FROM THE FATHERS
“FOR SO LONG a time we have met together at church, having the benefit of a most solemn communion, which has in it much profit; and should we return back again just as we came, with none of our defects corrected? Of what advantage then is our coming here?…What shall we be profited more than those who have not heard, if even after hearing [the teaching] we go our way home bearing nothing with us, but only wondering at what has been said.”
Saint John Chrysostom, + A.D. 407
“IF YOU have made up your mind to come and pray before God, make this pact with yourself: that in coming from your home to the place of prayer, that for the whole duration of your journey to the house of prayer and petition, you will not waste your time with some companion, but that from the beginning to the end of your journey, you will sanctify the time with prayer.”
St. Ephraim the Syrian, + A.D. 373
“DOES COLDNESS towards public worship, towards Divine service, not proceed from the fact that some do not understand it, and that others, although they have studied the science of Divine service, have been taught it drily, without any examples, only according to the understanding? Whereas Divine service, being the high contemplation of the mind, is at the same time, and pre-eminently, the peace, sweetness and blessedness of the heart.”
Saint John of Kronstadt, + A.D. 1908
“ANYTHING to do with the Church is like an inner, kindling flame, and looking after it is the best work of all. The humblest task in the church, be it only cleaning the floor, is a nobler work than anything else. Do everything with love and reverence in the house of God. Where else is there more gladness than where the Lord dwells, surrounded by the Cherubim and Seraphim and all the hosts of Heaven!”
St. Seraphim of Sarov the Wonderworker, + A.D. 1833
Sunday 1st July 2018
5th after Pentecost 5th of Matthew – Tone 4 : Eothinon 5.
Holy and Wonderworking Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs at Rome (284)
New Martyr Constantine the Wonderworker of Cyprus and those with him. Venerable Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain “Nikodim Svyatogorets” (1809). Translation of the relics of Venerable John of Rila from Tmovo to Rila (1470).
British Isles & Ireland: Holy Julius and Aaron, Protomartyrs of Wales (ca. 304). St. Servanus (Serf, Sair), Apostle of Western Fife (6th C). St. Lunaire (Leonorious), bishop. St. Cewydd of Anglesey (6th C). St. Juthware of Devon (7th C). St. Veep (Veepus, Veepy, Wimp, Wennapa), patron saint of St. Veep, Cornwall (6th C).
Romans 10:1-10; Matthew 8:28-9:1
For the Commemoration: 1 Corinthians 12:27-13:8; Matthew 10:1, 5-8
Monday 2nd July 2018
Deposition of the Precious Robe of the Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary at Blachernae (5th C)
St. John Maximovitch, bishop of Shanghai and archbishop of San Francisco (1966) (19thJune OS). St. Juvenal, patriarch of Jerusalem (ca. 458). The New Martyrs of Samothrace. St. Photius, metropolitan of Kiev (1430).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Eddogwy, bishop at Llandaff (ca. 615).
Romans 16:17-24; Matthew 13:10-23
For the Commemoration: Hebrews 9:1-7; Luke 1:39-49, 56
Tuesday 3rd July 2018
Holy Martyr Hyacinth and his companions Theodotus and Theodota at Caesarea in Cappadocia (108). St. Anatolius, archbishop of Constantinople (458). Monk-martyr Gerasimus the New of Carpenision (1812). Translation of the relics of Hieromartyr Philip, metropolitan of Moscow (1652). Venerable Joachim. St. Nicodemus, abbot of Kozha Lake (1640).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Germanus, bishop of the Isle of Man and Enlightener of Peel, nephew of St. Patrick of Ireland (5th C). St. Byblig of Caernarvon (5th C). St. Gunthiern the Hermit (ca. 500). St. Bladus, bishop of the Isle of Man. St. Cillene, abbot of Iona (ca. 752). St. Guthagon of Ireland, hermit in Belgium (8th C).
1 Corinthians 1:1-9; Matthew 13:24-30
Wednesday 4th July 2018 (ƒ3)
St. Andrew the Hymnographer, archbishop of Crete and author of the Great Canon (726). St. Martha, mother of St. Simeon Stylites the Younger (554). Hieromartyr Theodore, bishop of Cyrene in Libya, and with him Martyrs Cyprilla, Aroa, and Lucia (310).Venerable Andrei Rublev, Iconographer (ca. 1430). Holy Royal Passionbearers of Russia: Tsar Nicholas II, Tsarina Alexandra, Crown Prince Alexis, and Grand-Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia and those martyred with them (1918).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Finbar, abbot of Innis Doimlile (6th C).
