November 2017

FROM THE FATHERS

“CHRISTIANS, have we understood the great responsibility that we have taken on before God through baptism? Have we come to know that we must conduct ourselves as children of God, that we must align our will with the will of God, that we must remain free from sin, that we must love God with all our hearts and always patiently await union with Him? Have we thought about the fact that our heart should be so filled with love that it should overflow to our neighbour? Do we have the feeling that we must become holy and perfect, children of God and heirs of the Kingdom of Heaven? We must struggle for this, so that we may not be shown unworthy and rejected. Let none of us lose our boldness, nor neglect our duties, nor be afraid of the difficulties of spiritual struggle. For we have God as a helper, who strengthens us in the difficult path of virtue.”

St. Nektarios of Pentapolis, Wonderworker of Aegina +1920

“HAVE YOU SINNED? Come to Church. Tell God, ‘I have sinned.’ I do not demand anything else of you than this. Holy Scripture states, ‘Be the first one to tell of your transgressions, so you may be justified.’ Admit the sin to annul it. This requires neither labour nor a circuit of words, nor monetary expenditure, nor anything else whatsoever such as these. Say one word, think carefully about the sin and say, ‘I have sinned.”

St. John Chrysostom + AD 407

“A BROTHER questioned an Elder, saying: ‘If some scandalous night-time fantasy should befall me, and in the morning I am to commune of the Immaculate Mysteries, what should I do?’ The Elder replied: ‘You may approach Holy Communion not in contempt of the sacredness of the Mysteries, but with the sense that you have been wounded and are in need of a physician; then the Lord, Who cured the woman with the flow of blood, will cure you. Let us greatly love the Lord, that He might also say to us: ‘Your sins, which are many, are forgiven, for you loved much’(Luke 7:47).”

Venerable Barsanuphius the Great + 6th Century AD

 

Wednesday 1st November 2017 (ƒ2)
Holy Wonderworkers and Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian
St. Theodota, mother of Cosmas and Damian (3rd C). Holy Martyrs James of Prodromou Skete, Mt. Athos and his two disciples James and Dionysius (1520). Venerable David the Righteous of Eubœa (1589).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Pabiali, son of King Brychan of Brecknock (6th C). St. Ceitho of Cardiganshire (6th C). St. Cledwyn of Breconshire (5th C). St. Cadfan, founder of monasteries (6th C). St. Caillin (7th C). St. Dingad (5th C).
Readings:
Colossians 3:17-4:1; Luke 11:42-46.
For the Commemoration: 1 Corinthians 12:27-13:8; Matthew 10:1,5-8.

Thursday 2nd November 2017
Holy Martyrs Acindynus, Pegasius, Aphthonius, Elpidephorus, and Anempodistus, of Persia (ca. 345). Holy Martyrs Domnina, Domna, & Kyriaki. St. Marcian of Cyprus (388).
British Isles & Ireland: SS. Baya and Maura, anchoresses, of Scotland (10th C).
Readings:
Colossians 4:2-9; Luke 11:47-12:1.

Friday 3rd November 2017 (ƒ2)
Dedication of the Church of the Great Martyr George in Lydda (4th C).
Holy Martyrs Acepsimas the bishop, Joseph the presbyter, and Aithalas the deacon, of Persia (4th C). New Martyr hieromonk George of Neopolis, Asia Minor (1797). St. Theodore the confessor, bishop of Ancyra (9th C). St. Nicholas of Iveron and Georgia (1308).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Winifred of Treffynon [Holywell] (7th C). St. Elerius, abbot (6th C). St. Clodock, hermit (6th C). St. Wulgan of Canterbury, confessor (8th C). St. Romwold of Northumbria, confessor (7th C). St. Cristiolus (7th C) brother of St. Sulian and founder of churches. St. Englatius of Tarves, Aberdeenshire (966).
Readings:
Colossians 4:10-18; Luke 12:2-12.
For the Commemoration: Acts 12:1-11; John 15:17-16:2.

Saturday 4th November 2017
St. Ioannikios the Great of Bithynia (846). Hieromartyrs Nicander, bishop of Myra, and Hermas, presbyter (1st C). Holy Martyr Porphyrius the Mime of Caesarea (361). St. Sylvia, mother of St. Gregory Dialogos (6th C). St. John (Doukas Vataxis) the Merciful, Emperor of Nicaea (1254), St. Raphael (Hawaweeny) Bishop of Brooklyn (1915).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Birnstan, bishop of Winchester (934). Holy Martyr Clarus of Rochester, hermit (ca. 875).
Readings:
2 Corinthians 5:1-10; Luke 9:1-6.

