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Mark Smith is a priest of the Genuine Orthodox Church of Greece under the Omophorian of Metropolitan Kirykos of Mesogaias and Lavreotikis. He lives in Chilliwack, BC, Canada
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Nov. 17th, 2018 @ 08:29 pm This evening we heard (November 5th):


Reared on the milk of ascetic deeds, through many torments and pains, thou, O blessed, Galaction, in thy courage didst attain to the stature of Christ our God, hereby becoming a pleasing sac­rifice and a whole offering in thy willing zeal. O thy great steadfastness and sure faith! whereby thou hast attained to God and in all perfection art completely deified.

... and also...

Thou, in thy prudence, didst wisely seek the Source of every good thing and the Summit of things desired, with Whose brightness thou, O Saint, wast illumined in soul and mind and in thy steadfast resistance didst destroy the ancient dragon, the ever-scheming foe, O Martyr blest of God, Episteme, godly ornament of nuns, much-contend­ing victor who hast won thy many fights.


The Menaion, November 5th, Holy Martyrs Galaction and Episteme, husband and wife, who became monastics and were martyred
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Nov. 10th, 2018 @ 08:02 pm This evening we heard (October 29th):
Let us all praise with eagerness the adornment of martyred Saints and the flower of virgins, that greatest ornament of all the just, Anastasia, the contender in many fights, that resplendent boast of Rome, the delightful and undefiled sacrifice to God, the unshakeable groundwork of true piety who notably contended in holy struggles of martyr­dom.

,,,and also,,,

Godly-wise Father Avramios, in spirit, thou wast a true imitator of Abraham, going from thy fatherland as a pilgrim upon the earth. Deny­ing fleshly desires, thou didst enclose thy straitened body within a little hut, where thou didst make thy mind soar to Heaven, where, O blessed one, in truth thou hadst had thy citizenship and thy way of life.



The Menaion, October 29th, Holy Righteous Martyr Anastasia of Rome and the Holy Righteous Father Avramios and his niece Maria
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Nov. 10th, 2018 @ 09:22 am The Benefits of Prayer

This is why every morning before any work begins God’s Church draws us towards it with the sound of hallowed bells. Because daily converse with God through prayer and psalmody calms and transforms all attacks, repulses fleshly desires, blunts covetous thoughts, purges away conceit, destroys envy, educates anger, banishes remembrance of wrongs and, setting aside bitterness and contention, bestows every kind of peace, good order and comfort on towns, homes, souls and bodies, for married people as well as those who have embarked on the monastic life. Put simply, this is the foundation and assurance of everything good, driving away every evil and misfortune and redeeming us from it.

The Homilies of Saint Gregory Palamas - Homily 51, p. 400

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Nov. 3rd, 2018 @ 08:14 pm This evening we heard (October 22nd):
Come, O all creation, with psalmic cymbals and voices of jubilation, let us send up praise unto God, Who, before the common Resurrection, hath manifested the Resurrection unto us, and, at the en­treaties of the pious king, raised up from dust the holy Seven Youths who had died many years before, to the fall and eternal shame of unbelieving enemies, and to the glory and praise of them that fear Him. For the Lord knoweth to glorify those who glorify Him in turn; for He doeth the will of them that fear Him in truth, since He alone is compassionate and the Friend of man.


The Menaion, October 22nd, Service for the Seven Holy Youths, the Sleepers of Ephesos
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Oct. 21st, 2018 @ 11:33 am Today we heard (October 8th):


O Pelagia praised of all, thy life was an exam­ple for them that live in solitude, and the complete correction of sinners terribly fallen; for thou, upon escaping the night of passions, drewest nigh Christ, the bright Sun of Glory, O most au­gust, shining forth resplendently 'midst ascetics, with whom we celebrate thy feast, which shineth bright as lightning.

