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Происхождение (изнесение) Честных Древ Животворящего Креста Господня Мученики Маккавеи
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9th Week after Pentecost. Tone 7.
Начало Успенского поста.
Monastic rule: xerophagy (bread, uncooked fruits and vegetables).

Совершается служба со славословиемProcession of the Precious Wood of the Life-giving Cross of the Lord. Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомHoly Seven Maccabees: Martyrs Abimus, Antonius, Gurias, Eleazar, Eusebonus, Alimus, and Marcellus, their mother Solomonia, and their teacher Eleazar (166 b.c.).

Nine Martyrs of Perge in Pamphylia: Leontius, Attius, Alexander, Cindeus, Minsitheus (Mnesitheus), Cyriacus, Mineon (Menaeus), Catanus, and Eucleus (3rd c.). Commemoration of the Baptism of Rus’ (988). St. Nicholas, Equal-to-the-Apostles, enlightener of Japan (1912).

New Hiero-confessor Alexander (Urodov), archimandrite, of Sanaxar and Seven Lakes Monasteries (1961).

St. Eusebius, bishop of Verceil (Italy) (ca. 371). Martyr Elessa of Cythera (375). Sts. Friardus of Vindumitta (573) and Secundellus, deacon (6th c.), of Gaul. St. Timothy the Wonderworker, bishop of Proconnesus (6th c.). St. Cennydd (Kenneth), monk, of Llangenydd (Wales) (6th. c.). St. Ethelwold, bishop of Winchester (984). Finding of the relics of Bishop Nestor (Zass) of the Aleutians and Alaska (1882).

Repose of Abbess Alexia of Nizhni-Novgorod (1940).


On the feast of the Procession of Honorable Wood of the Honorable and Life-Giving Cross of the Lord

Evgeny Poselyanin

The two feasts of the "Procession of the Honorable Wood of the Honorable and Life-Giving Cross of the Lord" and the celebration of the "All-Merciful Savior Christ God and His Mother the Most Holy Theotokos, Mary" are combined in some menaions, but not all. The two feasts are given equal honor. This gives cause to suppose that these two feasts are not distinct and are essentially one and the same feast, known by two different names. This, however, is a totally wrong assumption. That becomes clear and undoubted if we take a look at the essence and reason for instituting these two different feasts.

The Preaching of the Cross

Fr. Seraphim Holland

Brothers and sisters, today is the Procession of the Cross which we celebrate on the first of August, and also the holy Maccabean martyrs with their teacher Eleazar and their mother Solomonia. St. Paul has two famous phrases that are in one of the epistles we read today—a very misunderstood phrase. Let’s talk about what it really means.

Procession of the Honorable Wood of the Life-Giving Cross of the Lord (First of the three “Feasts of the Savior” in August)

Because of the Blessing of Water, this first Feast of the Savior in August is sometimes called ‘Savior of the Water.” There may also be a Blessing of New Honey today, which is why the Feast is also called “Savior of the Honey.” From this day the newly gathered honey is blessed and tasted.

The Seven Holy Maccabee Martyrs

The seven holy Maccabee martyrs Abim, Antonius, Gurias, Eleazar, Eusebonus, Alimus and Marcellus, their mother Solomonia and their teacher Eleazar suffered in the year 166 before Christ under the impious Syrian king Antiochus IV Epiphanes. This foolish ruler loved pagan and Hellenistic customs, and held Jewish customs in contempt. He did everything possible to turn people from the Law of Moses and from their covenant with God.

Holy Hierarch Ethelwold, Bishop of Winchester

Dmitry Lapa

A true revival of English Orthodox monasticism and piety became possible only in the second half of the tenth century, under the three saintly figures known as the “Three English Holy Hierarchs.” These were the holy hierarchs Dunstan of Canterbury, Oswald of Worcester and York, and Ethelwold (originally Aethelwold) of Winchester, three great archpastors for whom veneration was nationwide.