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The Holy Apostle Bartholomew

The Holy Apostle BartholomewHe was one of the Twelve Great Apostles. It is generally agreed that Bartholomew and Nathaniel are one and the same person. He was a companion of the Apostle Philip and his sister, the virgin Mariamna - and for some time of St John the Theologian preaching the Gospel in Asia, then in India and finally in Armenia, where he died a martyr. In Hierapolis, the holy apostles by their prayers killed a great snake which had been kept in a temple and deified by the pagans. In this same town, they restored the sight of one Stachius, who had been blind for forty years. This roused the mob against them, and Philip and Bartholomew were crucified, Barthlomew upside down. At this there was an earthquake, in which the evil judges and many of the people perished. Seeing this as a punishment from God, many ran to take the apostles down from their crosses, but Philip was already dead although Bartholomew was still alive. After that, Bartholomew went to India, where he preached and translated the Gospel of Matthew into the Indian language. After that, he moved to Armenia, where he cured the king's daughter of madness. But the king's envious brother, Astyages, took the apostle of God and crucified him, then had him flayed and beheaded in the Armenian town of Ourbanopolis. His body was buried by Christians in a leaden coffin. When many miracles had been wrought over his relics, pagans took the coffin and threw it into the sea. But the sea carried the coffin to the island of Lipara, where the bishop, Agathon, who had been warned by revelation in a dream, was waiting for it and buried it in the church. St Bartholomew appeared to St Joseph the Hymnographer in church one day, robed in white, and blessed him with the Gospels to sing spiritual songs, saying: 'Let streams of heavenly wisdom flow from thy tongue!' He also appeared to the Emperor Anastasius (491-518), and told him that he would protect the newly-built town of Dara. Later, the relics of this apostle were translated to Benevento, and then to Rome. Great and wondrous miracles have been wrought over them.

The Holy Apostle Barnabas

The Holy Apostle BarnabasOne of the Seventy, he was born in Cyprus, of wealthy parents of the tribe of Levi, and studied with Gamaliel together with Saul. He was first named Joseph, but the apostles called him Barnabas, Son of Consolation, because he had a rare gift for comforting men"s souls. After Saul"s conversion, Barnabas was the first to welcome him among the apostles. After that, with Paul and Mark, he preached the Gospel in Antioch and other places. All accounts agree that he was the first to preach in Rome and in Milan. He suffered at the hands of the Jews on the island of Cyprus and was buried by Mark at the western gate of the city of Salamis, holding a copy of the Gospel of Matthew which he had transcribed with his own hand. His grave remained unknown for several centuries, but when many people had been healed of sickness in that place, it became known as "the place of healing". In the time of the Emperor Zeno, the Apostle appeared three times, on three successive nights, to Archbishop Anthemius of Cyprus, and revealed the whereabouts of his grave. This revelation by the Apostle took place just at the time when Peter, the power-hungry Patriarch of Antioch, was seeking to bring the Cypriot Church under his jurisdiction. After the revealing and finding of the miraculous relics of the holy Apostle Barnabas, it was established that the Cypriot Church, as an apostolic foundation, should be independent, and thus the autocephaly of the Church of Cyprus was finally confirmed.

The Feast of the Icon: "It is meet.." and the miracle that was wrought in front of it in the time of Patriarch Nicolas Chrysoverges.

The Feast of the Icon: This miracle came about thus: One night a monk was reading the Canon of the Mother of God and singing: "More honourable than the cherubim ..."in his cell in the monastery of the Pantocrator (now called after the icon). His elder had gone to Karyes. Suddenly a man appeared in the church and began to sing: "It is meet a hymn which till that time had been unknown in the Church. The monk, hearing this hymn, was greatly struck both by the words and the heavenly singing. The stranger turned to the monk and said: "We sing it like this at home." The monk desired to have it written down, and brought a marble tablet, onto which the stranger wrote the hymn with r as though the tablet were made of wax, and then suddenly disappeared. This stranger was the Archangel Gabriel. The tablet was taken to Constantinople, and the hymn is sung to this day in the Church.

