October 2018


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 + A.D. 540

OF OLD GOD the incorporeal and uncircumscribed was not depicted at all. But now that God has appeared in the flesh and lived among men, I make an image of the God who can be seen. I do not worship matter but I worship the Creator of matter, who for my sake became material and deigned to dwell in matter, who through matter effected my salvation. I will not cease from worshipping the matter through which my salvation has been effected…The icon is a song of triumph, and a revelation, and an enduring monument to the victory of the saints and the disgrace of the demons.”

St. John of Damascus + A.D. 749

WE MUST, with God’s help, eradicate the deadly poison of anger from the depths of our souls. So long as the demon of anger dwells in our hearts … we can neither discriminate what is good, nor achieve spiritual knowledge, nor fulfil our good intentions, nor participate in true life…. Nor will we share in divine wisdom even though we are deemed wise by all men, for it is written: Anger lodges in the bosom of fools [Eccles. 7:9]. Nor can we discriminate in decisions affecting our salvation even though we are thought by our fellow men to have good sense, for it is written: Anger destroys even men of good sense [Proverbs 15:1]. Nor will we be able to keep our lives in righteousness with a watchful heart, for it is written: Man’s anger does not bring about the righteousness of God [James 1:20].”

St. John Cassian + A.D. 435

OF HOW MUCH greater faith and salutary fear are they who . . . confess their sins to the priests of God in a straightforward manner and in sorrow, making an open declaration of conscience. . . I beseech you, brethren; let everyone who has sinned confess his sin while he is still in this world, while his confession is still admissible, while the satisfaction and remission made through the priests are still pleasing before the Lord.”

St. Cyprian of Carthage + A.D. 258


Monday 1st October 2018
The protection of our most holy lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary
Apostle of the Seventy, Ananias, 1st bishop of Damascus (1st C). St. Romanus the Melodist of Constantinople “Sweet-singer” (556). Holy Martyr Domninus of Thessalonica (4th C). St. John (Koukouzelis) the Hymnographer of Athos (ca. 1341). St. Gregory the Singer of Mt. Athos (1355).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Fidharleus of Rathin (762). St. Melorius of Cornwall.
Philippians 1:1-7; Luke 6:24-30
For the Commemoration: Hebrews 9:1-7; Luke 10:38-42;11:27-28

Tuesday 2nd October 2018
Hieromartyr Cyprian, bishop of Antioch in Pisidia, Virgin-Martyr Justina the deaconess, and Martyr Theoctistus of Nicomedia (304). Blessed Andrew, Fool-for-Christ, at Constantinople (936). Holy Martyrs David and Constantine, princes of Argveti, Georgia (740). New Martyr George of Philadelphia in Asia Minor (1794). St. Anna of Kashin (1338). St. Leger (Leodegarius), bishop of Autun (677).
Philippians 1:8-14; Luke 6:37-45

Wednesday 3rd October 2018 (ƒ3)
Hieromartyr Dionysius (Denys) the Areopagite, bishop of Athens, and with him Holy Martyrs Rusticus the presbyter and Eleutherius the deacon (96). St. John the Chozebite, bishop of Caesarea in Palestine (6th C).
British Isles & Ireland: Holy Martyrs Ewald the Fair and Ewald the Dark (695).
Philippians 1:12-20; Luke 6:46-7:1

Thursday 4th October 2018
Hieromartyr Hierotheus, bishop of Athens (1st C). Holy Martys Crispus & Gaius (1st C). St. Paul the Simple (340) and St. Ammon (350), of Egypt, disciples of St. Anthony the Great. Holy Martyrs Domnina and her daughters Berenice and Prosdoce of Syria (4th C). Uncovering of the relics (1595) of St. Gurias, 1st archbishop of Kazan (1563) and St. Barsanuphius, bishop of Tver (1576). Holy Martyr Stephen (Stiljanovich) of Serbia (1515) and his wife, St. Elena.
Philippians 1:20-27; Luke 7:17-30

Friday 5th October 2018 (ƒ3)
Holy Martyr Charitina of Amisus (304). St. John, bishop of Euchaita. Hieromartyr Dionysius, Bishop of Alexandria (265). Venerable Eudocimos of Vatopedi monastery, Mt Athos. St. Methodia of Cimolus. SS Peter, Alexis, Jonah, Philip and Hermogenes, Wonderworkers and metropolitans of Moscow.
Philippians 1:27-2:4; Luke 7:31-35

