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    St. John the Merciful, Patriarch of Alexandria
    8:30 Confession
    9:00 Divine Liturgy in English
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    25th Sunday after Pentecost, St. John Chrisostom
    8:30 Confession
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Wednesday November 22, 2017 / November 9, 2017

25th Week after Pentecost. Tone seven.
Fast. By Monastic Charter: Strict Fast (Bread, Vegetables, Fruits)

Martyrs Onesiphorus and Porphyrius of Ephesus (284).
Venerable Matrona, abbess, of Constantinople (492).
Venerable Theoctiste of the isle of Lesbos (881).
New Hieromartyrs Parthenius bishop of Ananiev, Constantine, Demetrius, Nestor, Theodore, Constantine, Victor, Elias priests, Joseph deacon and Hieromartyr Alexis (1937).
Venerable Onesiphorus the Confessor of the Kiev Caves (1148).
Martyr Alexander of Thessalonica (305).
Martyr Anthony of Apamea (5th c.).
Venerable John the Short of Egypt (422).
Venerables Eustolia (610) and Sosipatra (635) of Constantinople.
St. Nectarius (Kephalas), metropolitan of Pentapolis (1920) (Greek).
Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos "The Quick Hearer of Mt. Athos" (10th c.).
Venerable Simeon Metaphrastes of Constantinople (960).
Venerables Euthymius (990) and Neophytus, the Serbians of Mt. Athos (Greek).
Martyrs Narses and Artemonos (Greek).
St. Helladius, monk (Greek).
Martyrs Claudius, Castor, Sempronian, and Nicostrat (Romania).

The Scripture Readings

2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Luke 12:48-59


St. Nectarius, metropolitan of Pentapolis, Troparion, Tone I —
O ye faithful, let us honor Nectarius,/ the offspring of Silyvria, the guardian of Aegina,/ the true friend of the virtues, as a godly servant of Christ;/ for he poureth forth all manner of, healings upon those who piously cry aloud:/ Glory to Christ Who hath glorified thee!/ Glory to Him Who hath crowned tliee!// Grlory to Him Who through thee worketh healings for all!

Kontakion, in Tone VIII, "To thee, the champion leader..." —
In joy of heart let us hymn with songs the newly revealed star of Orthodoxy,/ the newly erected bulwark of the Church;/ for, glorified by the activity of the Spirit,/ he poureth forth the abundant grace of healings upon those who cry:// Rejoice, O father Nectarius!

Martyrs Onesiphorus & Porphyrius of Ephesus, Troparion, Tone IV —
In their sufferings, O Lord,/ Thy martyrs received imperishable crowns from Thee our God;/ for, possessed of Thy might,/ they set at nought the tormentors and crushed the feeble audacity of the demons.// By their supplications save Thou our souls.

Venerable Mother Matrona, Abbess of Constantinople, Troparion, Tone VIII —
In thee, O mother, that which was created according to the image of God was manifestly saved./ For accepting thy cross thou didst follow after Christ,/ and praying thou didst learn to disdain the flesh,/ for thou didst transcend it to take care of thine immortal soul.// Wherefore, with the angels doth thy soul rejoice, O venerable Matrona.

Kontakion to the Venerable Matrona, Tone II "Having received grace" —
For the love of the Lord, O venerable Matrona,/ thou didst ignore thy desire for rest,/ illumining thy spirit with fasting;/ by thy supplications cast down the arro­gance of the adversaries, for mightily didst thou vanquish the wild beasts.

Kontakion to the martyrs, Tone II "Seeking the highest" —
Having suffered mightily,/ the two martyrs cast the arrogance of the enemy down to the ground,/ being illumined by the grace of the uncreated Tfinity,/ O glorious Onesiphorus and Porphyrius.// Pray ye unceasingly in behalf of us all.

Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos "The Quick Hearer of Mt. Athos", Troparion, Tone IV —
Let us make haste to the Theotokos amid our misfortunes and fall down now before her holy icon, crying out with faith from the depths of our soul: Hearken quickly to our entreaty, O Virgin, in that thou art called she who is quick to hear. For thee do we, thy servants, have as a ready helper in our needs.

Kontakion, Tone VIII —
Tempest-tossed on the sea of life, we sink beneath the threefold waves of the passions and temptations. Wherefore, grant us a help­ing hand, O Lady, as thy Son did to Peter, and haste thou to deliver us from misfortunes, that we may cry out to thee: Rejoice, O most good one, who art quick to hear!