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Re: Why Remember the Saints?

Postby flying finn » December 8th, 2007, 7:24 pm

They're both, the Immaculate Conception and the Assumptiuon, holy days of obligation over here.
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Re: Why Remember the Saints?

Postby Pondero » December 9th, 2007, 11:35 am

flying finn wrote:They're both, the Immaculate Conception and the Assumptiuon, holy days of obligation over here.


Good, there seems to be much more about Holy Days of Obligation on US websites and very little on ours in Canada. Note: I have edited my previous post on the subject. I still don't know for certain what are Holy Days of Obligation in Canada :shock:
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Re: Why Remember the Saints?

Postby Theophilus » December 17th, 2007, 2:25 am

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Nun Melania the Roman

Postby Theophilus » December 31st, 2007, 6:00 am

31st December

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The Nun Melania, the first of a series of Roman girls who "yearned from their youthful years for Christ, thirsting for bodily chastity and stung by Divine love", -- was born into a Christian family. Her parents, people of property and wealth, looked on their daughter as an heiress and continuant of their line. At fourteen years of age Melania was given, against her will, in marriage to the illustrious youth Apinian. From the very beginning of their married life, Saint Melania besought her spouse to live with her in chastity or else release her from the marriage, chaste in both body and soul. Apinian answered: "When through the will of the Lord we come to have two children as heirs to the property, then together we shall renounce the world". Soon Melania gave birth to a daughter, whom the young parents dedicated to God. Continuing to live together in marriage, Melania in secret wore an hairshirt and spent her nights at prayer. The second time Melania gave birth, it was premature and with severe complications. A boy was born, they baptised him, and at once he expired to the Lord. Seeing the suffering of his spouse, Blessed Apinian besought the Lord to preserve Saint Melania alive, and he gave a vow to spend the rest of their life together in chastity. Recovering, Saint Melania did away once for all with her silken-like clothing. Soon also their daughter died. Amongst themselves, the parents of the Saints were against the desire of the young couple to devote themselves to God. It was only when the father of Saint Melania became deathly sick, that he asked forgiveness of them and gave his permission for them to follow their chosen path, meanwhile asking them to pray for him. The saints then quit the city of Rome, and a new life began for them, completely dedicated to the service of God. Apinian at this time was 24 years of age, and Melania -- age 20. They began to visit the sick, to take in wanderers, and generously to help the indigent. They made the rounds of the prisons, places of those exiled and mine-convicts and the destitute, held there in debtor's prison. Having sold off estates in Italy and Spain, they generously rendered help to elders and monasteries by purchasing for the monasteries -- lands in Mesopotamia, Syria, Egypt, Phoenicia and Palestine. By their assist was built many a church and sick-house. Churches of both West and East benefited from them. When in forsaking their native land, they set sail for Africa, a strong storm broke loose as they sailed. The sailors said, that this was from the wrath of God, but Blessed Melania said, that they had been given over in the ship to His unfathomable will. The waves carried the ship to an island, on which stood a city, besieged by barbarians. The besiegers demanded a ransom payment from the inhabitants, elsewise they threatened to lay waste the city. The saints supplied the necessary money, and thus saved the city and its people from destruction. Arriving then in Africa, they rendered help to all the needy there, and with the blessing of the local bishops they made offerings to churches and monasteries. During this while Saint Melania continued to humble her flesh by strict fasting, and she fortified her soul by constant reading of the Word of God, making copies of the sacred books and distributing them to those that lacked them. She herself sewed an hairshirt, and having donned it continued to wear it.

In Africa the saints spent 7 years and then, freed of all their wealth, on the command of Christ, they set off to Jerusalem. Along the way, at Alexandria, they were welcomed by the bishop, Saint Cyril, and they met in church with the holy elder Nestorios, who was possessed of the gift of prophecy and healing. The elder turned to them, comforting and calling them to courage and patience in expectation of the Glory of Heaven. At Jerusalem the saints distributed to the destitute their remaining gold and then spent their days in poverty and prayer. After a short visit to Egypt, where the saints visited many of the desert fathers, Saint Melania secluded herself into a solitary cell on the Mount of Olives, and only occasionally saw Saint Apinian. Gradually around her cell there arose a monastery, where gathered eventually nine women. Saint Melania, out of humility, would not consent to be hegumeness, and as before lived and prayed in solitude. In her instructions Saint Melania urged the sisters to be vigilant and to pray, to disdain their own opinions and cultivate first of all love for God and for one another, to keep the holy Orthodox faith and purity both of soul and of body. In particular she exhorted them to be obedient to the will of God. Calling to mind the words of the Apostle Paul, she counselled them to keep the fasts "not with wailing nor from compunction: but in virtuous disposition bestown with love for God". By her efforts in the monastery was built an oratory and altar, where they buried relics of saints: of the Prophet of God Zachariah, of the holy FirstMartyr Stephen, and of the Forty Martyrs of Sebasteia. At about this time Saint Apinian expired to the Lord. Saint Melania buried his relics and there spent another four years in fasting and unceasing prayer.

