January 2018

FROM THE FATHERS

“JESUS sanctified Baptism by being Himself baptized. If the Son of God was baptized, what godly man is he that despises Baptism? But He was baptized not that He might receive remission of sins, for He was sinless; but being sinless, He was baptized that He might give to them that are baptized a divine and excellent grace. For ‘since the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise partook of the same’ (Heb. 2:14), that having been made partakers of His presence in the flesh, we might be made partakers also of His Divine grace: thus Jesus was baptized, that thereby we again by our participation might receive both salvation and honour.”

St. Cyril of Jerusalem + AD 386

“DO YOU see, beloved, how many and how great blessings we would have lost, if the Lord had yielded to the exhortation of John, and declined baptism? For the heavens were shut before this; the region above was inaccessible. We would in that case descend to the lower parts, but we would not ascend to the upper. But was it only that the Lord was baptized? He also renewed the old man, and committed to him again the sceptre of adoption. For straightway ‘the heavens were opened to Him’ (Matt. 3:16). A reconciliation took place of the visible with the invisible; the celestial orders were filled with joy; the diseases of earth were healed; secret things were made known; those at enmity were restored to amity. For you have heard the word of the evangelist, saying, ‘The heavens were opened to Him’, on account of three wonders. For when Christ the Bridegroom was baptized, it was meet that the bridal-chamber of heaven should open its brilliant gates. And in like manner also, when the Holy Spirit descended in the form of a dove, and the Father’s voice spread everywhere, it was meet that ‘the gates of heaven should be lifted up’(Ps. 24:7). ‘And, lo, the heavens were opened to Him; and a voice was heard, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased’(Matt. 3:17). ”

St. Hippolytus of Rome + c. AD 236

“A HUMBLE man is never rash, hasty or perturbed, never has any hot and volatile thoughts, but at all times remains calm. Even if heaven were to fall and cleave to the earth, the humble man would not be dismayed. Not every quiet man is humble, but every humble man is quiet. There is no humble man who is not self-constrained; but you will find many who are self-constrained without being humble. This is also what the meek humble Lord meant when He said, ‘Learn of Me, for I am meek and humble of heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls.’ (Matt. 11:29) For the humble man is always at rest, because there is nothing which can agitate or shake his mind. Just as no one can frighten a mountain, so the mind of a humble man cannot be frightened.

St. Isaac the Syrian + AD 700

“AN EVIDENT sinner will turn towards good more easily than a secret sinner, hiding under the cloak of visible virtues.”

St. St. Theophan the Recluse + AD 1894

Monday 1st January 2018
Liturgy of St. Basil
THE CIRCUMCISION OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST, St. Basil the Great, archbishop of Cæsarea in Cappadocia (379)
St. Gregory, bishop of Nazianzus, father of St. Gregory the Theologian (4th C). St. Emelia, mother of SS Macrina, Basil the Great and Gregory of Nyssa (375). Holy martyr Basil of Ancyra (362). New martyr Peter of The Peloponnese. Holy martyr Theodotos. St. Theodosius of Tryglia, abbot. St. Almachius (391). St. Fulgentius, bishop of Ruspe in North Africa (533).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Maelrhys of the Isle of Bardsey (6th C). SS Elvan and Mydwyn, missionaries of Britain (2nd C). St. Beoc, abbot of Lough Derg (5th C). St. Connat, abbess of Kildare (590). St. Cuan (6th C). St. Fanchea, abbess of Rossory (585).
Readings:
Hebrews 11:17-31; Mark 12:13-17.
For the Commemoration: Colossians 2:8-12; Luke 2:20-21, 40-52.

Tuesday 2nd January 2018
Forefeast of The Theophany
St. Sylvester, pope of Rome (335). St. Cosmas of Constantinople (1081). Repose (1833) and Second Uncovering of the Relics (1991) of St. Seraphim, Wonderworker of Sarov. Righteous Juliana of Lazarevsk (1604). St. Theodata, mother of the first SS Cosmas and Damian (3rd C). Hieromartyr Theogenes, bishop of Parium on the Hellespont (ca. 320). New Martyr George the Georgian (1770).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Seiriol of Wales (6th C).
Readings:
Hebrews 12:25-27; 13:22-25; Mark 12:18-27.

Wednesday 3rd January 2018
Forefeast of The Theophany
Righteous Prophet Malachi (400 BC). Holy Martyr Gordius at Caesarea in Cappadocia (314). St. Geneviève of Paris (502). St. Peter of Atroa (837). St. Thomais of Lesbos (10th C). Finding of the relics of New Monk-Martyr Ephraim of Nea Makri, in 1950.
British Isles & Ireland: St. Hywyn, companion of St. Cadfan in Cornwall. (6th C). St. Finlay (6th C). St. Fintan (6th C). SS Fugatos and Damian (2nd C). St. Wenog.
Readings:
James 1:1-18; Mark 12:28-37.