Martyr Theopemptus and four otherss



Translation of the relics of Venerable Arcadius, monk of Vyazma and New Torzhok (1077)

Translation of the relics of Venerable Arcadius, monk of Vyazma and New Torzhok (1077)The disciple of the Ven. Ephraim, Archimandrite of the SS. Boris and Gleb Monastery in New Torzhok, imitating his trainer, he carried out a saintly life and was revealed the paradigm of obedience. He died in peace in 1077. His relics repose in a hidden place in the SS. Boris and Gleb Monastery.

Venerable Barnabas, abbot of Vetluga (1445)

Venerable Barnabas, abbot of Vetluga (1445)The Monk Varnava (Barnabas) of Vetluzhsk was born in Great Ustiug. Before going off into the wilderness he was a priest in one of the city churches. In 1417 the monk settled at one of the banks of the River Vetluga at Red Hill (Krasnaya Gora), where he asceticised in solitude over the course of 28 years, "toiling for God in psalmody and prayer, he subsisted on grass and acorns". In the words of the author of the Life of the saint, there came also to Saint Varnava "wild animals, and many a bear did live nigh to his cell... He however did walk amongst them, as though amongst cattle, watching after them and delighting with them; rejoicing in the great God that these beasts were become tame for him"...

St. Barnabus of Basa near Limasol in Cyprus

St. Barnabus of Basa near Limasol in Cyprus

June 2017
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    Saints 13 monk-martyrs and confessors of Cyprus
1
fast-free
St. Dovmont-Timothy, prince of Pskov (1299)
2
oil & wine
Venerable Agapitus, abbot of Markushev (Vologda) (1578)
3
fast-free
+++ Тhe descent of the Holy Ghost - Pentecost - Trinity Sunday
4
fast-free
+++ Monday of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost Monday
5
fast-free
+++ Tuesday of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost Tuesday
6
fast-free
St. Olbian, monk
7
fast-free
Martyrs Abercius and Helen (1st c.)
8
fast-free
Venerable Therapontes, abbot of Byelozersk (1426)
9
fast-free
St. Andrew the fool-for-Christ of Constantinople (911)
10
fast-free
Hieromartyr Olbian, bishop of Aneus, and his disciples
11
fast-free
Martyr Euplos
12
water
Martyrs Eusebius and Charalampus
13
oil
Holy Martyrs Shio the New, David, Gabriel and Paul of Gareji (1696)
14
water
20,000 Martyrs with saint Erasmus (303)
15
oil
Venerable Athanasius, the wonderworker of Cilicia
16
water
Hieromartyr Ioannicus, metropolitan of Montenegro and Littoral (1945)
17
fish
Martyrs Marcian, Nicander, Hyperechius, Apollonius, Leonides, Arius, Gorgias, Selenias, Irenaeus, and Pambo, of Egypt (305-311)
18
oil & wine
Venerable Jonah, abbot of Klimetz (1534)
19
water
St. Sebastian the Wonderworker
20
oil
Holy Hieromartyr Tevdore of Kvelta (1609)
21
oil & wine
St. John of Shavtel-Gaenati, Georgia (13th c.)
22
oil
St. Canides, monk, of Cappadocia (460)
23
water
St. Barnabus of Basa near Limasol in Cyprus
24
oil & wine
Venerable John (Tornike) of Mt. Athos (998)
25
fish
St. Anthimus, Metropolitan of Wallachia (1716)
26
water
St. Mstislav-George, prince of Novgorod (1180)
27
oil
Venerables Gregory and Kassian of Avnezh
28
oil & wine
St. Kaikhosro the Georgian (1612)
29
oil
Martyr Shalva of Akhaltsikhe (1227)
30
water
 
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