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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Haggai the Prophet; Modestos, Abp. of Jerusalem

   Orthros: Plagal Fourth                     Gospel: John 20: 1-20
Epistle: Colossians 3: 4-11                 Page: 112 (Red Books)                                                             Gospel:  Luke 14: 16-24                Page: 111  (Red Books)

             Saint Eleftherios - Celebrated Dec. 15th
This wonderful saint was the son of noble and prominent parents. He was born in Rome, where his father was an official in the imperial service, though he died in the saint’s childhood. His mother, Anthia, had heard the  Gospel from Saint Paul and was, in fact, baptized by him. Given the fact that she was a widow, she entrusted her son’s education to the Bishop of Rome, Anacletus (or  Anectus or Anencletus). The Bishop saw how promising the young boy was and how he was illumined by the grace of God and so ordained him deacon when he was no more than fifteen, priest at eighteen and bishop at twenty. He more than made up in wisdom what he lacked in years, and became Bishop of the Illyricum  province, with his seat in Valona, in what is now Albania. His flock increased, but the Emperor Hadrian (117-138), persecuted Christians and sent a commander (comes) called Felix, with a detachment of soldiers, to fetch Eleftherios to Rome. Felix arrived in Valona and went into the church there, but when he saw and heard     Eleftherios, his heat softened and he became Christian. When Eleftherios arrived in Rome, he was subjected to dreadful tortures, but withstood them so well that Choribus, the governor in charge of his punishment, was also persuaded to become a Christian. Both he and Felix were tortured and beheaded. Then it was Saint Eleftherios’ turn to be martyred. His mother Anthia found the       remains of he dead son and embraced them, before also being beheaded. This was in about the year 126.

Source: http://pemptousia.com/2013/12/the-hieromartyr-saint-eleftherios- a-young-bishop-15-december/

    Having learned the joyful proclamation of the
    Resurrection from the angel, and having cast
    off the ancestral condemnation,  the women
    disciples said to the Apostles triumphantly:
    Death is despoiled and Christ God is risen,
    granting great mercy unto the world.

    By faith You justified the Forefathers,
    having through them betrothed to
    yourself the Church that came out of the
    nations.  The saints are boasting in glory;
    for the glorious fruit, the Virgin who
    without seed gave birth to You, is from
    their progeny.  At their entreaties, O
    Christ our God, save our souls.

    Today is the beginning of our salvation,
    and the revelation of the mystery of ages.
    The Son of God becomes the Son of the Virgin.
    And Gabriel proclaims this gift from God.
    Together with him we cry out to You,
    O Theotokos: “Hail thou full of grace,
    the Lord is with you.”

    Today the Virgin goes forth,
    making her way to a cave,
    where from her, ineffably,
    God the eternal Word will be born.
    let the world be filled with joy,
    hearing these tidings.
    Joining the angels and shepherds,
    let us give glory to Him
    Who is God from all ages,
    yet wills to be seen as a little child.

    Τὸ φαιδρόν της Ἀναστάσεως κήρυγμα, 
    ἐκ τοῦ Ἀγγέλου μαθοῦσαι αἱ τοῦ Κυρίου Μαθήτριαι,
    καὶ τὴν προγονικὴν ἀπόφασιν ἀπορρίψασαι,
    τοῖς Ἀποστόλοις καυχώμεναι ἔλεγον.
    Ἐσκύλευται ὁ θάνατος, ἠγέρθη Χριστὸς ὁ Θεός,
    δωρούμενος τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

   Εν πίστει τους Προπάτορας εδικαίωσας,
   την εξ Εθνών δι ’ αυτών προμνηστευσάμενος
   Εκκλησίαν. Καύχωνται εν δόξη οι Αγιοι,
   οτι εκ σπέρματος αυτών, υπάρχει καρπός ευκλεής,
   η ασπόρως τεκούσα σε. Ταις αυτών ικεσίαις,
    Χριστέ ο Θεός, σώσον τας ψυχάς ημών.

    Σήμερον τῆς σωτηρίας ἡμῶν τό Κεφάλαιον,
    καί τοῦ ἀπ᾽ αἰῶνος Μυστηρίου ἡ φανέρωσις·
    ὁ Υἱός τοῦ Θεοῦ, Υἱός τῆς Παρθένου γίνεται,
    καί Γαβριήλ τὴν χάριν εὐαγγελίζεται.
    Διό καὶ ἡμεῖς σὺν αὐτῷ τῇ Θεοτόκῳ βοήσωμεν·
    Χαῖρε Κεχαριτωμένη, ὁ Κύριος μετὰ σοῦ.

    Η Παρθένος σήμερον τον προαιώνιον Λόγον
    Εν σπηλαίω έρχεται αποτεκείν απορρήτως
    Χόρευε η οικουμένη ακουτισθείσα
    Δόξασον με τα αγγέλων και των ποιμένων
    βουληθέντα εποφθήναι παιδίον νέον
    τον προαιώνων Θεόν.





















































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