August 2018

FROM THE FATHERS

AND IN THIS TRANSFIGURATION the foremost object was to remove the offense of the cross from the disciple’s heart, and to prevent their faith being disturbed by the humiliation of His voluntary Passion by revealing to them the excellence of His hidden dignity…For Moses and Elias, that is the Law and the Prophets, appeared talking with the Lord; that in the presence of those five men might most truly be fulfilled what was said: ‘In two or three witnesses stands every word’ [Deuteronomy 19:15]. What more stable, what more steadfast than this word, in the proclamation of which the trumpet of the Old and of the New Testament joins, and the documentary evidence of the ancient witnesses combine with the teaching of the Gospel? For the pages of both covenants corroborate each other, and He Whom under the veil of mysteries the types that went before had promised, is displayed clearly and conspicuously by the splendour of the present glory. Because, as says the blessed John, ‘the law was given through Moses: but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ’ [John 1:17] in Whom is fulfilled both the promise of prophetic figures and the purpose of the legal ordinances: for He both teaches the truth of prophecy by His presence, and renders the commands possible through grace.”

Saint Leo the Great + A.D. 461

WE SAY that our dead have ‘fallen asleep’ or ‘passed away.’ What does this mean? This means that for the true Christian there is no death. Death was conquered by Christ on the cross. But there is a translation, i.e, a rearrangement of his condition, i.e. his soul is in another place, in another age, in another world beyond the grave, eternal, without end, that is what is meant by “falling asleep”…This preparation for the meeting of the heavenly King before the dread judgment seat, after death, is essentially the person’s preparation throughout the whole of his life. This preparation means a change in all his thoughts, and the moral change of all his being, so that the whole man would be pure and white as snow, washing clean everything that defiles the body and spirit, so that he is adorned with every virtue: repentance, meekness, humility, gentleness, simplicity, chastity, mercifulness, abstention, spiritual contemplation, and burning love for God and neighbour.”

Saint John of Kronstadt + A.D. 1909

IT WAS RIGHT that the eyewitnesses and minsters of the Word should see the Dormition of His Mother according to the flesh, even the final mystery concerning her: hence, they might be witnesses not only to the Ascension of the Saviour but also to the translation of her who gave Him birth. Assembled from all parts in obedience to divine power, they came to Sion, and sped on her way to heaven, the Virgin who is higher than the cherubim.”

Saint John of Damascus + A.D. 749

THE BENEFIT of fasting is not limited to only abstention from food, because true fasting is the elimination of evil deeds. Destroy every connection with the unrighteous. Forgive your neighbour his offenses; forgive him his debts. Do not fast in judgment and quarrels. You do not eat meat, but you eat your brother. You abstain from wine, but you do not abstain from insults. You wait until evening to eat food, but you spend the day in judgment places. Let our Lenten fasting be pleasant and pleasing to God. True fasting is the driving away of evil, the bridling of the tongue, the suppression of one’s anger, the removal of carnal desire, slander, lies, and perjury. Abstaining from this is the true fast. In this fast are beautiful deeds.

Saint Basil the Great + A.D. 379

 

Wednesday 1st August 2018 (ƒ2)
Dormition Fast begins
The Procession of the Precious and Lifegiving Cross of the Lord
Holy Seven Maccabaean Martyrs: Abimus, Antoninus, Gurias, Eleazar, Eusabonus, Alimus, and Marcellus, their mother Solomonia, and their teacher, Eleazar (166 BC). St. Timothy the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Priconissus of Peloponnesus. Holy Martyr Elessa of Cythera.
British Isles & Ireland: St. Rioch, abbot of Innisboffin (480). Holy Martyr Almedha of Breon (6th C). St. Kenneth the hermit (6th C). St. Ethelwold, bishop of Winchester (984).
Readings:
1 Corinthians 16:4-12; Matthew 21:28-32
For the Commemoration: 1 Corinthians 1:18-24; John 19:6-11, 13-20, 25-28, 30-35

