Thursday, September 15, 2011

September 15, 2011 - 14th Week after Pentecost

FEASTS AND SAINTS CELEBRATED TODAY:



Nikitas the Great Martyr

Philotheos the Righteous

Bessarion of Larissa

Righteous Father Symeon, Archbishop of Thessolonica

John the New Martyr of Crete

Afterfeast of the Holy Cross



Τῇ ΙΕ' τοῦ αὐτοῦ μηνός, Ἄθλησις τοῦ Ἁγίου Μεγαλομάρτυρος Νικήτα.

Τῇ αὐτῇ ἡμέρᾳ, Μνήμη τοῦ ὁσίου Πατρὸς ἡμῶν Φιλοθέου Πρεσβυτέρου καὶ θαυματουργοῦ.

Τῇ αὐτῇ ἡμέρᾳ, Μνήμη τοῦ Ἁγίου Πορφυρίου τοῦ ἀπὸ Μίμων.

Τῇ αὐτῇ ἡμέρᾳ, Μνήμη τοῦ Ἁγίου Πορφυρίου τοῦ ἀπὸ Μίμων.

Τῇ αὐτῇ ἡμέρᾳ, ὁ Ἅγιος Μάρτυς Μάξιμος ξίφει τελειοῦται.

Τῇ αὐτῇ ἡμέρᾳ, Ἡ εὕρεσις τοῦ λειψάνου τοῦ Ἁγίου Πρωτομάρτυρος Στεφάνου.

Ὁ ἐν ἁγίοις πατὴρ ἡμῶν Βησσαρίων ἀρχιεπίσκοπος Λαρίσσης ἐν εἰρήνῃ τελειοῦται.

Ταῖς τῶν σῶν Μαρτύρων εὐχαῖς, Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός, ἐλέησον καὶ σῶσον ἡμᾶς.



READINGS FROM THE BIBLE:



The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Colossians 1:24-29, 2:1

BRETHREN, now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, of which I became a minister according to the divine office which was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now made manifest to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we proclaim, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man mature in Christ. For this I toil, striving with all the energy which he mightily inspires within me. For I want you to know how greatly I strive for you.



Πρὸς Κολοσσαεῖς 1:24-29, 2:1

Ἀδελφοί, νῦν χαίρω ἐν τοῖς παθήμασιν ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν, καὶ ἀνταναπληρῶ τὰ ὑστερήματα τῶν θλίψεων τοῦ χριστοῦ ἐν τῇ σαρκί μου ὑπὲρ τοῦ σώματος αὐτοῦ, ὅ ἐστιν ἡ ἐκκλησία· ἧς ἐγενόμην ἐγὼ διάκονος, κατὰ τὴν οἰκονομίαν τοῦ θεοῦ τὴν δοθεῖσάν μοι εἰς ὑμᾶς, πληρῶσαι τὸν λόγον τοῦ θεοῦ, τὸ μυστήριον τὸ ἀποκεκρυμμένον ἀπὸ τῶν αἰώνων καὶ ἀπὸ τῶν γενεῶν· νυνὶ δὲ ἐφανερώθη τοῖς ἁγίοις αὐτοῦ, οἷς ἠθέλησεν ὁ θεὸς γνωρίσαι τί τὸ πλοῦτος τῆς δόξης τοῦ μυστηρίου τούτου ἐν τοῖς ἔθνεσιν, ὅς ἐστιν χριστὸς ἐν ὑμῖν, ἡ ἐλπὶς τῆς δόξης· ὃν ἡμεῖς καταγγέλλομεν, νουθετοῦντες πάντα ἄνθρωπον, καὶ διδάσκοντες πάντα ἄνθρωπον ἐν πάσῃ σοφίᾳ, ἵνα παραστήσωμεν πάντα ἄνθρωπον τέλειον ἐν χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ· εἰς ὃ καὶ κοπιῶ, ἀγωνιζόμενος κατὰ τὴν ἐνέργειαν αὐτοῦ, τὴν ἐνεργουμένην ἐν ἐμοὶ ἐν δυνάμει. Θέλω γὰρ ὑμᾶς εἰδέναι ἡλίκον ἀγῶνα ἔχω περὶ ὑμῶν.