Saturday 6th October 2018
The Holy and Glorious Apostle Thomas (1st C)
Virgin-Martyr Erotheis of Cappadocia. New Martyr Macarius at Kion in Bithynia (1590). Glorification of St. Innocent, metropolitan of Moscow, Enlightener of the Aleuts and Apostle to the Americas (1977).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Lalluwy of Menheniot, virgin (6th C). St. Ceollach, bishop of the Mercians (7th C). St. Cumine the White, abbot of Iona (669).
1 Corinthians 15:58-16:3; Luke 5:27-32
For the Commemoration: 1 Corinthians 4:9-16; John 20:19-31

Sunday 7th October 2018
19th after Pentecost 3rd of Luke – Tone 2 : Eothinon 8.
Holy martyrs Sergius and Bacchus in Syria (303). Holy martyrs Julian the presbyter, and Caesarius the deacon, at Terracina (1st C). Holy martyr Polychronius of Gampnanitus (4th C). Venerable Martyr John the Hermit and those with him in Crete. St. Sergius, abbot of Nurma, Vologda (1412), disciple of St. Sergius of Radonezh.
British Isles & Ireland: Holy Martyr Cynog (492). St. Dubtach, bishop of Armagh (513). Holy Martyr Princess Osyth of Crich (ca. 700).
2 Corinthians 11:31-12:9; Luke 7:11-16

Monday 8th October 2018
St. Pelagia the Penitent of the Mount of Olives (457). Virgin-Martyr Pelagia of Antioch (303). St. Thais (Taisia) the Harlot, of Egypt (4th C). St. Philotheus, patriarch of Constantinople (1379). Venerable martyr Ignatios of Prodromou Skete on Athos. Monk-martyr Ignatius of Bulgaria.
British Isles & Ireland: St. Keyne, virgin-recluse. St. Iwi of Lindisfarne, hermit (ca. 690). St. Triduna of Restalrig (4th C).
Philippians 2:12-16; Luke 7:36-50

Tuesday 9th October 2018
The Holy Apostle James, Son of Alphaeus
St. Andronicus and his wife St. Athanasia, of Egypt (5th C). Righteous Forefather Abraham, and his nephew, Righteous Lot (2000 BC). St. Poplia the Confessor, deaconess of Antioch (4th C). Holy Martyrs Juventus and Maximus at Antioch (363). Hieromartyr Dionysius (Denis), bishop of Paris (ca. 258). St. Stephen the Younger, king of Serbia (1468). Glorification (1989) [26th Sep O.C.] of St. Tikhon, patriarch of Moscow and All Russia (1925).
Philippians 2:16-23; Luke 8:1-3
For the Commemoration: I Corinthians 4:9-16; Matthew 9:36-38;10:1-8

Wednesday 10th October 2018 (ƒ3)
Holy Martyrs Eulampius and Eulampia, at Nicomedia, and 200 Martyrs with them (311). Venerable Ambrose, starets of Optina (1891). St. Theophilus the Confessor of Bulgaria (716). Blessed Andrew of Totma, Fool-for-Christ (1673). Holy Martyr Theotecnus of Antioch (4th C). St. Bassian of Constantinople (ca. 458). Synaxis of the Fourteen Saints of Optina: St. Leonid (repose) (1841), St. Macarius (1860), St. Moses (1862), St. Anthony (1865), St. Hilarion (1873), St. Ambrose (1891), St. Anatole (the “Elder”) (1894), St. Isaac I (1894), St. Joseph (1911), St. Barsanuphius (1913), St. Anatole (the “Younger”) (1922), St. Nektary (1928), St. Nikon the Confessor (1931), New Hieromartyr archimandrite Isaac II (1937).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Paulinus, archbishop of York (644). St. Patrician, bishop of Man (5th C).
Philippians 2:24-30; Luke 8:22-25

Thursday 11th October 2018
Holy Disciple Philip of the Seventy, one of the Seven Deacons (1st C). St. Theophanes the Confessor and Hymnographer, bishop of Nicaea (ca. 850). Holy Martyrs Zenais and Philonilla of Tarsus in Cilicia, relatives of St. Paul (1st C). SS Nectarius (397), Arcadius (405), and Sinisius (427), patriarchs of Constantinople. St. Philotheus (Kokkinos) of Mt Athos, patriarch of Constantinople (1379).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Ethelburga, abbess of Barking (c. 676). St. Kenneth, abbot of Aghaboe (7th C).
Philippians 3:1-8; Luke 9:7-11