The Menaion, October 8th, Our Holy Righteous Mother Pelagia, the former courtesan
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Oct. 13th, 2018 @ 08:31 pm This evening we heard (Sunday, October 1st):


Let us strike up a harmonious canticle today, joyfully making the Virgin's extraordinary miracles to resound; let us magnify that supernatural sign, which her faithful servants, the marvellous Andrew and his beloved Epiphanios, steadfastly gazed upon in the venerable temple of Blachernae. For when she spread out the holy protection of her sacred veil, she wondrously covered all the pious. Wherefore, we also, who today commemorate this wonder, make fervent entreaty, saying: Shelter us, O Lady, Queen of all, with the mighty protection of thy grace; and save from perils and adversities them that piously honour thee, and worship with faith thine immaculate Child, O all-hymned Virgin.


The Menaion, October 1st, The Protection of the Theotokos
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Oct. 6th, 2018 @ 08:30 pm This evening we heard (September 24th):


Thou troddest underfoot the violence of lions, O Apostle and Protomartyr Thecla; and put­ting Thamyris to shame, thou didst follow after thy Bridegroom, crying: I have run to the fragrance of Thy myrrh, O Christ. Wherefore, while pursuing Paul, thou didst receive grace from Heaven, and didst inherit thy crown from God, the Bestower of the prizes. And thou intercedest unceasingly that forgiveness of failings be granted unto those who keep thy sacred memorial with faith.


The Menaion, September 24th Holy Protomartyr Thekla, Equal to the Apostles
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Oct. 6th, 2018 @ 11:08 am These men of Galilee, the Holy Apostles


These men of Galilee were simple and unimportant; they knew no other language than Syriac; their occupation was a humble one, for they worked as fishermen; nevertheless, our Saviour promised to make them fishers of men and preachers of His teaching, and He did so, true to His promise, thus showing His divine power, which can effect deeds far surpassing any human feats of virtue. If Christ had put forward men wise and learned, or those who were rich and famous among the Jews, and sent them out to be teachers of His word, it would have been considered the work of man. There are very many men who are ready to obey when they are won over by the goods of the rich, or charmed by long speeches and the appearance of wisdom, or awed by the great image of the famous. Not such were the disciples whom the Lord chose; on the contrary, they were poor, unknown, simple in speech, speakers of Syriac, humble and insignificant in appearance.


The Gospel Commentary, Compiled and Authored by the Holy Patriarch Philotheos of Constantinople ✠1379, pp. 429-430
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Sep. 29th, 2018 @ 08:41 pm This evening we heard (September 17th):


With psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, come, let us acclaim the all-glorious memory of Christ's prizewinners, Faith, Hope, and Love; for setting at nought the weakness of nature, they stood boldly before the tyrant's judgment seat; and taking up the whole armour of the Cross, they withstood the godless enemy and offered themselves as willing sac­rifices unto God, contending nobly for the Faith. For as they were beheaded, they cried: O Lord, let the sacrifice of our lives be well-pleasing in Thy sight; for out of longing for Thee, we have disdained this fleet­ing life. By their intercessions, O transcendently good Christ our God, grant victory over enemies unto the Christ-loving peoples, and great mercy to our souls.


The Menaion, September 17th, Holy Virgin-martyrs Faith, Hope and Love and their mother Sophia
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Sep. 29th, 2018 @ 09:26 am Faith Hope and Love (September 17th):

Then Faith said to her sisters, “You know, my dear sisters, to Whom we have promised ourselves and to Whom we have been betrothed. You know that we have been signed with the holy Cross of our Lord to serve Him to eternity. Therefore, let us endure unto the end. A single mother has borne us and has reared and instructed us, so let us accept a common death since we are sisters and share a single will. May I be an example to you, that you both might follow me to our Bridegroom, Who summons us to Himself.”

Having said this, Faith kissed her mother, and embracing her sisters, she kissed them and then submitted herself to the sword. Her mother did not sorrow for her daughter, for her love for God overcame her maternal love and pity for her children.

The Great Collection of the Lives of the Saints by Saint Dimitry of Rostov – September 17th, p. 282

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