Thursday 4th January 2018
Forefeast of The Theophany
Synaxis of the Seventy Apostles. Holy martyrs abbot Euthymius and twelve monks of Vatopedi Monastery (1276). St. Euthymius the New of Thessalonica, monk (886). St. Theoctistus, abbot of Cuocomo in Sicily (800). New Martyr Onuphrius Manassias the deacon of Chilandar Monastery, Mt. Athos (1818). Repose of St. Eustathius I, archbishop of Serbia (ca. 1285). Holy martyrs Zosimas the Hermit, and Athanasius the Commentarisius, anchorites of Cilicia (4th C). Holy martyrs Chrysantha and Euphemia.
Readings:
James 1:19-27; Mark 12:38-44.

Friday 5th January 2018 (ƒ3)
Eve of the Theophany of Our Lord
Liturgy of St Basil
Hieromartyr Theopemptus, bishop of Nicomedia, and Martyr Theonas (303). St. Syncletica of Alexandria (350). Righteous Prophet Micah (800 BC). Virgin Apollinaria of Egypt (470). SS Phosterius the Hermit and Menas of Sinai (6th C). St. Gregory of Crete, monk (820). New Monk-martyr Romanus of Carpenision, who suffered at Constantinople (1694).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Ruman of Ireland (5th C). St. Cera, abbess (7th C ). St. Kiara (Chier) (c. 680).
Readings:
1 Corinthians 9:19-27; Luke 3:1-18.

Saturday 6th January 2018
THE HOLY THEOPHANY OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST
Venerable Makarios Makris of Vatopedi Monastery on Mt. Athos and Pantocratoros Monastery in Constantinople. New Hieromartyr Romanus of Lacedæmonia (1695).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Edeyrn (6th C). St. Eigrad (6th C). St. Merryn (6th C). St. Diman (658). St. Schotin (6th C). St. Peter, abbot of Canterbury (ca. 607).
Readings:
For the Commemoration: Titus 2:11-14, 3:4-7; Matthew 3:13-17.

Sunday 7th January 2018
Synaxis of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John. 
New Martyr Athanasius of Attalia and Smyrna (1700).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Brannock of Braunton (6th C). St. Cedd of Lastingham, bishop of the East Saxons (664). St. Cronan Beg, bishop of Aendrum (7th C). St. Kentigerna, mother of St. Foellan (734).
Readings:
For the Commemoration: Acts 19:1-8; John 1:29-34.

Monday 8th January 2018
Afterfeast of The Theophany
St. George the Chozebite, abbot (7th C). Righteous Prophet Shemaiah (10th C. BC). St. Domnica of Constantinople (ca. 474). SS Atticus (425) and Cyrus (714), patriarchs of Constantinople. Venerable Gregory, Wonderworker of the Kievan Caves (1093). St. Agatho of Egypt, monk (4th C). St. Emilian the Confessor, bishop of Cyzicus (9th C). Holy martyr Abo the Perfumer of Baghdad, who suffered at Tbilisi, Georgia (786). New-Martyr Kyran. Holy martyr Theophilos the deacon, and Helladius, of Libya (4th C).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Ergnad of Ulster (5th C). St. Albert of Cashel (7th C). St. Pega, anchoress in Northamptonshire (ca. 719). St. Athelhelm, 20th archbishop of Canterbury (923). St. Wulsin, bishop of Sherborne (1002).
Readings:
James 2:14-26; Mark 4:10-23.

Tuesday 9th January 2018
Afterfeast of The Theophany
Holy martyr Polyeuctus of Melitene in Armenia (259). Hieromartyr Philip, metropolitan of Moscow and All Russia (1569). St. Peter, bishop of Sebaste in Armenia (4th C). St. Eustratius the Wonderworker (9th C). New Martyr Parthena of Edessa in Macedonia (1375).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Adrian of Canterbury, abbot and scholar (710). St. Berhtwald, 8th archbishop of Canterbury (731). St. Foellan of Strathfillan (8th C).
Readings:
James 3:1-10; Mark 4:24-34.

