Category Archives: Feasts

Our patrons, the 318 Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council of Nicaea

The Sixth Sunday after the Great Feast of All-Holy Pascha is observed by the Orthodox Church as the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council. This day commemorates the 318 God-bearing Fathers who gathered in the city

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The Panagia, the Life-Giving Spring

The feast of the Life-Giving Spring that we celebrate on the Friday of Renewal Week is a feast of our Panagia. The following is written in the Synaxarion of the day: “On the Friday of Renewal Week we celebrate the

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Synaxarion for Palm Sunday

On this day, the Sunday of Palms, we celebrate the radiant and glorious Feast of the Entry of our Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. Verses Sitting on a foal, He Who stretched out the Heavens By a word seeketh to

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Synaxarion for Saturday of the Akathistos Hymn

On the fifth Saturday of the Great Fast, we celebrate the praise of our Most-holy Lady, theTheotokos and Ever-virgin Mary, during which “it is not permitted to sit.” VersesThe city in thanksgiving and watchfulness doth praiseHer who upholdeth and constantly

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Saturday of the Akathist Hymn

By Elder Epiphanios Theodoropoulos [On the Fifth] Saturday [of the fast] we chant the Akathist Hymn during Matins. In our days however this does not happen except in the holy monasteries, since in the parishes it is chanted the evening before, on Friday

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First Homily for the Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross (St. Luke of Simferopol)

 By St. Luke, Archbishop of Simferopol and Crimea “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly

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Feast of Great Martyr Demetrios

On 26 October we celebrate the feast of the Holy Glorious and Great Martyr Demetrios the Myrrh Streamer. Life of the Saint Saint Demetrios suffered in Thessalonica during the reign of Galerius Maximian (c. 306). He belonged to one of

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The Repose of St. John the Theologian According to His Disciple Prochorus

The Translation of St. John the Theologian (Feast Day – September 26th) VersesStanding beside the beloved Word of the Father,Is he who was beloved more than all of the disciples.On the twenty sixth the child of thunder departed unto God.

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Synaxarion for the Conception of the Honorable Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John

On the twenty-third of September we celebrate the Conception of the Honorable Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John VersesThe man received a prophetic oracle from the Archangel,You will beget a Prophet, and even greater than the prophets.On the twenty-third the Forerunner

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The Translation of the Relics of St Winifred of Trefonen

The relics of St Winefride were finally translated to Shrewsbury Abbey on 19th September 1138.If you’d like to read more about the life of this important local saint, please follow this link…

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Synaxarion of the Holy Great Martyr Niketas the Goth

VersesTo Niketas.Niketas is enflamed and becomes a victory-bearer,Or we should rather say a fire-bearing victory-bearer.On the fifteenth, Niketas was cast into the furnace. To the Holy Martyrs who contested with St. Niketas.A pious multitude contested in Gothia,Casting the barbarians out

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Synaxarion for the Exaltation of the Honorable and Life-Creating Cross

VersesExalting the neck O Savior,Creation sees the Cross exalted.On the fourteenth the Wood of the Cross is exalted. Constantine the Great and Equal to the Apostles, first among the emperors of ancient Rome, accepted Christianity. While in the midst of

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The Life of the Holy Ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna

VersesLet Joachim now with his Wife delight,Both bearing for creation the soul’s delight.On the ninth is the synaxis of the parents of God’s Mother. By St. John of Damascus Anna was to be the mother of the Virgin Mother of

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The Nativity of the Theotokos

Synaxarion of the Nativity of the Theotokos On the eighth of September, we commemorate the Birth of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-virgin Mary. VersesAnna, all mothers truly you surpassed,Until your daughter should become your Mother.Anna brought into

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Synaxarion of the Ecclesiastical New Year

On the first of September is the beginning of the Indiction, namely the New Year. VersesBless for us the Indiction of the New Year,O You Who are both Ancient and for mankind New (namely You, O Christ). We should know, brethren,

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The Placing of the Honourable Sash of the Most Holy Theotokos

Synaxarion of the Deposition of the Honorable Zoni in the Holy Coffin On the thirty-first of August, we commemorate the deposition of the Honorable Zoni* in the Holy Coffin, of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos, in her revered home

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Synaxarion of the Beheading of the Holy and Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John

SynaxarionOn the 29th of August, commemoration of the beheading of the honorable head of the holy, glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John. VersesA murderous hand with a sword cuts off the head Of him who placed his hand on the

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The Dormition of our most holy and glorious Lady, Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

Concerning the Dormition of the Theotokos the Church has received the following from the ancient tradition of the Fathers. When the time drew near when it was our Saviour’s good pleasure to take to himself his own Mother, he informed

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Synaxarion for the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

By Nikephoros Kallistos Xanthopoulos On the fifth Sunday of Pascha, we commemorate the conversation of the Lord with the Samaritan woman. Verses When thou camest to obtain perishable water, O woman, thou didstDraw forth living water, whereby thou didst wash

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Thomas Didn’t Believe So That All May Believe (St. Gregory the Great)

Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. He was the only disciple absent; on his return, he heard what had happened but refused to believe it. The Lord came a second time;

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