Ss. Athanasius the Great (373) and Cyril (444), Archbishops of Alexandria. Ven. Afanásii (Athanasius), Abbot of Syandémsk (Vologdá—16th c.). Righteous Afanásii of Novolótsk, Monk (16th-17th c.). Ven. Marcian of Cyrrhus in Syria (ca. 388).
SAINTS ATHANASIUS AND CYRIL
Saints Athanasius and Cyril were Archbishops of Alexandria. These wise teachers of truth and defenders of Christ’s Church share a joint Feast in recognition of their dogmatic writings which affirm the truth of the Orthodox Faith, correctly interpret the Holy Scripture, and censure the delusions of the heretics.
St Athanasius took part in the First Ecumenical Council when he was still a deacon. He surpassed everyone there in his zeal to uphold the teaching that Christ is consubstantial (homoousios) with the Father, and not merely a creature, as the Arians proclaimed.
This radiant beacon of Orthodoxy spent most of his life in exile from his See, because of the plotting of his enemies. He returned to his flock as he was approaching the end of his life. Like an evening star, he illumined the Orthodox faithful with his words for a little while, then reposed in 373. He is also commemorated on May 2 (the transfer of his holy relics).
Troparion of the saints, tone 3
You shone forth with works of Orthodoxy and quenched all heresy, and became victorious trophy-bearers, hierarchs Athanasius and Cyril. You enriched all things with piety and greatly adorned the Church, and worthily found Christ God, who grants His great mercy to all.
Kontakion of the saints, tone 4
Athanasius and Cyril, great hierarchs of true piety, and noble champions of the Church of Christ, preserve all who sing: “O Compassionate Lord, save those who honor You.”
Hebrews 7:18-25 (Epistle)
- For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness,
- for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.
- And inasmuch as He was not made priest without an oath
- (for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him: “The LORD has sworn and will not relent, ‘You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek’”),
- by so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant.
- Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing.
- But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.
- Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
Luke 21:37-22:8 (Gospel)
- And in the daytime He was teaching in the temple, but at night He went out and stayed on the mountain called Olivet.
- Then early in the morning all the people came to Him in the temple to hear Him.
- Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called Passover.
- And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might kill Him, for they feared the people.
- Then Satan entered Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the twelve.
- So he went his way and conferred with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray Him to them.
- And they were glad, and agreed to give him money.
- So he promised and sought opportunity to betray Him to them in the absence of the multitude.
- Then came the Day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb must be killed.
- And He sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat.”