the Robe of the Lord is solemnly brought out of a chapel named for the holy Apostles Peter and Paul at the Uspensky cathedral, and it is placed on an analoi-stand for veneration during the time of Divine-services. After Liturgy they carry the Robe to its former place.



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Remembrance of the Miracle of Saint Euphemia the All-Praiseworthy

Commemorated on July 11

The holy GreatMartyress Euphemia (the account about her is located under 16 September) suffered martyrdom in the city of Chalcedon in the year 304, during the time of the persecution against Christians by the emperor Diocletian (284-305). One and an half centuries later, – at a time when the Christian Church had become victorious within the Roman empire, God deigned that Euphemia the All-Praiseworthy should again be an especial witness and confessor of the purity of the Orthodox teaching.  (...)

In the year 451 in the city of Chalcedon, in the very church wherein rested the glorified relics of the holy GreatMartyress Euphemia – there took place the sessions of the Fourth OEcumenical Council (the account about it is under 16 July). The Council was convened for determining the precise dogmatic formulae of the Orthodox Church concerning the nature-composition of the God-Man Jesus Christ. (...)

The holy Patriarch of Constantinople Anatolios thereupon proposed that the Council submit the decision of the Church dispute to the Holy Spirit, through His undoubted bearer Saint Euphemia the All-Praiseworthy, whose wonderworking relics had been discovered during the Council's discussions. The Orthodox hierarchs and their opponents wrote down their confessions of faith on separate scrolls and sealed them with their seals. They opened the tomb of the holy GreatMartyress Euphemia and placed both scrolls upon her bosom. Then, in the presence of the emperor Marcian (450-457), the participants of the Council sealed the tomb, putting on it the imperial seal and setting a guard to watch over it for three days. During these days both sides imposed upon themselves strict fast and made intense prayer. After three days the patriarch and the emperor in the presence of the Council opened the tomb with its relics: the scroll with the Orthodox confession was held by Saint Euphemia in her right hand, and the scroll of the heretics lay at her feet. Saint Euphemia, as though alive, raised her hand and gave the scroll to the patriarch. After this miracle many of the hesitant accepted the Orthodox confession, while those remaining obstinant in the heresy were consigned to the Council's condemnation and excommunication. (...)



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The Holy Martyrs Proklos and Ilarion

Commemorated on July 12

The Holy Martyrs Proklos and Ilarion were natives of the village of Kalipta, near Ancyra, and they suffered during the time of a persecution under the emperor Trajan (98-117). (...)

The humiliated pagan took fierce revenge on Saint Proklos: after many tortures he commanded that he be led out beyond the city, tied to a pillar and executed with arrows. The soldiers, leading saint Proklos to execution, told him to give in and save his life, but the saint said that they should do what they had been ordered. (...)

Saint Ilarion, having been brought to trial, with the same fearlessness as Saint Proklos confessed himself a Christian, and after tortures he was sentenced to death. They tied the martyr's hands and dragged him by his feet through the city, wounded and bloody, and then they beheaded him 3 days after the death of his uncle, the holy Martyr Proklos.



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The Sobor of the ArchAngel Gabriel

Commemorated on July 13, March 26, November 8

      The Sobor of the ArchAngel Gabriel is celebrated on the day following after the Annunciation/Blagoveschenie, ie. 26 March. This feast is celebrated a second time 13 July. The reason for its being established probably served the dedication in the XVII Cent. of a church at Constantinople, constructed in the name of the Holy Archi-Strategos / Chief of the Heavenly Hosts.

      The Archangel Gabriel was chosen by the Lord to make the blest-announcement to the Virgin Mary about the Incarnation of the Son of God from Her, to the great rejoicing of all mankind. Therefore on the day after the feast of the Annunciation – the day itself on which the All-Pure Virgin Herself is glorified, we give thanks to the Lord and we venerate His messenger Gabriel, who contributed to the mystery of our salvation. (...)



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July 26, 2019 (Friday), New Calendar
Fasting: No meat, fish, dairy, eggs, alcohol, or oil
Scripture Reading:
  • Galatians 3:23-29; 4:1-5
  • Mark 5:24-34
Commemoration of the Day: Martyr Parasceva of Rome


About Martyr Parasceva from the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2019/07/26/102096-martyr-parasceva-of-rome
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Saint Aquila, Disciple from the 70

Commemorated on July 14

It is possible, that he was a disciple of the Apostle Paul, a native of Pontus and a Jew, living in the city of Rome with his wife Priscilla (Comm. 13 February). (...)

