Orthodox Calendar: September 13 – commemoration of the consecration of the Church of the Holy Resurrection of Christ from the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.

On this month, on the thirteenth day, the commemoration of the consecration of the church of the Holy Resurrection of Christ, our God, from the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.

To present glory to God for the pleased finish of the Council of Nicaea (the primary ecumenical council), Constantine the Nice wished to construct a church on Golgotha, the place of the Resurrection of the world. Then bishop Macarie confirmed the emperor the place of the Tomb, the place he stored the reminiscence of the Custom, as a result of the place had been lined with earth throughout the reign of Adrian (135) with the intention of increasing town. After they dug and found the Tomb and the devices of the Ardour, they constructed over them an incredible church, whose consecration occurred on September 13, 335 to exchange the pagan celebration of Jupiter Capitolinus. This holy church was so stunning and grand that it turned an emblem of the victory of Christianity and even a mannequin for a lot of church buildings.

Additionally on this present day, the commemoration of the Holy Martyrs Kronides, Leontius, Serapion, Straton and Seleucus.

Blessed Kronides the deacon, shining with the nice deeds of his life, within the Metropolis of Alexandria, believed by way of him Leontius and Serapion. And within the barbarous and infidel Galatia, Seleucus and Valerian, Macrovius and Gordian, and Straton in Nicomedia of Bithynia. However Cronidus, Leontius and Serapion, after struggling many torments in Egypt, having their arms and toes tied, have been thrown into the ocean. Whose relics popping out on land, angels appeared in visions to trustworthy folks, and commanded them to cowl them with earth. And people of Galatia, Seleucus and Valerian, Macrovius and Gordian, being tormented with fireplace and sword and in lots of different methods by the hegemon who was there, in spite of everything gave them to wild beasts to eat, and so the souls to God and -gave. And the ruler of Bithynia, after tormenting Saint Straton with many torments, took off the tops of two bushes, tied his arms to these and instantly ordered to loosen the bushes of their place, they tore the saint in two; and so he gave his soul to God.

Additionally on this present day, the commemoration of the Holy Martyr Cornelius the Centurion.

This saint lived on the time of the Holy Apostles and is the primary among the many pagans who believed. Dwelling a innocent life, he noticed an angel urging him to name the Apostle Peter to himself, to listen to from him what was occurring. and Peter going to him, and telling him the phrase of his Lord and people who had include him, and educating him and baptizing him, gave him the order and the management of town of Schepsia. Discovering her immersed in idols, she baptized all of them with the grace of Christ; and even Demetrius the ruler, who believed together with his entire family. So ending his holy apostolic life, he went to the Lord.

Additionally on this present day, the commemoration of the Holy Martyrs Gordian, Macrovius, Ili, Zotic, Lucian and Valerian.

These saints suffered torments throughout the time of Licinius. Gordian was from Cappadocia, and Macrovius was from Paphlagonia, younger in age, and excellent in religion in Christ. And Zotic, Ili and Lucian, dedicated themselves by the sword in Rome, after many torments, by order of Maximus the hegemon; however Valerian dedicated himself weeping over the tomb of the saints.

Additionally on this present day, the commemoration of our Reverend Father Peter from Agreia, who handed away in peace.

Additionally on this present day, the commemoration of Pious John of Prislop.

It’s mentioned {that a} younger man named Ioan, from the village of Silvas de Sus – inside the boundaries of which St. Locas was additionally situated – left his parental dwelling, joined the neighborhood of the monks of le Prislop, main a selected lifetime of prayer, intertwined with work and doing good deeds. After quite a lot of years, wanting to steer an excellent quieter life, utterly withdrawn from the world, he discovered a spot, about 500 meters from the monastery, on the precipitous financial institution of the river Slivut (Silvut), the place he dug himself with nice hardships, a stone cell, recognized to this present day as “the cell” or once more “the saint’s home”. Right here he spent the remainder of his days in incessant prayers and fasts, identical to the good religious seekers of the primary Christian centuries. But it surely was God’s will that his improved life ought to finish too quickly. Fashionable custom says that whereas he was making a window in his cell, two hunters from the opposite facet of the precipice shot him, not figuring out who it was. That is how the Pious Hermit or Saint John from Prislop died.

We have no idea for certain when Pious John of Prislop lived. We assume that within the fifteenth century or within the first half of the subsequent… He was, is and might be – for the believers from the Hateg and Hunedoara components – a dwelling instance of holiness, and his “cell” or “home” stays all the time a spot of pilgrimage and peace of thoughts for all those that search phrases of consolation and power within the locations of nice pure fantastic thing about Prislop, the place so many pious monks lived with a life chosen and pleasing to God.

(Rev. prof. dr. Mircea Păcurariu: “Romanian Saints”, 1987 version)

Additionally on this present day, the commemoration of the holy nice martyr Ketevan, queen of Georgia.