The reading is from Matthew 10:16-22

The Lord said to his disciples, "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of men; for they will deliver you up to councils, and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear testimony before them and the Gentiles. When they deliver you up, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; and you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved."



Κατὰ Ματθαῖον 10.16-22

Εἶπεν ὁ Κὐριος τοῖς ἑαυτοῦ μαθηταῖς· ᾿Ιδοὺ ἐγὼ ἀποστέλλω ὑμᾶς ὡς πρόβατα ἐν μέσῳ λύκων· γίνεσθε οὖν φρόνιμοι ὡς οἱ ὄφεις καὶ ἀκέραιοι ὡς αἱ περιστεραί. Προσέχετε δὲ ἀπὸ τῶν ἀνθρώπων· παραδώσουσι γὰρ ὑμᾶς εἰς συνέδρια καὶ ἐν ταῖς συναγωγαῖς αὐτῶν μαστιγώσουσιν ὑμᾶς· καὶ ἐπὶ ἡγεμόνας δὲ καὶ βασιλεῖς ἀχθήσεσθε ἕνεκεν ἐμοῦ εἰς μαρτύριον αὐτοῖς καὶ τοῖς ἔθνεσιν. ὅταν δὲ παραδώσουσιν ὑμᾶς, μὴ μεριμνήσητε πῶς ἢ τί λαλήσετε· δοθήσεται γὰρ ὑμῖν ἐν ἐκείνῃ τῇ ὥρᾳ τί λαλήσετε. οὐ γὰρ ὑμεῖς ἐστε οἱ λαλοῦντες, ἀλλὰ τὸ Πνεῦμα τοῦ πατρὸς ὑμῶν τὸ λαλοῦν ἐν ὑμῖν. Παραδώσει δὲ ἀδελφὸς ἀδελφὸν εἰς θάνατον καὶ πατὴρ τέκνον, καὶ ἐπαναστήσονται τέκνα ἐπὶ γονεῖς καὶ θανατώσουσιν αὐτούς· καὶ ἔσεσθε μισούμενοι ὑπὸ πάντων διὰ τὸ ὄνομά μου· ὁ δὲ ὑπομείνας εἰς τέλος, οὗτος σωθήσεται.







READINGS FROM THE SYNAXARION:



Η αγία Εκκλησία είναι η βασιλεία του Χριστού της οποίας "ουκ έσται τέλος". Αιώνιος και ακατάλυτος είναι η βασιλεία του Χριστού κι όπως ο ίδιος το είπε· "πύλαι άδου ου κατισχύσουσιν αυτής". Το Άγιον Πνεύμα μένει στην Εκκλησία και είν' εκείνο που στην αρχαία εποχή και σήμερα και πάντα αναδείχνει τους Αγίους, άλλους Μάρτυρας και άλλους Οσίους. Όχι μόνο στην παλαιά εποχή, μα σε κάθε εποχή και σήμερα, στην Εκκλησία, υπάρχουν Μάρτυρες και Όσιοι, μόνο που δεν τους βλέπομε και δεν τους προσέχομε, γιατί άλλα μας συγκινούν τώρα. Σήμερα ο κόσμος θαυμάζει την αμαρτία γυμνή στον κινηματογράφο και την αναίδεια, όταν περνά προκλητική στον δρόμο. Δίπλα όμως στις ασχήμιες αυτές υπάρχουν οι Άγιοι, σαν τον Όσιο Βησσαρίωνα τον Αρχιεπίσκοπο Λαρίσης, που τον γιορτάζομε σήμερα και που έζησε στα νεώτερα δικά μας χρόνια. "Ιησούς Χριστός χθες και σήμερον ο αυτός και εις τους αιώνας".



