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Saints Panteleimon, Anna and Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church
Markham - York Region

 
 

Our Saints


FEAST OF THE GREAT MARTYR AND HEALER SAINT PANTELEIMON

JULY 27

This Saint, who had Nicomedia as his homeland, was the son of Eustorgius and Eubula. His father was an idolater, but his mother was a Christian from her ancestors. It was through her that he was instructed in piety, and still later, he was catechized in the Faith of Christ by Saint Hermolaus (see July 26) and baptized by him. Being proficient in the physician's vocation, he practiced it in a philanthropic manner, healing every illness more by the grace of Christ than by medicines. Thus, although his parents had named him Pantoleon ("in all things a lion"), because of the compassion he showed for the souls and bodies of all, he was worthily renamed Panteleimon, meaning "all-merciful." · On one occasion, when he restored the sight of a certain blind man by calling on the Divine Name, he enlightened also the eyes of this man's soul to the knowledge of the truth . This also became the cause for the martyrdom of him who had been blind, since when he was asked by whom and in what manner his eyes had been opened, in imitation of that blind man of the Gospel he confessed with boldness both who the physician was and the manner of his healing. For this he was put to death immediately. Panteleimon was arrested also, and having endured many wounds, he was finally beheaded in the year 305, during the reign of Maximian. Saint Panteleimon is one of the Holy Unmercenaries, and is held in special honor among them, even as Saint George is among the Martyrs.

St Panteleimon - Apolitikion

Αθλοφóρε Αγιε, και Ιαματικε Παντελεημον, πρεσβευε τω ελεημονι Θεω, ινα πταισματων αφεσιν, παρασχη ταις ψυχαις ημων.


FEAST OF THE HOLY RIGHTEOUS MARTYR SAINT PARASKEVI

JULY 26

Saint Paraskevi, who was from a certain village near Rome, was born to pious parents, Agatho and Politia. Since she was born on a Friday (in Greek, Paraskevi), she was given this name, which means "preparation" or "preparedness" (compa re Matthew 27:62, Mark 15:42, Luke 23:54, and John 19:31, where 'Friday' is called "the day of the preparation"). From childhood she was instructed in the sacred letters and devoted herself to the study of the divine Scriptures, while leading a monastic life and guiding many to the Faith of Christ. During the reign of the Emperor Antoninus Pius, she was apprehended because she was a Christian and was urged to worship the idols, but she answered with the words of Jeremias: "Let the gods that have not made heaven and the earth perish from off the earth" (Jeremiah 10:11). Because of this she endured exceedingly painful torments, and was beheaded in the year 140. The faithful pray to her for the healing of eye ailments. The feast and commemoration of Saint Paraskevi is celebrated with the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom which is conducted on the morning of the feast and preceded by a Matins (Orthros) service. A Great Vespers is conducted on the evening before the day of the Feast.

St Paraskevi - Apolitikion

Την σπουδην σου τη κλησει καταλληλον, εργασαμενη φερωνυμε, την ομωνυμον σου πιστιν εις κατοικιαν κεκληρωσαι, Παρασκευη αθλοφορε· οθεν προχεεις ιαματα, και πρεσβευεις υπερ των ψυχων ημων.


ST. ANNA OF THE MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS

DEC 9 (BIRTH) - JULY 25 (DORMITION)

According to the ancient tradition of the Church, since Saint Anna, the Ancestor of God, was barren, she and her husband Joachim remained without children until old age. Therefore, sorrowing over their childlessness, they besought God with a promise that, if He were to grant them the fruit of the womb, they would offer their offspring to Him as a gift. And God, hearkening to their supplication, informed them through an Angel concerning the birth of the Virgin. And thus, through God's promise, Anna conceived according to the laws of nature, and was deemed worthy to become the mother of the Mother of our Lord. Today the bonds of childlessness are loosed; for God hearkened to Joachim and Anna. And though it was beyond hope, He clearly promised them that they should bear a divine child, from whom was born the Uncircumscribable One Himself Who became a mortal, and through an Angel commanded them to cry unto her: Rejoice, thou who art full of grace; the Lord is with thee. According to tradition, Anna, the ancestor of God, lived for sixty-nine years, and her spouse Joachim, for eighty; according to one account, Saint Joachim died two years before Saint Anna. The Theotokos had been orphaned of both her parents already when she was eleven years of age, when she was living in the Temple (see Sept. 8 and Nov. 21). Saint Anna is invoked for conceiving children, and for help in difficult childbirth.

St Anna - Apolitikion

Ζωην την κυησασαν, εκυοφορησας, αγνην Θεομητορα, θεοφρον Αννα, διο προς ληξιν ουρανιον, ενθα ευφραινομενων, κατοικια εν δοξη, χαιρουσα νυν μετεστης, τοις τιμωσι σε ποθω, πταισματων αιτουμενη, ιλασμον αειμακαριστε.


 
 
 
 
 
 

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