Saint Stylianos de Paphlagonie, Asie Mineure – 26 Novembre ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French

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Saint Stylianos de Paphlagonie, Asie Mineure

26 Novembre

Choisi par Dieu depuis le sein de sa mère, Saint Stylianos se détacha des illusions de ce monde, distribua ses biens aux pauvres et embrassa la vie monastique. Il s’illustra avec vaillance dans les combats de l’ascèse et, au bout de quelques années de vie commune, partit pour mener la vie solitaire dans une grotte. Il y recevait sa nourriture de la main d’un Ange et devint bientôt intercesseur efficace auprès de Dieu pour le soulagement des malades: en particulier pour la guérison des maladies infantiles et pour la délivrance des femmes restées stériles. C’est dans ces circonstances que la prière du Saint reste toujours efficace pour ceux qui l’invoquent avec foi de nos jours.

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ქრისტიანეთა მიცვალებისათვის – იოანე ოქროპირი (For the death of Christians – St John Chrysostom) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Georgian

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ქრისტიანეთა მიცვალებისათვის –

იოანე ოქროპირი

For the death of Christians

St John Chrysostom

საყვარელნო! ქრისტიანეთა მიცვალებასა ზედა ანგელოსნი მოივლინებიან ზეცით მეუფისა მიერ, და მოუწოდებენ მონასა მას ღირსსა: ჰოი, ვითარ დიდი საიდუმლო აღესრულების, საშინელი და შესაძრწუნებელი, და ღირსი გალობისა და სახე დიდისა მის სიბრძნისა საღმრთოჲსა! ვითარ განვალს სული ხორცთაგან, ვითარცა სახლისა რაჲსაგანვე, და მივალს მეუფისა თვისისა. ვითარცა ოდეს იგი იშვებოდეს ყრმა, ეგრეთვე მიცვალებაჲცა კაცისა: შობა არს ფრიად უაღრესი მის შობისა, რამეთუ მივალს სული იგი ნათლად ბნელისა ამის სოფლისაგან, – განიხსნების, ვითარცა საკრველისაგან – განვალს დიდებისა ამისგან, განთავისუფლდების ღვაწლისაგან, და მივალს განსვენებად. რამეთუ, ვითარცა მზე ცისკარსა განწმედილსა აღმობრწყინდეს რა, ეგრეთვე სული, განვიდის რა ხორცთაგან, გონებითა წმიდითა ბრწყინავენ, და ვითარცა მეფე შარავანდითა შერავალნ პალატად შემკობილი, ესრეთ არს სული განმავალი ხორცთაგან, და მიმავალი ღმრთისა დიდებასა.

ამას უკვე ესე ვითარსა საღმრთოდ განგებულსა ვიხსენებდეთ, საყვარელნო, და ნუ ვიგლოვთ მიცვალებულთა ზედა უწესოდ და უშვერად, არამედ ვიქმოდეთ მათთვის ქველის საქმესა, და საღმრთოსა მსხვერპლისა შეწირვასა, გლახაკთა მიმართ წყალობასა, ქვრივთა და ობოლთა გამოზრდასა, ლოცვასა და ფსალმუნებასა. ესე არს წესი ქრისტიანეთა და სათნო ღმრთისა შესაწირავი, მიცვალებულისა მის ფრიადი შესაძინელი, და თავთა ჩვენთა დიდი სარგებელი. ამას ვიქმოდეთ, ძმანო, რათა მათცა და ჩვენცა სასუფეველი ღმრთისა დავიმკვიდროთ, რომელსა ღირსმცა ვართ ყოველნი მიმთხვევად მადლითა და კაცთ-მოყვარებითა უფლისა ჩვენისა იესო ქრისტესითა, რომლისა არს დიდება თანა მამით, და სულით წმიდითურთ, აწ და მარადის, და უკუნითი უკუნისამდე, ამინ.

Synaxariet – Orthodoxe Helgens Levneder ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Danish

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DENMARK OF MY HEART

Synaxariet

Orthodoxe Helgens Levneder

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Beskrivelse

Udarbejdet af Munkepræsten Macarius af Simono-Petra-Klosteret. Oversat til Dansk af Munken Fotius (Ole Fr. Stjernfelt) af Paracletens Kloster. (2936 Sider)

Et synaxarium kan oversættes ved en helgenbeskrivelse; liv og i en række tilfælde mirakler. som tilskrives en person, der er blevet kanoniseret som en helgen.
I fire meget smukt indbundne bind er for hver af årets dage beskrivelser af helgener, som har relation til dagene. Hvert bind omfatter et kvartal.

