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July 2019

FROM THE FATHERS

“Abba Macarius was asked, ‘How should one pray?’ The old man said, ‘There is no need at all to make long discourses; it is enough to stretch out one’s hands and say, “Lord, as you will, and as you know, have mercy.” And if the conflict grows fiercer say, “Lord, help!” He knows very well what we need and he shows us his mercy.’”

St. Macarius the Great + AD 390

“What does the daily invocation of the saints signify — of different ones each day, during the whole year, and during our whole life? It signifies that God’s saints — as our brethren, but perfect — live, and are near us, ever ready to help us, by the grace of God. We live together with them in the house of our Heavenly Father, only in different parts of it. We live in the earthly, they in the heavenly half; but we can converse with them, and they with us. God’s saints are near to the believing heart, and are ready in a moment to help those who call upon them with faith and love.”

St. John of Kronstadt AD 1909

“If we make every effort to avoid death of the body, still more should it be our endeavour to avoid death of the soul. There is no obstacle for a man who wants to be saved other than negligence and laziness of soul.”

St. Anthony the Great + AD 356

"And we who through his will have been called in Christ Jesus are justified, not by ourselves, or through our wisdom or understanding or godliness, or the works that we have done in holiness of heart, but by faith, by which all men from the beginning have been justified by Almighty God, to whom be glory world without end. Amen."

St. Clement of Rome + AD 110

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

Monday 1st July 2019

Holy and Wonderworking Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs at Rome (284)
Commemorations:
New Martyr Constantine the Wonderworker of Cyprus and those with him. Venerable Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain "Nikodim Svyatogorets" (1809). Translation of the relics of Venerable John of Rila from Tmovo to Rila (1470)
British Isles and Ireland:
Holy Julius and Aaron, Protomartyrs of Wales (c.304). St. Servanus (Serf, Sair), Apostle of Western Fife (6th C). St. Lunaire (Leonorious), bishop. St. Cewydd of Anglesey (6th C). St. Juthware of Devon (7th C). St. Veep (Veepus, Veepy, Wimp, Wennapa), patron saint of St. Veep, Cornwall (6th C). St. Gwenyth of Cornwall (6th C).
Readings:
Romans 7:1-13; Matthew 9:36-10:8
For the Commemoration: 1 Corinthians 12:27-13:8; Matthew 10:1, 5-8

Tuesday 2nd July 2019

Deposition of the Precious Robe of the Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary at Blachernae (5th C)
Commemorations:
St. John Maximovitch, bishop of Shanghai and archbishop of San Francisco (1966) (19thJune OS). St. Juvenal, patriarch of Jerusalem (c.458). The New Martyrs of Samothrace. St. Photius, metropolitan of Kiev (1430)
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Eddogwy, bishop at Llandaff (c.615).
Readings:
Romans 7:14-8:2; Matthew 10:9-15
For the Commemoration: Hebrews 9:1-7; Luke 1:39-49, 56

Wednesday 3rd July 2019

Fast day: strict fast
Commemorations:
Holy Martyr Hyacinth and his companions Theodotus and Theodota at Caesarea in Cappadocia (108). St. Anatolius, archbishop of Constantinople (458). Monk-martyr Gerasimus the New of Carpenision (1812). Translation of the relics of Hieromartyr Philip, metropolitan of Moscow (1652). Venerable Joachim. St. Nicodemus, abbot of Kozha Lake (1640).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Germanus, bishop of the Isle of Man and Enlightener of Peel, nephew of St. Patrick of Ireland (5th C). St. Byblig of Caernarvon (5th C). St. Gunthiern the Hermit (c.500). St. Bladus, bishop of the Isle of Man. St. Cillene, abbot of Iona (c.752). St. Guthagon of Ireland, hermit in Belgium (8th C).
Readings:
Romans 8:1-13; Matthew 10:16-22

Thursday 4th July 2019

Commemorations:
St. Andrew the Hymnographer, archbishop of Crete and author of the Great Canon (726). St. Martha, mother of St. Simeon Stylites the Younger (554). Hieromartyr Theodore, bishop of Cyrene in Libya, and with him Martyrs Cyprilla, Aroa, and Lucia (310).Venerable Andrei Rublev, Iconographer (c.1430). Holy Royal Passionbearers of Russia: Tsar Nicholas II, Tsarina Alexandra, Crown Prince Alexis, and Grand-Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia and those martyred with them (1918).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Finbar, abbot of Innis Doimlile (6th C).
Readings:
Romans 8:22-27; Matthew 10:23-31