Thursday 2nd August 2018 (ƒ3)
Dormition Fast
Translation the relics of the Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen from Jerusalem to Constantinople (428) and Translation of the relics (415) of the Righteous Nicodemus, Gamaliel, and Abibus. New Martyr Theodore of the Dardanelles (1690). Venerable Photini. Blessed Basil of Moscow, Fool-for-Christ (1552). Hieromartyr Stephen, pope of Rome, and those with him. (257).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Etheldritha of Crowland, virgin (ca. 835). St. Sidwell, Virgin-Martyr (6th C). St. Plegmund, 19th archbishop of Canterbury (914).
Readings:
2 Corinthians 1:1-7; Matthew 21:43-46

Friday 3rd August 2018 (ƒ3)
Dormition Fast
SS Isaac, Dalmatus and Faustus, Ascetics of the Dalmatian Monastery at Constantinople (5th C). Holy Myrrhbearer Salome (1st C). St. Theoctistus the Wonderworker of Optimaton. Venerable Theoklites and Nun Theodora of Thessalonica. St. Antony the Roman, wonderworker of Novgorod (1147). Protomartyr Rajden of Georgia (457).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Trea the Recluse of Ardtree (5th C). St. Senach, disciple of St. Finian (6th C).
Readings:
2 Corinthians 1:12-20; Matthew 22:23-33

Saturday 4th August 2018 (ƒ2)
Dormition Fast
Holy Seven Youths (“Seven Sleepers”) of Ephesus: Maximilian, Jamblicus, Martinian, John, Dionysius, Exacustodian (Constantine), and Antoninus (250). Holy Martyr Eudocia of Persia (362). Holy Martyr Eleutherius of Constantinople (4th C). New Hieromartyr Cosmas of Aitolia, Equal to the Apostles (1779).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Sezni of Sithney (ca. 529). St. Lugid, abbot and disciple of St. Comgall (609).
Readings:
Romans 15:30-33; Matthew 17:24-18:4

Sunday 5th August 2018 (ƒ2)
10th after Pentecost 10th of Matthew – Tone 1 : Eothinon 10.
Forefeast of The Transfiguration; Dormition Fast
Holy Martyr Eusignius of Antioch (362). Hieromartyrs Anterus (236) and Fabian (250), popes of Rome. New Martyr Abbacum (Habbakuk) of Thessalonica (1628). Our Righteous Father Eugene of Aitola.
British Isles & Ireland: St. Oswald, King of Northumbria and Martyr (642). St. Gormcal, abbot of Ardoilen (1016).
Readings:
1 Corinthians 4:9-16; Matthew 17:14-23

Monday 6th August 2018 (ƒ1)
Dormition Fast
THE HOLY TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST
St. Theoctitus, bishop of Chernigov (1123).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Hardulph, hermit of Breedon in Leicestershire (7th C).
Readings:
2 Corinthians 2:4-15; Matthew 23:13-22
For the Commemoration: 2 Peter 1:10-19; Matthew 17:1-9

Tuesday 7th August 2018 (ƒ3)
Afterfeast of The Transfiguration; Dormition Fast
Martyr Dometius of Persia and two disciples (363). Hieromartyr Narcissus, patriarch of Jerusalem (213). Venerable Theodosius the New, Healer of Peloponnesus (862). St. Nicanor, wonderworker of Mt. Callistratus (1519) and David. Translation of the relics of St. Metrophanes, 1st bishop of Voronezh (1832). Venerable Elder Anthony of Optina (1865). Venerable Dometius of Philotheou, Mt. Athos (16th C). St. Sozon of Nicomedia. Holy Ten Thousand Ascetics of Thebes.
British Isles & Ireland: St. Donat of Llandunwyd, Glamorgan.
Readings:
2 Corinthians 2:14-3:3; Matthew 23:23-28