The Holy GreatMartyr Nikita was a Goth (a Germanic tribe). He was born and lived on the banks of the Danube River, and suffered for Christ in the year 372. The Christian faith was then already widely spread throughout the territory of the Goths. Saint Nikita believed in Christ and accepted Baptism from the Gothic bishop Theophilus, a participant in the First OEcumenical Council. Pagan Goths began to oppose the spread of Christianity, which resulted in internecine strife.

After the victory of Fritigern, -- heading a Christian army and inflicting defeat on the pagan Athanarik, the Christian faith began to spread increasingly among the Goths. Bishop Wulfil, the successor to Bishop Theophilus, created a Gothic alphabet and translated into the Gothic language many priestly books. Saint Nikita worked intensely among his fellow Goths at spreading Christianity. By his personal example and inspired words he brought many pagans to the Christian faith. However, Athanarik after his defeat again contrived to gather his own forces, return to his own country and reestablish his former power. Having remained a pagan, he continued to hate Christians and persecute them. Saint Nikita, having undergone many tortures, was thrown into a fire, where he died in the year 372. The friend of Saint Nikita, a Christian named Marianus, by night retrieved the body of the martyr, -- unharmed by the fire and illumined by a miraculous light, and gave it over to burial in Cilicia. Afterwards it was transferred to Constantinople. Part of the relics of the GreatMartyr Nikita were later transferred to the monastery of Vysokie Dechany in Serbia.



The Holy Presbyter and Wonderworker Philotheios lived in the X Century in the village of Mrauino (or Murav'evo) located in Bythnia in Asia Minor. He was married and had children. Philotheios accepted the dignity of priesthood and from that time he devoted himself to deeds of prayer and fasting, and works of charity. Because of his holy life the Monk Philotheios received from God the gift of wonderworking. The ascetic continually fed the hungry and helped the needy. The Monk Philotheios died peacefully. From his relics flowed myrh.



Sainted Joseph, Bishop of Alaverdi, -- was one of the Thirteen Holy Syrian (Cappadocian) Fathers, the establishers of Georgian Monasticism (the accounts concerning them is located under 7 May). He, as a "blossom of longed-for virginity", from his early years chose the monastic vocation. Having arrived in Gruzia (Georgia) with his teacher Saint John Zedazni (Comm. 7 May), Saint Joseph settled in Kakhetia in the unpopulated and barren Alaverdian steppes. Here he began his ascetic exploits. His spiritual strength was so great that even wild beasts did not touch him, and the steppe deer came to him and nourished him with their milk.

One of the Kakhetian nobles during an hunt found himself on the Alaverdian steppes and was so astonished, seeing Saint Joseph standing at prayer, that he remained with him.

Reports about this personage becoming a monk and about the holy life of the Monk Joseph spread throughout Kakhetia. People fervent for piety and the ascetic life began to throng to the Alaverdian steppe to Saint Joseph. A monastery thus arose, and a church in honour of the GreatMartyr George was built.

Chosen to lead the monastery, Saint Joseph with fatherly love concerned himself about the brethren of the monastery, and about the spiritual enlightenment of Kakhetia. Pagan superstitions were still not eradicated, and Saint Joseph -- with cross in hand, often left the monastic solitude for preaching the Word of God.

Beholding the saintly and immaculate life of the monk Joseph and his sincere desire to serve them, the Kakhetian people willingly and joyfully accepted the Gospel teaching, and abandoned their unbelief and pagan customs.

Saint Joseph composed a catechism (lost in the XVI Century) by which he taught the flock entrusted to him. Nearing the end of his life of lofty service, Saint Joseph secluded himself in a tight cell for complete silence.

In the year 570 occurred his peaceful and blessed end. Sainted Joseph was buried in the church of the holy GreatMartyr George in Alaverdi.

In the IX Century in place of the former church was erected the great Alaverdi cathedral in which, on the left side of the Altar at the north wall, -- under a grave-cover rests the body of Sainted Joseph.



