Thursday, October 28, 2021
- Venerable Stephen the Hymnographer of Saint Savva Monastery
- Repose of Saint Arsenius, Archbishop of Serbia
- Greatmartyr Paraskevḗ of Iconium
- Repose of Venerable Job the Wonderworker, Abbot of Pochaev
- Saint Demetrius (Dimitri), Metropolitan of Rostov
- Martyrs Africanus, Terence, Maximus, Pompeius, and 36 others, of Carthage – No information Available
- Martyrs Terence and Neonila, and their children
- Hieromartyr Cyriacus, Patriarch of Jerusalem
- Venerable John the Chozebite
- Martyr Neophytus of Urbin, Georgia
- Venerable Athanasius the Younger, Patriarch of Constantinople
- Saint Arsenius of Cappadocia
List extracted from Lives of the Saints – Orthodox Church in America (oca.org)
Venerable Stephen the Hymnographer of Saint Savva Monastery
Saint Stephen the Hymnographer of Saint Savva Monastery lived an ascetic life at the Lavra of Saint Savva in Palestine. He and Andrew the Blind were among the first to write hymns (idiomela) for the season between the Publican and Pharisee and Palm Sunday. He does not appear to be the same Saint Stephen who is celebrated on July 13.Venerable Stephen the Hymnographer of Saint Savva Monastery – Orthodox Church in America (oca.org)
Repose of Saint Arsenius, Archbishop of Serbia
Srem was the birthplace of Saint Arsenius, Archbishop of Pec. He spent much of his life as a monk at the Zhicha monastery, where he was spiritually guided by Saint Sava (January 14). Saint Sava appointed him as the monastery’s igumen due to his stringent ascetic lifestyle.
When Hungary invaded Serbia, Saint Sava dispatched Saint Arsenius to discover a safer location in the south for a new episcopal See. Arsenius settled in Pec, where he established a monastery and a church dedicated to the Holy Apostles, followed by the Lord’s Ascension.
Saint Sava appointed Arsenius as his successor before departing for Jerusalem.
Saint Sava died in Trnovo on his return journey in 1223…Paraphrased .[ ] Repose of St Arsenius the Archbishop of Serbia / OrthoChristian.Com
Greatmartyr Paraskevḗ of Iconium
The Great Martyr Paraskevḗ of Iconium, lived during the third century in a rich and pious family. The parents of the saint especially reverenced Friday, the day of the Passion of the Lord, and therefore they called their daughter Paraskevḗ. This name, Paraskevḗ, also means Friday.[ ] Greatmartyr Paraskevḗ of Iconium – Orthodox Church in America (oca.org)
Martyrs Terence and Neonila, and their children
Terence was a Syrian saint who suffered for Christ alongside his wife Neonila and their seven children Sabelus, Photius, Theodoulus, Vele, Hierax, Nitus, and Eunice. They were accused of being Christians and taken before the authorities for questioning.
Even while their sides were scraped with iron hooks, the saints confessed Christ and insulted the heathen gods. Vinegar was poured into their wounds before they were set on fire. The saints encouraged one another and prayed for God’s assistance. He dispatched angels to liberate them from their shackles and cure their wounds. [ ]Paraphrased Martyrs Terence and Neonila, and their children – Orthodox Church in America (oca.org)
Venerable Athanasius the Younger, Patriarch of Constantinople
Saint Athanasius I, Patriarch of Constantinople (1289-1293; 1303-1311), known as Alexius in the world, was born in Adrianopolis. He left his family while still in his youth, living on the knowledge of Christ’s wisdom, and travelled to Thessalonica, where he was tonsured in one of the monasteries under the name Acacius. He quickly returned to Mount Athos and joined the monks of the Esphigmenou monastery, where he served in the trapeza for three years. He obtained the gift of tears through his works and ascetic activities, and he won the brethren’s overall goodwill by his virtuous conduct. (Paraphrased)
Saint Arsenius of Cappadocia
Commemorated on October 28
Saint Arsenius of Farasa is the priest who baptised Elder Paisios the Athonite and gave him his Christian name—Arsenios.