1 Corinthians 2:9-3:8; Matthew 13:31-36
Thursday 5th July 2018
St. Athanasius, Founder of the Great Lavra on Mt Athos, and his six disciples (1003) & St. Lampadus the Wonderworker, monk, of Hirenopolis (10th C).
New Martyr Cyprian of Koutloumousiou Monastery, Mt Athos (1679). Uncovering of the relics (1422) of St. Sergius of Radonezh (1392). Synaxis of the 23 martyrs of Lesbos. Holy New Martyrs Grand-Duchess Elizabeth and Nun Barbara (1918).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Morwenna, Patron of Morwenstow (6th C). St. Fragan and his wife St. Gwen (5th C). St. Modwenna of Burton, anchoress (7th C). St. Edana, anchoress of the Boyle and Shannon. St. Erfyl of Llanerfyl. SS Probus and Grace of Tressilian.
1 Corinthians 3:18-23; Matthew 13:36-43
For the Commemoration: Galatians 5:22-6:2; Luke 6:17-23
Friday 6th July 2018 (ƒ3)
St. Sisoes the Great of Egypt (429). Apostles Archippus, Philemon, and Onesimus of the Seventy. Virgin-Martyr Lucy and Martyr Rixius and those with them at Rome (301). New monk-martyr Cyril of Hilandar, Mt. Athos, who suffered at Thessalonica (1566).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Sexburga, abbess of Ely (ca. 700). St. Monenna the “daughter of Elijah”, Virgin, abbess, Foundress of Killeevy (517). Virgin-Martyr Noyala.
1 Corinthians 4:5-8; Matthew 13:44-54
Saturday 7th July 2018
Great Martyr Kyriaki of Nicomedia (4th C). Venerable Thomas of Mt. Maleon (10th C). St. Acacius of Sinai (6th C) Hieromartyr Evangelus, bishop of Tomi in Rumania. St. Eudoxia, in monasticism Euphrosyne, Grand Duchess of Moscow (1407). Holy New-martyr Polycarp. St. Prosper of Aquitaine (436).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Hedda, bishop of the West Saxons (705). St. Illtyd of Wales (505). St. Ethelburga (ca. 664). St. Willibald of Hampshire, bishop of Eichstatt (786). St. Maelruin of Tallaght (792). SS Medran and Odran, disciples of St. Kieran of Saghir (6th C). St. Palladius of Rome, missionary in Ireland and Scotland (5th C).
Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 9:18-26
Sunday 8th July 2018
6th after Pentecost 6th of Matthew – Tone 5 : Eothinon 6.
Holy Great Martyr Procopius of Caesarea in Palestine
With Procopius of Caesarea, the martyrs: Theodosia, his mother, 12 women, Antiochus, Nicostrates, and Auda (303). St. Theophilus the Myrrh-streaming of Pantocrator Monastery, Mt. Athos (1548) Appearance of the Kazan Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (1579). New Martyrs Theophanes and Anastasius at Constantinople (1743). Righteous Procopius, Fool-for-Christ, Wonderworker of Ustiug, Vologda (1303).
British Isles & Ireland: Blessed King Edgar the Peaceable (975). St. Urith of Chittlehampton (6th C). St. Morwenna of Morwenstow, Cornwall (5th C). Hieromartyr Killian, Irish missionary bishop to the Franks, who suffered at Wurzburg (689). St. Withburga, anchoress at East Dereham (ca. 743). St. Grimbald, abbot of Winchester (901).
Romans 12: 6-14; Matthew 9:1-8
For the Commemoration: 1 Timothy 4:9-15; Luke 6:17-19; 9:1-3; 10:16-21
Monday 9th July 2018
Hieromartyr Pancratius, bishop of Taormina in Sicily (1st C). SS Dionysius the Rhetorician and Metrophanes of Mt Athos. New Hieromartyr Methodius of Amaria, Crete (1793). Holy Martyrs Patermuthius, Coprius, and Alexander the Soldier, in Egypt (361). St. Theodore, bishop of Edessa (9th C). St. Euthymius of Karelia.
British Isles & Ireland: St. Evereld (Avril), Virgin and abbess of Everingham (ca. 700).