The Holy Martyr Porphyrios suffered during the reign of Julian the Apostate (361-363). Porphyrios was an actor and on the emperor's birthday he was performing a role at the theater, whereby he was supposed to mock at the mystery of holy Baptism. But when Porphyrios during the course of the play immersed himself in water and uttered: "Baptised is the servant of God Porphyrios, in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit", -- then, under the inspiration of Divine grace received by him at these words, he emerged from the water confessing himself a Christian. Julian thereupon ordered him to be tortured and after the torments to be beheaded. This happened in the city of Ephesus in the year 361.



The Holy Martyrs Maximos, Askliada (Asklipiodota), and Theodotos suffered at the beginning of the IV Century under the emperor Maximian Galerius (305-311). Eminent citizens of the city of Marcianopolis, Maximos and Askliada led a pious Christian life. By their example they brought many to faith in Christ and to holy Baptism. During the time of the persecution the governor of Thrace, Tiris, went the rounds of the city subject to him and persecuted those believing in Christ. He summoned before him Maximos and Askliada and demanded they recant from the Christian faith. But seeing the firm faith of the martyrs, he commanded that they be cruelly beaten. Then a certain pious man, by the name of Theodotos, began to reproach the governor for his inhumanity and cruelty. They seized him also, and hanging him on a tree, they subjected him to torture with iron hooks. After this they threw the three martyrs into prison. Tiris traveled further for two weeks more and took the holy martyrs along with him. In the city of Adrianopolis he subjected them to still greater tortures, commanding that their bodies be scorched with white-hot plates. Amidst the agony of suffering was a comforting Voice from Heaven, strengthening them in endurance. After several days of torture they threw the martyrs to wild beasts in the circus for devouring, but the she-bear released upon Saints Maximos and Theodotos instead began to cuddle up to them. They tied Saint Askliada to a bull, but he became as though rooted on the spot, not budging. Tiris in a rage set out farther and, before reaching the city of Philippopolis, in the village of Saltis he again began to urge the martyrs to renounce Christ. Finally, he ordered them to be beheaded. After a while he was punished by the wrath of God: a bolt of lightning struck him when he was sitting upon the judgement seat.



Ὁ Ἅγιος Νικήτας ὁ Γότθος

Ἦταν ἀπὸ τὸ ἔθνος τῶν Γότθων, ποὺ εἶχαν ἐγκατασταθεῖ πέραν τοῦ Ἴστρου ποταμοῦ, στὰ χρόνια του Μ. Κωνσταντίνου. Ἀπὸ παιδὶ ὁ Νικήτας διδάχθηκε τὴν ἁγία πίστη ἀπὸ τὸ Γότθο ἐπίσκοπο Θεόφιλο, ὁ ὁποῖος συχνὰ ὑπενθύμιζε στὸ Νικήτα τὰ λόγια τοῦ Ἀποστόλου Παύλου: «Μένε ἐν οἷς ἔμαθες... ἀπὸ βρέφους τὰ ἱερὰ γράμματα οἶδᾳς, τὰ δυνάμενά σε σοφίσαι εἰς σωτηρίαν διὰ πίστεως τῆς ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ». Δηλαδή, μένε ἀκλόνητος σ᾿ ἐκεῖνα ποὺ ἔμαθες. Ἀπὸ μικρὸ παιδὶ γνωρίζεις τὶς Ἅγιες Γραφές, ποὺ μποροῦν νὰ σοῦ μεταδώσουν τὴν ἀληθινὴ σοφία, ποὺ ὁδηγεῖ στὴ σωτηρία διὰ μέσου τῆς πίστεως στὸν Ἰησοῦ Χριστό. Καὶ ἔτσι ἔγινε. Ὅταν ὁ ἡγεμόνας Ἀθανάριχος συνέλαβε τὸ Νικήτα καὶ τὸν ἀπείλησε γιὰ νὰ ἀρνηθεῖ τὸ Χριστό, αὐτὸς ἔμεινε ἀμετακίνητος σ᾿ αὐτὰ ποὺ ἔμαθε ἀπὸ παιδί. Ὁμολόγησε μὲ θάρρος τὸ Χριστὸ μπροστὰ στὸν ἡγεμόνα, ὁ ὁποῖος ὅταν τὸν ἄκουσε ἐξαγριώθηκε πολύ. Διέταξε ἀμέσως καὶ τοῦ ἔσπασαν τὰ κόκαλα μὲ τὸν πιὸ φρικτὸ τρόπο. Ἀλλὰ τὸ μῖσος τῶν Βαρβάρων ἦταν τόσο, ὥστε μετὰ τὸν ἔριξαν στὴ φωτιά, ὅπου βρῆκε τὸ θάνατο. Ἡ φωτιά, ὅμως, μὲ τὴν θεία θέληση σεβάστηκε τὸ λείψανό του. Τὸ πῆρε κάποιος εὐσεβὴς χριστιανὸς καὶ τὸ διαφύλαξε σὲ θήκη.



