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June 2019

FROM THE FATHERS

“CHRIST is now raised above the heavens; but He still experiences on earth whatever sufferings we, His members, feel. He showed that this is true when He called out from the heaven: ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?’ and: ‘I was thirsty and you gave Me drink’ Why then do we not exert ourselves on earth so as to be happy with Him already in heaven through the faith, hope and charity which unites us to Him? Christ, while in heaven, is also with us; and we, while on earth, are also with Him. He is with us in His Godhead and His Power and His Love; and we, though we cannot be with Him in Godhead as He is with us, can be with Him in our love, our love for Him.”

St. Augustine of Hippo + AD 430

“HISTORY instructs, the law disciplines, prophecy foretells, correction shows us our faults and morality suggests what should be done: but in the Book of Psalms there is something more than all of this and at the same time a sort of medicine for man’s spiritual health. Whoever reads the psalms finds a special remedy to cure the wounds caused by his own passions. Whoever is at pains to read the psalms will find in them a sort of gymnasium for the use of all souls, a sort of stadium of virtue, where different sorts of exercise are set out before him, from which he can choose the best suited to win him his crown. If anyone will study the deeds of those who have gone before him in order to find something worthy of imitation, he will discover that just one psalm contains their whole history; and in one short reading he will discover a complete treasury of past memories.”

St. Ambrose of Milan + AD 397

“WHEN the Lord gave to the disciples power to confer rebirth into the life of God, He said: ‘Go, make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…Therefore the Lord promised to send us the Holy Spirit to make us fit for God’s purpose. Just as dry flour cannot coalesce into a lump of dough, still less a loaf, without moisture, so too we, being many, could not become one in Christ Jesus without the water which comes from heaven. And just as dry soil cannot bear fruit unless it receives moisture, so we, who to begin with are dry wood, can never bear fruit unless the rain from heaven falls upon our wills. For our bodies through the water of baptism have received the unity which leads to freedom from corruption; but our souls have received it through the Spirit.”

St. Irenæus of Lyons + c. AD 202

Fasting Guidelines:
On days designated strict fast we abstain from dairy products, meat, fish, oil and wine. Some seafoods, e.g. squid, crab, roe and prawn, are permitted.

Readings in bold type are those appointed by the Typikon for use at the Liturgy

Saturday 1st June 2019

Commemorations:
Holy Martyr Justin the Philosopher and those with him at Rome (166). St. Agapitus, Unmercenary Physician of the Kiev Caves (1095). Holy Martyr Pyrrhus the Virgin. Holy Martyr Thespesius of Cappadocia (230).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Ronan the Silent. Holy martyr Wistan of Evesham (850). Holy martyr Wite (Candida) of Dorset.
Readings:
Acts 15:35-41; John 10:27-38

Sunday 2nd June 2019

Tone 5 - Eothinon 8
6th of Pascha – Sunday of the Blind Man
Commemorations:
St. Nicephorus the Confessor, patriarch of Constantinople (828). Great Martyr John the New of Sochi, who suffered at Belgrade (1332). Hieromartyr Erasmus (Elmo) of Ochrid and 20,000 Martyrs with him (309). Hieromartyr Photinus, bishop of Lyons and his companion Holy Martyr Blandina (177).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Odo the Good, 22nd archbishop of Canterbury (959). St. Adalgis (c.686). St. Bodfan (7th C).
Readings:
Acts 16:16-34; John 9:1-38

Monday 3rd June 2019

Commemorations:
Holy Martyr Lucillian and those with him at Byzantium (270). Venerable Athanasius, the Wonderworker of Cilicia. St. Clotilde, Queen of the Franks (545). St. Hiera, widow, of Mesopotamia (312). Translation of the relics of the slain Crown Prince Demetrius of Moscow (1591).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Kevin, abbot of Glendalough (618). St. Glunshallaich (7th C). St. Cronan (617).
Readings:
Acts 17:1-9; John 11:47-54

Tuesday 4th June 2019

St. Metrophanes, 1st patriarch of Constantinople (326)
Commemorations:
SS Mary and Martha, sisters of the Righteous Lazarus (1st C).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Nennoc of Brecknock (467). St. Petroc, abbot of Padstow (6th C). St. Breaca of Hayle (6th C). St. Berriona the Recluse (6th C). SS Croidan, Medan and Degan, companions of St. Petroc. St. Gonand, Missionary. St. Cronan the Tanner (617). St. Edfrith, bishop of Lindisfarne (721).
Readings:
Acts 17:19-28; John 12:19-36
For the Commemoration: Hebrews 7:26-8:2; John 10:1-9