Sunday 5th November 2017
22nd after Pentecost 5th of Luke – Tone 5 : Eothinon 11.
Holy Martyrs Galacteon and his wife, Epistemis, at Emesa [Homs] (3rd C). Apostles Patrobus, Hermas, Linus, Gaius, and Philologus of the Seventy (1st C). Hieromartyr Pamphilos. Hieromartyr Silvanus, bishop of Gaza. Repose of St. Jonah, archbishop of Novgorod (1470).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Kanten, founder of Llanganten, Powys (8th C). St. Kea, bishop in Devon (6th C).
Readings:
Galatians 6:11-18; Luke 16:19-31.

Monday 6th November 2017
St. Paul the Confessor, archbishop of Constantinople (361). Venerable Luke of Sicily (820). St. Barlaam, abbot of Khutyn (1192). St. Barlaam of Keret Lake (16th C). St. Leonard. abbot of Noblac, Gaul (ca. 559). Repose of St. Herman, archbishop of Kazan (1567). Synaxis of the New Martyrs of Sarov: Anatole, Basil, Hierotheus, Isaac, and Rufinus. Russian New Martyr Gregory the Cross-bearer (1936).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Mellion (6th C). St. Edwen (7th C). St. Efflam (c. 700). St. Winoc (717). All Saints of Ireland. St. Cowey of Portaferry, Abbot of Moville (8th C).
Readings:
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5; Luke 12:13-15,22-31.

Tuesday 7th November 2017
Holy 33 Martyrs of Melitene (290). Holy Martyr Theodotus of Ancyra (303). Holy Martyrs Thessalonika in Amphipolis and Alexander of Thessalonika. St. Lazarus the Wonderworker of Mt. Galesion near Ephesus (1054).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Illtyd, abbot of Llanilltyd Fawr (6th C). St. Congar, missionary (6th C). St. Willibrord of Northumbria, archbishop of Utrecht, Apostle of Frisia (739).
Readings:
1 Thessalonians 1:6-10; Luke 12:42-48.

Wednesday 8th November 2017 (ƒ2)
SYNAXIS OF THE ARCHANGEL MICHAEL AND THE OTHER BODILESS POWERS: Archangels Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Salathiel, Jegudiel, Barachiel, and Jeremiel.
Holy Martha, Princess of Pskov (1300).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Cybi abbot in Cornwall and Wales (550). St. Tyssilio, abbot of Meifod (640). St. Willehad, bishop and Missionary (789). St. Moroc, bishop of Dunblane (9th C). St. Gervadius of Elgin (10th C).
Readings:
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8; Luke 12:48-59.
For the Commemoration: Hebrews 2:2-10; Luke 10:16-21.

Thursday 9th November 2017
St Nektarios (Kephalas) of Aegina, the wonderworker, metropolitan of Pentapolis (1920)
Holy Martyrs Onesiphorus and Porphyrius of Ephesus (284). St. Matrona, abbess, of Constantinople (492). St. John the Short, of Egypt (422). St. Theoctiste of the Isle of Lesbos (881). St. Simeon Metaphrastes (the Translator) (960). St. Euthymius and St. Neophytus, founders of Docheiariou Monastery, Mt. Athos (10th C). St. Job, 1st patriarch of Moscow (1606).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Benignus, the Psalmsinger (ca. 466). St. Pabo, abbot of Llanbabon (ca. 510).
Readings:
1 Thessalonians 2:9-14; Luke 13:1-9.
For the Commemoration: Ephesians 5:8-19; Matthew 4:25-5:12.

Friday 10th November 2017 (ƒ3)
Apostles of the Seventy: Erastus, Olympas, Herodian, Sosipater, Quartus, and Tertius (1st C). Holy Martyr Orestes of Cappadocia (304). Translation of the relics of St. Gregory, presbyter, in Assos of Lesbos. St. Leo the Great, pope of Rome (461). Holy Martyr Constantine, Grand Prince of Kartli, Georgia (842). Venerable Theostiriktos of Symbola.
British Isles & Ireland: St. Justus, 4th archbishop of Canterbury (627). St. Aedh MacBrice, bishop of Killare (588). St. Eleath the Poet (6th C).
Readings:
1 Thessalonians 2:14-19; Luke 13:31-35.