The Apostle Paul in his Epistle to the Romans recollects about his faithful disciples: "Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my co-workers in Christ Jesus, who put forth their heads for my soul, whom I do not alone thank, but also all the Church of the Gentiles and the church of their household" (Rom. 16: 3-4). Saint Aquila did not long dwell in Rome: the Apostle Paul made him a bishop in Asia. Saint Aquila zealously laboured at preaching the Gospel in Asia, Achaeia and Herakleia: he converted pagans to Christ, he confirmed in the faith newly-converted Christians, he established presbyters and destroyed idols. Saint Priscilla constantly assisted him in the apostolic work. Saint Aquila finished his life a martyr: pagans murdered him. According to the tradition of the Church, Saint Priscilla was killed together with him.



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July 28, 2019 (Sunday), New Calendar
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  • Romans 12:6-14
  • Matthew 9:1-8
Commemoration of the Day: Prochoros, Nicanor, Timon, & Parmenas the Apostles of the 70


About these saints from the website of the GOARCH: https://www.goarch.org/chapel/saints?contentid=144
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The Commemoration of the Holy Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils

Commemorated on the Sunday closest to July 16

(...)

The significance of a special Church veneration of the Holy Fathers of the Ecumenical Councils consists in this, that the Ecumenical Councils, and only they, are of themselves in entirety expressive of the faith, will and mind of the Ecumenical Catholic Church – of an Orthodox Plenitude, by virtue of the immutable promises of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by the grace of the Holy Spirit, and by the Apostolicity inhering in the hierarchy, – they possess the wherewithal to bring forth infallible and "of benefit to all" definitions in the areas of Christian faith and Church piety.

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July 30, 2019 (Tuesday), New Calendar
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Scripture Reading:
  • Acts 15:35-41
  • Matthew 14:1-13
Commemoration of the Day: Silas, Silvan, Crescens, Epenetus and Andronicus the Apostles of the 70


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July 31, 2019 (Wednesday), New Calendar
Fasting: No meat, fish, dairy, eggs, alcohol, or oil
Scripture Reading:
  • I Corinthians 7:12-24
  • Matthew 14:35-36;15:1-11
Commemoration of the Day: Joseph the Righteous of Arimathea


About Saint Joseph from the website of the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2011/07/31/109009-righteous-joseph-of-arimathea
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August 1, 2019 (Thursday), New Calendar
Fasting: No meat, fish, dairy, eggs, alcohol, or oil (Dormition Fast)
Scripture Reading:
  • Hebrews 11:33-40; 12:1-2
  • Matthew 10:16-22
Commemoration of the Day: The 7 Holy Maccabee Martyrs


About these saints from the website of the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2019/08/01/102162-7-holy-maccabee-martyrs
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August 2, 2019 (Friday), New Calendar
Fasting: No meat, fish, dairy, eggs, wine, or olive oil (Dormition Fast)
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  • Acts 6:8-15; 7:1-5, 47-60
  • Mark 12:1-12
Commemoration of the Day: Translation of the Relics of Stephen the Protomartyr


About this saint from the website of the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2018/08/02/102181-translation-of-the-relics-of-the-protomartyr-and-archdeacon-step
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Your relics have risen from the depths of the earth, like a treasury for the immortal life of all of creation. The Church, rejoicing in the grace that she receives from them, duteously honors you, Protomartyr Stephen. Preserve us from error and heresy by your intercession!
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August 3, 2019 (Saturday), New Calendar
Fasting: No meat, fish, dairy, or eggs (Dormition Fast)
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  • Matthew 10:37-42, 11:1
Commemoration of the Day: Venerable Dalmatus the Ascetic of the Dalmatian Monastery at Constantinople


About this saint from the website of the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2007/08/03/102190-venerable-dalmatus-the-ascetic-of-the-dalmatian-monastery-at-con
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O God of our Fathers, always always act with kindness towards us; take not Your mercy from us, but guide our lives in peace through the prayers of Venerable Isaac, Dalmatus, and Faustus.
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August 4, 2019 (Sunday), New Calendar
Fasting: No meat, fish, dairy, or eggs (Dormition Fast)
Scripture Reading:
  • Romans 15:1-7
  • Matthew 9:27-35
Commemoration of the Day: Seven Holy Youths of Ephesus


About these saints from the website of the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2014/08/04/102195-7-holy-youths-seven-sleepers-of-ephesus
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Your holy martyrs, O Lord, through their sufferings have received their incorruptible crowns from You, our God. For having Your strength, they laid low their adversaries, and shattered the powerless boldness of demons. Through their intercessions, save our souls!
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The Holy Myrh-Bearer Equal-unto-the-Apostles Mary Magdalene.

