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"Three things necessary and soul-benefiting I advise you, as my beloved children, to pay attention to and keep. First, great patience. Second, fervent and unshakable Orthodox faith, with courage and bravery and magnanimity; and third, more than everything else, love from one's whole soul and whole heart towards God and love for one' s neighbor, and even for one's enemies also."

—Father Philotheos Zervakos

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Sat 29th Nov 2014

Today's readings
Epistle: Galatians 1:3-10
Galatians 1:3-10

3 Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ,

4 who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,

5 to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Only One Gospel

6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel,

7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.

8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.

9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.

10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.

Gospel: Luke 10:19-21
Luke 10:19-21

19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

20 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven."

Jesus Rejoices in the Spirit

21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, "I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.


Saint of the Day

Paramonus & Philumenus 29th Nov
Sts Paramonus, Philumenus, and their 370 Companion Martyrs in Bithynia

St Paramonus contested for piety's sake during the reign of Decius, in 250 AD. A ruler named Aquilinus, seeking relief from a bodily malady, visited a certain therapeutic hot spring. He brought with him captive Christians from Nicomedia, and commanded them to offer sacrifice in the temple of Isis. When they refused, he had them all slaughtered, to the number of 370. Saint Paramonus, beholding their murder, boldly cried out against such an act of ungodliness. When Aquilinus heard this, he sent men to take the Saint. Some smote him with spears; others pierced his tongue and body with sharp reeds, until he died.

St Philumenus' contest in martyrdom took place during the reign of Aurelian, in 270 AD. Coming from Lycaonia, he was conveying a load of wheat into Galatia when he was denounced as a Christian to Felix, Governor of Ancyra. Nails were driven into his hands, feet, and head, and he was commanded to run. While running in the road, he fell and gave up his holy soul into the hands of God.

Dismissal Hymn (Fourth Tone)

Your Martyrs, O Lord, in their courageous contest for You received as the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from You, our immortal God. For since they possessed Your strength, they cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons' powerless presumption. O Christ God, by their prayers, save our souls, since You are merciful.

Kontakion (Second Tone)

Enlisted by Christ through faith and through your fervent love, you cut down the ranks of all the wicked enemies; and upon receiving the crown of victory, O wise Paramonus and most godly Philumenus, you now dwell together with Angel's hosts. (read more)

Also celebrating:

Akakios of Sinai who is mentioned in The Ladder

Dionysios, Bishop of Corinth

Our Righteous Father Nicholas, Archbishop of Thessolonica


His Eminence

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Calendar

24 MonFish Allowed

St Clement of Rome

Hermogenes, the Martyr

Peter, Archbishop of Alexandria

25 TueFish Allowed

Great Martyr St Katherine

Mercurios the Great Martyr of Caesarea in Cappadocia

26 WedStrict Fast

St Stylianos of Paphlagonia

Alypios the Stylite of Adrianopolis

George the New Martyr of Chios

27 ThuFish Allowed

St James the Great Martyr of Persia

28 FriStrict Fast

St Stephen the New

Auxentius, 16 Martyrs of Tiberioupolis

Irenarchos & his Companion Martyrs at Sebaste

29 SatFish Allowed

Sts Paramonus, Philumenus, and their 370 Companion Martyrs in Bithynia

Akakios of Sinai who is mentioned in The Ladder

Dionysios, Bishop of Corinth

Our Righteous Father Nicholas, Archbishop of Thessolonica

30 SunFish Allowed

St Andrew the Apostle, the First-Called

Froumentios, Archbishop of Abyssina