1 Corinthians 5:9-6:11; Matthew 13:54-58
Tuesday 10th July 2018
Holy 45 Martyrs at Nicopolis in Armenia, including Leontius, Maurice, Daniel, Antony, Alexander, Anicetus, Sisinius, Meneus, and Belerad (ca. 319). St. Gregory, bishop of Assos near Ephesus (1150). The Placing of the Honourable Robe of the Lord at Moscow (1625). New Hieromartyr archpriest Joseph of Damascus and Companions (1860). Venerable New Martyrs Nicodemus the Albanian and Nectarius of the St. Anne Skete on Athos. Holy Martyr Apollonius of Sardis (3rd C). 10,000 Fathers of the desert and caves of Scetis martyred by the impious patriarch Theophilus of Alexandria (398).
1 Corinthians 6:20-7:12; Matthew 14:1-13
Wednesday 11th July 2018 (ƒ2)
Commemoration of the Miracle (451) of Great-martyr Euphemia the All-praised, of Chalcedon (304)
Blessed Equal-to-the-Apostles Olga, Princess of Russia, in Holy Baptism called Helen (969). Hieromartyr Cindeus of Pamphylia (4th C). New Martyr Nicodemus of Mt. Athos (1722). New Martyr Nicodemus of Hilandar (1809). New Martyr Nectarius of St. Anne’s Skete (1820). St. Benedict of Nursia (550).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Drostan, abbot of Old Deer (610). St. Thurketyl, abbot of Crowland (975).
1 Corinthians 7:12-24; Matthew 14:35-15:11
For the Commemoration: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10; Luke 7:36-50
Thursday 12th July 2018
Holy Martyrs Proclus and Hilarion of Ancyra (2nd C). St. Michael of Malenius (962). St. Veronica, the woman with the issue of blood who was healed by the Saviour (1st C). Hieromartyr Paulinus of Antioch, 1st bishop of Lucca, and his companions (ca. 67).
1 Corinthians 7:24-35; Matthew 15:12-21
Friday 13th July 2018 (ƒ2)
Synaxis of the Appearances of the Holy Archangel Gabriel.
Venerable Stephen of Mar Sabbas Monastery and St. Heliophotos (794). Holy Martyr Golinduc, in Holy Baptism Mary, of Persia (591). Holy Martyr Serapion, under Severus (193). Holy Martyr Marcian of Iconium (258).
British Isles & Ireland: Hieromartyr Dogfan of Dyfed (6th C). St. Mildred, abbess of Minster in Thanet (c. 700).
1 Corinthians 7:35-8:7; Matthew 15:29-31
For the Commemoration: Hebrews 2:2-10; Luke 10:16-21
Saturday 14th July 2018
Apostle Aquila of the Seventy, and St. Priscilla (1st C). St. Joseph the Confessor, archbishop of Thessalonica. St. Peter, bishop of Crete. Repose of St. Nicodemus the Hagiorite (1809). Holy Martyr Justus at Rome (1stC). Monk-martyr Onesimus, of Magnesia (4th C).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Deusdedit, 6th archbishop of Canterbury (664). St. Idus, bishop of Alt-Fadha in Leinster (5th C). St. Marcellinus, disciple of St. Willibrod (ca. 762).
Romans 12:1-3; Matthew 10:37-11:1
Sunday 15th July 2018
Fathers of the 4th Œcumenical Council – Tone 6 : Eothinon 7.
Holy Martyr Cyricus and his mother Julitta of Tarsus (ca. 305). Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Great Prince Vladimir of Kiev (in Holy Baptism, Basil), Enlightener of the Rus (1015). Holy Martyr Abudimus of the Isle of Tenedos (4th C). Finding of the head of St. Matrona of Chios (1462).
British Isles & Ireland: Saint Swithun, bishop of Winchester (862). St. Edith, abbess of Polesworth (ca. 925). St. Donald, hermit in Ogilvy, and his nine daughters (8th C).
Titus 3:8-15; Matthew 5:14-19
Monday 16th July 2018
Hieromartyr Athenogenesis, bishop of Heracleopolis, and his ten disciples (ca. 311). Virgin-martyr Julia of Carthage (ca. 440). 1,015 Martyrs of Pisidia.
British Isles & Ireland: St. Helier, missionary and Protomartyr of Jersey (560).
1 Corinthians 9:13-18; Matthew 16:1-6
Tuesday 17th July 2018
The Great-martyr Marina/Margaret of Antioch (4thC)
Holy Martyrs Veronica & Speratos. St. Irenarchus, abbot of Solovki (1628).