Bind IV har et alfabetisk navneregister over de helgener, som er blevet grundigt bekrevet, og tillige er deres dag eller dage nævnt.

De enkelte bind kan transporteres uden at blive beskadiget, idet der er vedlagt et særligt skånebind, som passer til hver af værkets fire dele.

Det fornemme værk er forsynet med omfattende fodnoter til uddybning af og forklaring på forhold i teksten, der ikke kan formodes at være almen kendte. En mængde sort-hvide gengivelser af ikoner i relation til helgener og begivenheder medvirker til at værket er så smukt.

Endvidere er der også farvegengivelser af ikoner, der relaterer til årets største religiøse fester.

Sant Blas de Sebaste, Armenia (+316) – 3 & 11 de febrero ​╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Aragonese (Spain)

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ARMENIA OF MY HEART

Sant Blas de Sebaste, Armenia (+316)

3 & 11 de febrero 

Sant Blas de Sebaste estió un medico y bispe de Sebaste (l’actual Sivas) en Armenia en o sieglo IV.

Fació una vida d’ermitán en una espelunga d’a selva d’Argeus, que esdevenió a suya seu bispal.

Seguntes a tradición, Blas de Sebaste yera conoixito por o suyo don de curación miraglosa pa presonas y animals.

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Russia, 1965: Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker & Archbishop of Myra (+343) appears on an atheist on the bus

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Russia, 1965: Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker 

& Archbishop of Myra (+343) appears on an atheist on the bus

In February, 1965, a bus full of people was going towards a city. Next to the driver there was sitting an old man with a white beard, tall, and full of vigor.He wore a heavy coat with a fur collar, and a fur cap with flaps. The bus was going slowly because of the snow which was falling outside. At one turn, the chains of the back wheels came off. The bus skidded and almost collided with another full bus. All these things happened very quickly. The driver lost control of the bus, and everyone’s heart jumped. Finally the two busses halted at a distance of barely three-quarters of an inch apart, without any mishap.

Then the old man made the sign of the Cross and cried out: ”Glory to Thee, O Lord, glory to Thee! Blessed be thy name, O All-holy mother of God, who has saved us . . .” In a few moments the other bus left. The driver and his assistant went out to put on the chains.

Smiling, one young man opened a conversation with the old man. “Forgive me elder,” he said, “but I could not hold back from laughing when I heard you call upon the non-existent Heavenly Powers and saw you make your Cross. Habit, of course, is second nature. I see that you wear the distinguishing mark of a scientist. But in our times, in the year 1965, it is an incongruity.”

The conversation attracted the attention of all. The old man, without becoming troubled, said, ”Gladly, My young comrade, shall I answer you. And if you want I shall make a self-criticism . . . Wherefore, do you know what I think? All of us are somewhat hypocrites. All of us pretend that we are atheists, dedicated members of the Party, with profound knowledge of Marxism and many other things. And yet there comes a moment every once in a while when the real man expresses himself. Behold, just as it happened even now! This mishap was sufficient to demonstrate it. Since you sit in that place, you of course did not see what happened behind you. I, however, who sit sideways, saw at least another eight or ten making their Cross. It is something within us which we will never be able to uproot, because it would be like uprooting our very bowels. Thus, every day all of us fall into ‘errors-—that is, we remember that there exists a certain great, unknown, and good Power Whom we pretend to ignore . . .”

“I assure you that this personally never happens with me,” said the young man.

The old man chuckled and said, “You will permit me to prove you false, beloved comrade, because just previously you said, ‘These things in our times, in the year 1965, are an incongruity.’ What was the reason for you to remember that one thousand nine hundred and sixty-five years have passed from the time when the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ, was born!”

”This,” said the young man after having been taken aback a little, “is an evil remnant of an evil past, which must definitely be wiped out. The way you are speaking, you are going to convince us that even miracles take place!”
The old man was silent some moments, and afterwards said, “Yes my beloved one, there are even miracles of God which you yourself will believe, just as all that are here will also believe. When, however, you see them, you will be obliged to keep silent because, if you speak, there is danger that they will close you in some psychiatric clinic.”