Wednesday 8th August 2018 (ƒ3)
Afterfeast of The Transfiguration; Dormition Fast
St. Emilian the Confessor, bishop of Cyzicus (820). St. Myron, bishop of Crete (ca. 350). St. Gregory of Sinai and Mt. Athos (1346). New Martyr Triandaphyllus of Zagora in Thessaly (1680). Translation of the relics (1566) of St. Zosimas (1478) and St. Sabbatius (1435) of Solovki. St. Gregory, Iconographer of the Kievan Caves (12th C). New Martyrs Anastasios (Spaso) of Radovishte in Strumica, and Triandaphylos who suffered at Thessalonica (1794).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Ultan, abbot of Crayke (7th C). St. Ellidius of Hirnant in Powys (7th C).
Readings:
2 Corinthians 3:4-11; Matthew 23:29-39

Thursday 9th August 2018 (ƒ3)
Afterfeast of The Transfiguration; Dormition Fast
Apostle Matthias of the Seventy (c. 63). Holy Martyr Anthony of Alexandria (4th C). St. Psoi of Egypt (4th C). Glorification of St. Herman of Alaska, Wonderworker of All America (1970).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Phelim, bishop of Kilmore (6th C). St. Nathy, disciple of St. Finian of Clonard (ca. 610).
Readings:
2 Corinthians 4:1-6; Matthew 24:13-28

Friday 10th August 2018 (ƒ3)
Afterfeast of The Transfiguration; Dormition Fast
Holy Martyr and archdeacon Laurence of Rome (258). Hieromartyr Sixtus, bishop of Rome, and Martyrs Felicissimus and Agapitus, Deacons (258).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Gerontius (Geraint) of Gerrans in Cornwall) and Magor in Gwent (6th C). St. Blane , bishop of Bute (6th C). St. Bettelin (Bertram) of Stafford (8th C).
Readings:
2 Corinthians 4:13-18; Matthew 24:27-33,42-51

Saturday 11th August 2018 (ƒ2)
Afterfeast of The Transfiguration; Dormition Fast
Holy Martyr and archdeacon Euplus of Catania (304). St. Niphon, patriarch of Constantinople (1515). Commemoration of the Miracle (1716) of St. Spyridon (348) on Corfu against the Turks. New Martyrs Anastasius of Asomaton in Asia Minor, and Demetrius of Lesbos (1816).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Attracta (Athracht) the Healer (6th C). St. Lelia of Limerick and Kerry.
Readings:
1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Matthew 19:3-12

Sunday 12th August 2018 (ƒ2)
11th after Pentecost 11th of Matthew – Tone 2 : Eothinon 11.
Afterfeast of The Transfiguration; Dormition Fast
Soldier-Martyrs Anicetus and Photius of Nicomedia, and many with them (305). Hieromartyr Alexander, bishop of Comana (3rd C). Holy Martyrs Pamphilus and Capito. St. Pallamon of Egypt, instructor of St. Pachomius the Great.
British Isles & Ireland: St. Seigine, abbot of Iona (652). St. Molaise of Devenish (563). St. Janbert, 13th archbishop of Canterbury (792). St. Merewenna of Marhamchurch. St. Ust (Justus), hermit of Cornwall.
Readings:
1 Corinthians 9:2-12; Matthew 18:23-35

Monday 13th August 2018 (ƒ3)
Leavetaking (Apodosis) of The Transfiguration; Dormition Fast
St. Maximus the Confessor (662). St. Eudocia the Empress, wife of Theodosius the Younger (460). Empress Irene, tonsured Xenia (12th C). Holy Martyr Hippolytus of Rome and 18 martyrs with him, including Martyrs Concordia, Irenaeus, and Abundius (258). Uncovering of the relics of St. Maxim of Moscow, Fool-for-Christ (ca. 1547). St. Tikhon, bishop of Voronezh, wonderworker of Zadonsk and All Russia (1783). St. Serid (Seridos), abbot of Gaza (6th C).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Wigbert, abbot of Hersfeld and disciple of St. Boniface (c. 738). St. Murtagh, bishop of Killala (6th C).
Readings:
2 Corinthians 5:10-15; Mark 1:9-15

