The Holy 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia: At the beginning of the fourth century the emperor Maximian (284-305) gave orders to destroy Christian churches, to burn Divine service books, and to deprive all Christians of rights and offices of citizenship. At this time the bishop of the city of Nicomedia was Saint Cyril, who by his … Continue reading Science of the Saints, 10-I-2019 (28 Dec.) The Holy Twenty thousand Martyrs of Nicomedia.
The Holy Disciple (from the Seventy) First-Martyr and Archdeacon Stephen was the eldest among the Seven Deacons, established by the Apostles themselves, and therefore he is called "archdeacon." He was the Christian First-Martyr, and he suffered for Christ at about age thirty. In the words of Asterias, he was "the starting-point of the martyrs, the … Continue reading Science of the Saints, 9-I-2019 (27 Dec.) THE HOLY APOSTLE, FIRST MARTYR AND ARCHDEACON STEPHEN.
The Synaxis of the Most Holy Mother of God. This Synaxis - which is to say, our coming together to glorify the Theotokos - is celebrated especially in her honour because she gave birth supernaturally to the Son and Word Of God, and thus became the instrument of the salvation of mankind. Apolytikion of Synaxis … Continue reading Science of the Saints, 8-I-2019 (26 Dec.) THE SYNAXIS OF THE THEOTOKOS AND EVER-VIRGIN MARY.
The Nativity Sermon of St. John ChrysostomBehold a new and wondrous mystery.My ears resound to the Shepherd’s song, piping no soft melody, but chanting full forth a heavenly hymn. The Angels sing. The Archangels blend their voice in harmony. The Cherubim hymn their joyful praise. The Seraphim exalt His glory. All join to praise this … Continue reading Science of the Saints, 7-I-2019 (25 Dec.) Great feast THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD, GOD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.
The Monastic Martyress Eugenia, by birth a Roman, lived at Alexandria, where her father, Philip, was sent by the emperor Commodus (180-192) in the capacity of governor of Egypt. Eugenia received a fine upbringing and was noted for her good disposition and beauty. Many an illustrious youth sought her hand, but she did not wish to … Continue reading Science of the Saints, 6-I-2019 (24 Dec.) The Holy Great Martyress Eugenia.
The Ten Holy Martyrs of Crete: Theodulus, Satorninus, Euporus, Gelasius, Eunician, Zoticus, Pompius, Agathopus, Basilides and Evarestus suffered for Christ during the third century under the emperor Decius (249-251). The governor of Crete, named Decius just like the emperor, fiercely persecuted the Cretan Church. One time there were brought before him ten Christians from various … Continue reading Science of the Saints, 5-I-2019 (23 Dec.) The Holy Ten Martyrs of Crete.
The Great Martyr Anastasia the Alleviatrix-of-Captives, a Roman by birth, suffered for Christ during the time of the persecution against Christians under Diocletian. Her father was a pagan, her mother was secretly a Christian. The teacher of Saint Anastasia in her youth was an educated and pious Christian named Chrisogenes. After the death of her … Continue reading Science of the Saints, 4-I-2019 (22 Dec.) The Holy Great Martyr Anastasia.
The Holy Martyress Juliania, daughter of an illustrious pagan named Africanus, was born in the city of Nicomedia. In her adolescent years she was betrothed to a certain Eleusios. Saint Juliania was endowed with a profound intellect and an inclination to goodness of soul, and she saw through the delusion and deception of the pagan … Continue reading Science of the Saints, 3-I-2019 (21 Dec.) The Holy Martyress Juliania of Nicomedia.
The Hieromartyr Ignatius the God-Bearer, a native of Syria, was a disciple of the holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian, as was also Sainted Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna. Saint Ignatius was the second bishop of Antioch, and successor to Bishop Evodus, Disciple from amongst the Seventy.Tradition suggests that when Saint Ignatius was a little … Continue reading Science of the Saints, 2-I-2019 (20 Dec.) The Holy Martyr Ignatius the God-bearer.
The Holy Martyr Boniface was the slave of a rich young Roman woman named Aglaida and he dwelt with her in an iniquitous cohabitation. But they both felt the sting of conscience and they wanted somehow to wash away their sin. And the Lord deigned to grant them the possibility to cleanse away their sin … Continue reading Science of the Saints, 1-I-2019 (19 Dec.), The Holy Martyr Boniface.