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Translation of the relics of the Hieromartyr Ignatius, the Godbearer and Bishop of Antioch
Translation of the relics of the Hieromartyr Ignatius, the Godbearer and Bishop of Antioch

The Transfer of the Relics of the Hieromartyr Ignatius the God-Bearer: (See December 20). After the holy hieromartyr Ignatius was thrown to the lions in the year 107 on the orders of the emperor Trajan, Christians gathered up his bones and preserved them at Rome. Later, in the year 108, the…

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Saint Laurence, Recluse of the Kiev Caves, Far Caves, and Bishop of Turov

Saint Laurence, Hermit of the Caves and Bishop of Turov, in the Near Caves at first lived as a hermit at the monastery of the Great Martyr Demetrius, built by Great Prince Izyaslav at Kiev near the Monastery of the Caves. Later, he transferred to the Kiev Caves monastery, and was glorified by a…

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Saint Gerasimus, Bishop of Perm

Saint Gerasimus was the third bishop of the Zyryan people, and a worthy successor of Saint Stephen, Enlightener of Perm. He was elevated to the See of Perm sometime after the year 1416, when only part of the Zyryani had been converted to Christianity. He was concerned for his flock, which suffered…

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Saint Pitirim, Bishop of Perm

Archimandrite Pitirim succeeded Saint Gerasimus as bishop of Great Perm and Ustiug. Even during his time the Voguli had not ceased attacking the peaceful Zyryani, the settlers of Perm. Bishop Pitirim stood up for his flock just as his predecessor had done. In 1447 he personally appealed to the…

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Saint Jonah, Bishop of Perm

After Saint Pitirim, Saint Jonah ascended the throne of Perm. He converted to Christianity the remaining part of Great Perm, i.e. the pagan tribes living along the Rivers Vishera, Kama, Chusova and others. By his efforts the idols were eradicated and in their place churches were built. Experienced…

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Martyrs Romanus, Jacob (James), Philotheus, Hyperechius, Abibus, Julian, and Paregonius, at Samosata

The Holy Martyrs Romanus, James, Philotheus, Hyperichius, Habib, Julian and Parigoreas suffered in the year 297, during the persecution by Diocletian (284-305), in the city of Samosata (in Syria on the River Euphrates). They bravely denounced the senseless worship of idols, for which they were…

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Martyr Ashot Curapalati, King of Artanuji
Martyr Ashot Curapalati, King of Artanuji

In the year 786, Ashot, the son of Adarnerse, ascended the throne of Kartli. From the very beginning of his reign he fought fiercely for the reunification of Georgia. His first step was to take advantage of the Arab Muslims’ weariness and banish them from Tbilisi. Three years passed and,…

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Saint Ignatius, Wonderworker and Bishop of Smolensk

Saint Ignatius, Bishop of Smolensk and Wonderworker (+ ca. 1210): By some accounts, Saint Ignatius was the first bishop of Smolensk. He was a friend of Saint Abraham (August 21), whom he ordained to the priesthood. Bishop Ignatius was a kindly and pious Elder, heading the trial instigated by Saint…

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Saint Aphraates of Persia

Saint Aphraates, a Persian who came to believe in Christ, disavowed his illustrious lineage and left his pagan countrymen by going to Edessa, and then to Antioch. He attracted many by his holy life, and preached the Word of God to them. He died in the year 370.

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Martyrs Sarbelus and Bebaia of Edessa

The Holy Martyr Sarbelus was a pagan priest who lived during the reign of the emperor Trajan (98-117) He and his sister Bebaia were converted by Barsimaius, the Bishop of Edessa. They both received the crown of martyrdom. Saints Sarbelus and Bebaia are also commemorated on October 15.

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New Martyr Demetrius
New Martyr Demetrius

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Saint Akepsimas the Martyr
Saint Akepsimas the Martyr

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The Prologue of Ochrid
The Prologue from Ohrid: January 29

1. THE HOLY PRIESTLY-MARTYR IGNATIUS THE GOD-BEARER, [THEOPHORUS]

The principal feast of St. Ignatius is celebrated in winter on December 20. On this date is commemorated the translation of his relics from Rome, where he suffered martyrdom, to Antioch where earlier he was a bishop. When St. Ignatius was summoned to Rome before Emperor Trajan to account for his faith, he was accompanied on this long journey by several citizens from Antioch who were motivated in this by a great love toward their wonderful Arch-shepherd. Since he would never deny his faith in Christ, this saint of God who abhorred all adulation and promises of Emperor Trajan, was condemned to death and was thrown into the Circus Maximus before wild beasts. The wild beasts tore him apart, and he gave up his soul to God. His companions then gathered his exposed bones and took them to Antioch and honorably buried them. But when the Persians captured Antioch in the sixth century, the relics of St. Ignatius were again translated from Antioch to Rome.