Friday 12th October 2018 (ƒ3)
St. Symeon the New Theologian (1021). Holy Martyrs Probus, Tarachus, and Andronicus, at Tarsus in Cilicia (304). St. Cosmas the Hymnographer, bishop of Maiuma (787). St. Martin the Merciful, bishop of Tours (ca. 400).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Fiace, disciple of St. Patrick (5th C). St. Mobhi of Glasnevin (544). St. Edwin, King and Martyr (633). St. Wilfrid, archbishop of York (709).
Philippians 3:8-19; Luke 9:12-18

Saturday 13th October 2018
Holy martyrs Carpus, Papylus, Agathadorus, and Agathonica, at Pergamum (251). St. Nicetas the Confessor of Paphlagonia (838). Hieromartyr Benjamin the deacon, of Persia (5th C). Martyr Florentius of Thessalonica (2nd C). New Great Martyr Chryse (Zlata) of Meglin (1795). Return of the relics of the Venerable and God-Bearing Father, Sabbas the Sanctified (532) to the monastery of Massaba in Jordan on October 24th, 1965.
British Isles & Ireland: St. Comgan, brother of St. Kentigern (8th C). Holy Martyrs Fyncana and Fyndoca of Scotland.
2 Corinthians 1:8-11; Luke 6:1-10

Sunday 14th October 2018
Fathers of the 7th Œcumenical Council – Tone 3 : Eothinon 9.
Holy Martyrs Nazarius, Gervasius, Protasius, and Celsius of Milan (1st C). St. Parasceva (Petka) of Epibatima, Thrace, whose relics are in Iasi, Romania (11th C). St. Cosmas the Hagiopolite (8th C). St. Ignatius, metropolitan of Mithymna (1566). St. Nikola Sviatosha, prince of Chernigov and wonderworker of the Kiev Caves (1143).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Burchard, 1st bishop of Wurzburg, English missionary to Germany (754). St. Manakus, abbot of Holyhead (6th C).
Titus 3:8-15; Luke 8:5-8a, 9-15, 8b

Monday 15th October 2018
Holy Martyr Lucian, presbyter of Antioch (312). Venerable Sabinus, bishop of Catania (760). St. Euthymius the New, Confessor of Thessalonica (889). St. Varsus (Barses) the Confessor (4th C). Holy Martyrs Sarbelius and Bebai (Barbea) of Edessa (2nd C).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Thecla of Wimborne, abbess and missionary (786).
Philippians 4:10-23; Luke 9:18-22

Tuesday 16th October 2018
Holy Martyr Longinus the Centurion, who stood at the Cross of the Lord (1st C). Holy Martyrs Isaurus and Aphrodisius, who suffered with St. Longinus (1st C). Appearance of the Archangel Michael at Mont St. Michel (8th C).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Gall, hermit and missionary at Bangor and Luxeuil, Enlightener of Switzerland (646). St. Lull of Malmesbury, missionary in Germany (787).
Colossians 1:1-3, 6-11; Luke 9:23-27

Wednesday 17th October 2018 (ƒ3)
Holy Martyrs and Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian in Cilicia, and their brothers Leontius, Anthimus, and Eutropius (4th C). Righteous Prophet Hosea (Osee) (820 BC). Monk-Martyr Righteous Andrew of Crete (767). Martyr Queen Shushaniki (Susanna) of Georgia (475). Translation of the relics (898 of St. Lazarus “of the four days” (in the tomb), bishop of Kition on Cyprus.
British Isles & Ireland: SS Ethelred (Ailred) and Ethelbert, Princes of Kent (c. 640). St. Regulus (Rule), who brought the relics of St. Andrew to Scotland (4th C). St. Colman, abbot-bishop of Kilroot (5th C). St. Louthiern, bishop (6th C). St. Nothelm, 10th archbishop of Canterbury (739).
Colossians 1:18-23; Luke 9:44-50