Οἱ Ἅγιοι Μάρτυρες

Αὐτοὶ μαρτύρησαν μαζὶ μὲ τὸν Ἅγιο Νικήτα.



Ὁ Ἅγιος Πορφύριος ὁ μῖμος

Γεννήθηκε ἀπὸ μῖμο καὶ ἔκανε καὶ αὐτὸς τὸ ἐπάγγελμα τοῦ μίμου (ἠθοποιοῦ). Ἔζησε στὰ χρόνια τοῦ Ἰουλιανοῦ τοῦ Παραβάτη (361) καὶ ὅταν κάποτε ὁ βασιλιὰς αὐτὸς γιόρταζε τὰ γενέθλια του, ὁ Ἅγιος αὐτὸς προστάχθηκε νὰ μιμηθεῖ καὶ νὰ περιπαίξει τὰ Μυστήρια τῶν Χριστιανῶν. Ὅποτε ὁ Ἅγιος μπῆκε στὴν κολυμβήθρα καὶ φώναξε: «Βαπτίζεται Πορφύριος, εἰς τὸ ὄνομα τοῦ Πατρὸς καὶ τοῦ Υἱοῦ καὶ τοῦ Ἁγίου Πνεύματος». Καὶ ὅταν βγῆκε ἀπὸ τὸ νερό, φόρεσε λευκὰ ἐνδύματα καὶ ὁμολόγησε μπροστὰ σ᾿ ὅλο τὸ κοινὸ ποὺ τὸν παρακολουθοῦσε, ὅτι εἶναι χριστιανὸς καὶ εἶναι ἕτοιμος νὰ πεθάνει γιὰ τὴν ἀγάπη τοῦ Χριστοῦ. Ὅποτε ὁ βασιλιάς, ἐξαγριωμένος, διέταξε καὶ τὸν ἀποκεφάλισαν.



Ὁ Ὅσιος Φιλόθεος ὁ Πρεσβύτερος καὶ θαυματουργός

Ἄοκνος ἀγωνιστὴς τῆς ἀρετῆς σ᾿ ὅλη του τὴν ζωή, ἡ ὁποία τελικὰ τὸν ἔκανε Ἅγιο. Ἦταν ἀπὸ τὸ χωριὸ Μύρμηξ τῆς ἐπαρχίας Ὀψικίου. Παντρεύτηκε γυναῖκα, ποὺ προῖκα εἶχε τὴν μεγάλη καὶ ἀθάνατη εὐσέβεια. Ἀπόκτησε παιδιά, τὰ ὁποῖα ἀνατράφηκαν κάτω ἀπὸ τὴν ἄγρυπνη ἐπιμέλεια τῶν γονιῶν τους ἐν παιδείᾳ καὶ νουθεσίᾳ Κυρίου. Ἔτσι, ὑπόδειγμα ἀπὸ τὴν ὅλη του διαγωγὴ καὶ ἀπὸ τὴν χριστιανικώτατη ἀνατροφὴ τῶν παιδιῶν του, χειροτονήθηκε Ἱερέας μετὰ ἀπὸ ἐπίμονη παράκληση τῶν συγχωριανῶν του. Ἀπέναντι στὸ ποίμνιό του, φέρθηκε ὅπως καὶ ἀπέναντι τῆς οἰκογενείας του. Δηλαδὴ μὲ εὐσέβεια, μὲ ἀγάπη, μὲ ἀγρυπνία καὶ διδαχή. Πολλὲς φορὲς μάλιστα, μέσα στὴ βροχὴ καὶ τὸ κρύο, ἄφηνε τὸ ἴδιο του τὸ σπίτι, γιὰ νὰ πάει στὰ σπίτια τῶν ἐνοριτῶν του γιὰ νὰ τοὺς εὐεργετήσει μὲ ὑλικὴ βοήθεια ἢ μὲ ἠθικὴ ἐνίσχυση καὶ παρηγοριά. Ὁ Θεός, ποὺ ἔβλεπε τὴν πνευματικὴ προκοπὴ τοῦ Φιλόθεου, τὸν ἀξίωσε καὶ νὰ θαυματουργεῖ. Ἔτσι αὐτός, ἀκόμα περισσότερο εὐεργετοῦσε τὸ ποίμνιό του καὶ ἔτσι συνέχισε μέχρι ποὺ παρέδωσε στὸ Θεὸ τὴν δίκαια ψυχή του.



