|Orthodox Calendar 2018|
Translation of the relics of Hieromartyr Ignatius the God-bearer, bishop of Antioch (107).
Martyrs Romanus, James, Philotheus, Hyperechius, Abibus, Julian, and Paregorius, at Samosata (297). Hieromartyrs Silvanus, bishop of Emesa, the deacon Luke, and the reader Mocius (Mucius) (312). St. Lawrence, recluse of the Kiev Caves and bishop of Turov (1194). Sts. Gerasimus (ca. 1441-1467), Pitirim (1455) and Jonah (1470) bishops of Perm. St. Ignatius, bishop of Smolensk (1210). St. Andrew (Rublev), iconographer, of the Spaso-Andronikov Monastery (Moscow) (1430).
Martyrs Sarbelus [Thathuil] and his sister Bebaia, of Edessa (98-138) St. Barsimaeus the Confessor, bishop of Edessa (2nd c.). St. Aphrahates the Persian, hermit, of Antioch (370). St. Gildas the Wise, abbot, of Rhuys, Brittany (ca. 570). St. Severus, bishop of Bourges (591). St. Ashot Kuropalates of Tao-Klarjeti, Georgia (829). New Martyr Demetrius of Chios, at Constantinople (1802).
Thoughts for Each Day of the Year
|Tradition suggests that when St Ignatius was a little boy, the Savior hugged him and said: “Unless you turn and become as little children, you shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven”. The saint was called “God-Bearer” (Theophoros), because he bore God in his heart and prayed unceasingly to Him.|
|The Holy Martyrs Romanus, James, Philotheus, Hyperichius, Habib, Julian and Parigoreas suffered in the year 297, during the persecution by Diocletian (284-305),|
|Saint Silvanus the bishop suffered in the city of Phoenician Emesa (Homs) in 312 along with Saint Luke the deacon and Mocius the Reader.|
|Saint Laurence, Hermit of the Caves and Bishop of Turov, in the Near Caves at first lived as a hermit at the monastery of the Great Martyr Demetrius, built by Great Prince Izyaslav at Kiev near the Monastery of the Caves. Later, he transferred to the Kiev Caves monastery, and was glorified by a gift of healing.|
|Saint Gerasimus, Bishop of Great Perm and Ust’Vymsk, was the third bishop of the newly-enlightened Zyryani people, and he was a worthy successor to Saint Stephen, the Enlightener of Perm.|
|Saint Pitirim, Bishop of Great Perm, was chosen and consecrated to the See of Perm after the suffering and death of St Gerasimus of Perm.|
|After Saint Pitirim, Saint Jonah ascended the throne of Perm. He converted to Christianity the remaining part of Great Perm, i.e. the pagan tribes living along the Rivers Vishera, Kama, Chusova and others.|
Dmitry LapaSt. Gildas is regarded as one of the principal apostles of the Orthodox faith and early preachers of Wales, though very scarce details of his activities in the region survive.
|In the year 786, Ashot, the son of Adarnerse, ascended the throne of Kartli. From the very beginning of his reign he fought fiercely for the reunification of Georgia. His first step was to take advantage of the Arab Muslims’ weariness and banish them from Tbilisi.|
St. AugustineFor that day is properly called the Day of Judgment, because in it there shall be no room left for the ignorant questioning why this wicked person is happy and that righteous man unhappy. In that day true and full happiness shall be the lot of none but the good, while deserved and supreme misery shall be the portion of the wicked, and of them only.
|The next time that you set out to destroy someone’s reputation, break someone’s heart, show indifference and even ignorance toward a person, or maliciously gossip about someone, remember that Christ says that you’re doing exactly the same thing to Him!|
St. Ignatius (Brianchaninov)Mercy will present to Christ also those who were only able to show mercy to themselves, who visited themselves with self-criticism and freed themselves from the poverty, sickness, and prison of sin through repentance. Repentance is impossible for the hardened heart: the heart must be softened, filled with sympathy and mercy toward its catastrophic state of sinfulness.
|The word “fast” means not eating all or certain foods. As Orthodox Faithful, we can fast completely at certain times of great importance, and especially each time before receiving Holy Communion. Usually, fasting means limiting the number of meals and/or the type of food eaten. The purpose of fasting is to remind us of the Scriptural teaching, “Man does not live by bread alone.” The needs of the body are nothing compared to the needs of the soul. Above all else, we need God, Who provides everything for both the body and the soul. Fasting teaches us to depend on God more fully.|
Fr. Evan Armatas, John MaddoxSo why is it that some would see a need for Great and Holy Lent? We said we were going to talk about the themes and the reasons; I think some of the reasons for Great Lent are in the calendar of events that proceed and mark our time through Great Lent. So let’s step back and take a look.
St. John of ShanghaiA search for compromise will be the characteristic disposition of men. Straightforwardness of confession will vanish. Men will cleverly justify their fall, and an endearing evil will support such a general disposition. Men will grow accustomed to apostasy from the truth and to the sweetness of compromise and sin.