British Isles & Ireland: Child-Martyr Prince Kenelm of Mercia (ca. 821). St. Cynllo of Wales (5th C).
1 Corinthians 10:5-12; Matthew 16:6-12
For the Commemoration: Galatians 3:23-4:5; Mark 5:24-34
Wednesday 18th July 2018 (ƒ3)
Holy Martyr Emilian of Bulgaria (363). Holy Martyrs Paul and two sisters, Thea and Valentina (308). St. Pambo of Egypt, hermit (4th C). SS Stephen, archbishop of Constantinople (928), and John, metropolitan of Chalcedon (9th C).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Theneva of Glasgow, mother of St. Kentigern (Mungo) (6th C). SS Edburgh of Bicester and Edith, virgins (ca. 650).
1 Corinthians 10:12-22; Matthew 16:20-24
Thursday 19th July 2018
Righteous Macrina, sister of St. Basil the Great (380). Venerable Dios of Antioch, abbot (ca. 430). Uncovering of the relics (1903) of St. Seraphim of Sarov (1833). St. Theodore, bishop of Edessa (8th C). Blessed Stephen Lazarevich, King of Serbia (1427), and his mother, St. Militsa (1405).
1 Corinthians 10:28-11:8; Matthew 16:24-28
Friday 20th July 2018 (ƒ2)
Holy Glorious Prophet Elias the Thesbite (Elijah) (9th C BC)
SS Elias and Flavius, Confessors, patriarchs of Jerusalem and Antioch. Holy Martyrs Salome of Jerusalem, and Kartli, who suffered under the Persians (13th C). St. Abramius of Galich, disciple of St. Sergius of Radonezh (1375). St. Elias Chavchavadze of Georgia (1907).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Elswith, widow of King Alfred the Great (9th C).
1 Corinthians 11:8-23; Matthew 17:10-18
For the Commemoration: James 5:10-20; Luke 4:22-30
Saturday 21st July 2018
St. Simeon of Emesa, Fool-for-Christ, and his fellow ascetic, St. John the Companion (ca. 590). Holy Martyrs Trophimus, Theophilus, and 13 others in Lycia (4th C). SS John and Parthenius, bishops of Radovizlios. Hieromartyr Bargabdesian, deacon, at Arbela in Assyria (354). Holy Martyr Victor of Marseilles and his companions Alexander, Felician and Longinus (290).
Romans 13:1-10; Matthew 12:30-37
Sunday 22nd July 2018
8th after Pentecost 8th of Matthew – Tone 7 : Eothinon 8.
Holy Myrrh-bearer and Equal-to-the-Apostles Mary Magdalene (1st C). Virgin-martyr Marcella of Chios (1500). Translation of the relics (404) of Hieromartyr Phocas, bishop of Sinope (117). St. Cyril I, patriarch of Antioch (298).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Dabius, Irish missionary. St. Movean (Biteus), disciple of St. Patrick.
1 Corinthians 1:10-17; Matthew 14:14-22
Monday 23rd July 2018
Righteous Prophet Ezekiel (6th C BC). Hieromartyr Phocas of Sinope (303). Repose of St. John Cassian of Lérins (435). Hieromartyr Apollinaris, bishop of Ravenna (ca. 75). Righteous Anna (Hannah), mother of the Prophet Samuel. St. Pelagia of Tinos (1834). St. Anna of Leucadia (919). Commemoration of the Miraculous Appearance of the Mother of God at Pochaev, that saved the monastery from the assault of the Tartars and Turks (1675). Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos “The Joy of All Who Sorrow” (with coins) in St. Petersburg (1888).
1 Corinthians 11:31-12:6; Matthew 18:1-11
Tuesday 24th July 2018
Great Martyr Christina of Tyre (ca. 300). Holy Martyrs and Passion-bearers Boris and Gleb, (in Holy Baptism, Roman and David) (1015). St. Athenagorus the Apologist 2nd C). New Martyr Theophilus of Zakynthos (1635). New Martyr Athanasius of Nicea (1670).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Declan, bishop of Ardmore (5th C). Virgin-martyr Lewina of Seaford, Sussex (5th C). St. Menefrida, Patron-saint of Tredresick, Cornawall (5th C). Holy Martyrs Wulfhad and Ruffin of Mercia, (7th C).
