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December 14 (old calendar) / December 27 (new)

Nativity Fast

Martyrs Thyrsus, Leucis, and Callinicus of Apollonia (249-51). Martyrs Apolonius, Philemon, Arianus and Theoctychus, of Alexandria (286-287).

SAINTS THYRSUS, LEUCIS, AND CALLINICUS

Saints Thyrse, Leucius et Callinique - Orthodoxie.com

The Holy Martyrs Thyrsus, Leucius and Callinicus suffered for Christ under the emperor Decius (249-251) at Caesarea in Bithynia. Saint Leucius, having reproached the prefect Cumbricius for his unjust persecution of Christians, was executed after being tortured.

Saint Thyrsus, who was still a catechumen, was nonetheless eager for martyrdom. He was sentenced to cruel tortures and torments after refusing to offer sacrifice to the idols. Citing the words of the Prophet Jeremiah (Jer. 2:27), he ridiculed those who worshiped wood and stone.

The saint’s arms and legs were pulled out of their sockets, his eyes were plucked out, and his teeth were shattered with a hammer. He was taken to a heathen temple, where, by his prayers, he toppled a statue of Apollo. Cumbricius was enraged by this, and he ordered that greater torments be devised for the athlete of Christ. He endured them all and died peacefully after making the Sign of the Cross. The pagan priest Callinicus, seeing the bravery and the miracle involving Saint Thyrsus, believed in Christ and boldly confessed the true Faith, for which he was beheaded.

Troparion of the saints, tone 3

With garlands and songs let us adorn the seven martyrs, Thyrsus, Philemon, and steadfast Apolonius, Arianus, Callinicus, Apollonia and glorious Leucius, For they destroyed the enemy and are pillars of godliness. Together they shine on all the world with rays of heavenly grace!

Kontakion of the saints, tone 4

Let us gather today, And praise the Church’s luminaries, Acclaiming them as fitting trophy-bearers of Christ our God!

James 1:19-27 (Epistle)

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So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;

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for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

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Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

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But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

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For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;

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for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.

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But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

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If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.

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Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

Mark 9:10-16 (Gospel)

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So they kept this word to themselves, questioning what the rising from the dead meant.

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And they asked Him, saying, “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”

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Then He answered and told them, “Indeed, Elijah is coming first and restores all things. And how is it written concerning the Son of Man, that He must suffer many things and be treated with contempt?

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But I say to you that Elijah has also come, and they did to him whatever they wished, as it is written of him.

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And when He came to the disciples, He saw a great multitude around them, and scribes disputing with them.

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Immediately, when they saw Him, all the people were greatly amazed, and running to Him, greeted Him.

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And He asked the scribes, “What are you discussing with them?”

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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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