James the Apostle, son of Alphaeus
The holy Apostle James was one of the Twelve, and preached Christ to many nations, and finally suffered death by crucifixion.
Dismissal Hymn (Third Tone)
O Holy Apostle James, intercede with the merciful God that He grant to our souls forgiveness of offences.
Kontakion (Fourth Tone)
The wondrous fisherman that caught in the nations, James, the most venerable of Jesus’ disciples, and the companion of the Apostolic choir, dispenses a great wealth of healing to the world, freeing those who rightly acclaim him from adversities. Therefore, we cry to him with one accord: O blest Apostle, save all of us by your prayers.
Andronicus & his Wife Athanasia of Egypt
Saints Andronicus and Athanasia were from Antioch, and finished their lives in asceticism about the year 500.
Apolytikion of Andronicus and Athanasia in the Plagal of the First Tone
Ye adorned your divinely-wrought robe of chastity with the sublime varied colours of sacred virtues in God, when with one accord ye strove in the ascetic life. Wherefore, your silence on the earth was received equally with the thrice-holy hymn in heaven; O wise Andronicus, pray God, with Athanasia, that we all be saved.
Kontakion of Andronicus and Athanasia in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone
Let us the faithful crown with laurels of befitting hymns the wise Andronicus, who lived in blameless righteousness, with the godly Athanasia, his spouse in Christ God; who have shown the type of lawful wedlock to the world and became divine examples of monastic life. Let us cry to them: Rejoice, O yoke-mates in holiness.
The Righteous Patriarch Abraham and his Nephew Lot
The holy Patriarch Abraham, born a pagan, ten generations after Noah, when the knowledge of God had perished from among men, became the beginning of God’s dispensation for the universal renewal and salvation of man. He was called out of his country–the land of the Chaldees, that is, Mesopotamia–to the land of Canaan, and received the promise that through his seed all the nations of the earth should be blessed; through his singular faith in the promises of God, he was justified before the giving of the Law and the coming of Grace; through his willingness to sacrifice Isaac, he portrayed the love wherewith God loved the world in sacrificing His only-begotten Son. The greatness of Abraham, and the trials that he and his righteous nephew Lot underwent, are set forth in the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament, chapters twelve through twenty-five. See also the Sunday of the Holy Forefathers, December 11-17.
Apolytikion of Abraham and Lot in the Plagal of the First Tone
In the night universal of ignorance towards God, and in that starless, profound gloom bereft of heavenly light, thou, O Abraham, wast kindled in the firmament, burning with bright far-shining faith in the Everlasting Light, Who shone forth to us from thy seed. Do thou entreat Him with fervour, that He enlighten us and save our souls.
Kontakion of Abraham and Lot in the Second Tone
The servant wast thou, a mortal fashioned from the earth; thy master was God, creation’s Lord and Fashioner; yet, well-pleased to glorify thy celestial greatness, the Lord of all called Himself the God of Abraham. Procure for us mercies from thy merciful Lord.
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Poplia the Confessor of Antioch