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2012 May - Sacred Lessons

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(DONATIONS ARE GRATEFULLY RECEIVED)
St Athanasios the Great Ascetic of Alexandria 2 May 2012
1.
 
Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria & All AfricaArchdiocese of Good Hope
 
All Glory, Honour and Worship to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever,and unto the Ages of ages. Amen. Remembering also our Most Holy, Most Pure, Most Blessed and Glorious Lady, Maria, Theotokos, yeEver Virgin, together with all the Saints. And let us commit ourselves and one another and our whole Life to Christ our God. Amen.
2 May 2012
HHHrrriiissstttooosssAAAnnneeessstttiii!!!AAAllliiittthhhooosssAAAnnneeessstttiii!!! 
St Athanasios the Great Ascetic of Alexandria
Also the Feast of St Boris & St Gleb, Passion Bearers, Translation of Holy Relics – StAthanasios of Constantinople – St Hesperos, St Zoe (his wife) and St Kyriakos & StTheodoulos (their children), Holy Martyrs of Attalia – St Boris Michael, Equal to theApostles, Prince & Baptiser of Bulgaria
Paschal ApolytikionApolytikion of Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday -
ONE
(7)
 
 ARYS
/G
RAVE
 
efshimon Iosif, apo tou xilou kathelon, to ahrantonSou Soma, sindoni kathara, ilisas ke aromasin, enmnimati keno, kidefsas apetheto; alla trimeros anestis Kyrie, parehon to kosmo to Mega Eleos! 
T
he noble Joseph taking down Thy spotless Bodyfrom the Tree, wrapped it in a clean shroud withsweet spices and laid it for burial in a new grave; but on the third day Thou arose, O Lord, grantingthe world Thy Great Mercy!
 
 Resurrection Apolytikion
 
ONE
2
O
te katilthes pros ton Thanaton, i Zoi i Athanatos, toteton adin enekrosas ti astrapi tis Theotitos. Ote de ketous tethneotas ek ton katahthonion anestisas, pase e Dinamis ton Epouranion ekravgazon. Zoodota Hriste, O Theos imon, Doxa Si! 
hen Thou condescended to Death, O Life Immortal, Thou slayed Hades with the lightning flash of Thy Divinity. When also Thou raised up the dead from thesubterranean abodes, all the Powers of Heaven criedaloud: O Life-giver, Christ our God, Glory to Thee!
Apolytikion Of St Athanasios -
ONE
 
3
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 ylos
 
 gegonas Orthodoxias, thiis dogmasinipostirizon, tin ekklisian Ierarha Athanasie: to gar Patri ton Ion Omoousion, anakirixas katishinas Arion. Pater Osie, Hriston ton Theon iketeve, dorisastheimin to Mega Eleos.
 
 T 
hou
became a Pillar of Orthodoxy, strengthening theChurch with Divine Dogmas, O Hierarch Athanasios.For by preaching that the Son is One in Essence withthe Father Thou put Arius to shame. O VenerableFather, to Christ our God pray earnestly, entreatingthat Great Mercy be bestowed on us.
 
 Kontakion St Thomas Sunday
ONE
(8)
 
LAGAL
4
es Myroforis Ginexi, para to Mnima epistas, O Angelosevoa: To Myra tis thanitis iparhi armodia, Hristos dediafthoras edihthi allotrios; alla kravgasate: Anesti O Kyrios, parehon to kosmo to Mega Eleos! 
 T 
he Angel standing by the Tomb cried to theMyrrhbearing Women: Myrrh is fitting for the dead,but Christ has been shown to be a stranger tocorruption. But cry aloud: The Lord has Risen,granting the world His Great Mercy!
 
