September 2018


THE DAY of the Nativity of the Theotokos is the feast of joy for the whole world, because through the Theotokos the entire human race was renewed and the grief of the first mother Eve was changed into joy. For whereas the latter heard the divine statement, ‘In pain you shall bring forth children’ [Gen. 3:16] the former heard, ‘Rejoice favoured one!’ [Luke 1:28]”

St. John of Damascus + A.D. 749

LET US not then be ashamed to confess the Crucified One. Let the Cross be our seal made with boldness by our fingers on our brow, and on everything; over the bread we eat, and the cups we drink; in our comings in, and goings out; before our sleep, when we lie down and when we rise up; when we are in the way, and when we are still. Great is that preservative; it is without price, for the sake of the poor; without toil, for the sick; since also its grace is from God. It is the Sign of the faithful, and the dread of devils: for He triumphed over them in it, having made a shew of them openly; for when they see the Cross they are reminded of the Crucified; they are afraid of Him, who bruised the heads of the dragon. Despise not the Seal, because of the freeness of the gift; out for this the rather honour thy Benefactor.”

St. Cyril of Jerusalem + A.D. 386

A dog is better than I am, for he has love and does not judge.”

St. Xanthias + c. 4th C. A. D.

The person who loves God cannot help loving every man as himself, even though he is grieved by the passions of those who are not yet purified. But when they amend their lives, his delight is indescribable and knows no bounds.”

St. Maximos the Confessor + A.D. 662

Saturday 1st September 2018
Start of the Church Year (Indiction)
Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos in Miasena Monastery, in memory of the finding of Her Icon (864). St. Simeon Stylites the Elder (459) and his mother St. Martha (428). Righteous Martyr Aithalas the Persian (380). Holy Forty Virgin-martyrs at Heraclea in Thrace (321). St. Meletius the Younger of Thebes (1124). New Martyr Angelis of Constantinople (1680). Holy Martyr Callista and her brothers Evodus and Hermogenes, at Nicomedia (309). Righteous Joshua the son of Nun (1400 BC).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Lythan. St. Silin (6th C).
1 Corinthians 4:1-5; Matthew 23:1-12
For the Commemoration: 1 Timothy 2:1-7; Luke 4:16-22

Sunday 2nd September 2018
14th after Pentecost 14th of Matthew – Tone 5 : Eothinon 3.
Holy Martyr Mamas of Caesarea in Cappadocia, and his parents Martyrs Theodotus and Rufina (3rd C). St. John the Faster, patriarch of Constantinople (595). Righteous Eleazar, son of Aaron, and Righteous Phineas. Holy Martyrs Aeithalas and Ammon of Thrace.
British Isles & Ireland: St. Hieu, abbess of Tadcaster (657). St. Lolanus (c. 1034).
2 Corinthians 1:21-2:4; Matthew 22:2-14

Monday 3rd September 2018
Hieromartyr Anthimus, bishop of Nicomedia, and those with him (302). St. Theoctistus, fellow Ascetic with St. Euthymius the Great (467). St. Phoebe, deaconess at Cenchreae nr. Corinth (1st C). Translation of the relics of St. Nectarius of Pentapolis. Blessed John “the Hairy”, Fool-for-Christ, at Rostov (1580). St. Joannicius, archbishop of Serbia (1354). Holy Martyr Chariton. New Martyr Polydorus of Cyprus (1794).
British Isles & Ireland: St. MacNis, abbot of Kells (c. 514). St. Hereswith, sister of St. Hilda (c. 690).
Galatians 2:11-16; Mark 5:24-34

Tuesday 4th September 2018
Hieromartyr Babylas, bishop of Antioch, and those with him (251). Righteous Prophet and God-Seer Moses (1531 BC). Holy Martyr Hermione, daughter of St. Philip the deacon (c. 117). Holy Martyrs Jerusalem, Sekendos, Sekendios and Kegouros in Aleppo. St. Anthimus the Blind, new ascetic of Cephalonia (1782). Uncovering (1911) of the relics of St. Joasaph, bishop of Belgorod (1754). New Hieroromartyr Gorazd, bishop of Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia (1942).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Monessa, disciple of St. Patrick (456). St. Ultan of Ardbraccan (657). St. Rhuddlad of Llanrhyddlad (7th C).
Galatians 2:21-3:7; Mark 6:1-7

