December 30 (old calendar) / January 12 (new)
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December 30 (old calendar) / January 12 (new)

Afterfeast of the Nativity of Christ.
Saturday after Nativity and before Theophany.
Holy Righteous Ones: Joseph the Betrothed, David the King, and James the Brother of the Lord. Virgin Martyr Anysia at Thessalonica (285-305). Martyr Zoticus, Keeper of Orphans (4th c.). Apostle of the Seventy, Timon the Deacon (1st c.). Martyr Philoterus of Nicomedia (311). Ven. Theodora of Cæsarea in Cappadocia (8th c.). Ven. Theodora of Constantinople (10th c.). Monk Martyr Gideon of Karakallou (Mt. Athos—1818). St. Makáry, Metropolitan of Moscow and All Russia (1563).

SAINT ANYSIA

30 décembre

The Holy Virgin Martyr Anysia lived in the city of Thessalonica during the reign of the the co-Emperor Maximian (286-305). Upon the death of her parents, who had raised her in Christian piety, Saint Anysia sold everything she owned, distributing her riches to the poor, and she began to lead a strict life of fasting, vigil, and prayer.

During his persecution against Christians, Maximian issued an edict stating that anyone had the right to kill Christians with no fear of punishment. Soon there were many bodies to be found in cities, towns, and by the roadside. Once, when Saint Anysia was on her way to church, a pagan soldier stopped her and demanded that she come along to the festival of the sun to offer sacrifice. Saint Anysia gently pulled herself away from him. When the soldier boldly grabbed her and attempted to tear the veil from her head, she shoved him, spit in his face and said, “My Lord Jesus Christ forbids you!”

In anger, the soldier ran her through with his sword. Those gathering over her body wept and loudly complained against the cruel emperor for issuing an edict that resulted in the death of many innocent people. Christians buried the martyr near the city gates, and a chapel was built over her grave.

TROPARIA AND KONTAKIA 

Troparion of the Nativity, tone 4

Your Nativity, O Christ our God, Has shone to the world the Light of wisdom! For by it, those who worshiped the stars, Were taught by a Star to adore You, The Sun of Righteousness, And to know You, the Orient from on High. O Lord, glory to You!

Troparion of the saint, tone 4

Having righteously accomplished the path of virtue, thou wast betrothed to God the Word, O revered Anysia, and thou didst contest rejoicingly. And as one made illustrious by the light of dispassion, O Melania, thou didst shine forth with the rays of virtue upon the world. And now ye both beseech Christ the Lord that He be gracious unto us.

Kontakion of the saint, tone 3

Like a lamp of two lights, verily ye shine upon the Church of Christ with a mystical radiance. O Anysia, thou didst bring forth fruit a hundredfold in martyric contest, and thou, O Melania, didst shine forth in asceticism. Wherefore, ye were deemed worthy of the incorruptible and blessed life.

Kontakion of the Nativity, tone 3

Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One, And the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One! Angels with shepherds glorify Him! The wise men journey with a star! Since for our sake the Eternal God was born as a Little Child!

1 Timothy 6:11-16 (Epistle – Saturday After)

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But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.

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Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

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I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate,

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that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing,

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which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords,

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who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.

Matthew 12:15-21 (Gospel – Saturday After)

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But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all.

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Yet He warned them not to make Him known,

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that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:

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Behold! My Servant whom I have chosen, My Beloved in whom My soul is well pleased! I will put My Spirit upon Him, And He will declare justice to the Gentiles.

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He will not quarrel nor cry out, Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets.

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A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench, Till He sends forth justice to victory;

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And in His name Gentiles will trust.”

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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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