Ὁ Ἅγιος Μάξιμος

Μαρτύρησε διὰ ξίφους.



Οἱ Ἁγίες Δύο κόρες

Μαρτύρησαν διὰ ξίφους.



Ἡ Εὕρεσις τοῦ Λειψάνου τοῦ Ἁγίου πρωτομάρτυρος Στεφάνου

Τὸ γεγονὸς αὐτὸ συνέβη στὰ χρόνια ποὺ οἱ μεγάλοι διωγμοὶ τῶν πρώτων χριστιανῶν εἶχαν κοπάσει καὶ αὐτοκράτωρ ἦταν ὁ Μέγας Κωνσταντῖνος. Τότε, ὁ Ἅγιος Στέφανος φανερώθηκε τρεῖς φορὲς σὲ κάποιον εὐσεβῆ γέροντα Ἱερέα, τὸ Λουκιανό, καὶ τοῦ ἀποκάλυψε τὸν τόπο, ὅπου ἦταν κρυμμένο τὸ λείψανό του. Αὐτὸς ἀμέσως τὸ ἀνέφερε στὸν Πατριάρχη Ἱεροσολύμων Ἰωάννη, ποὺ μὲ τὴν σειρά του πῆγε στὸν ὑποδεικνυόμενο τόπο καὶ πράγματι βρῆκε τὸ Ἱερὸ λείψανο τοῦ Ἁγίου Στεφάνου. Κατὰ τὴν εὕρεση ἔγινε μεγάλος σεισμός, καὶ τὸ λείψανο τοῦ Ἁγίου πλημμύρισε εὐωδιὰ τοὺς παρευρισκόμενους στὸν τόπο ἐκεῖνο. Λέγεται ὅτι ἀπὸ τὸν οὐρανὸ ἀκούστηκαν ἀγγελικὲς φωνές, ποὺ ἔλεγαν «Δόξα ἐν ὑψίστοις Θεῷ καὶ ἐπὶ γῆς εἰρήνη, ἐν ἀνθρώποις εὐδοκία». Δηλαδή, δόξα ἂς εἶναι στὸ Θεό, στὰ ὕψιστα μέρη τοῦ οὐρανοῦ καὶ στὴν ταραγμένη ἀπὸ τὴν ἁμαρτία γῆ ἂς βασιλεύσει ἡ θεία εἰρήνη, διότι ὁ Θεὸς φανέρωσε τὴν εὐαρέσκειά Του στοὺς ἀνθρώπους, μὲ τὴν ἐνανθρώπιση τοῦ Υἱοῦ Του. Φανέρωναν, ἔτσι, οἱ ἄγγελοι περίτρανα ὅτι ὁ πρωτομάρτυρας Στέφανος μαρτύρησε γιὰ τὴν ἀγάπη καὶ τὴν δόξα τοῦ Θεοῦ. Ἀργότερα, τὰ λείψανα τοῦ Ἁγίου μεταφέρθηκαν ἀπὸ τὴν Ἱερουσαλὴμ στὴν Κωνσταντινούπολη καὶ ἐναποτέθηκαν στὸν ἐπ᾿ ὀνόματι αὐτοῦ ἀνεγερθέντα Ναὸ ὑπὸ τοῦ Μ. Κωνσταντίνου.



