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"We who are pious Christians must fast always, but especially on Wednesday, because the Lord was sold on that day, and on Friday, because He was crucified on that day. Similarly, it is our duty to fast during the Lenten seasons, as the Holy Spirit illumined the Holy Fathers of the Church to decree, in order to mortify the passions and humble the body. Moreover, if we limit the food we eat, life becomes easier for all."

—Saint Cosmas Aitolos

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Sat 10th Oct 2015

Today's readings
Epistle: 1 Corinthians 15:58-16:3
1 Corinthians 15:58-16:3

58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

1 Corinthians 16

Collection for the Saints

1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also:

2 On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.

3 And when I come, whomever you approve by your letters I will send to bear your gift to Jerusalem.

Gospel: Luke 5:27-32
Luke 5:27-32

Matthew the Tax Collector

27 After these things He went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, "Follow Me."

28 So he left all, rose up, and followed Him.

29 Then Levi gave Him a great feast in his own house. And there were a great number of tax collectors and others who sat down with them.

30 And their scribes and the Pharisees complained against His disciples, saying, "Why do You eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?"

31 Jesus answered and said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.

32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance."

Saint of the Day

Christ 2nd April
Eulampios & Eulampia the Martyrs

The Divine Apostle, recounting the achievements of the Saints, and setting forth their memorial as an example for us to turn away from earthly things and sin, and emulate their patience and courage in the struggles for virtue, says, "therefore we also are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every burden, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us" (Heb 12:1).

Guided by the teaching of the Holy Scriptures and Apostolic Tradition, we honour the Saints, who are friends of God who keep His commandments, are shining examples of virtue, and are benefactors of mankind. Of course, we honour the known Saints on their own day of the year. However, many Saints are unknown and their number increases with time, so the Church has appointed that once a year a common commemoration be made of all the Saints on All Saints Day. This is the harvest of the coming of the Holy Spirit into the world; it is the "much fruit" brought forth by that "Grain of wheat that fell into the earth and died" (John 12:24); it is the glorification of the Saints as "the foundation of the Church, the Gospel's perfection, they who fulfilled in deed the sayings of the Saviour" (Sunday of All Saints, Doxasticon of Vespers). (read more)

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Vassianos the Righteous of Constantinople

Our Righteous Father Theophilos the Confessor

The 200 Monk-martyrs of Nicomedia

His Eminence

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Martys Charitina and Mameltha

Methodia the Righteous of Kimolos

6 Tue

St Thomas the Holy Apostle

Makarios Newmartyr

Eroteis the Martyr of Cappadocia

7 WedStrict Fast

Sts Sergius and Bacchus the Great Martyrs of Syria

John the Hermit of Crete

Julian the Presbyter & Caesarius the Deacon

Polychronios the Martyr

8 Thu

Pelagia of Antioch

Pelagia the Virgin Martyr


9 FriStrict Fast

James the Apostle, son of Alphaeos

Abraham the Righteous & his nephew Lot

Andronicos & his wife Athanasia of Egypt

Poplia the Confessor of Antioch

10 Sat

Eulampios & Eulampia the Martyrs

Vassianos the Righteous of Constantinople

Our Righteous Father Theophilos the Confessor

The 200 Monk-martyrs of Nicomedia

11 Sun

The 7th Ecumenical Council

Philip the Apostle of the 70, one of the 7 Deacons

Our Holy Father Nectarius, Arsacuis and Sisinius, Patriarchs of Constantinople

Theophanes the Confessor, Bishop of Nicaea