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January 26 

Ven. Xenophon, his wife, Maria, and their two sons, Arcadius and John, of Constantinople (5th-6th c.). Translation of the Relics of Ven. Theodore, Abbot of Studion (845). Ven. Xenophon of Robeika (1262). Martyrs Ananias—Presbyter, Peter, and seven soldiers, in Phœnicia (284-305). St. Simeon “the Ancient” of Mt. Sinai (ca. 390). St. Joseph, Bishop of Thessalonica, brother of St. Theodore of Studion (830). Rt. Blv. David (Dató) III, King of Iberia and Abkhazia (Georgia—1125).

SAINT XENOPHON AND HIS WIFE MARIA

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Saint Xenophon, his wife Maria, and their sons Arcadius and John, were noted citizens of Constantinople and lived in the fifth century. Despite their riches and position, they distinguished themselves by their simplicity of soul and goodness of heart. Wishing to give their sons John and Arcadius a more complete education, they sent them off to the Phoenician city of Beirut.

By divine Providence the ship on which both brothers sailed was wrecked. The waves tossed the brothers ashore at different places. Grieved at being separated, the brothers dedicated themselves to God and became monks. For a long time the parents had no news of their children and presumed them to be dead.

Xenophon, however, already quite old, maintained a firm hope in the Lord and consoled his wife Maria, telling her not to be sad, but to believe that the Lord watched over their children. After several years the couple made a pilgrimage to the holy places, and at Jerusalem they met their sons, living in asceticsm at different monasteries. The joyful parents gave thanks to the Lord for reuniting the family.

Saints Xenophon and Maria went to separate monasteries and dedicated themselves to God. The monks Arcadius and John, having taken leave of their parents, went out into the wilderness, where after long ascetic toil they were glorified by gifts of wonderworking and discernment. Saints Xenophon and Maria, laboring in silence and strict fasting, also received from God the gift of wonderworking.

Troparion of the saints, tone 4

O God of our Fathers, / always act with kindness towards us; / take not Your mercy from us, / but guide our lives in peace / through the prayers of Venerable Xenophon and his family.

Kontakion  of the saints, tone 4

You kept vigil in the courts of the Lord with your wife and two children, blessed Xenophon, / and you gladly lavished your wealth on the poor. / Therefore, you have inherited divine joy.

Ephesians 5:1-8 (Epistle)

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Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.
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And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
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But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints;
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neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.
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For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
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Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
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Therefore do not be partakers with them.
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For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light

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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