Saturday 11th November 2017
Holy Martyrs Menas of Egypt (304), Victor of Damascus (2nd C) and Vicent of Spain (204). Stephanida of Spain (2nd C). St. Martin the Merciful, bishop of Tours (397). St. Theodore the Confessor, abbot of the Studion (826). Repose of Blessed Maximus of Moscow, Fool-for-Christ (1434).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Cynfran of Carnarvonshire (5th C). St. Bertuin (ca. 698). St. Rhediw of Llanllyfni.
Readings:
2 Corinthians 8:1-5; Luke 9:37-43.

Sunday 12th November 2017
23rd after Pentecost 8th of Luke – Tone 6 : Eothinon 1.
St. John the Merciful, patriarch of Alexandria (619).
St. Nilus the Ascetic, of Sinai (5th C). Blessed John ‘the Hairy’, Fool-for-Christ, at Rostov (1580). St. Nilus, the Myrrh-streaming, of Lavra, Mt Athos (1651). New Martyr Sabbas Nigdelinus of Constantinople (1726). New Martyr Nicholas of Constantinople (1742). Synaxis of the Russian New Martyrs of Optina: Anatole, Barnabas, Dositheus, Nektary, Nikon, Panteleimon, Vincent, and Isaac. New Hieromartyrs Constantine, Vladimir and Alexander, priests (1937).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Machar, bishop of Aberdeen (6th C). St. Sinnell of Cleenish (6th C). St. Cadwaladr, King of the Welsh (664). St. Cummian Fada, founder of the monastery of Kilcummin (662). St. Liafwine of Deventer, missionary (ca. 773). Monk-martyr Ymar of Reculver (ca. 830).
Readings:
Ephesians 2:4-10; Luke 10:25-37.
For the Commemoration: 2 Corinthians 9:6-11; Matthew 5:14-19.

Monday 13th November 2017
St John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople (407)
Holy Martyrs Antoninus, Nicephorus and Germanus, of Caesarea in Palestine (308). Holy Martyr Manetha of Caesarea in Palestine (308). New Martyr Damaskinos and Damian of Mt. Athos (1681).
Readings:
1 Thessalonians 2:20-3:8; Luke 14:12-15.
For the Commemoration: Hebrews 7:26-8:2; John 10:9-16.

Tuesday 14th November 2017
Holy and All-Praised Apostle Philip (1st C)
St. Gregory Palamas, archbishop of Thessalonica (1359). St. Justinian the Emperor (565) and his wife St. Theodora (548). Holy Great New Martyr Constantine of Hydra, Mt. Athos (1800).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Dyfrig, bishop in Hereford and Gwent, hermit of Bardsey Island (545). St. Malo of Brittany (621). St. Modanic, bishop of Aberdeen (8th C).
Readings:
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 14:25-35.
For the Commemoration: 1 Corinthians 4:9-16; John 1:43-51.

Wednesday 15th November 2017 (ƒ3)
Nativity Fast begins
Holy Martyrs and Confessors Gurias (299), Samonas (306), and Abibus [Habib] (322), of Edessa. Holy Martyrs Elpidius, Marcellus, and Eustochius, who suffered under Julian the Apostate (4th C). St. Thomas the New, patriarch of Constantinople (668). St. Paisius (Velichkovsky) of Moldavia and Mt. Athos (1794).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Machell, founder of the monastery of Llanfechell (7th C). St. Fintan, monk and hermit (879).
Readings:
1 Thessalonians 4:1-12; Luke 15:1-10.

Thursday 16th November 2017 (ƒ1)
Nativity Fast
Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew (60)
St. Fulvianus, Prince of Ethiopia, in Holy Baptism, Matthew (1st C). Holy Martyr Ephygenia.
British Isles & Ireland: St. Afan of Llanafan in Powys (6th C). St. Gobrain, bishop and hermit (725). St. Aelfric, 28th archbishop of Canterbury (1005).
Readings:
1 Thessalonians 5:1-8; Luke 16:1-9.
For the Commemoration: 1 Corinthians 4:9-16; Matthew 9:9-13.