Wednesday 5th September 2018 (ƒ3)
Holy Prophet Zachariah and Righteous Elizabeth, parents of St. John the Baptist and Forerunner (1st C). Holy Martyrs Urban, Theodore, Medimnus, and 77 Companions at Nicomedia (370). Holy Martyrs Abdas, Hormizd, and Sunin of Persia (c. 424). Holy Martyrs Juventinus and Maximus at Antioch (4thC). Martyrdom of the Holy Passionbearer Prince Gleb, in Holy Baptism, David (1015).
Galatians 3:15-22; Mark 6:7-13

Thursday 6th September 2018
Commemoration of the Miracle of the Archangel Michael at Colossæ (Chonæ) (4th C). 
Holy Martyrs Calodote, Macarius, Andrew, Cyriacus, Dionysius, Andrew the Soldier, Andropelagia, Thecla, Theoctistus, and Sarapabon the Senator, in Egypt (256). Holy Martyrs Eudoxius, Zeno and Macarius and 1,104 soldiers in Mitelene (312).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Bega (Bee), Virgin, first abbess of Copeland in Cumbria (7th C). St. MacCallin, bishop of Lusk (497). SS Felix and Augebert, the English slaves ransomed by St. Gregory (7th C). St. Magnus, disciple of St. Columbanus and Abbot of Füssen (c. 665).
Galatians 3:23-4:5; Mark 6:30-45
For the Commemoration: Hebrews 2:2-10; Luke 10:16-21

Friday 7th September 2018 (ƒ3)
Forefeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos
Holy Martyr Sozon of Cilicia (c. 304). Apostles Evodias and Onesiphorus of the Seventy (1st C). St. Kassiane the Hymnographer (9th C). St. John, archbishop of Novgorod (1186). St. Cloud (Clodoald), abbot-founder of Nogent-sur-Seine nr. Paris (6th C).
British Isles & Ireland: SS. Alcmund (781) and Tilbert (789), bishops of Hexham. St. Balin, monk (7th C).
Galatians 4:8-21; Mark 6:45-53

Saturday 8th September 2018
Saturday before the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross
The Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary
St. Sophronius of Achtalea in Georgia, bishop (1803). St. Arsenius, abbot of Konevits (1447). New Martyr Athanasius of Thessalonica (1774).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Cynfarch, missionary (5th C). King Ina of Wessex and Queen Ethelburga (8th C). St. Ethelburgh, abbess of Lyminge (647).
1 Corinthians 2:6-9; Matthew 10:37-11:1
For the Commemoration: Philippians 2:5-11; Luke 10:38-42;11:27-28

Sunday 9th September 2018
Sunday before the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross – Tone 6 : Eothinon 4.
Afterfeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos
Synaxis of the Holy and Righteous Forbears of God, Joachim and Anna
Holy Martyr Severian of Sebaste (320). Righteous Theophanes the Confessor (c. 300). Commemoration of the Fathers of the Third Œcumenical Council (431). St. Joseph the Wonderworker, abbot of Volokolamsk (or Volotsk 1515). Uncovering of the relics of St. Theodosius, archbishop of Chernigov (1896).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Ciaran the Younger of Clonmacnois (c. 545). St. Bettelin (Bertram) of Crowland, hermit (8th C). St. Wulfhild, abbess of Barking and Horton (c. 1000).
Galatians 6:11-18; John 3:13-17
For the Commemoration: Galatians 4:22-27; Luke 8:16-21

Monday 10th September 2018
Afterfeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos
Holy Martyrs Menodora, Metrodora, and Nymphodora, at Nicomedia (c. 305). Blessed Empress Pulcheria (453).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Finian of Ulster, abbot (579). St. Frithestan, bishop of Winchester (932).
Galatians 4:28-5:10; Mark 6:54-7:8

