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Nativity Fast – fish allowed

30th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone five.
Martyrs Menas, Hermogenes, and Eugraphus, of Alexandria (ca. 313). St. Joasaph, Bishop of Belgorod (1754). Martyr Gemellus of Paphlagonia (ca. 361). Ven. Thomas of Bithynia (10th c.). Bl. Jovan (John), King of Serbia (1503) and his parents, Stephen (1446) and Angelina Brancovich.

SAINTS MENAS, HERMOGENES, AND EUGRAPHUS

10 décembre

The Holy Martyrs Menas, Hermogenes, and Eugraphus suffered for their faith in Christ under the emperor Maximian (305-313).

Saint Menas was sent by the emperor from Athens to Alexandria to suppress the riots that had arisen between the Christians and the pagans. Distinguished for his gift of eloquence, Menas instead openly began to preach the Christian Faith and he converted many pagans to Christ. Learning of this, Maximian sent Hermogenes to Alexandria to place the saints on trial. Moreover, he gave orders to purge the city of Christians.

Hermogenes, although he was a pagan, was distinguished by his reverent bearing. And struck by the endurance of Saint Menas under torture and by his miraculous healing after the cruel torments, he also came to believe in Christ. Maximian himself then arrived in Alexandria. Neither the astonishing stoic endurance of Saints Menas and Hermogenes under torture, nor even the miracles manifested by God in this city, mollified the emperor. Instead, they vexed him all the more. The emperor personally stabbed Saint Eugraphus, the secretary of Saint Menas, who had declared himself a Christian upon witnessing the endurance of Saints Menas and Hermogenes; and then gave orders to behead the holy Martyrs Menas and Hermogenes.

The relics of the holy martyrs, cast into the sea in an iron chest, were afterwards found (see February 17) and transferred to Constantinople in the ninth century. The emperor Justinian built a church in the name of the holy Martyr Menas of Alexandria. Saint Joseph the Hymnographer (April 4) composed a Canon in honor of these holy martyrs.

TROPARIA AND KONTAKIA

Troparion of the Sunday, Tone V 
Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word, Co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, born for our salvation from the Virgin, for He willed to be lifted up on the cross in the flesh, to endure death and to raise the dead by His glorious resurrection.

Holy Martyrs Menas, Hermogenes & Eugraphus of Alexandria, Troparion, Tone VIII 

Having mortified the fiery forms and movements of the passions by abstinence, O martyrs of Christ, ye received the grace to dispel the ailments of the infirm, and, living even after your death, to work miracles! O truly most glori­ous wonder! Bare bones pour forth healing! Glory to the only God and Creator!

Kontakion, Tone I “The choir of the angels” 
Together let us all honor with sacred and sweet hymnody, the wondrous Menas, the godly Hermogenes and Eugraphus, as ones who rendered honor unto the Lord, who suffered for Him, attained unto the choirs of the incorporeal in the heavens, and pour forth miracles.

Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone V 
Thou didst descend into hell, O my Savior, / shattering its gates as almighty; / resurrecting the dead as Creator, / and destroying the sting of death. / Thou hast delivered Adam from the curse, O Lover of Man, / and we all cry to Thee: “O Lord, save us!”

Colossians 3:12-16 (Epistle)

12

Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;

13

bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.

14

But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.

15

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

16

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Luke 17:12-19 (Gospel)

12

Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off.

13

And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

14

So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.

15

And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God,

16

and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.

17

So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?

18

Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?

19

And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”

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Emma Cazabonne

Emma Cazabonne

Emma Cazabonne was born and raised in France. She taught English before entering the Cistercian Order. She translated and published articles relevant to her interest in Cistercian spirituality, the Middle Ages, and Orthodoxy. She moved to the United States in 2001, converted to Orthodoxy in 2008, and married. Her husband is an Orthodox priest. She continued to publish articles, a Cistercian texts anthology, then finally launched her career in literary translation, while teaching French. If you are interested in having your book translated into French, she can be contacted here https://wordsandpeace.com/contact-me/

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