Tuesday 14th August 2018 (ƒ3)
Forefeast of The Dormition of the Theotokos; Dormition Fast
Righteous Prophet Micah (8th C BC). Hieromartyr Marcellus, bishop of Apamea (389). New Martyr Simeon of Trebizond (1653). Translation of the relics of St. Theodosius of the Kievan Caves (1091).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Fachanan, abbot of Ross Carbery (ca. 600). St. Werenfrid, disciple of St. Willibrord among the Frisians (ca. 760).
Readings:
2 Corinthians 5:15-21; Mark 1:16-22

Wednesday 15th August 2018 (ƒ1)
THE DORMITION (KIMISIS) OF THE MOST HOLY LADY THE THEOTOKOS AND EVER-VIRGIN MARY
St. Macarius the Roman, abbot (1550), and his disciple St. Chariton. St. Christos of Ioannina.
Readings:
2 Corinthians 6:11-16; Mark 1:23-28
For the Commemoration: Philippians 2:5-11; Luke 10:38-42;11:27-28

Thursday 16th August 2018
Afterfeast of The Dormition of the Theotokos
Translation of the Icon “Not made by hands” of Our Lord Jesus Christ from Edessa to Constantinople (944). Holy Martyr Diomedes the Physician of Tarsus in Cilicia (298). St. Gerasimus, wonderworker of Cephalonia (1579). St. Timothy of Chalcedon, archbishop, founder of the monastery of Pendeli. Great New Martyr Apostolos of the town of St. Laurence, martyred in Constantinople (1686). New Martyr Nicodemus of Meteora (1551). New Martyr Stamatius of Volos, Thessaly (1680).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Armagillus (Armel), cousin of St. Samson (c. 550).
Readings:
2 Corinthians 7:1-10; Mark 1:29-35

Friday 17th August 2018 (ƒ3)
Afterfeast of The Dormition of the Theotokos
Holy Martyr Myron, presbyter, of Cyzicus (254). Holy Martyrs Straton, Philip, Eutychian, and Cyprian of Nicomedia (303). Holy Martyrs Thyrsus, Leucius, and Coronatus, with others at Caesarea in Bithynia (250). Holy Martyrs Paul and his sister Juliana of Syria (3rd C). St. Alypius the Iconographer of the Kievan Caves (1114). Blessed Theodoretus of Solovky, Enlightener of the Lapps (1571).
British Isles & Ireland: St. James the deacon of York (7th C). St. Drithelm of Melrose (ca. 700). Holy Martyr Hiero (885).
Readings:
2 Corinthians 7:10-16; Mark 2:18-22

Saturday 18th August 2018
Afterfeast of The Dormition of the Theotokos
Holy Martyrs Florus and Laurus of Illyria (2nd C). SS John (674) and George (683), patriarchs of Constantinople. Venerable Barnabus and his nephew St. Sophronius, monks of Mt Mela nr. Trebizond (412). Venerable Sophronius of St. Anne’s Skete on Mt Athos. St. Arsenios the New of Paros (1877). Repose of St. John, abbot of Rila (946).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Daig Maccairill, bishop of Iniskin (6th C). St. Evan, hermit in Ayrshire (9th C).
Readings:
1 Corinthians 1:26-2:5; Matthew 20:29-34

Sunday 19th August 2018
12th after Pentecost 12th of Matthew – Tone 3 : Eothinon 1.
Afterfeast of The Dormition of the Theotokos
Great Martyr Andrew Stratelates (the General) and those with him (2593 soldiers) in Cilicia (4th C). St. Theophanes, New Wonderworker of Macedonia (15th C). Holy Martyrs Timothy, Agapius and Thecla, of Palestine (306). Venerable Theophanes of Docheiariou monastery on Athos. St. Pitirim, bishop of Perm (1456).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Clydog, king and martyr (492). St. Mochta, 1st bishop of Louth, Ireland (534). St. Credan, abbot of Evesham (ca. 780).
Readings:
1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Matthew 19:16-26

Monday 20th August 2018
Afterfeast of The Dormition of the Theotokos
Righteous Prophet Samuel (11th C BC). Holy Martyr Luke of Bouleutos. St. Stephen (István), King of Hungary (1038). Holy Martyrs Heliodorus of Mesopotamia and Dosa, at Daskarta in Persia (380). Holy Martyr Photini, at the church of Blachernae.
British Isles & Ireland: St. Oswin, king and martyr (651). St. Edbert of York, monk (768).
Readings:
2 Corinthians 8:7-15; Mark 3:6-12