Tuesday 11th September 2018
Afterfeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos
St. Theodora of Alexandria (474-491). St. Euphrosynus the Cook, of Alexandria (9th C). Holy Martyrs Demetrius, his wife Euanthia, and their son Demetrian, at Skepsis on the Hellespont (1st C). Translation of the relics of SS Sergius and Herman, Wonderworkers of Valaam (1353).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Deiniol, abbot of Bangor, bishop in Clwyd (c.584).
Galatians 5:11-21; Mark 7:5-16

Wednesday 12th September 2018 (ƒ3)
Leavetaking (Apodosis) of the Nativity of the Theotokos
Hieromartyr Autonomus, bishop in Italy (313). St. Coronatus, bishop of Iconium (3rd C). Holy Martyr Julian of Galatia and Forty Martyrs with him (4th C). St. Daniel of Thassos, monk (843).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Ailbe (Elvis), bishop of Emly (6th C). St. Eanswith of Folkestone (c. 640).
Galatians 6:2-10; Mark 7:14-24

Thursday 13th September 2018
Forefeast of the Exaltation of the Cross
Commemoration of the Dedication of the Church of the Resurrection (Holy Sepulchre) at Jerusalem (335)
Hieromartyr Cornelius the Centurion (1stC). Venerable Hierotheos the Younger of Iveron monastery on Athos (1745). Holy Martyr Aristeidos. Great Martyr Ketevan, Queen of Georgia (1624). Holy Martyrs Elias, Zoticus, Lucian, Valerian, Macrobius and Gordian at Tomi in Romania (320).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Wilfrida, abbess of Wilton (10th C).
Ephesians 1:1-9; Mark 7:24-30
For the Commemoration: Hebrews 3:1-4; Matthew 16:13-19

Friday 14th September 2018 (ƒ3)
Repose of St. John Chrysostom (407). Holy Martyr Papas of Lycaonia (305). St. Placilla the Empress (400), wife of Theodosius the Great. St. Maria of Tarsus (607). New Martyr Macarius of Thessalonica, disciple of St. Niphon, patriarch of Constantinople (1527). Venerable-martyr Joseph of Dionysiou monastery on Athos. Commemoration of the Holy Fathers of the Sixth Œcumenical Council (680).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Cormac, 1st bishop of Cashel (908).
Ephesians 1:7-17; Mark 8:1-10
For the Commemoration: 1 Corinthians 1:18-24; John 19:6-11,13-20,25-28,30-35

Saturday 15th September 2018
Saturday after the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross
Afterfeast of the Exaltation of the Cross
Great Martyr Nicetas the Goth (c. 372). Righteous Philotheus of Asia Minor (10th C). Holy Martyr Porphyrius the Actor (361). SS Bessarion I and Bessarion II (1540), metropolitans of Larissa. St. Philotheus the Wonderworker and St. Gerasimus, abbot, of Sourvia (1740). St. Joseph the New of Partos, metropolitan of Timisoara (1656). New Martyr John of Crete (1811).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Hernan, hermit (6th C). St. Merryn, bishop of Bangor (620).
1 Corinthians 1:26-2:5; John 8:21-30

Sunday 16th September 2018
Sunday after the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross – Tone 7 : Eothinon 5.
Afterfeast of the Exaltation of the Cross
Great Martyr Euphemia the All-praised (304). St. Sebastiana, disciple of St. Paul the Apostle, martyred at Heraclea (1st C). Holy Martyr Ludmilla, grandmother of St. Wenceslaus, Prince of the Czechs (927). St. Procopius, abbot, of Sazava in Bohemia (1053). St. Dorotheus, hermit, of Egypt (4th C). Holy Martyr Melitina of Marcianopolis (2nd C).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Ninian, bishop of Whithorn [Candida Casa] (c. 432). St. Edith of Wilton (984). Enshrinement of the Relics (1984) [3rd Sep O.C.] of St. Edward the Martyr, King of England (978).
Galatians 2:16-20; Mark 8:34-9:1