Wednesday 10th January 2018 (ƒ3)
Afterfeast of The Theophany
St. Gregory, bishop of Nyssa (395). St. Theophan the Recluse (1894). Blessed Theosebia the deaconess, wife of St. Gregory of Nyssa (385). St. Marcian, presbyter, of Constantinople (5th C). St. Dometian, bishop of Melitene (601).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Diarmaid, abbot of Innis-Clotran (6th C). St. Thomian, Archbishop of Armagh (ca. 660). St. Sethrid of East Anglia, abbess in France (7th C).
Readings:
James 3:11-4:6; Mark 4:35-41.

Thursday 11th January 2018
Afterfeast of The Theophany
St. Theodosius the Great, the Cœnobiarch of Palestine (529)
St. Vitalis of the monastery of Abba Serid at Gaza (620). St. Theodosius of Antioch (ca. 412). Venerable Theodosios of Philotheou Monastery. St. Michael of Klops Monastery, Fool-for-Christ (ca 1453). SS Theodore and Agapius of Apamea in Syria (306).
British Isles & Ireland: SS Eithne and Fidelma, daughters of King Laoghaire (433). St. Beandan, abbot (5th C).
Readings:
James 4:7-5:9; Mark 5:1-20.
For the Commemoration: Hebrews 13:7-16; Matthew 11:27-30.

Friday 12th January 2018 (ƒ3)
Afterfeast of The Theophany
Holy martyr Tatiana of Rome and those who suffered with her (3rd C). Holy martyr Mertius of Mauretania (ca. 305). Virgin-martyr Euthasia. Martyr Philotheus of Antioch (c. 305).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Benedict Biscop, 1st abbot of Wearmouth, scholar (690).
Readings:
1 Peter 1:1,2,10-12, 2:6-10; Mark 5:22-24,35-6:1.

Saturday 13th January 2018
Saturday after the Theophany of Our Lord
Holy martyrs Hermylus and Stratonicus of Belgrade (315). St. James, bishop of Nisibis (350). St. Hilary, bishop of Poitiers (369). St. Maximus the Righteous of Kapsokalyvia Skete (1364). St. Eleazar of Anzersk Island at Solovki (1656). Holy martyrs Pachomios and Papyrinos of Greece.
British Isles & Ireland: St. Kentigern (Mungo), 1st bishop of Glasgow and Strathclyde (603). St. Erbin of Cornwall (6th C). St. Elian (6th C).
Readings:
Ephesians 6:10-17; Matthew 23:1-12.

Sunday 14th January 2018
Sunday after the Theophany of Our Lord – Tone 7 : Eothinon 10.
Leavetaking (Apodosis) of The Theophany
The Holy Fathers slain at Sinai and Raithu (5th C). St. Nina, Equal-to-the-Apostles and Enlightener of Georgia (355). St. Sava (Sabbas) I, enlightener, and 1st archbishop, of Serbia (1237). Virgin-martyr Agnes (304). St. Theodulus, son of St. Nilus of Sinai (5th C).
Readings:
Ephesians 4:7-13; Matthew 4:12-17.

Monday 15th January 2018
SS Paul of Thebes in Egypt (341) and John Kalyvites (“the Hut-dweller”) in Constantinople, monks (450). Monk-Martyr Pansophius of Alexandria (ca. 251). St. Maurus, disciple of St. Benedict (584). St. Gabriel, founder of Lesnovo Monastery, Serbia-Bulgaria (11th C).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Ita of Killeedy, nun (570). St. Teath of Wales, daughter of King Brychan (6th C). St. Lleudadd, abbot of Bardsey (6th C). St. Sawl, father of St. Asaph (6th C). St. Ceolwulf, King of Northumbria, monk (764). Hieromartyr Blaithmaic, abbot of Iona (823).
Readings:
1 Peter 2:21-3:9; Mark 5:24-34.

Tuesday 16th January 2018
The Veneration of the Precious Chains of the Holy Apostle Peter
St. Honoratus, archbishop of Arles and founder of Lerins Monastery (429). St. Romilos, monk of Mt Athos, disciple of St. Gregory of Sinai, and with him SS Nestor, Martinius, Daniel, Sisoes, Zosimas, and Gregory (1375). New Hieromartyr Damaskinos (1771). Blessed Maximus the priest, of Totma, Vologda, Fool-for-Christ (1650). Holy martyrs Pseusippus, Eleusippus, and Meleusippus the brothers, their grandmother Leonilla, and with them Neon, Turbo, and Jonilla, in Cappadocia (ca. 180). St. Macarius Kalogeras, hierodeacon of Patmos.
British Isles & Ireland: St. Fursey of Burgh Castle, Enlightener of East Anglia (650). St. Dunchaid O’Braoin, abbot of Clonmacnoise (988).
Readings:
1 Peter 3:10-22; Mark 6:1-7.
For the Commemoration: Acts 12:1-11; John 21:14-25.