Saint Melania wanted to build a men's monastery on the Mount of the Ascension of the Lord. The Lord blessed her intent, by sending a benefactor who provided the means for the monastery. Joyfully accepting it, Saint Melania finished the great work in a single year. In this monastery, saintly men began to lift up unceasing prayer in the church of the Ascension of Christ. Having finished her tasks, the saint left Jerusalem for Constantinople, to go to her pagan uncle in hope of saving his soul. Along the way she prayed at the relics of Saint Lawrence, at the place of his martyrdom, and received auspicious signs. Arriving in Constantinople, the saint found her uncle suffering in sickness, and she conversed with him. Under her influence the sick man gave up paganism and died a Christian. During this period many inhabitants of the capital were worked up over the heretical teaching of Nestorius. Saint Melania accepted anyone who turned to her for proper explanation. Many miracles were worked through the prayer of the saint. Returning then to her own monastery, the saint sensed the nearness of death, and declared this to the presbyter and the sisters. They listened to her final instructions in deep sorrow and with tears. Having asked their prayers and commanding them to preserve themselves in purity, and having communed the Holy Mysteries with joy and psalmody, Saint Melania calmly and in peace gave up her soul to the Lord. This occurred in the year 439.
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Re: Why Remember the Saints?

Postby techi » December 31st, 2007, 11:07 am

Theophilus wrote:I hope that on this board we can - amongst other things - discover the Grace of God revealed to the world in the lives of His Saintly, Martyrs, Theologians, Fools-for-Christ, Prophets, and Wonderworkers.


Amen, and thank you Jesus for making me a saint, and to be able to approach your Father's throne with confidence and with a sinless record. Blessed be Your name!
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Re: Why Remember the Saints?

Postby Ishy » January 4th, 2008, 7:44 pm

I tend to look forward and not back. It is in seeing the new saints born I find my greatest Joy. The more the merrier.

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The Synaxis of the 70 Holy Apostles

Postby Theophilus » January 5th, 2008, 4:08 am

Janurary 4th

O Holy Apostles, intercede to our merciful God, that He may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

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The Seventy Disciples and Apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ are those Whom our Saviour chose in addition to the Twelve and sent forth unto the work of preaching. With the passage of time, others were added to their number by the Holy Apostles, who, with the accompaniment and assistance of the Seventy, were preaching the Gospel of Christ in various lands. Although their number eventually exceeded seventy, they were all nonetheless referred to as "of the Seventy" out of reverence for the number of Apostles which the Lord chose.

With hymns let us praise the chorus of the Seventy disciples of Christ, ye faithful; and in godliness, let us keep a feast, for we learned through them to worship the Trinity, Who is indivisibly one; for they are the lamps of our most godly Faith
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Re: Why Remember the Saints?

Postby Theophilus » January 15th, 2008, 7:09 am

St Seraphim of Sarov

Although that is going by the "old calendar" rather than the new one most will be used to.
Janurary is in fact a great month for saints days, Church fathers in particular, although by some of them passed by for another year.

Jan 1: Basil the Great; Gregory (Bishop of Nanzianzos, Father of Gregory the Theologian)
Jan 2: St. Seraphim; Pope Sylvester
Jan 3: The Prophet Malachai
Jan 4: Holy Synaxis (see above)
Jan 7: Synaxis of John the Baptist (in honour of the Theophany)
Jan 10: Gregory of Nyssa
Jan 17: Anthony the Great
Jan 18: Ss Athanasius & Cyril, patriarchs of Alexandria
Jan 19: Mark of Ephesus
Jan 20: Euthymios the Great
Jan 21: Maximos the Confessor
Jan 22: The Apostle Timothy
Jan 25: Gregory the Theologian
Jan 27: The removal of St John Chrystostom's relics
Jan 28: Ephraim the Syrian; Issac the Syrian
Jan 29: Removal of the relics of St Ignatius
Jan 30: The Three Heirarchs (Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, John Chrystostom); Hippolytus, Bishop of Rome

These are just a select few of course; there are at least 10 saints for each day, commermorated by someone, somewhere.
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Xenia, Deaconess of Rome

Postby Theophilus » January 24th, 2008, 11:01 am

In thee the image was preserved with exactness, O Mother; for taking up thy cross, thou didst follow Christ, and by thy deeds thou didst teach us to overlook the flesh, for it passeth away, but to attend to the soul since it is immortal. Wherefore, O righteous Xenia, thy spirit rejoiceth with the Angels.

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Our righteous Mother Xenia of Rome was from a distinguished family. While her pagan parents were preparing to wed her, she stole away secretly, taking two trusted servants with her, and departed for Mylasa of Karia in Asia Minor, and there she began her life in asceticism. She founded a monastary and was was ordained abbotess by Paul, her spiritual father, who became Bishop of Mylasa. During her time as Spiritual Mother and director of the community, she often displayed the fruit of the Spririt: she was comforter to the broken, feeder of the poor, and merciful to sinners.

Although she was originally named Eusebia, to conceal her identity, she took the name Xenia - which means "stranger" in Greek - because of her estrangement from her country.

Celebrating the memorial of thy life which thou didst live as a stranger, O Xenia, and honoring thee with love, we praise Christ Who gave thee the power to grant healings to all. Ever pray to Him for us all.
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Re: Why Remember the Saints?

Postby hughm » January 24th, 2008, 3:41 pm

Why Remember the Saints?

Because they are an example to us all, our signs posts and roads to heavean !!!

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