Thursday 18th October 2018
The Holy Apostle & Evangelist Luke (1st C)
St. Julian, hermit of Mesopotamia (4th C). Holy Martyr Marinus the Elder at Anazarbus (4th C). SS Symeon, Theodore, and Euphrosyne, who found the Icon of the Mother of God in the Great Cave of Peloponnesus (9th C). St. Peter of Cetinje, metropolitan of Montenegro (1830). New Martyrs Gabriel and Cirmidol of Egypt (1522).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Gwen, sister of St. Nonna (5th C). St. Wenna, martyred at Talgarth (492). SS Brothen and Gwendolen of Wales (6th C). St. Monon, hermit and martyr (645).
Colossians 1:24-2:1; Luke 9:49-56
For the Commemoration: Colossians 4:5-11,14-18; Luke 10:16-21

Friday 19th October 2018 (ƒ3)
Righteous Prophet Joel (800 BC). Holy Martyr Varus, and with him six Monk-Martyrs (ca. 307). New Monk-Martyr Nicholas Dvali of Jerusalem (1314). Hieromartyr Mnason, bishop of Cyprus (1st C). Translation of the relics (1195) of St. John, abbot of Rila in Bulgaria (946). Righteous John, the Wonderworker of Kronstadt (1908).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Frideswide, abbess of Oxford (ca. 735). St. Ethbin the Recluse (600). Hieromartyr Ednoth, bishop of Dorchester-on-Thames (1016).
Colossians 2:1-7; Luke 10:1-15

Saturday 20th October 2018
Great Martyr Artemius at Antioch (362). St. Matrona of Chios (1462). St. Gerasimus the New Ascetic, of Cephalonia (1579). Holy Martyr Zebinas of Caesarea in Palestine. Translation of the relics of New Martyr Ignatius of Mt. Athos (1814).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Acca, bishop of Hexham (ca. 740). St. Aidan, bishop of Mayo (768). SS Bradan and Orora (Crora) of Man.
2 Corinthians 3:12-18; Luke 7:1-10

Sunday 21st October 2018
21st after Pentecost 6th of Luke – Tone 4 : Eothinon 10.
St. Hilarion the Great of Palestine (371). Hieromartyr Socrates the presbyter and Martyr Theodote of Ancyra (230). Translation of the relics of St. Christodulus the Wonderworker of Patmos (1093). New Martyr John of Peloponnesus (1773). St. Philotheus of Neapolis and Mt. Athos (14th C).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Fintan, abbot-founder of Taghmon (635). St. Condedus, hermit (685). St. Tuda, bishop of Northumbria (664). St. Malathgeny of Cluain-Edneach (767).
Galatians 2:16-20; Luke 8:27-39

Monday 22nd October 2018
Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Abercius (Averkios), bishop and Wonderworker of Hierapolis (ca. 167). The Holy Seven Youths (“Seven Sleepers”) of Ephesus: Maximilian, Jamblichus, Martinian, Dionysius, Antoninus, Constantine (Hexakustodianos), and John (250). Holy Martyr Cecilia of Rome (ca. 230). Monk-martyr Bertharius and his Companions, slain by the Saracens at Montecassino (ca. 884).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Mellon of Cardiff, 1st bishop of Rouen (314).
Colossians 2:13-20; Luke 10:22-24

Tuesday 23rd October 2018
The Holy Apostle James, Brother of the Lord (ca. 63). St. Ignatius, patriarch of Constantinople (878). St. Macarios the Roman of Mesopotamia. Translation of the relics of Blessed James of Borovichi, wonderworker of Novgorod (1540).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Elfleda of Glastonbury, Virgin (936). St. Ethelfleda, abbess of Romsey (ca. 970).
Colossians 2:20-3:3; Luke 11:1-10

Wednesday 24th October 2018 (ƒ3)
Great Martyr Arethas (al-Haarith) of Arabia and his companions, including Martyr Syncletica and her two daughters (523). Holy Martyr Sebastian of Heraclea in Thrace (286). Blessed Elesbaan (Caleb), King of Ethiopia (553). St. Athanasius, patriarch of Constantinople (1311). Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos, “The Joy of All Who Sorrow” (1688).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Cadfarch, monk (6th C). St. Maelor of Sark (586).
Colossians 3:17-4:1; Luke 11:9-13

Thursday 25th October 2018
Holy Martyrs Marcian and Martyrius the Notaries, of Constantinople (355). St. Tabitha the Merciful, the widow raised from the dead by the Apostle Peter (1st C). Holy Martyrs Chrisaphos and Chrysanthe. Holy Martyrs Crispin and Crispinian (ca. 285).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Cadfarch, disciple of St. Iltyd (6th C). Translation of the relics of St. John of Beverley (1037).
Colossians 4:2-9; Luke 11:14-23