The Epistle of St Paul to the Hebrews 13 : 7 – 16
 Loyalty to Orthodox Doctrine & Worship
Brethren: Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the Word of God to you, whose Faithfollow, considering the outcome of their conduct.Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.Do not be carried away with various and strange doctrines, for it is good that the heart be established by Grace – not with foods that have not profited those who have been occupied with them.We have an Altar from which those who serve the Tabernacle have no right to eat. For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is taken into the Sanctuary by the High Priest for sin, are burnt outsidethe camp.Therefore, Jesus also – so that He might Sanctify the people with His own Blood – suffered outside thegate.Therefore, let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His Reproach, for here we have nocontinuing city, but we seek the One to come.Therefore, by Him, let us continually offer the Sacrifice of Praise to God – that is: the Fruit of our lips –giving thanks to His Name.But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
The Holy Gospel According to St Matthew 5 : 14 – 19
Faithful Disciples of Christ are Light in the Spiritual Darkness
At that time, our Lord Jesus said:
“...You are the Light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Not do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.“Let your Light so shine before others so that they may see your Good Works and Glorify your Father in Heaven.
§
 H 
 ristos Anesti ek nekron, ThanatoThanaton patistas, ke tis en tis mnimasi, Zoin harisamenos! 
 
§
 
C
hrist has Risen from the dead, by Deathtrampling upon Death, and has bestowedLife to those in the tombs!
 
 
2.
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St Athanasios the Great Ascetic of Alexandria 2 May 2012
“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfil.For assuredly, I say to you: until heaven and earth pass away, not one jot or tittle will by any means pass from the Law until all is fulfilled.“Whoever, therefore, breaks one of the least of these Commandments, and teaches others so, shall be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven; but whoever does and teaches them shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.“For I say to you, that unless your Righteousness exceeds the Righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” 
St Athanasios the Great Ascetic of Alexandria
St Athanasios, Archbishop of Alexandria, was a great Holy Church Father and a Pillar of Orthodoxy.He had been born around the year 297 in the city of  Alexandria into a family of pious Christians.He received a fine secular education, but he acquiredfurther knowledge by diligent study of Holy Scripture.In his childhood, the future Hierarch became known toSt Alexander, Patriarch of Alexandria when a group of children, which included the young St Athanasios, was playing on the seashore. The Christian children decided to Baptize their paganplaymates so having been designated the role of “Bishop” by the other children, St Athanasiosperformed the Baptism, repeating precisely the words of the Holy Mystery as he had heard them somany times in Church.Having observed the entire scene from a window, thePatriarch requested the children and their parents tobe brought to him and after conversing with thechildren for a while, he determined that the Baptismperformed by them had actually been perfectly doneexactly according to the Church Order.Consequently, he acknowledged that the Holy Mystery of Baptism was valid and He then Sealed it with theHoly Mystery of Chrismation.From that moment, the Patriarch supervised the SpiritualEducation of St Athanasios and in due time acceptedhim into the Clergy - at first as a Reader, and thenordained as a Deacon. As Deacon St Athanasios accompanied Patriarch Alexander to the First Ecumenical Council at Nicea inthe year 325. At the Council, St Athanasios refuted of the heresy of  Arius. His speech met with the approval of theOrthodox Fathers of the Council, but the Arians andtheir secret supporters began to hate St Athanasiosand would continue to persecute him for the rest of his life. After the Repose of St Alexander, St Athanasios wasunanimously elected as his successor to the See of  Alexandria.However, in all Humility St Athanasios initially refusedthe great responsibility and honour, regardinghimself as most unworthy, but at the insistence of allthe Orthodox populace he finally agreed and wasconsecrated Bishop at the very young age of twenty-eight, and Enthroned as the Patriarch of the Alexandrian Church.St Athanasios faithfully guided the Holy Church for forty-seven years, during which time he enduredcontinuous persecution and grief from his hereticalantagonists.Several times they managed to expel him from Alexandria and he would be forced to hide fromthem in desolate places, since they repeatedly triedto kill him.St Athanasios spent more than twenty years in exile,returning to his beloved Flock, only to be banishedor forced to flee again and again. There was a time when he was the only truly Orthodox Bishop in the area, since all the other Bishops hadfallen into heresy. At the false councils of Arian Bishops he was deposed asBishop.Despite being persecuted for so many years, St  Athanasios continued to defend and protect thePurity of the Orthodox Faith by writing countlessletters and tracts against the misguided Arianheresy. When Julian the Apostate (361-363) began a persecutionagainst Christians, his wrath first fell upon St  Athanasios, whom he considered a great,unshakable Pillar of Orthodoxy.Emperor Julian intended to murder the faithful Saint inorder to strike a grievous blow against Christianity,but he himself soon perished after being mortally  wounded by an arrow during a battle.Finally, just before he died the Apostate Emperor criedout in despair:
"Thou hast conquered, OGalilean!"
  After Emperor Julian's death, St Athanasios guided the Alexandrian Church for seven years until he reposedin our Lord in 373, at the age of seventy-six.Numerous works of St Athanasios have been preserved:four Orations against the Arian heresy - an Epistle toEpictetos, Bishop of the Church of Corinth, on theDivine and human Natures of Jesus Christ and fourEpistles to Serapion, Bishop of Thmuis, about theHoly Spirit and His Equality to the Father and theSon, directed against the heresy of Macedonios.Other apologetic works in defence of Orthodoxy havebeen preserved, among which is the Letter toEmperor Constantios.St Athanasios wrote commentaries on Holy Scripture,and books of a moral and didactic character, as wellas the Life of St Anthony the Great with whom St  Athanasios had had a close relationship.St John Chrysostom advised every faithful Orthodox Christian to read St Athanasios’ Life of St Anthony the Great.St Athanasios is also commemorated on 18 January together with St Cyril of Alexandria.May his memory be Eternal!
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St Athanasios’ Second Letter to Abbot Orsisius.
...I have heard about the decease of the Blessed Theodoros...
N
OW IF IT HAD NOT BEEN HIM
,
 