Monday 17th September 2018
Afterfeast of the Exaltation of the Cross
Holy Martyr Sophia, and her three daughters, Faith (Pistis, Vera), Hope (Elpis, Nadezhda), and Love (Agape, Lyubov), at Rome (c. 137). Hieromartyrs Heraclides and Myron of Cyprus. Holy Martyr Agathocleia. St. Anastasius and Euxiphios of Perioteron in Cyprus (12th C).
British Isles & Ireland: SS. Socrates and Stephen, martyred in Monmouthshire (304).
Ephesians 1:22-2:3; Luke 3:19-22

Tuesday 18th September 2018
Afterfeast of the Exaltation of the Cross
St. Eumenios, bishop of Gortyna (6th C). Holy Martyr Ariadne of Phrygia (2nd C). Holy Martyrs Sophia and Irene of Egypt (3rd C). Holy Martyr Castor of Alexandria.
Ephesians 2:19-3:7; Luke 3:23-4:1

Wednesday 19th September 2018 (ƒ3)
Afterfeast of the Exaltation of the Cross
Holy Martyrs Trophimus, Sabbatius, and Dorymedon of Synnada (276). St. Theodore, Prince of Smolensk (1299) and his children David and Constantine, wonder workers of Yaroslav.
British Isles & Ireland: St. Theodore of Tarsus, 7th archbishop of Canterbury & Patron of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of the British Isles and Ireland (690).
Ephesians 3:8-21; Luke 4:1-15

Thursday 20th September 2018
Afterfeast of the Exaltation of the Cross
Great Martyr Eustathius (Eustace), his wife, Martyr Theopiste, and their children, Martyrs Agapius and Theopistus, of Rome (c 118). St. Eustathius, archbishop of Thessalonica (1194). Venerable Martyr Hilarion of St. Anne Skete on Athos. Venerable John of Crete. Holy Martyr Michael and his Councillor Theodore of Chernigov (1245). St. Stephen (István), King and Enlightener of Hungary (1038).
Ephesians 4:14-19; Luke 4:16-22

Friday 21st September 2018 (ƒ3)
Leavetaking (Apodosis) of the Exaltation of the Precious and Lifegiving Cross
Righteous Prophet Jonah. Apostle Quadratus the Apologist (c. 130). St. Jonah the presbyter (9th C), father of SS Theophanes the Hymnographer and Theodore Graptus. SS Isaacius and Meletius, bishops of Cyprus. St. Jonah the Sabbaite (9th C). Uncovering of the relics (1752) of St. Demetrius, metropolitan of Rostov (1709).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Mabyn, virgin (5th C).
Ephesians 4:17-25; Luke 4:22-30

Saturday 22nd September 2018
Hieromartyr Phocas the Wonderworker, bishop of Sinope (117). Holy Martyr Phocas the Gardener of Sinope (c. 320). Holy Martyrs Isaac and Martin. The 26 Martyrs of Zographou Monastery martyred by the Latins (1276). St. Cosmas, desert-dweller of Zographou, Mt. Athos (1323).
1 Corinthians 14:20-25; Luke 4:31-36

Sunday 23rd September 2018
17th after Pentecost 1st of Luke – Tone 8 : Eothinon 6.
The Conception of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist, John
SS Xanthippe and Polyxene, disciples of the Apostles, who died in Spain (109). Virgin-Martyr Irais (Rhais) of Alexandria (c. 308). New Martyr Nicholas Pantopolis at Constantinople (1672). New Martyr John of Epirus (1814).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Adomnan (Eunan), abbot of Iona and biographer of St. Columba (704). St. Cissa of Crowland, hermit (8th C).
2 Corinthians 6:16-7:1; Luke 5:1-11
For the Commemoration: Galatians 4:22-27; Luke 1:5-25

Monday 24th September 2018
Holy Protomartyr and Equal-to-the-Apostles Thekla of Iconium (1st C). The Miracle of the Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos of the ‘Myrtle Tree’, of Kythera. St. Coprius of Palestine (530). St. Silouan of Mt Athos (1938). Glorification (1978) [11th Sep O.C.] of St. Xenia of St. Petersburg (18th C).
Ephesians 4:25-32; Luke 4:37-44