Tuesday 21st August 2018
Afterfeast of The Dormition of the Theotokos
Apostle Thaddeus of the Seventy (ca. 44). Holy Martyr Bassa of Edessa and her sons Theognius, Agapius, and Pistus (ca. 304). Venerable Abramius, archimandrite, Wonderworker of Smolensk (1220) and his disciple, Venerable Ephraim (1238). St. Sidonius Apollinaris, bishop of Clermont and hymnographer (480).
Readings:
2 Corinthians 8:16-9:5; Mark 3:13-21

Wednesday 22nd August 2018 (ƒ3)
Afterfeast of The Dormition of the Theotokos
Holy Martyr Agathonicus of Nicomedia and his companions: Zoticus, Theoprepius, Acindynus, Severian, Zeno, and others, who suffered under Maximian (4th C). Hieromartyr Athanasius, bishop of Tarsus in Cilicia (275). Holy Martyr Anathusa (298). New Hieromartyr Gorazd (Pavlick), bishop of Prague (1942).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Sigfrid, abbot of Wearmouth (ca. 688). St. Ethelgitha of Northumbria, abbess (ca. 720). St. Arnulf of Cambridgeshire (9th C).
Readings:
2 Corinthians 9:12-10:7; Mark 3:20-27

Thursday 23rd August 2018
Leavetaking (Apodosis) of The Dormition of the Theotokos
Hieromartyr Irenaeus, bishop of Lyons (202). Holy Martyr Lupus, slave of St. Demetrius of Thessalonica (4th C). Venerable Nicholas and Dionysios of Olympos. St. Eutychius (540) and St. Florentius (547) of Nursia. St. Callinicus, patriarch of Constantinople (706). Holy 38 Martyrs of Thrace. St. Nicholas the Sicilian, who struggled on Mt. Neotaka in Eubœa.
British Isles & Ireland: Holy Martyr Ebba the Younger, abbess of Coldingham, and her companions (870). St. Tydfil, Martyr (480). St. Eogan, 1st bishop of Ardstraw (618).
Readings:
2 Corinthians 10:7-18; Mark 3:28-35

Friday 24th August 2018 (ƒ3)
Repose of New Hieromartyr Cosmas of Aetolia, Equal-to-the-Apostles and evangelizer of southern Albania (1779). Hieromartyr Eutyches, disciple of St. John the Theologian (1st C). Holy Martyr Tatian at Claudiopolis (305). Translation to Zante of the relics of St. Dionysius, bishop of Aegina, the Wonderworker (1624). Venerable Gerasimos of Cephallonia. Translation of the relics of St. Peter, metropolitan of Moscow and All Russia (1479).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Yrchard of Scotland, missionary (5th C).
Readings:
2 Corinthians 11:5-21; Mark 4:1-9

Saturday 25th August 2018
Holy Apostle of the Seventy Titus, bishop of Crete (1st C) & the return of the relics of the Apostle Bartholomew from Anastasiopolis to Lipari (6th C)
Bishop Gortyne of Crete, disciple of the Holy Apostle Paul. SS John the Cappadocian (520) and St. Epiphanius (535), patriarchs of Constantinople. St. Patricia of Constantinople and Naples, nun (ca. 665).
British Isles & Ireland: Translation of the relics of St. Hilda of Whitby (680).
Readings:
1 Corinthians 2:6-9; Matthew 22:15-22
For the Commemoration: Titus 1:1-5; 2:15; 3:1-2,12-15; Matthew 5:14-19