Friday 26th October 2018 (ƒ2)
Holy and Glorious Great Martyr Demetrius the Myrrh-Streaming, of Thessalonica (306)
Commemoration of the Great Earthquake at Constantinople (740). Holy Martyr Ioasaph, monk of Mt. Athos, disciple of St. Niphon of Constantinople (1536).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Alfred the Great, King of Wessex and all Orthodox England (899). St. Albinus, bishop and missionary (550). SS Aneurin and Gwinoc, monks (6th C). St. Cedd, Apostle of Essex (664). St. Eata, bishop of Hexham and abbot of Lindisfarne (686). St. Edfrid, abbot of Leominster (675). St. Cuthbert, 12th archbishop of Canterbury (761). St. Bean, bishop of Mortlach (ca. 1012).
Colossians 4:10-18; Luke 11:23-26
For the Commemoration: 2 Timothy 2:1-10; John 15:17-27;16:1-2

Saturday 27th October 2018
Great Martyr Nestor of Thessalonica (ca. 306). St. Procla, the wife of Pontius Pilate (1st C). St. Cyriacus, patriarch of Constantinople (1390). Venerable Nestor the Chronicler of the Kievan Caves (1114).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Otteran (Odran) of Iona, bishop of Meath (563). St. Abban of Wexford (6th C). St. Colman, abbot of Senboth-Fola (632).
2 Corinthians 5:1-10; Luke 8:16-21

Sunday 28th October 2018
22nd after Pentecost 7th of Luke – Tone 5 : Eothinon 11.
Great Martyr Parasceva of Iconium (3rd C). Hieromartyr Cyriacus, Patriarch of Jerusalem (363), and his mother, Holy Martyr Anna. Holy Martyrs Terence and Neonilla and their children, Sarbelus, Photus, Theodulus, Hierax, Nitus, Bele, and Eunice (249). St. Athanasius I, patriarch of Constantinople (1340). New Martyrs Angelis, Manuel, George, and Nicholas of Crete (1824). St. Stephen of St. Sabbas’ Monastery, Hymnographer (807).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Dorbhene, abbot of Iona (713). St. Eadsige, 32nd archbishop of Canterbury (1050).
Galatians 6:11-18; Luke 8:41-56

Monday 29th October 2018
Virgin-Martyr Anastasia the Roman and Holy Martyr Cyril (256). St. Abramius the Recluse (360), and his niece, St. Mary of Mesopotamia (397). New Martyr Athanasius of Sparta, at Muatanach (1653). New Martyr Timothy of Esphigmenou Monastery, Mt. Athos (1820). St. Abramius, archimandrite of Rostov (Valaam) (1073). St. Serapion of Zarzmeli, Georgia (900).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Kennara, hermitess of Kirk Kinner, Galloway (5th C). St. Colman, abbot-founder of Kilmacduagh (632).
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5; Luke 11:29-33

Tuesday 30th October 2018
Holy Apostles Cleopas, Tertius, Mark, Justus, and Artemas, of the Seventy (1st C). Hieromartyr Zenobius and his sister Zenobia, of Aegea in Cilicia (285). St. Joseph I and St. Kyriakos, patriarchs of Constantinople (13th C). St. Stephen Milutin (1320), his brother St. Dragutin (monk Theoctistus) (1316), and their mother St. Helen (1306), wife of Urosh I of Serbia.
British Isles & Ireland: St. Ethelnoth the Good, 31st archbishop of Canterbury (1038). Virgin-martyr Arilda of Gloucestershire. St. Talarican, Pictish bishop (6th C).
1 Thessalonians 1:6-10; Luke 11:34-41

Wednesday 31st October 2018 (ƒ3)
Apostles Stachys, Amplias, Urban, Narcissus, Apelles, and Aristobulus of the Seventy (1st C). New Martyr Nicholas the New of Chios (1754). Holy Martyr Epimachus of Pelusium, who suffered at Alexandria (250).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Erth (Herygh), brother of St. Euny (514). St. Begu, nun of Hackness (660). St. Foillan, missionary monk in East Anglia (655).
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8; Luke 11:42-46


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f1 As f2 but fish also permitted
cf Cheesefare: all foods, except meat products, permitted

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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!