The bus had come into the main artery. The heavy snow stopped and thus the driver was able to increase the speed. At one moment, all—as many as were looking at and listening to the old man—saw his place empty! Two or three that were close to his seat made the sign of the Cross, saying, “Holy, holy is God the Almighty.” One of them turned toward the back of the bus and shouted, “Do you understand now who saved us from the collision? He himself, the old man with the white beard, was the Protector of our People . . . Saint Nicholas!” “I do not know what we are going to do comrades,” said one other in the meantime, “but wherever I may be, I am going to tell of this miracle of Saint Nicholas! And let them lock me in a psychiatric ward if they can. I have you all as witnesses; and especially you, comrade . . .” The young communist covered his face with his hands for a long time.

After about two hours, the bus stopped and all got down to drink hot tea. The young communist approached several of his fellow]passengers, full of emotion. He asked for their addresses. He also gave them his. All the other others did the same among themselves. “Do you know what I purpose, comrades?” said one young woman, “Let us not lose contact with one another. This which we saw today and heard with our ears is a great thing. Very great. What can it forbode? Certainly something good, because the little old grandfather was the Protector of our People.”

The above miracle was written by an eyewitness. “I cannot write more,” he says, “because I am overcome with emotion and am weeping. I also was on the bus.”

Source:

From Contemporary Miracles in Russia by Archimandrite Haralampos Basilopoulos, 1966

Protection of the Mother of God

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Protection of the Mother of God

The Protection of the Mother of God is one of the most beloved feast days on the Orthodox calendar among the Slavic peoples, commemorated on October 1. The feast is celebrated additionally on October 28 in the Greek tradition. It is also known as the feast of the Virgin Mary’s Cerement.

In most Slavic languages the word “cerement” has a dual meaning of “veil” and “protection.” The Russian word Pokrov (Покров), like the Greek Skepi (Σκέπη), has a complex meaning. First of all, it refers to a cloak or shroud, but it also means protection or intercession. For this reason, the name of the feast is variously translated as the Veil of Our Lady, the Protecting Veil of the Theotokos, the Protection of the Theotokos, or the Intercession of the Theotokos.

The feast

The feast day celebrates the appearance of the Mother of God at Blachernae (Vlaherna) in the tenth century. At the end of St. Andrei (Andrew of Constantinople) Yurodivyi’s life, he, with his disciple St. Epiphanius, and a group of people, saw the Mother of God, St. John the Baptist, and several other saints and angels during a vigil in the Church of Blachernae, nearby the city gates. The Blachernae Palace church was where several of Continue reading “Protection of the Mother of God”

Svatý Mames nebo Mamans z Malé Asie a lev (+275) – 2. září ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Czech

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Svatý Mames nebo Mamans z Malé Asie a lev (+275)

2. září

Svatý Mames nebo Mamans (asi 258–275) byl pastýř, který byl umučen při pronásledování křesťanů v době vlády císaře Aureliána v Malé Asii.

Jako poustevník žil v míru s divokou zvěří. Byl zajat a odsouzen k roztrhání lvy v aréně. Ti ho však nechali bez povšimnutí a Mames byl ukamenován přihlížejícími diváky.

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Some Orthodox Saints from Ireland, Russia, Norway, Holy Land, France, Egypt, England, Serbia, Asia Minor, Italy, Bulgaria, Spain & Romania – St Catherine’s Vision – PDF

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Some Orthodox Saints from Ireland, Russia,

Norway, Holy Land, France, Egypt, England, Serbia, Asia Minor,

Italy, Bulgaria, Spain & Romania

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Saint John Chrysostom: Paschal Homily

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Saint John Chrysostom: Paschal Homily

Source:

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ORTHODOX CHURCH QUOTES

If anyone is devout and a lover of God, let him enjoy this beautiful and radiant festival.

If anyone is a wise servant, let him, rejoicing, enter into the joy of his Lord.

If anyone has wearied himself in fasting, let him now receive his recompense.

If anyone has labored from the first hour, let him today receive his just reward.

If anyone has come at the third hour, with thanksgiving let him keep the feast.

