August 2017

FROM THE FATHERS

HE LED THEM up the mountain to show them the glory of the godhead and to make known to them that he is the redeemer of Israel, as he had shown through the Prophets, and they should not be scandalised in him when they saw his voluntary sufferings, which as man he was about to suffer for us. For they knew him as a man, but did not know that he was God. They knew him as son of Mary, going about with them in the world, and he made known to them on the mountain that he was Son of God and God. They saw that he ate and drank, toiled and rested, dozed and slept, things which did not accord with his divine nature, but only with his humanity, and so he took them to the mountain that the Father might call him Son and show that he is truly his Son and that he is God.” – Homily on the Transfiguration of Christ.

St. Ephraim the Syrian + A.D. 373

IT WAS FITTING that she, who had kept her virginity intact in childbirth, should keep her own body free from all corruption even after death. It was fitting that she, who had carried the Creator as a child at her breast, should dwell in the divine tabernacles. It was fitting that the spouse, whom the Father had taken to himself, should live in the divine mansions. It was fitting that she, who had seen her Son upon the cross and who had thereby received into her heart the sword of sorrow which she had escaped when giving birth to him, should look upon him as he sits with the Father. It was fitting that God’s Mother should possess what belongs to her Son, and that she should be honoured by every creature as the Mother and as the handmaid of God.” – Homily of the Dormition of the Mother of God

St. John of Damascus + A.D. 749

“CONDEMING a man is to say ‘he is a wicked liar’ or ‘he is a man full of anger’…For in this way one judges the condition of his soul and draws a conclusion about his whole life…This is a very serious thing. For it is one thing to say ‘He got angry’ and another to say ‘He is bad-tempered’…Who hated sin more than the saints? But they did not hate the sinners…nor condemn them, nor turn away from them, but they suffered with them, admonished them, comforted them, gave them remedies as sickly members, and did all they could to heal them…so that with time they correct the erring brother and do not allow him to harm anyone else, and in doing so they greatly advance towards the love of Christ.”

St. Dorotheus of Gaza + A.D. c. 565

 

Note: Where there is more than one set of readings for the day, bold type shows the readings appointed by The Typikon to be used at the Divine Liturgy.

 

Tuesday 1st August 2017 (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 12:12-26; Matthew 18:18-22;19:1-2,13-15.

For the Commemoration: 1 Corinthians 1:18-24; John 19:6-11, 13-20, 25-28, 30-35.

Wednesday 2nd August 2017 (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:

1 Corinthians 13:4-14:5; Matthew 20:1-16.

Thursday 3rd August 2017 (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:

1 Corinthians 14:6-19; Matthew 20:17-28.

Friday 4th August 2017 (ƒ3)

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:

1 Corinthians 14:26-40; Matthew 21:12-14,17-20.

Saturday 5th August 2017 (ƒ2)

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:

Romans 14:6-9; Matthew 15:32-39.

Sunday 6th August 2017 (ƒ1)

9th after Pentecost 9th of Matthew – Tone 8 : Eothinon for the feast.

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:

1 Corinthians 3:9-17; Matthew 14:22-34.

For the Commemoration: 2 Peter 1:10-19; Matthew 17:1-9.

Monday 7th August 2017 (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:

1 Corinthians 15:12-19; Matthew 21:18-22.

Tuesday 8th August 2017 (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:

1 Corinthians 15:29-38; Matthew 21:23-27.

Wednesday 9th August 2017 (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:

1 Corinthians 16:4-12; Matthew 21:28-32.

Thursday 10th August 2017 (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 1:1-7; Matthew 21:43-46.

Friday 11th August 2017 (ƒ3)

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:

2 Corinthians 1:12-20; Matthew 22:23-33.

Saturday 12th August 2017 (ƒ2)

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:

Romans 15:30-33; Matthew 17:24-18:4.

Sunday 13th August 2017 (ƒ2)

10th after Pentecost 10th of Matthew – Tone 1 : Eothinon 10.

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:

1 Corinthians 4:9-16; Matthew 17:14-23.

Monday 14th August 2017 (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 2:4-15; Matthew 23:13-22.

Tuesday 15th August 2017

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 2:14-3:3; Matthew 23:23-28.

For the Commemoration: Philippians 2:5-11; Luke 10:38-42;11:27-28.

Wednesday 16th August 2017 (ƒ3)

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 3:4-11; Matthew 23:29-39.

Thursday 17th August 2017

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 4:1-6; Matthew 24:13-28.

Friday 18th August 2017 (ƒ3)

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:

2 Corinthians 4:13-18; Matthew 24:27-33,42-51.

Saturday 19th August 2017

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 1:3-9; Matthew 19:3-12.

Sunday 20th August 2017

11th after Pentecost 11th of Matthew – Tone 2 : Eothinon 11.

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:

1 Corinthians 9:2-12; Matthew 18:23-35.

Monday 21st August 2017

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 5:10-15; Mark 1:9-15.

Tuesday 22nd August 2017

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 5:15-21; Mark 1:16-22.

Wednesday 23rd August 2017 (ƒ3)

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 6:11-16; Mark 1:23-28.

Thursday 24th August 2017

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 7:1-10; Mark 1:29-35.

Friday 25th August 2017 (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 7:10-16; Mark 2:18-22.

For the Commemoration: Titus 1:1-5; 2:15; 3:1-2, 12-15; Matthew 5:14-19.

Saturday 26th August 2017

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 1:26-2:5; Matthew 20:29-34.

Sunday 27th August 2017

12th after Pentecost 12th of Matthew – Tone 3 : Eothinon 1.

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:

1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Matthew 19:16-26.

Monday 28th August 2017

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 8:7-15; Mark 3:6-12.

Tuesday 29th August 2017 (ƒ3)

The Beheading of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John

Venerable Theodora, nun, of Thessalonica (892). Commemoration of Orthodox soldiers killed on battlefields. New Martyr Anastasius of Bulgaria and Serbia (1794). Translation of the relics of St. Joseph the Sanctified of Samaka.

British Isles & Ireland: St. Sebbi, King of the East Saxons and monk (ca. 694). St. Edwold of Cerne, hermit (9th C).

Readings:

2 Corinthians 8:16-9:5; Mark 3:13-21.

For the Commemoration: Acts 13:25-32; Mark 6:14-30.

Wednesday 30th August 2017 (ƒ3)

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:

2 Corinthians 9:12-10:7; Mark 3:20-27.

Thursday 31st August 2017

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:

2 Corinthians 10:7-18; Mark 3:28-35.

For the Commemoration: Hebrews 9:1-7; Luke 10:38-42;11:27-28.

 

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