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All Glory, Honour and Worship to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever, andunto the Ages of ages. Amen. Remembering also our Most Holy, Most Pure, Most Blessed and Glorious Lady, Maria, Theotokos, yet Ever Virgin, together with all the Saints. And let us commit ourselves and one another and our whole Lifeto Christ our God. Amen.
3 October 2012St Dionysios the Areopagite of Athens
Also the Feast of St Rustikos the Presbyter & St Eleftherios the Deacon, Disciples & Companions of StDionysios, & St Damaris, his wife - St Dionysios the Recluse of Kiev Caves – St John the Chozebite ofCaesarea, Palestine - St Hesychios of Mount Horeb
Festal Apolytikion Of St Dionysios The Areopagite
ristotita ekdidahthis ke nifon en pasin, AgathinSinidisin iroprepos endisamenos, intlisas ek tou skevous tis eklogis ta aporrita ke tin Pistin tirisas,ton ison dromon tetelekas, Ieromartis Dionisie: Presveve Hristo to Theo Sothine tas psihas imon.
ince Thou had been instructed in Uprightnessthoroughly and was Vigilant in all things, Thou wasclothed with a Good Conscience as befitted one Holy. Thou drew from the Chosen Vessel IneffableMysteries; and having kept the Faith, Thou finished alike Course, O Hieromartyr Dionysios: Intercede withChrist God that our souls be Saved.
Festal Kontakion of St Dionysios the Areopagite
as Ouranious diavas pilas en Pnevmati, Mathitefthis toiper tris Ouranous fthasanti apostolo, Dionisie, ton arriton eploutisthis pasan gnosin, ke katiigasas tousen skoti agnosias prin kathefdontas. Dion Krazomen: Heris, Pater Pagkosmie!
n spirit, Thou passed through Heaven's Gates,instructed by the Great Apostle who attained to the Third Heaven's Heights, and was made rich in allKnowledge of things beyond speech; and then Thou,O Dionysios, Illuminated those who slumbered in thedarkness of their ignorance. Hence we all cry out:Hail, O Universal Father!
Kontakion of the Ever Blessed Theotokos
ton Hristianon akateskhinte, mesitia pros ton Piitin ametathete, mi Paridis, amartolon deiseon fonas, alla profthason os agathi, is tin voithian imon,ton pistos kravgazonton Si: Tahinon is presvian, ke spefson is ikesian, i prostatevousa ai, Theotoke, tonTimonton Se.
Protector of the Christians Unashamable, Mediator tothe Creator Immovable, despise not, the pleading voices of those in sin, but hasten O Good One, to the Aid of all of us, who in Faith cry out to Thee: speed up Thine Intercession, and present Thy Supplication, O Theotokos who always protects all those who honour Thee!
The Acts of the Apostles According to St Luke 16 : 16 – 34
Exorcism of Evil Spirit
As we went to Prayer, we were met by a certain slave girl, who was possessed by a spirit of divination and who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying:
“These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaimto us the Way of Salvation!”
And this she did for many days.But Paul, being greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit:
“I command you in the Name of Jesus Christ to come outof her!”
And he came out that very moment. And when her masters saw that their hope of profit had gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace - to the authorities. And they took them to the Magistrates, and said: “
These men – being Jews – exceedingly trouble our city, and theyteach customs that are not lawful for us – being Romans – to receive or to observe
!” And the multitude rose up together against them; and the Magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to bebeaten with rods. And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the Jailerto keep them securely.Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet into the stocks. At midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing Hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, whensuddenly there was a great earthquake that shook the foundations of the prison, and immediately all the doors wereopened, and everyone’s chains were loosened. And the Keeper of the prison – awaking from sleep and seeing theprison doors open – assumed that the prisoners had fled. So he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, but Paul called out with a loud voice, saying: “
Do not harm yourself! We are all here
.” The Jailer called for a light, ran in and fell down, trembling, before Paul and Silas. He then took them out and said: “
Sirs,what must I do to be Saved?”
And they said: “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be Saved – you and yourhousehold.” Then they spoke the Word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them that same hour of thenight and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were Baptised. When he had taken them into his house, he set food before them – and he rejoiced, believing in God – together with hisentire household.
XORCISMS IN THE
UTHORITY OF THE
RINITY AND IN OUR
ARE A SIGNIFICANT PART OF THE CONTINUING
INISTRY AS INSTITUTED BY
.Every Holy Mystery of Baptism in the Orthodox ChristianChurch begins with “
The Making of a Catechumen
”Service with three significant Exorcisms, which – in theName and by the Divine Power of God - expels Satanand his demons, and which prevents them from havingany further unbridled influence over the New Believer –the New Light of Christ.Even though the demon declared the Truth through theslave girl,
SHE NEEDED TO BE SET FREE FROM HISDOMINATION AND POSSESSION IN ORDER TO ACCEPT
HRIST BY HER OWN FREE WILL AND