I
SHOULDHAVE USED MANY WORDS
,
WITH TEARS
,
CONSIDERINGWHAT FOLLOWS AFTER DEATH
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 But since it is Theodoros whom you and I have known, what need I say except: "
 B
 LESSED IS
 HEODOROS
 ,
 WHO HAS NOT WALKED IN THE COUNCIL OF THEUNGODLY 
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 B
 LESSED WHO FEARS THE
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AND HAS A 
L
IFE WITHOUT CARE
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  Would that the same had also befallen each of us; would that each of us in our endeavours might thusarrive;
WOULD THAT EACH OF US
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 HERE WILL
 I 
DWELL
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HAVE DELIGHT THEREIN 
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  Wherefore, Brethren Beloved and Most Longed-For,
WEEP NOT FOR 
 T 
HEODOROS
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FOR HE
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 IS NOT DEAD
 ,
  BUT SLEEPS
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ET NONE WEEP 
when he remembers him, but 
IMITATEHIS
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IFE
.
OR ONE MUST NOT GRIEVE OVER ONE WHOHAS GONE TO THE
LACE WHERE GRIEF IS NOT 
....
now that 
HE HAS FALLEN ASLEEP 
, you may ... take hisplace among the Brethren. For while he survived, you two were as one, and when one was away, the Work of both was carried on: and when both werethere you were as one, discoursing to the BelovedOnes what made for their good...
 
http://www.voskrese.info/spl/athan-ep5758.html
 
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St Irene the Great Martyr of Thessalonika 5 May 2012
 
3.
 
Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria & All AfricaArchdiocese of Good Hope
 
All Glory, Honour and Worship to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now andforever, and unto 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 oneanother and our whole Life to Christ our God. Amen.
Apodosis (Leave-taking) of the Holy Myrrh-Bearers5
May
2012
HHHrrriiissstttooosssAAAnnneeessstttiii!!!AAAllliiittthhhooosssAAAnnneeessstttiii!!! 
St Irene the Great Holy Martyr of Thessalonika
Also the Feast of St Euthymios the Wonder Worker of Maditos - St James the WonderWorking Abbot of Zhelezny Bor Monastery, Uncovering of Holy Relics - St Ephraim, NewMartyr & Wonder Worker of Greece
Paschal Apolytikion
Apolytikion Of St Irene The Great Martyr
 
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 I 
 rinis ton arhonta, ihnilatousa semni, Irinis Eponimos,di epipnias Theou, edihthis paneffime; si gar tou polemiou, tas enedras figousa, ithlisas iper fisin, os parthenos fronimi; dio Megalomartis Irini, irinin iminetise
.
 
 T 
he steps of the Prince of Peace, following O NobleOne, the namesake of Peace, by the prompting of God, thou became O Most Blessed One; for havingescaped the snares of the devil, supremely thoucontended, as a most prudent virgin; wherefore, OGreat Martyr Irene, ask for Peace for all of us!
 