Sunday 26th August 2018
13th after Pentecost 13th of Matthew – Tone 4 : Eothinon 2.
Holy Martyrs Adrian and Natalia and 33 companions, of Nicomedia (4th C). Righteous Ioasaph, King of India. Venerable Adrian, abbot of Ondrusov (Valaam) (1549). St. Zer-Jacob, missionary in Ethiopia.
British Isles & Ireland: St. Ninian of Whithorn (432). St. Pandwyna of Eltisley, virgin (ca. 904). St. Bregwin, 12th archbishop of Canterbury (764).
Readings:
1 Corinthians 16:13-24; Matthew 21:33-42

Monday 27th August 2018
St. Pœmen the Great (ca. 450). Newly-revealed Great Martyr Phanurius of Rhodes. St. Pœmen of Palestine (605). Righteous Martyr Anthusa. St. Hosius the Confessor, bishop of Cordova (359). St. Liberius, pope of Rome (366). St. Monica, mother of St. Augustine (387). St. Cæsarius, bishop of Arles (543).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Decuman (Dagan), hermit and martyr (706). St. Malrubius of Merns, Kincardineshire, hermit and martyr (ca. 1040).
Readings:
2 Corinthians 12:10-19; Mark 4:10-23

Tuesday 28th August 2018
Righteous Anna the Prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, who met the Lord at the Temple in Jerusalem (1st C). St. Moses the Ethiopian of Scete (4th C). Holy Martyrs Diomedes, Damon and Laurence. Holy Martyr Queen Susanna (Shushanik), Princess of Georgia (5th C). Repose of Blessed Augustine, bishop of Hippo (430). 33 Martyrs of Nicomedia. Uncovering of the relics of St. Job, abbot and wonderworker of Pochaev (1659). Synaxis of the Saints of the Kievan Caves whose relics repose in the Far Cave of St. Theodosius.
British Isles & Ireland: St. Rumwold (ca. 650).
Readings:
2 Corinthians 12:20-13:2; Mark 4:24-34

Wednesday 29th August 2018 (ƒ2)
Holy Apostle of the Seventy Titus, bishop of Crete (1st C) & the return of the relics of the Apostle Bartholomew from Anastasiopolis to Lipari (6th C)
Bishop Gortyne of Crete, disciple of the Holy Apostle Paul. SS John the Cappadocian (520) and St. Epiphanius (535), patriarchs of Constantinople. St. Patricia of Constantinople and Naples, nun (ca. 665).
British Isles & Ireland: Translation of the relics of St. Hilda of Whitby (680).
Readings:
2 Corinthians 13:3-13; Mark 4:35-41
For the Commemoration: Titus 1:1-5; 2:15; 3:1-2,12-15; Matthew 5:14-19

Thursday 30th August 2018
Leavetaking (Apodosis) of The Beheading of the Forerunner
SS Alexander (340), John (595), and Paul the New (784), patriarchs of Constantinople. St. Phantinos of Calabria (9th C). Translation of the relics of St. Alexander Nevsky (1724). St. Alexander, abbot of Svir (1533).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Loarn, bishop of Downpatrick (5th C). St. Fiacre of Brogillum (670). St. Rumon of Romansleigh, Devon (6th C).
Readings:
Galatians 1:1-10,20-2:5; Mark 5:1-20

Friday 31st August 2018 (ƒ2)
The Placing of the Honourable Sash of the Most Holy Theotokos the Church of the Virgin in Halkoprateia, Constantinople (395-408)
Hieromartyr Cyprian, bishop of Carthage (258). St. Gennadius, patriarch of Constantinople (471). St. John, metropolitan of Kiev (1089).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Eanswythe, abbess of Folkestone (ca. 640). St. Aidan, bishop of Lindisfarne (651). SS Cuthburgh (ca. 725) and Cwenburgh (ca. 735), abbesses of Wimborne.
Readings:
Galatians 2:6-10; Mark 5:22-24,35-6:1
For the Commemoration: Hebrews 9:1-7; Luke 10:38-42;11:27-28

 

Note:   Bold type indicates the primary readings of the day.

Fasting Guidelines:
f3 No animal products, oil or wine (sea foods such as squid, crab, roe and prawn are permitted)
f2 As f3 but wine and oil are permitted
f1 As f2 but fish also permitted
cf Cheesefare: all foods, except meat products, permitted

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