Wednesday 5th June 2019

Leavetaking of Pascha
Commemorations:
Hieromartyr Dorotheus, bishop of Tyre (361). Holy Martyrs Marcian, Nicander, Hyperechius, Apollonius, Leonides, Arius, Gorgias, Selenias, Irene, and Pambo, of Egypt (305-311). Holy Martyrs Christopher and Conon of Rome (3rd C). St. Theodore the Wonderworker, Hermit of the Jordan (583). Abba Dorotheus of Palestine (620).
British Isles and Ireland:
Hieromartyr Boniface (Wynfrith) of Crediton, Apostle of Germany (754). SS Waccar, Gundekar, Elleher, Hathawulf and Companions, monks martyred with St. Boniface. Holy Martyr Eoban, companion of SS Willibrord and Boniface (754). St. Adalar (Adalher) (755). St. Tudno (6th C).
Readings:
Acts 18:22-28; John 12:36-47

Thursday 6th June 2019

The Ascension of our Lord
Commemorations:
St. Hilarion the New, abbot of the Dalmatian monastery (845). St. Bessarion the Wonderworker, of Egypt (466). Venerable Attalus the Wonderworker. St. Jonah, bishop of Perm (1470). Virgin Martyrs Archelais, Thecla, and Susanna, beheaded at Salerno (293). The Five virgins of Caesarea in Palestine: Martha, Mary, Cyria, Valeria, and Marcia.
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Eigrad of Anglesey (6th C). St. Cocca. St. Gudwall (6th C). St. Jarlath, bishop of Tuam (c.550).
Readings:
Acts 1:1-12; Luke 24:36-53

Friday 7th June 2019

Fast day: wine and oil allowed
Afterfeast of the Ascension
Commemorations:
Hieromartyr Theodotus, bishop of Ancyra (303). St. Panagis of Cephalonia. Hieromartyr Marcellinus, pope of Rome (304) and with him the Holy Martyrs Claudius, Cyrinus and Antoninus (304). Hieromartyr Marcellus, pope of Rome, and those with him (309). Holy Martyrs Cyriaca, Caleria, and Mary, of Caesarea in Palestine (304). Martyr Zenais of Caesarea in Palestine. St. Sebastiana the Wonderworker (c.3rd C).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Colman, bishop of Dromore (6th C). St. Meriadoc the Wonderworker, archbishop (7th C).
Readings:
Acts 19:1-8; John 14:1-11

Saturday 8th June 2019

Afterfeast of the Ascension
Commemorations:
Translation of the relics of the Great Martyr Theodore Stratelates (“the General”) (319). St. Zosimas, monk, of Phoenicia (6th C). St. Atre of Nitria. St. Ephraim, patriarch of Antioch (545). St. Melania the Elder, of Palladius' Lausiac History. Holy Martyrs Nicander and Calliope. New Martyrs Anastasius & Theophanes at Constantinople (1559).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Bron, bishop of Cassel-Irra (c.511). St. Levan (6th C). St. Muirchu (7th C). St. Syra (7th C).
Readings:
Acts 20:7-12; John 14:10-21

Sunday 9th June 2019

Tone 6 - Eothinon 10
7th of Pascha – Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 1st Œcumenical Council
Afterfeast of the Ascension
Commemorations:
St. Cyril, archbishop of Alexandria (444). St. Pelagia and the three Virgin-Martyrs of Chios. St. Cyril of the White Lake (Byelozersk) (1427). The five nuns beheaded in Persia: Martyrs Thecla, Mariamne, Martha, Mary, and Enmatha (346). St. Alexander, abbot of Kushta, Vologda (1439).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Columba (Columcille) of Iona, Enlightener of Scotland (597). St. Baithene of Tiree (600). St. Cummian (8th C).
Readings:
Acts 20:16-18, 28-36; John 17:1-13

Monday 10th June 2019

Afterfeast of the Ascension
Commemorations:
Holy Martyr Alexander and Virgin-Martyr Antonina at Constantinople (c.313). St. Pansemne, the former harlot, of Antioch (369). St. Theophanes, monk, of Antioch (363). Hieromartyr Timothy, bishop of Prusa (362). St. John, metropolitan and Wonderworker of Tobolsk (1715).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Illadan, bishop of Rathlihen (6th C). St. Ithamar, 1st English bishop of Rochester (c.656).
Readings:
Acts 21:8-14; John 14:27-15:7