Commemorated on July 22 (August 4 NS)



(...)
Holy Scripture does not tell us about the life of Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection of Christ, but it is impossible to doubt, that if in the terrifying minutes of Christ's Crucifixion she was the foot of His Cross with His All-Pure Mother and John, undoubtedly, she stayed with them during all the happier time after the Resurrection and Ascension of Christ. Thus in the Book of the Acts of the Apostles Saint Luke writes: that all the Apostles with one mind stayed in prayer and supplication, with certain women and Mary the Mother of Jesus and His brethren.
      Holy Tradition testifies, that when the Apostles departed from Jerusalem for preaching to all the ends of the earth, then together with them also went Mary Magdalene to preach. A daring woman, whose heart was full of reminiscence of the Resurrection, she went beyond her native borders and set off to preach in pagan Rome. And everywhere she proclaimed to people about Christ and His Teaching, and when many did not believe that Christ is risen, she repeated to them what she had said to the Apostles on the radiant morning of the Resurrection: "I have seen the Lord!" With this preaching she made the rounds of all Italy.
      Tradition relates, that in Italy Mary Magdalene visited the Emperor Tiberias (14-37 AD) and proclaimed to him about Christ's Resurrection. According to tradition, she took him a red egg as a symbol of the Resurrection, a symbol of new life with the words: "Christ is Risen!" Then she told the emperor about this, that in his Province of Judea was the innocently condemned Jesus the Galilean, an holy man, a maker or miracles, powerful before God and all mankind, executed on the instigation of the Jewish High-Priests and the sentence affirmed by the procurator named by Tiberias, Pontius Pilate.
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August 5, 2019 (Monday), New Calendar
Fasting: No meat, fish, dairy, eggs, wine, or olive oil (Dormition Fast)
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  • I Peter 1:1-25; 2:1-10
  • Matthew 16:1-6
Commemoration of the Day: Forefeast of the Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Eusignius the Martyr of Antioch


About this saint from the website of the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2007/08/05/102206-martyr-eusignius-of-antioch
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Today the Church honors a man martyred for his piety and devotion: The sincere and Godly-minded Eusignius the Wise. She glorifies his spiritual struggles, and cries out fervently: O Most Merciful One, guard Your servants through his intercessions!
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August 6, 2019 (Tuesday), New Calendar
Fasting: No meat, dairy, or eggs (Dormition Fast)
Scripture Reading:
  • II Peter 1:10-19
  • Matthew 17:1-9
Commemoration of the Day: The Transfiguration of Jesus Christ


About the Transfiguration from the website of the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/orthodoxy/the-orthodox-faith/worship/the-church-year/transfiguration
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Thou wast transfigured on the mount. O Christ God, revealing Thy glory to Thy disciples as they could bear it. Let Thine everlasting light shine upon us sinners. Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Giver of Light, glory to Thee.
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August 7, 2019 (Wednesday), New Calendar
Fasting: No meat, fish, dairy, eggs, wine, or olive oil (Dormition Fast)
Scripture Reading:
  • I Corinthians 10:12-22
  • Mark 9:2-9
Commemoration of the Day: Afterfeast of the Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, The Holy Righteous Martyr Dometius


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Preparing yourself through prayer and fasting on the mountain, you destroyed the hosts of spiritual enemies with the weapon of the Cross. And then courageously preparing yourself for martyrdom, you were crowned by God for both your life and death, O ever-memorable venerable martyr Dometius.
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August 8, 2019 (Thursday), New Calendar
Fasting: No meat, fish, dairy, eggs, wine, or olive oil (Dormition Fast)
Scripture Reading:
  • I Corinthians 10:28-33; 11:1-8
  • Matthew 16:24-28
Commemoration of the Day: Emilian the Confessor & Bishop of Cyzikos


About this saint from the website of the Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2015/08/08/102229-st-emilian-the-confessor-bishop-of-cyzicus
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In confessing the Faith you proclaimed Orthodox doctrine and were unjustly exiled for rebuking the wicked king. Righteous and glorious Emilian, the boast of Cyzicus, entreat Christ God to grant us His great mercy.
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August 9, 2019 (Friday), New Calendar
Fasting: No meat, fish, dairy, eggs, wine, or olive oil (Dormition Fast)
Scripture Reading:
  • Acts 1:12-17, 21-26
  • Matthew 17:10-18
Commemoration of the Day: The Holy Apostle Matthias