2. THE HOLY MARTYRS ROMANUS, JAMES, PHILOTHEUS, HYPERECHIUS, ABIBUS, JULIAN AND PARAGORIUS

They all suffered martyrdom for the Lord Jesus Christ in Samosata during the reign of Emperor Maximilian in the year 297 A.D. Philotheus and Hyperechius were aristocrats and the others were young men of noble birth. The pagans inflicted a terrible death upon them, hammering nails into the heads of each of them,. They suffered martyrdom honorably and entered into eternal joy.

3. VENERABLE LAWRENCE OF THE CAVES IN KIEV

Lawrence voluntarily chose the life of a recluse following the examples of earlier recluses Isaac and Nicetas. However, he guarded against diabolical temptations which, in the beginning, befell the other two. With great restraint, prayer and godly-thoughts, Lawrence attained a high state of perfection. He learned from a terrified demon that of one-hundred eighteen monks in the Monastery of the Caves, thirty of them were given by God the authority over evil spirits. Lawrence presented himself to the Lord in the year 1194 A.D.

HYMN OF PRAISE

SAINT IGNATIUS, [THEOPHORUS] THE GOD-BEARER

The bitter death of Christ dulled the stinger of death

And drove away for ever the irrational fear of death.

A flock of martyrs swarmed after Christ

In death - but, without fear, without complaints and without shrieks;

And many with rejoicing hurried to death

Because, before their deaths, they saw angels and heaven.

Saint Ignatius traveled to Rome;

Along the way, to the Living God, he prayed

As a son would pray to his parents,

That the teeth of the beasts grind him, grind him!

That for which he prayed to God, God granted him,

Behold, but the saint, having been ground, remained alive!

Alive and whole; until now, before the Table of Heaven

Bread made tender by torture for Christ -

Saint Ignatius, the courageous Theophorus,

Throughout the ages, he imparts courage to those being tortured.

There are two sufferings; there can only be two sufferings:

For justice or for sins, this cannot be hidden.

Pain for one's sins is pain without hope,

But pain for justice is joy without sorrow.

As a light through rain that decorates the rainbow

Thus, the joy, through tears and through gentle sorrow,

On the spiritual heaven, Paradise and God is pictured -

That strengthens the souls of the holy martyrs.

REFLECTION

The more a man advances in spiritual knowledge and in purification of the heart, the more it appears to him that the depth in which he finds himself is even lower and that the height to which he strives is even higher. When one spiritual giant on his death bed heard that his companions were praising him because of his great asceticism, he began to weep and said, "My children, I have not even begun my spiritual life." When St. Ignatius, that God-bearer, lay chained in the dungeon, he wrote to the Ephesians: "I do not command you as though I stand for something. Even though I am in chains for the Name of Jesus Christ; nevertheless, I still have not perfected myself in Him. Now I am beginning to be His disciple, and I speak to you as a collegium of my teachers."

CONTEMPLATION

To contemplate the Lord Jesus on the simplicity of His behavior:

1. How He behaved simply with fishermen as well as with the scribes and princes;

2. How He responds to everyone and enters into the home of everyone who invites Him;

3. How His royal dignity clearly radiates through all the simplicity of His behavior.

HOMILY

About perfection through the fulfilling of the will of God

"Jesus said to them, `My food is to do the will of the One Who sent Me and to finish His work' " (St. John 4:34).

Here is a saving example given to us by our Savior! He Who had such power, authority and wisdom says that He came into the world, not to do His will but the will of the Father and not to do His work but the work of His Father; but we, even though we are as weak as a cobweb, continuously emphasize our will and some, our work! Although the Son is equal to the Father as He says in another place: "The Father and I are one" (St. John 10:30); nevertheless, the Lord Jesus says that He came into the world to do His Father's will and to accomplish His Father's will. He is saying this not in order show the smallness of His being before the Father's being, for their being is one, but rather to show the greatness of His love toward the Father, and in order to motivate us, out of love toward God, to totally adopt His will.

All of our misery in this life comes from the fact that we do not implement the will of Him Who sent us into this world. And we do not implement His will because we do not have love toward Him. For, whoever loves someone, he does so according to his will. The Lord Himself said, "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments" (St. John 14:15). By what could the Lord be able to proclaim His love toward the Father, if not by fulfilling the will of the Father? And, by what means can we proclaim our love toward the Lord Jesus crucified for us on the Cross, if not by fulfilling His will?

Our will, O my brethren, is as deceitful as a shadow. Let us not follow it so that we do not perish. But let us follow the will of the Lover of Mankind, the Lord, Who alone knows what is best for us.

O Humble and Man-loving Lord, teach us to do Your will.

To You be glory and thanks always, Amen.

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On Saturday, January 8, 2022, we had the baptism of Dylan Gregory, son of Steve and Katie Parrish. We extend our congratulations to the entire family as well as the sponsors, Connor Joseph and Logan Julia Seeley. May the Lord grant them all health, strength, salvation, a furtherance in every good thing, and many blessed years!



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