Tuesday 11th June 2019

Holy Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas (1st C)
Afterfeast of the Ascension
Commemorations:
Commemoration of the appearance of the Archangel Gabriel to a monk at Mt. Athos, and the revelation of the hymn, "It is Truly Meet" ("Axion Estin") (980). Hieromartyr Metrophanes, the first Chinese priest, and the Chinese New Martyrs of the Boxer Uprising, at Peking and other places (1900).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Blitharius (7th C). St. Herebald (8th C). St. Tochumra of Kilmore.
Readings:
Acts 21:26-32; John 16:2-13
For the Commemoration: Acts 11:19-30; Luke 10:16-21

Wednesday 12th June 2019

Fast day: wine and oil allowed
Afterfeast of the Ascension
Commemorations:
St. Onuphrius the Great (4th C). St. Peter of Mt. Athos (734). St. Arsenius, abbot of Konevits (1447). Holy Martyr Antonina of Nicea (305). St. John the Soldier of Egypt (7th C). Russian New Martyr Onuphrius, bishop (1938) and his co-sufferers Hieromartyrs Anthony, Barsanuphius and Joseph (1937), and Hierarch Alexander of Kharkov.
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Ternan, missionary abbot & bishop of Culross (5th C).
Readings:
Acts 23:1-11; John 16:15-23

Thursday 13th June 2019

Afterfeast of the Ascension
Commemorations:
Holy Martyr Aquilina of Byblos in Syria (293). St. Triphyllios, bishop of Leucosia (Nicosia) in Cyprus (370). Holy Martyr Diodorus of Homs who was crucified. St. Antipater, bishop of Bostra in Arabia. St. Eulogius, patriarch of Antioch.
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Damhnade of Cavan.
Readings:
Acts 25:13-19; John 16:23-33

Friday 14th June 2019

Fast day: wine and oil allowed
Leavetaking of the Ascension
Commemorations:
Righteous Prophet Elisha (9th C BC). St. Methodius the Confessor, patriarch of Constantinople (847). Hieromartyr Cyril, bishop of Gortyna in Crete (4th C). Venerable Niphon, monk of Kapsokalyvia, Mt. Athos (1330).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Dogmael (5th C). St. Nennus, abbot of Arran (7th C). St. Ciaran, abbot of Bellach-Duin (870). St. Psalmodius (c.690).
Readings:
Acts 27:1-28:1; John 17:18-26

Saturday 15th June 2019

Soul Sabbath
Commemorations:
Righteous Prophet Amos (8th C BC). Apostles Achaikos, Stephen and Fourtunatos of the Seventy (1st C). Venerable Jerome of Stridonium (420). Blessed Augustine, bishop of Hippo (430), and his mother Monica (387). Blessed Lazarus, prince of Serbia (1389). St. Jonas, Metropolitan of Moscow and Wonderworker of All Russia (1461).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Trillo of Gwynedd, companion of St. Cadfan (5th C). St. Vouga the Hermit (6th C). St. Edburgh of Winchester (960).
Readings:
Acts 28:1-31; John 21:14-25
For the Departed: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; John 5:24-30

Sunday 16th June 2019

Tone of the feast - Eothinon of the feast
SUNDAY OF HOLY PENTECOST
Commemorations:
St. Tychon the Wonderworker, bishop of Amathus in Cyprus (425). The Forty Martyrs of Rome (62). St. Tikhon of Lukhov (1503). St. Mark the Just of Apollonia, nephew of the Apostle Barnabas (1st C). St. Tikhon of Medynsk and Kaluzh (1492).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Cettin, bishop (5th C). St. Colman McRoi, abbot of Reachrain (5th C). St. Curig, bishop of Llanbadarn (6th C). St. Ismael, disciple of St. Teilo (6th C).
Readings:
Acts 2:1-11; John 7:37-52,8:12

Monday 17th June 2019

Monday of the Holy Spirit
Afterfeast of Pentecost
Commemorations:
Holy Martyr Isaurus, and those with him at Athens (4th C). Holy Martyrs Manuel, Sabel and Ishmael of Persia (362). Venerable Joseph and Pior, disciples of St. Anthony the Great (4th C). St. Aëtius the Eunuch, Enlightener of Ethiopia, baptized by the Apostle Philip (1st C). Holy Martyr Shalva of Akhaltsikhe, Georgia (1227).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Nectan of Hartland, martyr (6th C). St. Botolph, abbot and confessor, of Boston, and his brother St. Adolph (680). St. Molling, abbot of Aghacainid (697). St. Briavel, hermit (6th C).
Readings:
Ephesians 5:9-19; Matthew 18:10-20

