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December 15 (old calendar) / December 28 (new)

Nativity Fast

Hieromartyr Eleutherius, Bishop of Illyria, and his mother, Martyr Anthia (2nd c.). Ven. Paul of Latros (955). St. Stephen the Confessor, Archbishop of Sourozh in the Crimea (8th c.). Ven. Tryphon, Abbot of Pechenga (Kol’sk), and his martyred disciple, Jonah (1583). Martyr Eleutherius at Constantinople (3rd c.). Ven. Pardus, Hermit, of Palestine (6th c.).

SAINT ELEUTHERIUS

Saints hiéromartyrs Denys l’Aréopagite, évêque d’Athènes, Rustique, prêtre, et Éleuthère, diacre (96)Hieromartyr Eleutherius, his mother Evanthia and Caribus the Eparch: Saint Eleutherius, the son of an illustrious Roman citizen, was raised in Christian piety by his mother. His virtue was such that at the age twenty, he had been elevated to bishop of Illyria. In the reign of the emperor Hadrian, Saint Eleutherius was tortured for his bold preaching about Christ, then was beheaded at Rome with his mother Evanthia. The Eparch Caribus, who had tortured Saint Eleutherius, also came to believe in Christ and was executed

Troparion of the saint, tone 5

Adorned with the robe of priest Stained with the streams of your blood, O wise and blessed Eleutherius, over-thrower of Satan You hastened to Christ your Master. Pray unceasingly for those who faithfully honor your contest!

Kontakion of the saint, tone 2

We all praise and entreat you, O Hieromartyr Eleutherius, Adornment of priests and encouragement of martyrs: Free from danger those who lovingly celebrate your memory, And pray unceasingly for us all!

James 2:1-13 (Epistle)

1

My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality.

2

For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes,

3

and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,”

4

have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?

5

Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?

6

But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts?

7

Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called?

8

If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well;

9

but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.

10

For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.

11

For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.

12

So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty.

13

For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

Mark 9:33-41 (Gospel)

33

Then He came to Capernaum. And when He was in the house He asked them, “What was it you disputed among yourselves on the road?”

34

But they kept silent, for on the road they had disputed among themselves who would be the greatest.

35

And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”

36

Then He took a little child and set him in the midst of them. And when He had taken him in His arms, He said to them,

37

Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me.

38

Now John answered Him, saying, “Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us.”

39

But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me.

40

For he who is not against us is on our side.

41

For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.

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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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