Tuesday 25th September 2018
St. Euphrosyne of Alexandria (5th C). Holy Martyr Paphnutius and 546 companions in Egypt (3rd C). Holy Martyrs Paul and Tatta of Damascus and their children, Sabinian, Maximus, Rufus, and Eugene. Repose of St. Sergius the Wonderworker of Radonezh (1392). Translation of the relics of St. Herman, archbishop of Kazan (1595).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Finbar Barry, bishop of Cork (c. 633). St. Ceolfrid, abbot of Wearmouth (716). St. Caian of Anglesey (5th C). St. Egelred of Crowland, martyr (870). St. Fymbert, bishop in the west of Scotland (7th C).
Ephesians 5:20-25; Luke 5:12-16

Wednesday 26th September 2018 (ƒ2)
Repose of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian (2nd C)
Holy Martyr Cyra. New Hieromartyr Vladimir, priest (1939). St. Nilus of Rossano, founder of Grottaferrata, Italy (1004). St. Ephraim, abbot of Perekop, Wonderworker of Novgorod (1492). Righteous Gideon, Judge of Israel. St. Amantius, Città di Castello (c. 600). St. Eusebius of Bologna (c. 400). St. Vigilius of Brescia (c. 506).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Mawgan, abbot-bishop of Bardsey. St. Colman Elo, abbot of Muckamore (611).
Ephesians 5:25-33; Luke 5:33-39
For the Commemoration: 1 John 4:12-19; John 19:25-27;21:24-5

Thursday 27th September 2018
Holy Martyr Callistratus and his company of 49 Martyrs (c. 304). Apostles Mark, Aristarchus, and Zenas, of the Seventy (1st C). Righteous Gideon, Judge of Israel. New Martyr Aquilina at Thessalonica (1764). St. Epicharis of Rome (305). St. Igantius, abbot in Asia Minor (975). St. Sabbatius, Wonderworker of Solovki (1435).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Barrog, Hermit of Barry (6th C). St. Sigebert, King of the East Angles and Martyr (635).
Ephesians 5:33-6:9; Luke 6:12-19

Friday 28th September 2018 (ƒ2)
St Chariton the Confessor, abbot of Palestine (c. 350)
St. Alkison, bishop of Nicopolis in Epirus (561). St. Auxentius the Alaman, Wonderworker of Cyprus (12th C). St. Neophytus the Recluse of Cyprus (1214). Righteous Prophet Baruch (6thC BC). Martyrdom of St. Wenceslas (Viacheslav), Prince of the Czechs (935). Holy Martyrs Alexander, Alphius, Zosimas, Mark, Nicon, Neon, Heliodorus, and 24 others in Pisidia and Phrygia (4th C).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Conwall [Conval], disciple of St. Kentigern (630). St. Tetta, abbess of Wimborne (8th C). St. Lioba, abbess and missionary (782). St. Machan, monk.
Ephesians 6:18-24; Luke 6:17-23
For the Commemoration: 2 Corinthians 4:6-15; Luke 6:17-23

Saturday 29th September 2018
St. Cyriacus the Hermit, of Palestine (556). St. Theophanes the Merciful of Gaza. New Monk-Martyr Malachias of Rhodes and those with him (1500).
1 Corinthians 15:39-45; Luke 5:17-26

Sunday 30th September 2018
18th after Pentecost 2nd of Luke – Tone 1 : Eothinon 7.
Hieromartyr Gregory, the Enlightener of Armenia (c. 335). Blessed Jerome (Hieronymus) the Translator (420). Holy Martyrs Mardonius and Stratonicus. Holy Martyrs Rhipsime and Gaiana of Armenia and 35 Holy Virgins with them (4th C). St. Gregory, abbot of Pelshme, Wonderworker of Vologda (1442). St. Michael, 1st metropolitan of Kiev (992).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Honorius, 5th archbishop of Canterbury (653). St. Midan of Anglesey (610). St. Enghenedl of Anglesey (7th C). SS Tancred, Torthred and Tova, hermits and martyrs (870).
2 Corinthians 9:6-11; Luke 6:31-36

Note:    Bold type indicates the primary readings of the day.

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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