Friday 5th July 2019

Fast day: wine and oil allowed
St. Athanasius, Founder of the Great Lavra on Mt Athos, and his six disciples (1003) & St. Lampadus the Wonderworker, monk, of Hirenopolis (10th C)
Commemorations:
New Martyr Cyprian of Koutloumousiou Monastery, Mt Athos (1679). Uncovering of the relics (1422) of St. Sergius of Radonezh (1392). Synaxis of the 23 martyrs of Lesbos. Holy New Martyrs Grand-Duchess Elizabeth and Nun Barbara (1918).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Fragan and his wife St. Gwen (5th C). St. Modwenna of Burton, anchoress (7th C). St. Edana, anchoress of the Boyle and Shannon. St. Erfyl of Llanerfyl. SS Probus and Grace of Tressilian.
Readings:
Romans 9:6-19; Matthew 10:32-36,11:1
For the Commemoration: Galatians 5:22-6:2; Luke 6:17-23

Saturday 6th July 2019

Commemorations:
St. Sisoes the Great of Egypt (429). Apostles Archippus, Philemon, and Onesimus of the Seventy. Virgin-Martyr Lucy and Martyr Rixius and those with them at Rome (301). New monk-martyr Cyril of Hilandar, Mt. Athos, who suffered at Thessalonica (1566).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Sexburga, abbess of Ely (c.700). St. Monenna the "daughter of Elijah", Virgin, abbess, Foundress of Killeevy (517). Virgin-Martyr Noyala (5th C).
Readings:
Romans 3:28-4:3; Matthew 7:24-8:4

Sunday 7th July 2019

Tone 2 - Eothinon 3
3rd after Pentecost, 3rd of Matthew
Great Martyr Kyriaki of Nicomedia (4th C)
Commemorations:
Venerable Thomas of Mt. Maleon (10th C). St. Acacius of Sinai (6th C) Hieromartyr Evangelus, bishop of Tomi in Rumania. St. Eudoxia, in monasticism Euphrosyne, Grand Duchess of Moscow (1407). Holy New-martyr Polycarp. St. Prosper of Aquitaine (436).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Hedda, bishop of the West Saxons (705). St. Illtyd of Wales (505). St. Ethelburga (c.664). St. Willibald of Hampshire, bishop of Eichstatt (786). St. Maelruin of Tallaght (792). SS Medran and Odran, disciples of St. Kieran of Saghir (6th C). St. Palladius of Rome, missionary in Ireland and Scotland (5th C).
Readings:
Romans 5:1-10; Matthew 6:22-33
For the Commemoration: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10; Matthew 15:21-28

Monday 8th July 2019

Holy Great Martyr Procopius of Caesarea in Palestine
Commemorations:
With Procopius of Caesarea, the martyrs: Theodosia, his mother, 12 women, Antiochus, Nicostrates, and Auda (303). St. Theophilus the Myrrh-streaming of Pantocrator Monastery, Mt. Athos (1548) Appearance of the Kazan Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (1579). New Martyrs Theophanes and Anastasius at Constantinople (1743). Righteous Procopius, Fool-for-Christ, Wonderworker of Ustiug, Vologda (1303).
British Isles and Ireland:
Blessed King Edgar the Peaceable (975). St. Urith of Chittlehampton (6th C). St. Morwenna, Patron of Morwenstow (6th C). Hieromartyr Killian, Irish missionary bishop to the Franks, who suffered at Wurzburg (689). St. Withburga, anchoress at East Dereham (c.743). St. Grimbald, abbot of Winchester (901). St. Sunniva of Bergen and her Companions (10th C).
Readings:
Romans 9:18-33; Matthew 11:2-15
For the Commemoration: 1 Timothy 4:9-15; Luke 6:17-19,9:1-3,10:16-21

Tuesday 9th July 2019

Commemorations:
Hieromartyr Pancratius, bishop of Taormina in Sicily (1st C). SS Dionysius the Rhetorician and Metrophanes of Mt Athos. New Hieromartyr Methodius of Amaria, Crete (1793). Holy Martyrs Patermuthius, Coprius, and Alexander the Soldier, in Egypt (361). St. Theodore, bishop of Edessa (9th C). St. Euthymius of Karelia.
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Evereld (Avril), Virgin and abbess of Everingham (c.700). St. Golvinus (Golwen) (7th C).
Readings:
Romans 10:11-11:2; Matthew 11:16-20

