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May you bless them seven times seventy. We thank you, Jesus. There was a time when he remained as the only Orthodox bishop in the area, a moment when all the other bishops had fallen into heresy. At the false councils of Arian bishops he was deposed as bishop.
Despite being persecuted for many years, the saint continued to defend the purity of the Orthodox Faith, and he wrote countless letters and tracts against the Arian heresy.
When Julian the Apostate began a persecution against Christians, his wrath first fell upon Saint Athanasius, whom he considered a great pillar of Orthodoxy. Julian intended to kill the saint in order to strike Christianity a grievous blow, but he soon perished himself.
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Mortally wounded by an arrow during a battle, he cried out with despair: Numerous works of Saint Athanasius have been preserved; four Orations against the Arian heresy; also an Epistle to Epictetus, bishop of the Church of Corinth, on the divine and human natures in Jesus Christ; four Epistles to Serapion, Bishop of Thmuis, about the Holy Spirit and His equality with the Father and the Son, directed against the heresy of Macedonius.
Other apologetic works of the Saint in defense of Orthodoxy have been preserved, among which is the Letter to the Emperor Constantius. Saint Athanasius wrote commentaries on Holy Scripture, and books of a moral and didactic character, as well as a biography of Saint Anthony the Great January 17with whom Saint Athanasius was very close.
Metropolitan John I of Kiev and his clergy solemnly met the incorrupt relics of the holy passion-bearer Gleb and placed them in the church where the relics of Saint Boris rested.
Soon the burial place was glorified by miracles. Then the relics of the holy brothers Boris and Gleb were removed from the ground and placed in a specially constructed chapel. On July 24, a church of five cupolas built by Yaroslav the Wise was consecrated in honor of the holy martyrs. In later years, the Vyshgorod Saints Boris and Gleb church containing the relics of the holy Passion-Bearers became the family church of the Yaroslavichi, their sanctuary of brotherly love and service to the nation.
The symbol of their unity was the celebration of the Transfer of the Relics of Boris and Gleb, observed on May 2. The history of the establishing of this Feast is bound up with the preceding events of Russian history. On May 2, the Great Prince Izyaslav, who had been expelled from the princedom for seven months i. Two Metropolitans, George of Kiev and Neophytus of Chernigov, participated in its consecration with other bishops, igumens, and clergy.
The transfer of the relics, in which all three of the Yaroslavichi Izyaslav, Svyatoslav, Vsevolod participated, was set for May 2, and it was designated as an annual celebration. Svyatoslav Yaroslavich, Prince of Kiev duringmade an effort to transform the Saints Boris and Gleb temple into a stone church, but he was able to build the walls only eight cubits high.
He decided to cultivate friendship with the Svyatoslavichi through the solemn transfer of the relics into the Oleg church. They all arrived at Vyshgorod. All the hierarchs, igumens, monks and priests came, filling all the town and there was no space left for the citizenry along the walls.
The three were separated. This separation was adhered to in future generations. In general the names Boris and Gleb, and so also Roman and David, were esteemed by many generations of Russian princes. Roman, Gleb, David, Boris. The Vyshgorod sanctuaries were not the only centers for the liturgical veneration of Saints Boris and Gleb.
It was spread throughout the Russian land. Churches dedicated to Saints Boris and Gleb were built at the Alta in memory of the victory of Yaroslav the Wise over Svyatopolk the Accursed on July 24, ; and also at Gzena near Novgorod where Gleb Svyatoslavich defeated a sorcerer.
Oleg himself, in addition to the Vyshgorod church, built the Saints Boris and Gleb cathedral in Old Ryazan in therefore, the diocese was later called Saints Boris and Gleb.
His brother David also built at Chernigov in In the following year the first wooden Saints Boris and Gleb church was built in Novgorod. In a stone foundation replaced the wood, and it was completed and consecrated in the year The Novgorod Chronicles name the legendary Sotko Sytinich as the builder of the church.
The innumerable copies of their Life, the accounts of the relics, the miracles and eulogies in the manuscripts and printed books of the twelfth-fourteenth centuries bear witness to the special veneration of the holy Martyrs Boris and Gleb in Russia. Neither this account nor those of the individual feastdays give the details of their martyrdom. Perhaps it is assumed that the reader is familiar with the story, or perhaps it is too painful to recount.A NEW ANOINTING BY THE ZOE GROUP
The saints chose not to take up arms to defend themselves, or flee to safety. The holy relics of Prince Gleb were found at Smyadyno, near Smolensk, and from there they were brought to Kiev. Metropolitan John I of Kiev and his clergy solemnly met the incorrupt relics of the holy passion-bearer and placed them in the church of Saint Basil the Great at Vyshgorod, where the relics of Saint Boris already rested. The history of this Feast is bound up with the preceding events of Russian history.
Despite his education and position in society, Alexis was attracted by the life of Christian ascetics.
