November 2018

FROM THE FATHERS

IN HER MANNER She [The Theotokos] showed that She was not so much presented into the Temple, but that She Herself entered into the service of God of her own accord, as if she had wings, striving towards this sacred and divine love. She considered it desirable and fitting that she should enter into the Temple and dwell in the Holy of Holies. Therefore, the High Priest, seeing that this child, more than anyone else, had divine grace within Her, wished to set Her within the Holy of Holies. He convinced everyone present to welcome this, since God had advanced it and approved it. Through His angel, God assisted the Virgin and sent Her mystical food, with which She was strengthened in nature, while in body She was brought to maturity and was made purer and more exalted than the angels, having the Heavenly spirits as servants. She was led into the Holy of Holies not just once, but was accepted by God to dwell there with Him during Her youth, so that through Her, the Heavenly Abodes might be opened and given for an eternal habitation to those who believe in Her miraculous birthgiving.”

St. Gregory Palamas + A.D. 1359

THE NATIVITY Forty-day Fast represents the fast undertaken by Moses, who—having fasted for forty days and forty nights—received the Commandments of God, written on stone tablets. And we, fasting for forty days, will reflect upon and receive from the Virgin the living Word—not written upon stone, but born, incarnate—and we will commune of His Divine Body.”

St. Symeon of Thessaloniki + A.D. 1429

A SOLDIER asked Abba Mius if God accepted repentance. After the old man had taught him many things he said, ‘Tell me, my dear, if your cloak is torn, do you throw it away?’ He replied, ‘No, I mend it and use it again.’ The old man said to him, ‘If you are so careful about your cloak, will not God be equally careful about his creature?’ ”

Abba Mius of Belos + c. 4th Century A.D.

Do not be surprised that you fall every day; do not give up, but stand your ground courageously. And assuredly the angel who guards you will honour your patience, While a wound is still fresh and warm it is easy to heal, but old, neglected and festering ones are hard to cure, and require for their care much treatment, cutting, plastering and cauterization. Many from long neglect become incurable. But with God all things are possible…

Saint John Climacus + A.D. 649

 

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

Thursday 1st November 2018
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 and 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:
1 Thessalonians 2:9-14; Luke 11:47-12:1
For the Commemoration: 1 Corinthians 12:27-13:8; Matthew 10:1,5-8

Friday 2nd November 2018
Fast day: strict fast
Holy Martyrs Acindynus, Pegasius, Aphthonius, Elpidephorus, and Anempodistus, of Persia (ca. 345). Holy Martyrs Domnina, Domna, & Kyriaki. St. Marcian of Cyprus (388).
British Isles and Ireland: SS. Baya and Maura, anchoresses, of Scotland (10th C).
Readings:
1 Thessalonians 2:14-19; Luke 12:2-12

Saturday 3rd November 2018
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). St. Raphael (Hawaweeny) Bishop of Brooklyn (1915).
British Isles and 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:
2 Corinthians 8:1-5; Luke 9:1-6
For the Commemoration: Acts 12:1-11; John 15:17-16:2

Sunday 4th November 2018
Tone 6 : Eothinon 1
23rd after Pentecost : 5th of Luke
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).
British Isles and Ireland: St. Birnstan, bishop of Winchester (934). Holy Martyr Clarus of Rochester, hermit (ca. 875).
Readings:
Ephesians 2:4-10; Luke 16:19-31

Monday 5th November 2018
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 and Ireland: St. Kanten, founder of Llanganten, Powys (8th C). St. Kea, bishop in Devon (6th C).
Readings:
1 Thessalonians 2:20-3:8; Luke 12:13-15,22-31

Tuesday 6th November 2018
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 and 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 3:9-13; Luke 12:42-48

Wednesday 7th November 2018
Fast day: strict fast
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 and 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 4:1-12; Luke 12:48-59

Thursday 8th November 2018
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 and 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 5:1-8; Luke 13:1-9
For the Commemoration: Hebrews 2:2-10; Luke 10:16-21

Friday 9th November 2018
Fast day: wine and oil allowed
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 and Ireland: St. Benignus, the Psalmsinger (ca. 466). St. Pabo, abbot of Llanbabon (ca. 510).
Readings:
1 Thessalonians 5:9-13,24-28; Luke 13:31-35
For the Commemoration: Ephesians 5:8-19; Matthew 4:25-5:12

Saturday 10th November 2018
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 and Ireland: St. Justus, 4th archbishop of Canterbury (627). St. Aedh MacBrice, bishop of Killare (588). St. Eleath the Poet (6th C).
Readings:
2 Corinthians 11:1-6; Luke 9:37-43

Sunday 11th November 2018
Tone 7 : Eothinon 2
24th after Pentecost : 8th of Luke
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 and Ireland: St. Cynfran of Carnarvonshire (5th C). St. Bertuin (ca. 698). St. Rhediw of Llanllyfni.
Readings:
Ephesians 2:14-22; Luke 10:25-37
For the Commemoration: 2 Corinthians 4:6-15; Matthew 10:16-22

Monday 12th November 2018
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 and 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:
2 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Luke 14:12-15
For the Commemoration: 2 Corinthians 9:6-11; Matthew 5:14-19