Ὁ Ὅσιος Μελέτιος

Ἡ μνήμη του ἀναφέρεται μόνο στὸ Σιναϊτικὸ Τυπικὸ ὑπ᾿ ἀριθ. 1094 φ. 35 ὡς ἑξῆς: «Μηνὶ Σεπτεμβρίῳ ιε´ ἐκοιμήθη ὁ Ὅσιος πατὴρ ἡμῶν Μελέτιος καὶ κτήτωρ τῆς Μονῆς τοῦ Σεργίου» (βλ. Δημητριεύσκη Τυπικὸ Β´ σελ. 30).



Ὁ Ἅγιος Συμεὼν Ἀρχιεπίσκοπος Θεσσαλονίκης

Ἔζησε τὸν 15ο αἰῶνα καὶ γιὰ τὴν ζωή του δὲν ὑπάρχουν πολλὰ στοιχεῖα. Πρέπει νὰ ἦταν Ἱερομόναχος καὶ Ἀρχιεπίσκοπος Θεσσαλονίκης πρέπει νὰ ἔγινε μετὰ τὸ 1410. Ἐκτὸς ἀπὸ τὸ σπουδαῖο ποιμαντικό του ἔργο, ἀνέπτυξε καὶ πλούσια συγγραφικὴ ἐργασία. Ἔγραψε ἐπιστολές, ἑρμηνεῖες, ἐγκώμια, διάλογους καὶ ὑμνογραφικὰ κείμενα. Πέθανε τὸν Σεπτέμβριο τοῦ 1429. Ἁγιοποιήθηκε στὶς 14 Ἀπριλίου 1981.



Οἱ Ἅγιοι Βησσαρίων ὁ Α´ καὶ Βησσαρίων ὁ Β´ Ἀρχιεπίσκοποι Λαρίσης (1490-1541)

Γιὰ τὸν Βησσαρίωνα Α´ δὲν ἔχουμε ἄρκετες καὶ σαφεῖς πληροφορίες γιὰ τὴν ζωή του. Ὁ δὲ Βησσαρίων Β´, καταγόταν ἀπὸ τὸ χωριὸ Μεγάλες Πόρτες τῆς Θεσσαλίας, καὶ οἱ γονεῖς του ἦταν εὐσεβεῖς ἄνθρωποι. Ἀπὸ μικρὸς εἶχε κλίση στὰ ἐκκλησιαστικὰ καὶ μπῆκε στὴν ὑπηρεσία τοῦ Μητροπολίτη Λαρίσης Μάρκου. Κατόπιν χειροτονήθηκε ἀπ᾿ αὐτὸν διάκονος καὶ πρεσβύτερος. Ἔπειτα ἀναδείχθηκε ἐπίσκοπος Δομενίκου καὶ Ἐλασσῶνος. Ἀλλὰ ἐπειδὴ ὑπῆρχαν ὁρισμένα στημένα σκάνδαλα στὴν ἐπισκοπὴ αὐτή, ὁ Βησσαρίων δὲν πῆγε καὶ ἔλαβε ἐξαρχικῶς τὴν ἐπισκοπὴ Σταγῶν καὶ μετὰ ἕξι χρόνια, ἀφοῦ πέθανε ὁ Λαρίσης Μᾶρκος, ἀναδείχτηκε Μητροπολίτης Λαρίσης. Ἀφοῦ ποίμανε τὸ ποίμνιό του μὲ ὁσιότητα καὶ δικαιοσύνη, ἀπεβίωσε εἰρηνικὰ στὸ 50ό ἔτος τῆς ἡλικίας του.