The holy Nice Martyr Ketevan was a descendant of the Bagration imperial household and was the great-granddaughter of Emperor Constantine of Kartalin (1469-1505). Having turn out to be the spouse of David, the descendant of Emperor Alexander II of Kakheti (1577-1605), she herself dominated the empire. The deep piety of the empress was manifested in her particular consideration to the wants of the Georgian Church, within the constructing of church buildings, shelters and homes for vacationers or the homeless. After the loss of life of her husband, Saint Ketevan settled in solitude.

Constantine (referred to as Okayan), her husband’s brother, accepted Islam and, following the directions of Shah Abbas I, despatched assassins to kill his dying father, Emperor Alexander II, and his brother George. After the crime was dedicated, Constantine ordered the our bodies of the victims to be positioned on camels and brought to Empress Ketevan. horrified by the act of cruelty, the empress mourned the harmless victims and buried them on the Alaverdsk cathedral. As well as, the untrue Constantin-Okayan went past propriety in entrance of her respectable widow and requested for her hand, threatening pressure in case of refusal.

Empress Ketevan gathered her folks from Kakheti and marched towards Constantine, defeating the unworthy apostate. He suffered an inglorious loss of life together with most of the Persian military. Underneath the sensible management of Empress Ketevan, peace and justice have been restored to Kakheti. Shah Abbas I returned her son Teimuraz, who, though he had lived for a number of years on the sheikh’s courtroom as a hostage, had stored his Orthodox Religion untainted.

After that Shah Abbas, threatening Georgia with destruction, compelled the feudal authorities of Kakheti at hand over a substantial quantity of hostages. Amongst them, as a volunteer, was Empress Ketevan. Wanting to forestall catastrophe for the Georgian nation and the Holy Church, she arrived in Ispahan. Shah Abbas urged the empress to just accept the Mohammedan religion, however she acquired a resolute refusal.

Then Empress Ketevan was thrown into jail, the place she spent ten years, full of the sufferings of martyrdom. Neither the vileness of the Persian courtiers, nor the shrewd proposals of the shah to boost her to the rank of empress of the Persian land, nor the proposals of nice riches, nor the persistent entreaties and entreaties of the Persian courtiers and nobles – nothing was capable of entice her to utter even a single blasphemous phrase towards Christ. Nothing was capable of transfer the one who suffered in Christ.

They hung her crucified on a tree within the form of a cross and tortured her with sizzling tongs. They put a red-hot helmet on her head, she was hit with metal rods they usually pierced her physique with nails. The thick smoke from her burning hair and head rose up, and the blessed martyr gave her soul to God on September 13, 1624.

Three shining columns descended on Saint Ketevan’s physique, signifying her religious victory. The bones of the holy empress have been dropped at Rome to the cathedral of Saint Peter the Apostle, by monks of the Augustinian order who had witnessed her martyrdom. A part of the relics (the honorable head and the best hand of the martyr) got by the Augustinian monks to Emperor Teimuraz I and positioned below the altar desk within the Alaverdi cathedral of the holy Nice Martyr George in Kakheti. The Catholic Patriarch Zaharia (1613-1630) counted the Nice Martyr Ketevan among the many saints and appointed her Feast for September 13.

Additionally on this present day, the commemoration of the Reverend Ierota the brand new, Ivirit, who was born in 1686 and who died in peace.

Saint Hierotei was born in 1686 in Greece. Wanting to grasp Divine knowledge as it’s within the sciences and within the monastic life, the pious younger man, exhibiting nice potential and diligence, studied Latin and Greek philosophy.

After the loss of life of his dad and mom, eager to proceed his training, Saint Hierota first visited Mount Athos, which was well-known for its many academics. At first he was the disciple of a sure hermit close to the cell of Saint Artemis (celebrated on October 20), after which he joined the brothers within the Iviron monastery, the place he acquired the monastic tonsure.

Saint Hierota quickly arrived in Constantinople with the affairs of the monastery and from there in Wallachia, the place the Lord led him to proceed his training that he had interrupted. Being instructed by a sure Cypriot monk, Saint Hierotei, by way of his good manners he earned the favor of Metropolitan Auxentius of Sofia and was ordained a deacon.

After finishing his training in Venice, Saint Hierota returned to the Holy Mountain. He settled close to the Iviron monastery within the wilderness of Khaga. In accordance with the testimony of his contemporaries, he led a really strict life as a hermit; with the incessant Prayer of Jesus, the monk found deep love for his neighbor and joy-giving troubles. On the intervention of the hegumen of the Iviron monastery, the Holy Hierotea was ordained a priest by Metropolitan Iacob of Neocaesarea who lived there in seclusion.

On the request of the inhabitants of Skopelos, who had no priest, the self-denying ascetic left his solitude. He officiated the companies and preached for eight years, collectively together with his astonished disciples, the hieromonarch Meletie and the monks Ioasaf and Simeon.

Sensing that his finish was close to, Saint Hierotei with three disciples retired to the island of Yura, the place these sentenced to life have been normally despatched. There after a brief sickness he went to the Lord within the 12 months 1745. His disciples buried him in that island, and after three years his venerable head was transferred to the Iviron monastery. Many sick folks and people tormented with bodily struggling have been healed by way of prayers to the saint.

With their holy prayers, Lord, have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

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