Tuesday 18th June 2019

Third Day of the Holy Trinity
Afterfeast of Pentecost
Commemorations:
Holy Martyr Leontius, and with him Martyrs Hypatius and Theodulus, at Tripoli in Syria (73). St. Leontius the Hagiorite of Dionysiou monastery, Mt. Athos (1605).
Readings:
Romans 1:1-7, 13-17; Matthew 4:25-5:13

Wednesday 19th June 2019

Holy Apostle Jude (Thaddeus), the brother of the Lord (c.80)
Afterfeast of Pentecost
Commemorations:
Holy Myrrh-bearer Mary, mother of the Apostle James (1st C). Holy Martyr Zosimas the Soldier at Antioch in Pisidia (2nd C). St. Paisius the Great of Egypt and St. Zenon (5th C). St. John the Solitary of Jerusalem (6th C). All Saints of Russia. All Saints of Mount Athos.
Readings:
Romans 1:18-27; Matthew 5:20-26
For the Commemoration: Jude 1:1-25; John 14:21-24

Thursday 20th June 2019

Afterfeast of Pentecost
Commemorations:
Hieromartyr Methodius, bishop of Patara (312). Holy Martyrs Inna, Pinna, and Rimma, disciples of Apostle Andrew in Scythia (2nd C). Blessed Prince Gleb Andreevich (1175). Venerable Kallistos (Xanthopoulos), patriarch of Constantinople (1363). Venerable Nahum of Ochrid (910). St. Nicholas Cabasilas (1371).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Govan of Dyfed (6th C). St. Edburgh of Castor, Virgin (7th C).
Readings:
Romans 1:28-2:9; Matthew 5:27-32

Friday 21st June 2019

Afterfeast of Pentecost
Commemorations:
Hieromartyr Terence, bishop of Iconium (1st C). Holy Martyr Julian of Tarsus in Cilicia (305). New Martyr Nicetas of Nisyros, near Rhodes (1732).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Mewan (617). St. Corbmac, abbot of Durrow (590). St. Engelmund, abbot and missionary (c.739).
Readings:
Romans 2:14-29; Matthew 5:33-41

Saturday 22nd June 2019

Leavetaking of Pentecost
Commemorations:
Hieromartyr Eusebius, bishop of Samosata (380). Holy Martyrs Zenon and his servant Zenas, of Philadelphia (303). St. Paulinus, bishop of Nola (431). St. Anastasia of Serbia, mother of St. Sava (1200).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Alban, Protomartyr of Britain (c.303). St. Aaron the Hermit (c.552).
Readings:
Romans 1:7-12; Matthew 5:42-48

Sunday 23rd June 2019

Tone 8 - Eothinon 1
1st after Pentecost – Sunday of All Saints, 1st of Matthew
Commemorations:
Virgin-martyr Agrippina of Rome and those with her (260). Holy Martyrs Eustochius, Gaius, Probus, Lollius, and Urban, of Ancyra (4th C). Venerable Barbaros Pentapolites. Translation of the relics of St. Herman, archbishop of Kazan (1567).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Etheldreda (Audrey), foundress of Ely Abbey, Virgin (679). St. Mochaoi, abbot of Nendrum (498).
Readings:
Hebrews 11:33-12:2; Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38,19:27-30

Monday 24th June 2019

Apostles' Fast begins: fish, wine and oil allowed
NATIVITY OF THE HOLY, GLORIOUS, PROPHET, FORERUNNER AND BAPTIST, JOHN
Commemorations:
Synaxis of the Righteous Zachariah and Elizabeth. New Martyr Panagiotis of Caesarea in Cappadocia (1765). St. Athanasius of Paros (1813).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Germoc of Cornwall (6th C). St. Rumold of Malines (c.7th C).
Readings:
Romans 2:28-3:18; Matthew 6:31-34,7:9-11
For the Commemoration: Romans 13:11-14:4; Luke 1:1-25, 57-68, 76, 80