Wednesday 17th January 2018 (ƒ2)
Our Venerable and God-bearing Father Anthony the Great (356)
St. Anthony the New, ascetic of Berrea in Macedonia (11th C). New-martyr George of Ioannina (1838). St. Theodosius the Great, Emperor of Rome (395).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Nennius, disciple of St. Ninian (6th C). St. Mildgyth of Lyminge, virgin (676).
Readings:
1 Peter 4:1-11; Mark 6:7-13.
For the Commemoration: Hebrews 13:17-21; Luke 6:17-23.

Thursday 18th January 2018
SS. Athanasius the Great (373) and Cyril (444), archbishops of Alexandria
Holy martyr Theodula and her companions Helladius, Boethius, Evagrius and Macarius of Anazarbus in Cilicia, (304). St. Marcian of Cyrrhus in Syria, monk (ca. 303). St. Maximus of Serbia (1546).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Deicola of Bangor (6th C). St. Wilfrid (Ulfrid), missionary and martyr in Sweden (1028).
Readings:
1 Peter 4:12-5:5; Mark 6:30-45.
For the Commemoration: Hebrews 13:7-16; Matthew 5:14-19.

Friday 19th January 2018 (ƒ3)
Holy and Venerable Macarius the Great of Egypt (390) and St. Macarius of Alexandria (394). Holy and Venerable Mark Eugenikos, metropolitan of Ephesus, Pillar of Orthodoxy (1445). St. Sulpice, bishop of Bourges (ca. 647). St. Meletius, Confessor of Mt. Galesion, monk (1286).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Branwalader (Breward) bishop of Jersey (6th C). St. Nathalan, bishop of Tullicht (ca. 678).
Readings:
2 Peter 1:1-10; Mark 6:45-53.

Saturday 20th January 2018
Our Holy and Godbearing Father Euthymios the Great of Palestine (473)
New Martyr Zacharias in Patrai in Morea (1782). St. Leo the Great, confessor, Emperor of the East (474). Blessed Peter the Customs Inspector of Constantinople (6th C). Holy Martyr Sebastian (288).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Fechin, abbot of Fobhar (664). St. Molagga, disciple of St. David and abbot of Fermoy (664).
Readings:
2 Timothy 2:11-19; Matthew 24:1-13.
For the Commemoration: 2 Corinthians 4:6-15; Luke 6:17-23.

Sunday 21st January 2018
32nd after Pentecost 15th of Luke – Tone 8 : Eothinon 11.
Holy and Venerable Maximus the Confessor (662). Holy Martyrs Zosimos and Neophytos (305). Venerable Maxim the Greek (1556). Virgin-Martyr Agnes of Rome (304). Holy martyr Anastasius, disciple of St. Maximus the Confessor (662).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Brigid of Kilbride (6th C). St. Wynnin, bishop and abbot of Holywood (6th C). St. Lawdog of Wales (6th C). St. Macallan, hermit and abbot (978).
Readings:
1 Timothy 4:9-15; Luke 19:1-10.

Monday 22nd January 2018
Apostle Timothy of the Seventy (96). St. Vincent the deacon, Protomartyr of Spain (4th C). Monk-Martyr Anastasius the Persian (628). St. Joseph Samakus the Sanctified of Crete.
British Isles & Ireland: St. Brihtwald of Ramsbury (1045).
Readings:
Galatians 4:28-5:10; Mark 6:54-7:8.

Tuesday 23rd January 2018
Hieromartyr Clement, bishop of Ancyra, and Martyr Agathangelus (312). St. Paulinus the Merciful, bishop of Nola (431). St. Eusebius the Recluse of Mt Coryphe near Antioch (5th C). St. Mausimas the Syrian (4thC). St. Salamanes the Hesychast of the Euphrates (390). Commemoration of the Holy Fathers of the Sixth Ecumenical Council (680-681). St. Dionysius of Olympus (1540).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Colman of Lismore (ca. 702). Holy Martyr Maimbod (ca. 880).
Readings:
Galatians 5:11-21; Mark 7:5-16.

Wednesday 24th January 2018 (ƒ3)
St. Xenia of Rome and her two female slaves (5th C). St. Xenia, the Fool-for-Christ of St. Petersburg (18th C). Holy martyrs Babylas of Sicily and his two disciples: Timothy and Agapius (3rd C). St. Philotheus, founder of Philotheou Monastery (10th C). St. Neophytos the Anchorite, of Cyprus (1214). St. Philo, bishop of Kalpa in Cyprus (5th C). Hieromartyr Felician, bishop of Foligno (254).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Guasacht, bishop of Granard (5th C). St. Cadoc of Wales (588).
Readings:
Galatians 6:2-10; Mark 7:14-24.