If anyone has arrived at the sixth hour, let him have no misgivings; for he shall suffer no loss. If anyone has delayed until the ninth hour, let him draw near without hesitation. If anyone has arrived even at the eleventh hour, let him not fear on account of his delay. For the Master is gracious and receives the last, even as the first; he gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour, just as to him who has labored from the first. He has mercy upon the last and cares for the first; to the one he gives, and to the other he is gracious. He both honors the work and praises the intention.

Enter all of you, therefore, into the joy of our Lord, and, whether first or last, receive your reward. O rich and poor, one with another, dance for joy! O you ascetics and you negligent, celebrate the day! You that have fasted and you that have disregarded the fast, rejoice today! The table is rich-laden; feast royally, all of you! The calf is fatted; let no one go forth hungry!

Let all partake of the feast of faith. Let all receive the riches of goodness.

Let no one lament his poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed.

Let no one mourn his transgressions, for pardon has dawned from the grave.

Let no one fear death, for the Saviour’s death has set us free.

He that was taken by death has annihilated it! He descended into hades and took hades captive! He embittered it when it tasted his flesh! And anticipating this Isaiah exclaimed, “Hades was embittered when it encountered thee in the lower regions.” It was embittered, for it was abolished! It was embittered, for it was mocked! It was embittered, for it was purged! It was embittered, for it was despoiled! It was embittered, for it was bound in chains!

It took a body and, face to face, met God! It took earth and encountered heaven! It took what it saw but crumbled before what it had not seen!

“O death, where is thy sting? O hades, where is thy victory?”

Christ is risen, and you are overthrown!

Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen!

Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice!

Christ is risen, and life reigns!

Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in a tomb!

For Christ, being raised from the dead, has become the First-fruits of them that slept.

To him be glory and might unto ages of ages. Amen.

 

Saint Stylianos of Paphlagonia in Asia Minor, The Protector of Children (+6th century) – November 26

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Saint Stylianos of Paphlagonia in Asia Minor,

The Protector of Children (5th century)

November 26

Saint Stylianos was born during the 6th century in Adrianopolis in the province of Paphlagonia, in Asia Minor, into a very wealthy family. At a young age, Saint Stylianos joined the hermits of the desert with a view toward cleansing his soul through a period of meditation and prayer, as well as through association with men likewise pledging their lives to Jesus Christ. Unlike most other hermits, however, he did not withdraw from society altogether, preferring to go among the people for whatever good he might do, and then returning to his little cave for rest and prayerful meditation.

One night while he prayed for guidance in helping others, Saint Stylianos felt a divine presence and was consumed by the great glory of the Holy Spirit, emerging from his cave the next day with a spirit of exultation and serenity he had never known before. In his customary rounds, wherein he counseled and comforted, he felt compelled to place his hand on a stricken child, something he had not up to that time dared to do; he felt the power of the Lord being transferred to the ailing youngster through his extended arm. The child immediately recovered, and thenceforth Saint Stylianos was sought after by every suffering soul for miles around, young and old. His cave became a magnet for the sick and suffering, many of whom received complete cures not only through the power in this man but through their own faith as well, without which a sufferer’s case was hopeless.

During this period, Saint Stylianos concerned himself primarily with children, not just the physically afflicted but also with those who were in need of spiritual guidance. Families from all walks of life were said to have entrusted to Saint Stylianos the enlightenment of their children, and he was forced to seek out larger headquarters and to recruit from the ranks of his hermit friends the assistance needed to tend to so many. His was probably the first day-care centre in the world, where mothers could safely leave their children while tending to other matters of the home.

Saint Stylianos was to become the patron saint of children yet to be born, owing to stories of his miraculous intercession for a young woman who helped him with children but could bear none of her own. When the woman conceived, her husband out of sheer joy spread the word of this miracle, and before long many barren women came to the great hermit. Those whose faith in Jesus Christ was genuine became fertile.

The cheerful countenance of Saint Stylianos was his hallmark, because he was reported to always to be smiling. He was approached by greedy mercenaries with all manner of propositions for commercializing his talents and reaping a tidy fortune, but for these people he always had the same answer: that he had been paid in advance for his services when the serenity of the Holy Spirit came upon him. He would smile as they left. He lived to a ripe old age, and it is said that when he was buried his countenance still beamed with a faint smile from the light of the Lord.

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