Parthenios of Lampsacos
Luke the Rightous

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Parthenios, Bishop of Lampsacos

St Parthenios

Saint Parthenios was born in Melitopolis on the Hellespont, the son of a Deacon named Christopher. Because of the miracles, that he wrought even as a young man, he was ordained Priest and then Bishop of Lampsacos in the days of St Constantine the Great, from whom he received great gifts and authority both to overturn the altars of the idols and to raise up a church to the glory of Christ. Working many miracles throughout his life, he reposed in peace an old man and full of days.

Apolytikion of Parthenius, Bishop of Lampsacus in the Fourth Tone

O God of our Fathers, ever dealing with us according to Thy gentleness: take not Thy mercy from us, but by their entreaties guide our life in peace.

Kontakion of Parthenius, Bishop of Lampsacus in the Third Tone

Since thou hadst received God’s grace to work ineffable marvels, godly-wise Parthenius, thou sacred worker of wonders, thou didst wholly cleanse the faithful of all their passions, casting wicked spirits out, O God-bearing Father; for this cause we sing thy praise as a great initiate of the divine grace of God.

 

Luke the Rightous of Greece

St_Luke_Steiriotes-finalSt Luke was the descendant of a family from Aegina which, because of the frequent invasions of the Saracens, left Aegina and dwelt in Phocis, where the Saint was born in 896 AD. From his earliest childhood Luke ate neither flesh, nor cheese, nor eggs, but gave himself over with his whole soul to hardship and fasting for the love of heavenly blessings, often giving away his clothing to the poor, for which his father punished him. After his father’s death he secretly left home to become a monk, but the Lord, inclining to the fervent prayers of his mother, made him known, and he returned to her for a time to care for her. For many years he lived as a hermit, moving from place to place; he spent the last part of his life on Mount Stirion at Phocis, where there is a city named Stiris. The grace of God that was in him made him a wonderworker, and his tomb in the monastery of Hosios Loukas, famous for its mosaics, became a source of healing and place of pilgrimage for the faithful. According to some, he reposed in the year 946; according to others, in 953 AD.

Apolytikion of Luke the Righteous in the First Tone

O God of our Fathers, ever dealing with us according to Thy gentleness: take not Thy mercy from us, but by their entreaties guide our life in peace.

Kontakion of Luke the Righteous in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone

God, Who by judgments known to Him chose thee ere thou wast formed that thou, O Luke, mightest be right well-pleasing unto Him, from the womb made thee His own and He sanctified thee; as His own true faithful servant hath He shown thee forth and hath set aright thy footsteps, ever guiding thee as the Friend of man; thou rejoicest before Him now.

 

Afterfeast of the Presentation of Our Lord and Savior in the Temple

The_Presentation_of_Our_Lord_And_Savior_in_The_Temple-finalApolytikion of Afterfeast of the Presentation in the First Tone

Hail Virgin Theotokos full of Grace, for Christ our God, the Sun of Righteousness, has dawned from you, granting light to those in darkness. And you, O Righteous Elder, rejoice, taking in your arms, the Deliverance of our souls, who grants us Resurrection.

 

Also Celebrating Today:

  • Theopemptos the Martyr and his Companions
  • George the New Martyr of Crete
  • Richard, King of Wessex