Thursday 25th January 2018
St Gregory (Nazianzus) the Theologian, archbishop of Constantinople (389)
Holy martyrs Felicitas of Rome, and her seven sons: Januarius, Felix, Philip, Silvanus, Alexander, Vitalis, and Martial (c. 164). St. Mares the Singer of Syria (430). Venerable Demetrios. New Martyr Auxentius of Constantinople (1720). New Hieromartyr Vladimir, metropolitan of Kiev, Protomartyr of the communist yoke (1918).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Eochod, apostle of the Picts of Galloway (597). St. Dwynwen of Wales (460). St. Sigebert, King of the East Angles and Martyr (635). St. Thordgyth of Barking, nun (700).
Readings:
Ephesians 1:1-9; Mark 7:24-30.
For the Commemoration: Hebrews 7:26-8:2; John 10:9-16.

Friday 26th January 2018 (ƒ3)
St. Xenophon, his wife, Mary, and their two sons, Arcadius and John, of Constantinople (6th C). St. Symeon “the Ancient”, Hermit at Amanus Mons, Cilicia (390). Translation of the relics of St. Theodore, abbot of the Studion (845). St. Joseph, bishop of Thessalonica, brother of St. Theodore of the Studion (830).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Conan, bishop of Sodor and Man (648).
Readings:
Ephesians 1:7-17; Mark 8:1-10.

Saturday 27th January 2018
Translation of the Relics of St. John Chrysostom (437), archbishop of Constantinople
St. Peter of Egypt (4th C). New Martyr Demetrius at Constantinople (1784).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Natalis of Ulster (6th C).
Readings:
1 Corinthians 10:23-28; Matthew 24:34-44.
For the Commemoration: Hebrews 7:26-8:2; John 10:9-16.

Sunday 28th January 2018
33rd after Pentecost 16th of Luke, Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee – Tone 1 : Eothinon 1.
St. Ephraim the Syrian (373). St.Palladius the Hermit of Antioch (4th C). St.Isaac the Syrian, bishop of Nineveh (7th C). St. James the Ascetic of Porphyreon in Palestine (6th C). St.Theodosius, abbot of Totma, Vologda (1568).
British Isles & Ireland: Holy Pilgrim-Martyrs Brigid and Maura (4th C). St. Cannera of Bantry (530). St. Glastian of Kiunglassie (830). St. John the Wise of Malmesbury, monk (8th C).
Readings:
2 Timothy 3:10-15; Luke 18:10-14.

Monday 29th January 2018 Fast free week
Translation of the relics of Hieromartyr Ignatius the Godbearer of Antioch (107). St. Sulpicius Severus, disciple of St. Martin of Tours (406). New Martyr Demetrios of Chios (1802). St. Laurence, Recluse of the Kievan Caves and bishop of Turov (1194).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Gildas the Wise, abbot of Llanilltud and Brittany (ca. 570). St. Blath (Flora) of Kildare (523). St. Dallan Forgaill, martyr (598). St. Voloc, bishop in Scotland (ca. 724).
Readings:
2 Peter 1:20-2:9; Mark 13:9-13.

Tuesday 30th January 2018 Fast free week
Synaxis of the Three Great Hierarchs and Ecumenical Teachers: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom
Hieromartyr Hippolytus, pope of Rome and those with him at Ostia (269). St. Zeno, hermit at Antioch (5th C). New Martyr Chatzi-Theodore in Mytilene (1784). Holy Martyr Theophilus the New in Cyprus (784).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Tudy, virgin, daughter of King Brychan of Brecknock (5th C). St. Bathild, Queen of France (680). St. Amnichad, hermit (1043).
Readings:
2 Peter 2:9-22; Mark 13:14-23.
For the Commemoration: Hebrews 13:7-16; Matthew 5:14-19.

Wednesday 31st January 2018 Fast free week
Holy Wonderworkers and Unmercenaries Cyrus and John and those with them at Canopus in Egypt (311). St. Nikita of the Kievan Caves, bishop of Novgorod (1108). St. Arsenius of Paros (1877). New Martyr Elias Ardiunes at Kalamata (1686). Holy martyr Papias of Corinth.
British Isles & Ireland: St. Aidan (Maedoc), bishop of Ferns (626). St. Melangell, virgin-recluse of Montgomeryshire (6th C). St. .Adamnan of Coldingham, monk (680). St. Wilgils, Hermit of the Humber (7th C). Holy Martyr Eusebius the Scot (884).
Readings:
2 Peter 3:1-18; Mark:13:24-31.

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