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+++ The Annunciation

+++ The AnnunciationWhen the most holy Virgin had lived and served in the Temple at Jerusalem for eleven years, and was by then fourteen years old when, that is, she was entering on her fifteenth year - the priests informed her that, according to the Law, she could no longer remain in the Temple but must be betrothed and marry. But, to the great surprise of all the priests, the most holy Virgin replied that she had dedicated herself to God and wished to a maiden remain till death and enter into wedlock with no-one. Then, by God's providence and under His inspiration, Zacharias, the high priest and father of the Forerunner, in consultation with the other priests, chose twelve unmarried men from the tribe of David so that they might entrust the Virgin Mary to one of them to preserve her virginity and care for her. She was thus entrusted to Joseph, an old man from Nazareth and a kinsman of hers. In his house, the most holy Virgin continued to live in the same manner as in the Temple of Solomon, passing her time in the reading of the sacred Scriptures, in prayer, in pondering on the works of God, in fasting and in handwork. She scarcely ever left the house, nor took an interest in worldly matters or events. She generally conversed very little with anyone, and never without a particular need. She was intimate only with the two daughters of Joseph. But when the time prophesied by the Prophet Daniel had come and when God was pleased to fulfil the promise made to Adam when He drove him out of Paradise, and to the prophets, the mighty Archangel Gabriel appeared in the chamber of the most holy Virgin, at the precise moment (as some priestly writers have related) that she was holding open on her lap the book of the Prophet Isaiah and pondering on his great prophecy: 'Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son'. Gabriel appeared to her in angelic light and said to her: 'Rejoice, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee!', and so forth, just as is related in the Gospel of the divine Luke. With this angelic greeting and the descent of the Holy Spirit, the salvation of mankind and the renewal of creation were set in motion. The Archangel turned the first page of the story of the New Testament with the word 'Rejoice!', to show by this the joy that the New Testament signifies for mankind and for all things created. And therefore the Annunciation is looked upon as a joyous, as well as a great, feast.

The Holy Martyrs Pelagia, Theodosia and Dula

These three holy women suffered for the Lord. Pelagia and Theodosia were slain with the sword after imprisonment and torture, but St Dula, a slave, suffered alone and died in the city of Nicomedia. God transplanted His three white roses, stained with the blood of martyrdom, into His heavenly garden.

Annunciation (16th c.) Icon of the Mother of God

Annunciation (16th c.) Icon of the Mother of God

St. Senuphius the Wonderworker of Latomos (9th c.)



April 2017
SunMonTueWedThuFriSut
      New Martyr Nicholas of Karamanos in Smyrna (1657)
1
oil & wine
St. martyr Longinus
2
oil & wine
Martyrs Philemon and Domnina of Rome
3
water
Martyrs Callinica and Basilissa of Rome (2nd c.)
4
water
Saint Ipomoni - holy and right believing Empress Helen Dragas Palaiologos
5
water
Martyrs Stephen and Peter of Kazan (1552)
6
water
St. Senuphius the Wonderworker of Latomos (9th c.)
7
fish
Martyr Pullius the Reader.
8
oil & wine
+++ Palm Sunday (The Entry of our Lord into Jerusalem) - Cveti
9
fish
Venerable Hilarion, monk, of Gdov (Pskov) (1476)
10
water
Venerables Jonah (1480) and Mark of the Pskov Caves
11
water
Hieromartyr Zacharias, bishop of Corinth (1684)
12
water
Thursday of Passion Week, Holy Thursday
13
oil & wine
+++ Holy Friday, Good Friday
14
strict fast
Holy Saturday
15
strict fast
+++ Easter, Holy Pascha
16
fast-free
+++ Bright Monday, Renewal Monday
17
fast-free
+++  Bright Tuesday, Renewal Tuesday
18
fast-free
New Martyrs Manuel, Theodore, George, Michael, and another George, of Samothrace (1835)
19
fast-free
Venerable Leucius, abbot of Volokolamsk (1492)
20
fast-free
New Martyr John Naukliros ("the Navigator") in Thessaly (1699
21
fast-free
Newly revealed Martyrs Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene of Lesbos (1463)
22
fast-free
New Martyr Demos of Smyrna (1763)
23
fast-free
Venerables Euthymius (1456) and Chariton (1509), abbots of Syanzhema
24
fast-free
St. Basil, bishop of Ryazan (1295)
25
fast-free
Martyr Eleutherius of Persia (4th c.)
26
oil
New Martyr Demetrius of the Peloponnesus, who suffered at Tripoli (1803)
27
fast-free
St. Leonidas, bishop of Athens
28
oil
Monk-martyr Christopher
29
fast-free
Venerable Macarius of Corinth (1805)
30
fast-free
      
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Moon phases for April , 2017 (Serbia)
03 Apr 2017 First Quarter
11 Apr 2017 Full Moon
19 Apr 2017 Third Quarter
26 Apr 2017 New Moon


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