Wednesday 10th July 2019

Fast day: strict fast
Commemorations:
Holy 45 Martyrs at Nicopolis in Armenia, including Leontius, Maurice, Daniel, Antony, Alexander, Anicetus, Sisinius, Meneus, and Belerad (c.319). St. Gregory, bishop of Assos near Ephesus (1150). The Placing of the Honourable Robe of the Lord at Moscow (1625). New Hieromartyr archpriest Joseph of Damascus and Companions (1860). Venerable New Martyrs Nicodemus the Albanian and Nectarius of the St. Anne Skete on Athos. Holy Martyr Apollonius of Sardis (3rd C). 10,000 Fathers of the desert and caves of Scetis martyred by the impious patriarch Theophilus of Alexandria (398).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Etto (Hetto) (c.670).
Readings:
Romans 11:2-12; Matthew 11:20-26

Thursday 11th July 2019

Commemoration of the Miracle (451) of Great-martyr Euphemia the All-praised, of Chalcedon (304)
Commemorations:
Blessed Equal-to-the-Apostles Olga, Princess of Russia, in Holy Baptism called Helen (969). Hieromartyr Cindeus of Pamphylia (4th C). New Martyr Nicodemus of Mt. Athos (1722). New Martyr Nicodemus of Hilandar (1809). New Martyr Nectarius of St. Anne's Skete (1820). St. Benedict of Nursia (550)
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Drostan, abbot of Old Deer (610). St. Thurketyl, abbot of Crowland (975). St. Amabilis (c.634).
Readings:
Romans 11:13-24; Matthew 11:27-30
For the Commemoration: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10; Luke 7:36-50

Friday 12th July 2019

Fast day: strict fast
Commemorations:
Holy Martyrs Proclus and Hilarion of Ancyra (2nd C). St. Michael of Malenius (962). St. Veronica, the woman with the issue of blood who was healed by the Saviour (1st C). Hieromartyr Paulinus of Antioch, 1st bishop of Lucca, and his companions (c.67).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Menulphus (Menou) (7th C).
Readings:
Romans 11:25-36; Matthew 12:1-8

Saturday 13th July 2019

Synaxis of the Appearances of the Holy Archangel Gabriel
Commemorations:
Venerable Stephen of Mar Sabbas Monastery and St. Heliophotos (794). Holy Martyr Golinduc, in Holy Baptism Mary, of Persia (591). Holy Martyr Serapion, under Severus (193). Holy Martyr Marcian of Iconium (258).
British Isles and Ireland:
Hieromartyr Dogfan of Dyfed (6th C). St. Mildred, abbess of Minster in Thanet (c.700). St. Just of Penwith (5th C).
Readings:
Romans 6:11-17; Matthew 8:14-23
For the Commemoration: Hebrews 2:2-10; Luke 10:16-21

Sunday 14th July 2019

Tone 3 - Eothinon 4
Fathers of the 4th Œcumenical Council
Commemorations:
Apostle Aquila of the Seventy, and St. Priscilla (1st C). St. Joseph the Confessor, archbishop of Thessalonica. St. Peter, bishop of Crete. Repose of St. Nicodemus the Hagiorite (1809). Holy Martyr Justus at Rome (1st C). Monk-martyr Onesimus, of Magnesia (4th C).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Deusdedit, 6th archbishop of Canterbury (664). St. Idus, bishop of Alt-Fadha in Leinster (5th C). St. Marcellinus, disciple of St. Willibrod (c.762).
Readings:
Titus 3:8-15; Matthew 5:14-19

Monday 15th July 2019

Commemorations:
Holy Martyr Cyricus and his mother Julitta of Tarsus (c.305). Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Great Prince Vladimir of Kiev (in Holy Baptism, Basil), Enlightener of the Rus (1015). Holy Martyr Abudimus of the Isle of Tenedos (4th C). Finding of the head of St. Matrona of Chios (1462).
British Isles and Ireland:
Saint Swithun, bishop of Winchester (862). St. Edith, abbess of Polesworth (c.925). St. Donald, hermit in Ogilvy, and his nine daughters (8th C). St. Plechelm of Guelderland (730).
Readings:
Romans 12:4-5, 15-21; Matthew 12:9-13

Tuesday 16th July 2019

Commemorations:
Hieromartyr Athenogenesis, bishop of Heracleopolis, and his ten disciples (c.311). Virgin-martyr Julia of Carthage (c.440). 1,015 Martyrs of Pisidia.
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Helier, missionary and Protomartyr of Jersey (560). St. Sinach MacDara (6th C).
Readings:
Romans 14:9-18; Matthew 12:14-16, 22-30

