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Our Holy Father Athanasius the Athonite

Our Holy Father Athanasius the AthoniteBorn in Trebizond of God-fearing parents, he was early left destitute, but, by the providence of God, a high-ranking army officer took him, removed him to Constantinople and had him educated there. He was beloved by all his contemporaries for his meekness and humility. In their childish games, they appointed one of themselves to be Emperor, another Commander and so forth. Athanasius was always chosen Abbot, as if in prophecy. Finishing his schooling, Athanasius (called Abraham until his tonsuring) retired to Mount Kyminas in Bithynia, where he lived in asceticism as a disciple of the famous Michael Maleinos. Desiring yet stricter asceticism, he moved to the Holy Mountain, to live in silence. Many, desirous of the ascetic life, began to gather round him and he was constrained to build the famous Lavra. The Byzantine Emperors gave him generous help in this, especially Nicephorus Phocas, who himself had the intention of retiring and becoming a monk. Later, John Tzimiskes also gave him great help. Manifold temptations were visited upon Athanasius, from demons and from men, but he, as a valiant soldier of Christ, resisted and overcame them all by his immense humility and unceasing prayer to the living God. Filled with the grace of God, he was found worthy to behold the most holy Mother of God, who miraculously brought forth water from a rock and promised him that she would evermore be the abbess of his monastery. Athanasius surpassed his brethren in work and in prayer, and loved them all with the love of a spiritual father and shepherd. Death came to him suddenly. He, together with six of his monks, had climbed up onto a newly-constructed part of the church to inspect a wall that was in building when the wall fell in and buried them all. So died this great light of monasticism in 1003. He appeared a number of times to his brethren after his death, to console or rebuke them.

Our Holy Father, the Martyr Cyprian the New

Our Holy Father, the Martyr Cyprian the NewBorn in the village of Klitzos in Epirus, Cyprian went off to the Holy Mountain after the death of his devout parents. He became a monk there and gave himself to asceticism in a cell near the monastery of Koutloumousion. He heaped labour upon labour on himself, asceticism upon asceticism, until he became known and respected all over the Holy Mountain. But he was not satisfied. He was tormented by the thought that he could not be saved but by martyrdom for Christ. He therefore left the Holy Mountain and went to Salonica, appeared before the Pasha of Salonica and urged him to discard the false, Mohammedan faith and receive the true Faith of Christ. The Pasha ordered that he be whipped and driven out of the city. Dissatisfied with such little suffering for Christ, Cyprian went to Constantinople and wrote a letter to the Grand Vizier in which he set down the falseness of Mahomet and the truth of Christ the Lord. The enraged Vizier sent him to Sheik ul-Islam, and the latter heard all that Cyprian had to say, then ordered that he be beheaded. Cyprian was filled with joy beyond measure, and went to the scaffold as to his wedding. Thus this godly man suffered for Christ on July 5th, 1679, and fulfilled his strong desire.

Our Holy Father Lampadus

Our Holy Father LampadusLoving Christ with a strong love from childhood, Lampadus withdrew to the desert near Irenopolis, where he gave himself to asceticism. Having overcome all passions and fleshly desires, his soul was made resplendent with heavenly light and an inexpressible peace not of this world. He was a wonderworker both in his lifetime and after his death. He lived the monastic life probably in the 10th century.

Uncovering of the relics (1422) of Venerable Sergius of Radonezh (1392)

Uncovering of the relics (1422) of Venerable Sergius of Radonezh (1392)The Uncovering of the Venerable Relics of the Monk Sergei of Radonezh: The relics of the Monk Sergei (+ 1392, Comm. 25 September) were uncovered on 5 July 1422 during a time when the Monk Nikon (+ 1426, Comm. 17 November) was hegumen. In the year 1408, when Moscow and its surroundings suffered invasion by the Tatar horde of Edigei, the Trinity monastery was devastated and burnt, and the monks headed by the hegumen Nikon hid themselves in the forests, saving the icons, sacred vessels, books and other holy things connected with the memory of the Monk Sergei...

July 2017
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      St Michael of Ulompo, Georgia
1
fish
Saint John Maximovitch
2
oil & wine
Holy Prince Gleb Andreyevich of Vladimir (1175)
3
water
New Martyr Nicetas of Nisyros, near Rhodes (1732)
4
oil
Martyrs Juliana and Saturninus of Constantinople
5
oil & wine
Venerables Joseph of Zaonikievsk (1612)
6
oil
Righteous Youths John (1566) and James (1569) of Meniugi
7
fish
Prince Peter (1228) and Princess Febronia, Murom Wonderworkers
8
fish
St. Anthion, monk
9
fish
Venerable Serapion of Kozha Lake (1611)
10
water
Serbian Orthodox New Martyrs of the Second World War
11
oil
Saint Paisios of Mount Athos
12
fish
Holy Queen Dinar
13
fast-free
25 Martyrs in Nicomedia
14
oil & wine
New Martyr Lampros of Makri (1835)
15
fast-free
St George the God-Bearer
16
fast-free
St Sava of Gornji Karlovac hieromartyr
17
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Uncovering of the relics (1422) of Venerable Sergius of Radonezh (1392)
18
fast-free
New monk-martyr Cyril of Hilandar, Mt. Athos, who suffered at Thessalonica
19
water
Venerable Eudocia, in monasticism Euphrosyne, grand-duchess of Moscow (1407)
20
fast-free
Royal Martyr Mirdat, King of Kartli
21
oil & wine
Martyrs Andrew and Probus
22
fast-free
10,000 Fathers of the desert and caves
23
fast-free
Venerable Leo, monk, of Mandra
24
fast-free
Translation of the relics (2004) of New Hieromartyr Momcilo Grgurevic of Serbia (1940s)
25
fast-free
Martyr Marcian of Iconium (258)
26
water
Martyr Heraclius
27
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Finding of the head of St. Matrona of Chios (1462)
28
oil
Martyrs Paul, Aleutina and Chionea (308)
29
fast-free
St. Euphrasius of Ionopolis, bishop
30
fast-free
Hieromartyr Kozman (1630)
31
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