Tuesday 25th June 2019

Apostles' Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
Leavetaking of The Nativity of the Forerunner
Commemorations:
Virgin-Martyr Febronia of Nisibis (304). St. Prosper of Aquitaine (4th C). New Martyr George of Attalia (1823). New Martyr Procopius of Iveron and Mt. Athos, who suffered at Smyrna (1810). Venerable Dionysios of Koreseos, founder of Dionysiou monastery on Athos. Venerable Dometios, abbot of Dionysiou monastery on Athos. SS Peter and Febronia (tonsured David and Euphrosyne), Wonderworkers of Murom (1228).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Seleva (Selyf), Hermit (6th C). St. Moluag, Missionary (592). St. Adalbert of Egmond, archdeacon and missionary (c.750). Holy Martyr Cyneburgh of Gloucester.
Readings:
Romans 4:4-12; Matthew 7:15-21

Wednesday 26th June 2019

Apostles' Fast: strict fast
Commemorations:
St. David of Thessalonica (c.540). St. John, bishop of the Goths in the Crimea (8th C). New Martyr David of St. Anne's Skete, martyred in Thessalonica (1813). Appearance of the Tikhvin Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (1388).
British Isles and Ireland:
Translation of the relics of St. Brannock of Braunton. St. Corbican (8th C).
Readings:
Romans 4:13-25; Matthew 7:21-23

Thursday 27th June 2019

Apostles' Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
Commemorations:
St. Joanna the Myrrhbearer (1st C). St. Sampson the Hospitable of Constantinople (c.530). Hieromartyr Pierius, presbyter of Antioch. Holy Martyr Anectus of Caesarea in Cappadocia. Venerable Luke the Hermit (10th C).
Readings:
Romans 5:10-16; Matthew 8:23-27

Friday 28th June 2019

Apostles' Fast: strict fast
Commemorations:
Translation of the relics of the Holy and Wonderworking Unmercenaries Cyrus and John (412). Holy Martyrs Pappias and Paul (c.303). Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos "Of the Three Hands" (8th C). St. Paul the physician of Corinth (7th C). SS Sergius and Herman (964), abbots of Valaam.
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Austell of Cornwall (6th C). St. Crummine, bishop of Lackan (5th C).
Readings:
Romans 5:17-6:2; Matthew 9:14-17

Saturday 29th June 2019

THE HOLY GLORIOUS AND ALL-PRAISED LEADERS OF THE APOSTLES, PETER AND PAUL
Commemorations:
St. Mary, the mother of John-Mark, nephew of Apostle Barnabas, at Jersusalem (1st C).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Æthelwine (Elwin), bishop of Lindsey (8th C). St. Cocha, abbess of Ross-Benchuir (6th C). SS. Salome and Judith (9th C).
Readings:
Romans 3:19-26; Matthew 7:1-8
For the Commemoration: 2 Corinthians 11:21-12:9; Matthew 16:13-19

Sunday 30th June 2019

Tone 1 - Eothinon 2
2nd after Pentecost, 2nd of Matthew
Synaxis of the Holy, Glorious, and All-praised Twelve Apostles: Peter, Andrew, James and John the sons of Zebedee, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James the son of Alphæus, Jude the brother of James, Simon Zelotes, and Matthias
Leavetaking of the Chief Apostles Peter and Paul
Commemorations:
The Protomartyrs of Rome who suffered under Nero (64). New Martyr Michael (Paknanas) the gardener, of Athens (1770).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Eurgain, foundress of Cor-Eurgain in Wales, later called Llantwit (6th C).
Readings:
Romans 2:10-16; Matthew 4:18-23
For the Commemoration: 1 Corinthians 4:9-16; Matthew 9:36-10:8

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
In developing the software to generate this monthly calendar we gratefully acknowledge our dependence on many sources, prominent among them being :-
For the synaxaria of the Saints: Michael Purcell (of the Saint John (Maximovich) the Wonderworker Orthodox Church, Atlanta, GA.) and his very impressive software program Menologion; and 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!
For the ranking of the major commemorations and related guidance: The Typikon Charts published by the St Raphael Brotherhood of the Antiochian Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America.
For the matters relating to the Lectionary: The admirably detailed notes included in the Epistle and Gospel Lectionaries published by the Centre for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies, Etna, Ca.; together with the annual Kanonion issued by the Phanar.
For the Fasting rules and many other details: The Antiochian Book of the Typikon as translated by Bishop Khoury and edited by Archpriest John W Morris.
Errors in the calendar will inevitably emerge, and for these we apologise. We should be grateful if you would inform us of any you discover.