1 Corinthians 12:12-26; Matthew 18:18-22; 19:1-2,13-15
Wednesday 25th July 2018 (ƒ2)
The Dormition of the Righteous Anna, mother of the Most Holy Theotokos
Holy Women Olympias (409) the deaconess, of Constantinople, and Virgins Eupraxia and Julia (413) of Tabennesi. Holy Martyrs Sanctus, Maturus, Attalus, Blandina, Vivlia, Vetius, Epagathus, Ponticus, Alexander and others at Lyons (177). St. Macarius, abbot of Zheltovod and Unzha (1444).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Nessan, abbot of Murgret (551).
1 Corinthians 13:4-14:5; Matthew 20:1-16
For the Commemoration: Galatians 4:22-27; Luke 8:16-21
Thursday 26th July 2018
Holy Martyr Parasceva of Rome (138). Hieromartyr Hermolaus and Martyrs Hermippus and Hemocrates at Nicomedia (ca. 305). Venerable Gerontius, founder of the Skete of St. Anne, Mt. Athos (13th C). St. Moses the Hungarian, of the Kiev Caves (1043). St. Sava III, archbishop of Serbia.
1 Corinthians 14:6-19; Matthew 20:17-28
Friday 27th July 2018 (ƒ2)
Holy Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon (305)
The blind man who confessed Christ and was martyred with St. Panteleimon. Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Clement of Ochrid, bishop of Greater Macedonia (916). New-martyr Christodoulos. SS Angelar, Gorazd, Nahum and Sabbas, disciples of Cyril and Methodios.
1 Corinthians 14:26-40; Matthew 21:12-14,17-20
For the Commemoration: 2 Timothy 2:1-10; Luke 21:12-19
Saturday 28th July 2018
Holy Apostles of the Seventy and Deacons: Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, and Parmenas (1st C). St. Irene Chrysovalantou the Righteous (912). Venerable Paul of Xeropotamou, founder of the Monastery of St. Paul, Mt Athos (10th C). St. Pitrim, bishop of Tambov (1698). New Martyrs Christodoulos of Cassandra and Anastasius of Ancyra (1777).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Samson, disciple of St. Illtyd and bishop of Dol in Brittany (ca. 565). St. Arduinus the pilgrim, patron saint of Trepino (7th C).
Romans 14:6-9; Matthew 15:32-39
Sunday 29th July 2018
9th after Pentecost 9th of Matthew – Tone 8 : Eothinon 9.
Holy Martyr Callinicus of Gangra in Asia Minor (250). Virgin-Martyr Seraphima of Antioch (119). Holy Martyr Theodota and her three sons in Bithynia (ca. 304). St. Constantine III, patriarch of Constantinople. St. Theodosius the New, Emperor (450). St. Olaf, King of Norway (1030). St. Lupus the Confessor, bishop of Troyes (479).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Silin, abbot of Luxulyan in Cornwall (6th C). St. Cillian, abbot of Inishcaltra (7th C).
1 Corinthians 3:9-17; Matthew 14:22-34
Monday 30th July 2018
Apostles Silas and Silvanos, Crescens, Epenetos and Andronikos of the Seventy (1st C). Holy Martyr Julitta at Caesarea (305). Hieromartyr Polychronius, bishop of Babylon (ca. 251), and those with him. Hieromartyr Valentine, bishop of Interamna (Terni) in Italy (ca. 273) and those with him. Righteous Martyr John the Soldier (4th C). Uncovering of the relics (1484) of St. Herman of Solovki (1479). St. Angelina (Brancovich), Despotina of Serbia (1690).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Tatwine, 9th archbishop of Canterbury (734). St. Ermengyth of Thanet, virgin (ca. 680).
1 Corinthians 15:12-19; Matthew 21:18-22
Tuesday 31st July 2018
Forefeast of the Procession of the Honourable and Lifegiving Cross of the Lord
St. Joseph the Righteous of Arimathaea (1st C). Righteous Eudocimus of Cappadocia (9th C). St. Germanus, bishop of Auxerre (448).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Neot, hermit in Cornwall (ca. 877).
1 Corinthians 15:29-38; Matthew 21:23-27
Note: Bold type indicates the primary readings of the day.
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f1 As f2 but fish also permitted
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We wish to acknowledge the help given to us in compiling this monthly calendar from two sources:
- Michael Purcell (of the Saint John (Maximovich) the Wonderworker Orthodox Church, Atlanta, GA.) for his very impressive software program Menologion.
- Father Andrew Phillips whose web site Orthodox England, has, amongst its many jewels, a list of the Latin Saints of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Rome.
Thank you, both – and Many Years!