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O Holy Apostle Matthias, intercede with the merciful God to grant our souls forgiveness of transgressions.
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August 12, 2019 (Monday), New Calendar
Fasting: No meat, fish, dairy, eggs, wine, or olive oil (Dormition Fast)
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  • Matthew 18:1-11
Commemoration of the Day: Afterfeast of the Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, The Holy Martyrs Photius and Anicetus of Nicomedia


About these saints from the website of the Orthodox Church in America: https://www.oca.org/saints/lives/2010/08/12/102281-martyrs-with-anicetus-and-photius-of-nicomedia
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August 13, 2019 (Tuesday), New Calendar
Fasting: No meat, fish, dairy, eggs, wine, or olive oil (Dormition Fast)
Scripture Reading:
  • I Corinthians 12:12-26
  • Matthew 18:18-22;19:1-2; 13-15
Commemoration of the Day: Apodosis of the Transfiguration, Maximus the Confessor


About this saint from the website of the Orthodox Church in America: https://www.oca.org/saints/lives/2018/01/21/100249-st-maximus-the-confessor
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August 14, 2019 (Wednesday), New Calendar
Fasting: No meat, fish, dairy, eggs, wine, or olive oil (Dormition Fast)
Scripture Reading:
  • I Corinthians 13:4-13; 14:1-5
  • Matthew 20:1-16
Commemoration of the Day: Forefeast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary, The Holy Prophet Michaias (Micah)


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DescriptionSaint Sargis the General or Sergius Stratelates is revered as a martyr and military saint in the Armenian Apostolic Church. The name Sargis is the Armenian form of Sergius. Sargis was a general in the Roman Army stationed in Cappadocia. He went into exile in Persia during the reign of the pagan Roman emperor Julian. Wikipedia
Full name: Sarkis the Warrior
Major shrine: Saint Sarkis Monastery of Ushi
Feast: 63 days before Easter; (moveable feast)
Venerated in: Armenian Apostolic Church; Oriental Orthodoxy; Armenian Catholic Church
Died: 362 or 363
Children: Saint Martiros
 

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Sarkis was a Roman soilder ~ for his Christian faith he was persecuted went to Armenian for refuge in the Fourth Century ```

Coming from a town in the plains of Cappadocia, Sarkis was a valiant and faithful soldier in the Christian Emperor Constantine's army. When Julian the Apostate became emperor in A.D. 361, he began persecuting Christians, Sarkis took refuge with his son Mardiros under the protection of King Tiran (Richard) of Armenia. From there, he went to serve in the Persian army, where he and his son won many converts to Christianity.

The religious leaders in Persia found out about Sarkis, tried to force him and his son to worship their gods. When he refused to worship pagan idols, the Persian religious leaders killed them both. Fourteen of his faithful soldiers buried the general's body despite great risk. They were beheaded for their faith.

The Armenian Churches remembers Saint Sarkis, his Son and the Loyal Soldiers who died for their faith ~ on the third Saturday before Great Lent ```
 

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Brothers, Sisters ~ I often wondered: Could they and others who were killed for refusing to worship false gods ~ could they not have pretended ~ so as to live to fight another day ~ as Plato ~ I think it was said: retreating ones station in the face of certain death to live and fight another day ~ would be valiant as well ```

What is your thought ```


Sayat Nova was killed as well for refusing to convert to islam ~ would it be cowardly to pretend ~ what would you and I do ```
 

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Sethrak said:
Brothers, Sisters ~ I often wondered: Could they and others who were killed for refusing to worship false gods ~ could they not have pretended ~ so as to live to fight another day ~ as Plato ~ I think it was said: retreating ones station in the face of certain death to live and fight another day ~ would be valiant as well ```

What is your thought ```


Sayat Nova was killed as well for refusing to convert to islam ~ would it be cowardly to pretend ~ what would you and I do ```
I would say that confessing your faith in Christ, even to death, showed the power of Christ, as faith in Christ made people not fear even death. It showed people the power and comfort people have in Christ. Recanting your faith would make Christ seem weak, as it would show people that Christ is not powerful enough to protect someone from the fear of death.
 

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August 19, 2019 (Monday), New Calendar
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Scripture Reading:
  • I Corinthians 15:12-19
  • Matthew 21:18-22
Commemoration of the Day: Andrew the General & Martyr & his 2,593 soldiers


About this feast from the website of the Orthodox Church in America: https://www.oca.org/saints/lives/2008/08/19/102340-martyr-andrew-stratelates-and-2593-soldiers-with-him-in-cilicia
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August 20, 2019 (Tuesday), New Calendar
Fasting: n/a
Scripture Reading:
  • I Corinthians 15:29-38
  • Matthew 21:23-27
Commemoration of the Day: Samuel the Prophet


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