Tuesday 13th November 2018
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:
2 Thessalonians 1:10-2:2; Luke 14:25-35
For the Commemoration: Hebrews 7:26-8:2; John 10:9-16

Wednesday 14th November 2018
Fast day: fish, wine and oil allowed
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 and 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:
2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Luke 15:1-10
For the Commemoration: 1 Corinthians 4:9-16; John 1:43-51

Thursday 15th November 2018
Nativity Fast begins: fish, wine and oil allowed
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 and Ireland: St. Machell, founder of the monastery of Llanfechell (7th C). St. Fintan, monk and hermit (879).
Readings:
2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5; Luke 16:1-9

Friday 16th November 2018
Nativity Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew (60)
St. Fulvianus, Prince of Ethiopia, in Holy Baptism, Matthew (1st C). Holy Martyr Ephygenia.
British Isles and Ireland: St. Afan of Llanafan in Powys (6th C). St. Gobrain, bishop and hermit (725). St. Aelfric, 28th archbishop of Canterbury (1005).
Readings:
2 Thessalonians 3:6-18; Luke 16:15-18;17:1-4
For the Commemoration: 1 Corinthians 4:9-16; Matthew 9:9-13

Saturday 17th November 2018
Nativity Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
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 and Ireland: Righteous Mother Hilda of Whitby, abbess (680).
Readings:
Galatians 1:3-10; Luke 9:57-62

Sunday 18th November 2018
Nativity Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
Tone 8 : Eothinon 3
25th after Pentecost : 9th of Luke
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 Cæsarea in Palestine (303). New Martyrs Anastasius of Epirus and Daniel (1750).
British Isles and 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:
Ephesians 4:1-7; Luke 12:16-21; 8:8

Monday 19th November 2018
Nativity Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
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 and Ireland: St. Egbert, archbishop of York (766). St. Ermenburgh, abbess of Thanet (ca. 700). St. Medana of Galloway (8th C)
Readings:
1 Timothy 1:1-7; Luke 17:20-25

Tuesday 20th November 2018
Nativity Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
Forefeast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
St. Gregory Decapolites (816). St. Proclus, Archbishop of Constantinople (447). Venerable Sozomen the Wonderworker of Cyprus (12th C).
British Isles and Ireland: St. Edmund, King of East Anglia and Martyr (869). St. Eval, bishop of Cornwall (6th C).
Readings:
1 Timothy 1:8-14; Luke 17:26-37

Wednesday 21st November 2018
Nativity Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
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 and Ireland: St. Digain (5th C).
Readings:
1 Timothy 1:18-20; 2:8-15; Luke 18:15-17,26-30
For the Commemoration: Hebrews 9:1-7; Luke 10:38-42;11:27-28

Thursday 22nd November 2018
Nativity Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
Afterfeast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
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 and Ireland: St. Deiniol the Younger, abbot of Bangor (621).
Readings:
1 Timothy 3:1-13; Luke 18:31-34

Friday 23rd November 2018
Nativity Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
Afterfeast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
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 and Ireland: St. Columbanus of Bobbio, abbot and missionary (615). St. Polin, abbot of Whitland (6th C).
Readings:
1 Timothy 4:4-8, 16; Luke 19:12-28

Saturday 24th November 2018
Nativity Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
Afterfeast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
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 and Ireland: St. Colman, bishop of Cloyne (606). St. Kenan, bishop of Darnleag (500). St. Enfleda, abbess of Whitby (ca. 704).
Readings:
Galatians 3:8-12; Luke 10:19-21

Sunday 25th November 2018
Nativity Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
Tone 1 : Eothinon 4
26th after Pentecost : 13th of Luke
Great Martyr Catherine, the all-wise, of Alexandria (305)
Leavetaking of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
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 and Ireland: Holy Martyr Bieuzy, disciple of St. Gildas (7th C). St. Alnoth of Stowe, hermit and martyr (ca. 700).
Readings:
Ephesians 5:8-19; Luke 18:18-27
For the Commemoration: Galatians 3:23-4:5; Mark 5:24-34

Monday 26th November 2018
Nativity Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
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:
1 Timothy 5:1-10; Luke 19:37-44

Tuesday 27th November 2018
Nativity Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
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 and Ireland: St. Fergal, bishop of Salzburg (784). St. Seachnall, bishop of Dunsaughlin (457). St. Congar, abbot of Congresbury (6th C).
Readings:
1 Timothy 5:11-21; Luke 19:45-48

Wednesday 28th November 2018
Nativity Fast: strict 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 5:22-6:11; Luke 20:1-8

Thursday 29th November 2018
Nativity Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
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 and Ireland: St. Brendan of Birr (573). St. Sadwen (5th C). St. Egelwine of Athelney, monk (7th C).
Readings:
1 Timothy 6:17-21; Luke 20:9-18

Friday 30th November 2018
Nativity Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
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 and Ireland: St. Tudwal, bishop in Wales and Brittany (6th C).
Readings:
2 Timothy 1:1-2, 8-18; Luke 20:19-26
For the Commemoration: 1 Corinthians 4:9-16; John 1:35-51

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