Friday 17th November 2017 (ƒ3)
Nativity Fast
St. Gregory the Wonderworker of Neo-Caesarea (ca. 270). St. Gennadios I, patriarch of Constantinople (1464). St. Gregory, bishop of Tours (594) and with him St. Aredius, abbot of Limoges (614) and St. Vulfolaic, stylite of Trier. St. Lazarus the Iconographer, of Constantinople (ca. 857). St. Nikon, abbot of Radonezh, disciple of St. Sergius (1426).
British Isles & Ireland: Righteous Mother Hilda of Whitby, abbess (680).
Readings:
1 Thessalonians 5:9-13,24-28; Luke 16:15-18;17:1-4.

Saturday 18th November 2017 (ƒ1)
Nativity Fast
Great Martyr Plato of Ancyra (ca. 306). Hieromartyr Romanus the deacon, of Caesarea, and the youth Barulas, of Antioch (303). Holy Martyrs Zacchaeus the deacon and Alphæus of Caesarea in Palestine (303). New Martyrs Anastasius of Epirus and Daniel (1750).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Mawes, bishop in Cornwall and Brittany (5th C). St. Constant, priest-hermit at Lough Erne (777). St. Keverne, friend of St. Kieran (6th C).
Readings:
2 Corinthians 11:1-6; Luke 9:57-62.

Sunday 19th November 2017 (ƒ1)
24th after Pentecost 9th of Luke – Tone 7 : Eothinon 2.
Nativity Fast
Prophet Obadiah [Abdias]. Holy Martyr Barlaam of Caesarea in Cappadocia (ca. 304). Holy Martyr Agapius of Gaza (306). St. Barlaam and Monk Ioasaph, Prince of India, and St. Abenner the King, his father (4th C). Holy Martyrs Anthimos, Thallalaeos, Christopher, Euphemia & her children. St. Philaret, metropolitan of Moscow (1867). St. Hilarion the Georgian, wonderworker of Thessalonica (875). Holy Martyr Heliodorus in Pamphylia (273). St. Barlaam, abbot of the Kievan Caves (1065).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Egbert, archbishop of York (766). St. Ermenburgh, abbess of Thanet (ca. 700). St. Medana of Galloway (8th C).
Readings:
Ephesians 2:14-22; Luke 12:16-21; 8:8.

Monday 20th November 2017 (ƒ3)
Forefeast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple; Nativity Fast
St. Gregory Decapolites (816). St. Proclus, Archbishop of Constantinople (447). Venerable Sozomen the Wonderworker of Cyprus (12th C).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Edmund, King of East Anglia and Martyr (869). St. Eval, bishop of Cornwall (6th C).
Readings:
2 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Luke 17:20-25.

Tuesday 21st November 2017 (ƒ1)
Nativity Fast
THE ENTRY OF THE MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS INTO THE TEMPLE
St. Rufus of Rome (ca. 90). New Martyrs protopresbyter Alexander Khotivisky of New York and priest Alexis Benemansky of Tver (1937).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Digain (5th C).
Readings:
2 Thessalonians 1:10-2:2; Luke 17:26-37.
For the Commemoration: Hebrews 9:1-7; Luke 10:38-42;11:27-28.

Wednesday 22nd November 2017 (ƒ3)
Afterfeast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple; Nativity Fast
Apostles of the Seventy Philemon and Archippus, Martyr Apphia, wife of Philemon and Equal-to-the-Apostles, and Onesimus, disciple of St. Paul (1st C). Virgin-Martyr Cecilia of Rome and those with her (ca. 230). Holy Martyr Michael, Prince of Tver (1318). St. Clement of Ochrida, bishop of Greater Macedonia and Enlightner of Bulgaria (916). Venerable Kallistos (Xanthopoulos) of Mt. Athos, patriarch of Constantinople (1397).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Deiniol the Younger, abbot of Bangor (621).
Readings:
2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Luke 18:15-17,26-30.

Thursday 23rd November 2017 (ƒ2)
Afterfeast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple; Nativity Fast
St. Amphilochius, bishop of Iconium (394). St. Gregory, bishop of Agrigentum (594). St. Ischyrion, bishop in Egypt and hermit of Sketis (3rd C). Venerable Sisinios the Confessor, bishop of Kyzikos (ca. 325). St. Dionysios 1st, patriarch of Constantinople (15th C). St. Alexander Nevsky [in schema Alexis], grand prince of Novgorod (1263).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Columbanus of Bobbio, abbot and missionary (615). St. Polin, abbot of Whitland (6th C).
Readings:
2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5; Luke 18:31-34.