Paschal Apolytikion – Holy Myrrh-bearers
O
evshimon Iosif, apo tou xilou kathelon, to ahrantonSou Soma, sindoni kathara, ilisas ke aromasin, en Mnimati keno, kidevsas apetheto; alla trimeros Anestis Kyrie, parehon to kosmo to Mega Eleos! 
 T 
he noble Joseph taking down Thy spotless Body fromthe Tree, wrapped it in a clean shroud with sweet spices and laid it for burial in a new tomb; but on thethird day Thou arose, O Lord, granting the world Thy Great Mercy!
 
Apolytikion of a Female Holy Martyr
 I 
 
 Amnas Sou Iisou, krazi megali ti foni. Se Nimfie mou potho, ke Se zitousa athlo, ke sistavroume, ke sinthaptome to Vaptismo Sou. Ke Pasho dia Se, osVasilefso Sin Si, ke thnisko iper Sou, ina ke ziso enSi. All’ os thisian amomon, prosdehou tin meta pothou tithisan Si. Aftis presvies, os eleimon, Sosontas psihas imon.
 
 T 
hy Lamb
,
O Jesus, cries to Thee with a loud voice: Omy Bridegroom, Thee I Love; and seeking Thee I now suffer everything in search of Thee, and am crucifiedand buried with Thee in Baptism; and suffer for Thy sake, so that I may reign with Thee, and give my lifefor Thee, that I may Live with Thee; but accept asPure Sacrifiece, the one who desired to give her lifefor you. Through her Intercessions, O Most Compassionate, Save our souls.
 
Paschal Exapostilarion of the Holy Myrrh-bearers
 
 
ONE
2
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inekes akoutisthite, Fonin agalliaseos. Tirannon Adin patisas, fthoras exigira pantas. Dramete Filis ipate,tis emis Evangelia. Voulome gar to plasma Mou,haran ekithen avgase, ex is exilthen i lipi.
O
 Women: hearken to the Voice that echoes with Joy. Trampling on Hades, that tyrant, I raised up all fromcorruption. Run now with hast and tell My FriendsGood Tidings as Evangelists. For I Will that My Creatures see Joy distinctly arising from Women, from whom came sorrow!
 Kontakion Of St Irene The Great Martyr
 
ONE
3
 P 
arthenias kallesi, pepikilmeni Parthene, ke Martion stemmasi, Stefanothisa Irini, emati tou martiriouerrantismeni, thavmasi katastrafthisa ton iamaton,evsevos Martis edexo, vraveion Nikis tis sis athliseos.
B
eing fair adorned before with pure and virginal beauty, Thou became fairer still in Thy brave Contest, O Virgin; for when Thou, in Thine own spilt blood, wasstained and reddened, O Irene, Thou overthrew ungodly error. Hence, Thou hast received the Prizesof Thy Good Vict'ry from Thy Creator's right Hand.
 
The Acts of the Holy Apostles According to St Luke 9:19-31
 The Beginning of St Pauls Holy Mission
 After Saul (St Paul) had received food, he was strengthened. Then he spent some days with the Disciple in Damascus.Immediately 
HE PREACHED THE
C
HRIST 
in the Synagogues – that H
E IS THE
S
ON OF 
G
OD
. And all who heard, were amazed, andsaid: “
 Is this not he who destroyed those who called on that Name in Jerusalem, and has come here for that purpose, so that he might bring them bound to the Chief Priests?” 
But Saul increased all the more in Strength, andconfounded the Hebrews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ.Now, after many days, were past, the Hebrews plotted to kill him, but their plot became known to Saul. And they watchedthe gates day and night – to kill him. Then the Disciples took him by night and let him down through the wall in alarge basket. And when Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to join the Disciples, but they were all afraid of him, and did not believe that he was a Disciple. But Barnabas took him to the Apostles. And he declared to them how he had seen the Lord onthe road, and that He had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly in Damascus in the Name of Jesus. So he was with them in Jerusalem, going in and out. And he spoke boldly in the Name of the Lord Jesus and disputedagainst the Hellenists, but they attempted to kill him. When the Brethren found out, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him out to Tarsus.
§
 H 
 ristos Anesti ek nekron, ThanatoThanaton patistas, ke tis en tis mnimasi, Zoin harisamenos! 
 
§
 
C
hrist has Risen from the dead, by Deathtrampling upon Death, and has bestowedLife to those in the tombs!
 

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