Wednesday 17th July 2019

Fast day: wine and oil allowed
The Great-martyr Marina/Margaret of Antioch (4th C)
Commemorations:
Holy Martyrs Veronica & Speratos. St. Irenarchus, abbot of Solovki (1628).
British Isles and Ireland:
Child-Martyr Prince Kenelm of Mercia (c.821). St. Cynllo of Wales (5th C). St. Turninus (8th C). St. Frédégand (Frégô) (c.740).
Readings:
Romans 15:7-16; Matthew 12:38-45
For the Commemoration: Galatians 3:23-4:5; Mark 5:24-34

Thursday 18th July 2019

Commemorations:
Holy Martyr Emilian of Bulgaria (363). Holy Martyrs Paul and two sisters, Thea and Valentina (308). St. Pambo of Egypt, hermit (4th C). SS Stephen, archbishop of Constantinople (928), and John, metropolitan of Chalcedon (9th C).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Theneva of Glasgow, mother of St. Kentigern (Mungo) (6th C). SS Edburgh of Bicester and Edith, virgins (c.650). St. Minnborinus of Cologne (986).
Readings:
Romans 15:17-29; Matthew 12:46-13:3

Friday 19th July 2019

Fast day: strict fast
Commemorations:
Righteous Macrina, sister of St. Basil the Great (380). Venerable Dios of Antioch, abbot (c.430). Uncovering of the relics (1903) of St. Seraphim of Sarov (1833). St. Theodore, bishop of Edessa (8th C). Blessed Stephen Lazarevich, King of Serbia (1427), and his mother, St. Militsa (1405).
Readings:
Romans 16:1-16; Matthew 13:4-9

Saturday 20th July 2019

Holy Glorious Prophet Elias the Thesbite (Elijah) (9th C BC)
Commemorations:
SS Elias and Flavius, Confessors, patriarchs of Jerusalem and Antioch. Holy Martyrs Salome of Jerusalem, and Kartli, who suffered under the Persians (13th C). St. Abramius of Galich, disciple of St. Sergius of Radonezh (1375). St. Elias Chavchavadze of Georgia (1907)
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Elswith, widow of King Alfred the Great (9th C). St. Modmund, martyr of Gloucester.
Readings:
Romans 8:14-21; Matthew 9:9-13
For the Commemoration: James 5:10-20; Luke 4:22-30

Sunday 21st July 2019

Tone 4 - Eothinon 5
5th after Pentecost, 5th of Matthew
Commemorations:
St. Simeon of Emesa, Fool-for-Christ, and his fellow ascetic, St. John the Companion (c.590). Holy Martyrs Trophimus, Theophilus, and 13 others in Lycia (4th C). SS John and Parthenius, bishops of Radovizlios. Hieromartyr Bargabdesian, deacon, at Arbela in Assyria (354). Holy Martyr Victor of Marseilles and his companions Alexander, Felician and Longinus (290).
Readings:
Romans 10:1-10; Matthew 8:28-9:1

Monday 22nd July 2019

Commemorations:
Holy Myrrh-bearer and Equal-to-the-Apostles Mary Magdalene (1st C). Virgin-martyr Marcella of Chios (1500). Translation of the relics (404) of Hieromartyr Phocas, bishop of Sinope (117). St. Cyril I, patriarch of Antioch (298).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Dabius, Irish missionary. St. Movean (Biteus), disciple of St. Patrick.
Readings:
Romans 16:17-24; Matthew 13:10-23

Tuesday 23rd July 2019

Commemorations:
Righteous Prophet Ezekiel (6th C BC). Hieromartyr Phocas of Sinope (303). Repose of St. John Cassian of Lérins (435). Hieromartyr Apollinaris, bishop of Ravenna (c.75). Righteous Anna (Hannah), mother of the Prophet Samuel. St. Pelagia of Tinos (1834). St. Anna of Leucadia (919). Commemoration of the Miraculous Appearance of the Mother of God at Pochaev, that saved the monastery from the assault of the Tartars and Turks (1675). Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos "The Joy of All Who Sorrow" (with coins) in St. Petersburg (1888).
Readings:
1 Corinthians 1:1-9; Matthew 13:24-30

Wednesday 24th July 2019

Fast day: strict fast
Commemorations:
Great Martyr Christina of Tyre (c.300). Holy Martyrs and Passion-bearers Boris and Gleb, (in Holy Baptism, Roman and David) (1015). St. Athenagorus the Apologist 2nd C). New Martyr Theophilus of Zakynthos (1635). New Martyr Athanasius of Nicea (1670).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Declan, bishop of Ardmore (5th C). Virgin-martyr Lewina of Seaford, Sussex (5th C). St. Menefrida, Patron-saint of Tredresick, Cornwall (5th C). Holy Martyrs Wulfhad and Ruffin of Mercia, (7th C). St. Christiana of Termonde (7th C).
Readings:
1 Corinthians 2:9-3:8; Matthew 13:31-36