Friday 24th November 2017 (ƒ3)
Afterfeast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple; Nativity Fast
Hieromartyr Clement, pope of Rome (101). Hieromartyr Peter, archbishop of Alexandria (311). Hieromartyr Hermogenes, bishop of Agrigentum (ca. 260). Hieromartyr Mercurius, bishop of Smolensk (1238). Holy Martyrs Philomenos and Alexander at Corinth (4th C). Venerable Mercurius, the Faster of the Kievan Caves (14th C).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Colman, bishop of Cloyne (606). St. Kenan, bishop of Darnleag (500). St. Enfleda, abbess of Whitby (ca. 704).
Readings:
2 Thessalonians 3:6-18; Luke 19:12-28.

Saturday 25th November 2017 (ƒ1)
Leavetaking (Apodosis) of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple; Nativity Fast
Great Martyr Catherine, the all-wise, of Alexandria (305)
Great Martyr Mercurius of Caesarea in Cappadocia (3rd C). Venerable Peter the Silent, of Galata, Syria (429). Holy Martyrs Augusta Faustina the Empress, Porphyrius, and 200 soldiers at Alexandria with Great-martyr Catherine (305).
British Isles & Ireland: Holy Martyr Bieuzy, disciple of St. Gildas (7th C). St. Alnoth of Stowe, hermit and martyr (ca. 700).
Readings:
Galatians 1:3-10; Luke 10:19-21.
For the Commemoration: Galatians 3:23-4:5; Mark 5:24-34.

Sunday 26th November 2017 (ƒ1)
25th after Pentecost 13th of Luke – Tone 8 : Eothinon 3.
Nativity Fast
Venerable Alypios the Stylite of Adrianopolis (7th C). St. Stylianos of Paphlagonia, monk (7th C). St. Nikon Metanoeite (“Preacher of Repentance”) (998). Repose of St. Innocent, 1st bishop of Irkutsk (1731). St. James the Solitary of Syria (457). New Martyr George of Chios (1807).
Readings:
Ephesians 4:1-7; Luke 18:18-27.

Monday 27th November 2017 (ƒ3)
Nativity Fast
Great Martyr James the Persian (421). St.Palladius of Thessalonica (7th C). St. Pinuphrius the Righteous, of Egypt (4th C). Venerable Nathanael of Nitria (6th C). St. James, bishop and Wonderworker of Rostov (1392).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Fergal, bishop of Salzburg (784). St. Seachnall, bishop of Dunsaughlin (457). St. Congar, abbot of Congresbury (6th C).
Readings:
1 Timothy 1:1-7; Luke 19:37-44.

Tuesday 28th November 2017 (ƒ2)
Nativity Fast
Monk Martyr and Confessor Stephen the New of Mt Athos (767). Hieromartyr Auxentius and those with him at Tiberiopolis (767). Holy Martyr Irenarchus and Seven Women Martyrs at Sebaste (303).
Readings:
1 Timothy 1:8-14; Luke 19:45-48.

Wednesday 29th November 2017 (ƒ3)
Nativity Fast
Holy Martyr Paramon and his 370 companions in Bithynia (250). Holy Martyr Philoumenus of Ancyra, and with him Martyrs Valerian and Phaedrus (ca. 274). St. Acacius of Sinai, who is mentioned in “The Ladder” (7th C). St. Dionysius, bishop of Corinth (182). St. Nicholas, archbishop of Thessalonica. St. Urban of Macedonia.
British Isles & Ireland: St. Brendan of Birr (573). St. Sadwen (5th C). St. Egelwine of Athelney, monk (7th C).
Readings:
1 Timothy 1:18-20; 2:8-15; Luke 20:1-8.

Thursday 30th November 2017 (ƒ1)
Nativity Fast
Holy and All-Praised Apostle Andrew the First-called (62)
St. Frumentius, archbishop of and Enlightener of Ethiopia (c. 380). St. Alexander, bishop of Mithymna on Lesbos.
British Isles & Ireland: St. Tudwal, bishop in Wales and Brittany (6th C).
Readings:
1 Timothy 3:1-13; Luke 20:9-18.
For the Commemoration: 1 Corinthians 4:9-16; John 1:35-51.

 

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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