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December 15 

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!

Ephesians 2:11-13 (Epistle)

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Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh – who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands –
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that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
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But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Luke 14:1-11 (Gospel)

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Now it happened, as He went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath, that they watched Him closely.
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And behold, there was a certain man before Him who had dropsy.
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And Jesus, answering, spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”
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But they kept silent. And He took him and healed him, and let him go.
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Then He answered them, saying, “Which of you, having a donkey or an ox that has fallen into a pit, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?”
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And they could not answer Him regarding these things.
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So He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noted how they chose the best places, saying to them:
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“When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him;
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and he who invited you and him come and say to you, ‘Give place to this man,’ and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place.
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But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher.’ Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you.
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For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

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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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