From there, he he later went to the monastery of Esphimenou on Mt. Athos, where he fulfilled his obedience in the trapeza dining area. From Athos he journeyed to the Palestinian monasteries, and he was tonsured with the name Athanasius. Sometimes, the saint went to Mt. The holiness of his life attracted many Christians who wished to see a true preacher of the Orthodox Faith. By his remarkable abilities and spiritual gifts he attracted the attention of the Patriarch of Constantinople, Cyril I Lukaris Summoning the ascetic, Patriarch Cyril appointed him a preacher of the Patriarchal throne.
Soon Saint Athanasius was consecrated bishop and became Metropolitan of Thessalonica. At this time Patriarch Cyril was slandered before the sultan and imprisoned on the island of Tenedos. Patriarch Athanasius led an incessant struggle against heretics, Jesuits, and Moslems. After only forty days on the Patriarchal throne, he was deposed through the intrigues of the enemies of Orthodoxy, and Cyril I was returned.
The saint went to Athos, where for a certain time he pursued asceticism in solitude. Then he became Patriarch again, but was deposed after a year. After this, he returned to Thessalonica and renewed his connections with the Holy Mountain.
In view of the intolerable persecution of Christians by the Moslems, Saint Athanasius was repeatedly from to obliged to send petitions to the Russian tsar Michael seeking alms for the hapless Church of Constantinople. When living at Thessalonica became impossible for the saint, he was forced to journey to Moldavia under the protection of its sovereign, Basil Lukulos, and he settled there in the monastery of Saint Nicholas near Galats, but he longed for Mount Athos.
He visited it often and hoped to finish his life there, but God ordained something else for him. In after the death of Patriarch Cyril I, Saint Athanasius was returned to the patriarchal throne. He remained only fifteen days, since he was not acceptable to the Moslems and Catholics. During his final Patriarchal service he preached a sermon in which he denounced papal pretensions to universal jurisdiction over the whole Church.
Persecuted by the Moslems and Jesuits, physically weakened, he transferred the administration of the Church of Constantinople to Metropolitan Paisius of Laureia, and he withdrew to Moldavia, where he was appointed administrator of the monastery of Saint Nicholas at Galats. Knowing the deep faith and responsiveness of the Russian nation, Saint Athanasius undertook a journey to Russia. Having received generous alms for the needs of the monastery, Patriarch Athanasius left for Galats in December On the way he fell ill and stayed at the Transfiguration Mgarsk monastery in the city of Lubno in February Sensing his impending death, the saint wrote his last will, and he fell asleep in the Lord on April 5.
Igumen Petronios and the brethren of the monastery buried the Patriarch.
By Greek custom the saint was buried in a sitting position. The relics of holy Patriarch Athansios, glorified by numerous miracles and signs, rest in the city of Kharkov, in the Annunciation cathedral church.
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Martyr Hesperus with his wife and sons at Attalia The Holy Martyrs Hesperus, his wife Zoe, and their children Cyriacus and Theodulus suffered for their faith in Christ in the second century, during the persecution under Hadrian They had been Christians since their childhood, and they also raised their children in piety.
While serving their earthly master, the saints never defiled themselves with food offered to idols, which pagans were obliged to use. Once, Catullus sent Hesperus on business to Tritonia.
Saints Cyriacus and Theodulus decided to run away, unable to endure constant contact with pagans. Saint Zoe, however, did not bless her sons to do this. When the brothers explained to Catullus that they were Christian, he was surprised, but he did not deliver them for torture.
Instead, he sent them with their mother to Saint Hesperus at Tritonia, hoping that the parents would persuade their children to deny Christ. At Tritonia, the saints lived in tranquility for a while, preparing for martyrdom.
The saints would not eat the food. Zoe poured the wine upon the ground and threw the meat to the dogs. The brothers were stripped, suspended from a tree, and raked with iron implements before the eyes of their parents, who counselled their children to persevere to the end. Then the parents, Saints Hesperus and Zoe, were subjected to terrible tortures.
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Finally, they threw all four martyrs into a red-hot furnace, where they surrendered their souls to the Lord. Their bodies were preserved in the fire unharmed, and angelic singing was heard, glorifying the confessors of the Lord.
Martyr Zoe with her husband and sons at Attalia The Holy Martyr Zoe was the wife of Saint Hesperus, and they suffered in the second century, during the persecution under Hadrian They had been Christians since their childhood, and they also raised their children Cyriacus and Theodulus in piety. He, his parents, and his brother Theodulus suffered martyrdom in the second century, during the persecution under Hadrian Cyriacus and Zoe had been Christians since their childhood, and they also raised their children in piety.
He, his parents, and his brother Cyriacus suffered martyrdom in the second century, during the persecution under Hadrian His apostolic deeds were foretold by an uncle, Saint Boyan.