Thursday 25th July 2019

The Dormition of the Righteous Anna, mother of the Most Holy Theotokos
Commemorations:
Holy Women Olympias (409) the deaconess, of Constantinople, and Virgins Eupraxia and Julia (413) of Tabennesi. Holy Martyrs Sanctus, Maturus, Attalus, Blandina, Vivlia, Vetius, Epagathus, Ponticus, Alexander and others at Lyons (177). St. Macarius, abbot of Zheltovod and Unzha (1444).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Nessan, abbot of Murgret (551).
Readings:
1 Corinthians 3:18-23; Matthew 13:36-43
For the Commemoration: Galatians 4:22-27; Luke 8:16-21

Friday 26th July 2019

Fast day: wine and oil allowed
Holy Martyr Parasceva of Rome (138)
Commemorations:
Hieromartyr Hermolaus and Martyrs Hermippus and Hemocrates at Nicomedia (c.305). Venerable Gerontius, founder of the Skete of St. Anne, Mt. Athos (13th C). St. Moses the Hungarian, of the Kiev Caves (1043). St. Sava III, archbishop of Serbia.
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Docco (6th C).
Readings:
1 Corinthians 4:5-8; Matthew 13:44-54
For the Commemoration: Galatians 3:23-4:5; Mark 5:24-34

Saturday 27th July 2019

Holy Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon (305)
Commemorations:
The blind man who confessed Christ and was martyred with St. Panteleimon. Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Clement of Ochrid, bishop of Greater Macedonia (916). New-martyr Christodoulos. SS Angelar, Gorazd, Nahum and Sabbas, disciples of Cyril and Methodios.
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Congall of Iabnallivin (c.5th C).
Readings:
Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 9:18-26
For the Commemoration: 2 Timothy 2:1-10; Luke 21:12-19

Sunday 28th July 2019

Tone 5 - Eothinon 6
6th after Pentecost, 6th of Matthew
Commemorations:
Holy Apostles of the Seventy and Deacons: Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, and Parmenas (1st C). St. Irene Chrysovalantou the Righteous (912). Venerable Paul of Xeropotamou, founder of the Monastery of St. Paul, Mt Athos (10th C). St. Pitrim, bishop of Tambov (1698). New Martyrs Christodoulos of Cassandra and Anastasius of Ancyra (1777)
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Samson, disciple of St. Illtyd and bishop of Dol in Brittany (c.565). St. Arduinus (Ardwin) the pilgrim, patron saint of Trepino (7th C).
Readings:
Romans 12:6-14; Matthew 9:1-8

Monday 29th July 2019

Commemorations:
Holy Martyr Callinicus of Gangra in Asia Minor (250). Virgin-Martyr Seraphima of Antioch (119). Holy Martyr Theodota and her three sons in Bithynia (c.304). St. Constantine III, patriarch of Constantinople. St. Theodosius the New, Emperor (450). St. Olaf, King of Norway (1030). St. Lupus the Confessor, bishop of Troyes (479).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Silin (Sulian), abbot of Luxulyan in Cornwall (6th C). St. Cillian, abbot of Inishcaltra (7th C).
Readings:
1 Corinthians 5:9-6:11; Matthew 13:54-58

Tuesday 30th July 2019

Commemorations:
Apostles Silas and Silvanos, Crescens, Epenetos and Andronikos of the Seventy (1st C). Holy Martyr Julitta at Caesarea (305). Hieromartyr Polychronius, bishop of Babylon (c.251), and those with him. Hieromartyr Valentine, bishop of Interamna (Terni) in Italy (c.273) and those with him. Righteous Martyr John the Soldier (4th C). Uncovering of the relics (1484) of St. Herman of Solovki (1479). St. Angelina (Brancovich), Despotina of Serbia (1690).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Tatwine, 9th archbishop of Canterbury (734). St. Ermengyth of Thanet, virgin (c.680).
Readings:
1 Corinthians 6:20-7:12; Matthew 14:1-13

Wednesday 31st July 2019

Fast day: strict fast
Forefeast of the Procession of the Honourable and Lifegiving Cross of the Lord
Commemorations:
St. Joseph the Righteous of Arimathaea (1st C). Righteous Eudocimus of Cappadocia (9th C). St. Germanus, bishop of Auxerre (448).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Neot, hermit in Cornwall (c.877). St. Germanus of Auxerre (448).
Readings:
1 Corinthians 7:12-24; Matthew 14:35-15:11

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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.