Ὁ Ὅσιος Γεράσιμος κτίτωρ Ἱερᾶς Μονῆς Ἁγίας Τριάδος Σουρβίας

Χωρὶς βιογραφικὸ ὑπόμνημα στοὺς Συναξαριστές. Ἀπὸ τὴν Β´ ἔκδοση ὅμως τῆς Ἀκολουθίας του στὴν Ἀθήνα τὸ 1901, μαθαίνουμε ὅτι ἦταν ἀπὸ τὸ χωριὸ Λεοντάρι τῆς Πελοποννήσου καὶ περὶ τὸ 1740 ἔκτισε τὴν Ἱερὰ Μονὴ Ἁγίας Τριάδος Σουρβίας, τῆς Κωμοπόλεως Μακαριωτίσσης ἢ Μακρηνίτσης. Ἐκεῖ μὲ ὁσιότητα καὶ πνευματικὴ ἄσκηση ἀφοῦ ἔζησε, ἀπεβίωσε εἰρηνικά, κάνοντας πολλὰ θαύματα.



Ὁ Ἅγιος Ἰωάννης ὁ Νεομάρτυρας ἀπὸ τὴν Κρήτη

Τὰ Σφακιὰ τῆς Κρήτης ἦταν ἡ πατρίδα του καὶ ἐργαζόταν σὰν γεωργὸς στὴ Νέα Ἔφεσο. σ᾿ ἕνα πανηγύρι πρὸς τιμὴν τοῦ Τιμίου Προδρόμου (29 Αὐγούστου 1811) ἔξω ἀπὸ τὴν Ν. Ἔφεσο, ὁ Ἰωάννης μὲ δυὸ πατριῶτες τοῦ διασκέδαζαν. Σὲ κάποια στιγμὴ ἦλθαν ἀπεσταλμένοι τοῦ ἀγὰ καὶ τοὺς ζήτησαν τὸν κεφαλικὸ φόρο. Οἱ τρεῖς Σφακιανοὶ ἀρνήθηκαν νὰ τὸν πληρώσουν καὶ συνεπλάκησαν μὲ τοὺς φοροεισπράκτορες. Ἀποτέλεσμα ἦταν νὰ σκοτωθεῖ, ἀπὸ τοὺς συντρόφους τοῦ Ἰωάννη, ἕνας Τοῦρκος καὶ οἱ ἄλλοι νὰ τραυματιστοῦν. Οἱ δυὸ πατριῶτες τοῦ Ἰωάννη ἀπομακρύνθηκαν, ἐνῷ ὁ ἴδιος ἐπειδὴ ἦταν ἀθῷος ἔμεινε. Ἀλλ᾿ οἱ Τοῦρκοι, ποὺ ζητοῦσαν ἐκδίκηση συνέλαβαν τὸν Ἰωάννη καὶ ἀφοῦ τὸν βασάνισαν τὸν ἔριξαν στὴ φυλακή, ὅπου ἔμεινε χωρὶς τροφὴ γιὰ 16 ἡμέρες. Στὶς προτάσεις τῶν Τούρκων νὰ ἐξισλαμιστεῖ γιὰ νὰ γλιτώσει τὸ θάνατο, ὁ Ἰωάννης ἀπάντησε: «Χριστιανὸς γεννήθηκα χριστιανὸς θέλω νὰ πεθάνω, Ἰωάννης ὀνομάζομαι, δὲν ἀλλάζω τὴν πίστη μου οὔτε τ᾿ ὄνομά μου». Τότε οἱ Τοῦρκοι τὸν ἀπαγχόνισαν στὶς 15-9-1811. Κατόπιν ἀδείας οἱ Χριστιανοὶ τὸν ἔθαψαν στὴν αὐλὴ τοῦ ναοῦ τοῦ Ἁγίου Γεωργίου, στὴν Ἔφεσο. Μαρτύριο τοῦ Ἁγίου συνέγραψε ὁ Ἀθανάσιος Πάριος, τὴν δὲ Ἀκολουθία του ὁ μοναχὸς Γεράσιμος Μικραγιαννανίτης.