Mar. 01 The Holy Venerable Martyr Eudoxia

The holy monastic martyr Eudoxia was a Samaritan, a native of the city of Heliopolis in Phoenicia. Eudoxia awoke one night at midnight and heard singing from the house of a Christian woman next to hers. A monk was reading from a book which described the Last Judgment, the punishment of sinners, and the reward […]

Feb. 28 Our Venerable Father and Confessor Basil, Fellow Ascetic of Procopius

Our venerable father Basil the Confessor was a monk and suffered during the reign of the iconoclast emperor Leo the Isaurian. When a persecution started against those who venerated holy icons, St. Basil and his companion St. Procopius of Decapolis were subjected to much torture and locked up in prison. Here both martyrs languished for […]

Feb. 27 Our Venerable Father and Confessor Procopius the Decapolite

Our venerable father and confessor Procopius the Decapolite lived during the eighth century in the region of Decapolis, to the east of Lake Galilee. There he labored for his salvation, struggling in asceticism. St. Procopius, his fellow ascetic St. Basil, and others zealous for holy Orthodoxy rose up against the Iconoclast heresy of those times. […]

Feb. 26 Our Holy Father Porphyrius, Bishop of Gaza

Our Holy Father Porphyrius, Archbishop of Gaza was born in the year 346. He grew up with wealthy parents, but was drawn to monastic life. He left home at the age of twenty five  and set off for Egypt, where he lived in the desert under the guidance of St. Macarius the Great. He made […]

Sunday Bulletin 2/26/23

WEEKLY SCHEDULE Saturday, Feb. 25  –  Commemoration of the Miracle of the Great-Martyr Theodore         5:00 PM          Santa Paula Outreach Divine Liturgy 6:30 PM          Reader Vespers Sunday, Feb. 26  –  Sunday of Orthodoxy (1st Sunday of the Great Fast)    8:30 AM     Matins 9:30 AM          Divine Liturgy Monday, Feb. 27  –  Procopius, Venerable […]

Feb. 25 The First and Second Finding of the Head of the Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John

The great and glorious Baptist John was beheaded at the wish and instigation of the wicked Herodias, the wife of Herod. When John was beheaded, Herodias ordered that his head not be buried with his body, for she feared that this awesome prophet would somehow resurrect. Therefore, she took his head and buried it deep […]

Feb. 24 Our Holy Father Tarasius, Archbishop of Constantinople

Our holy father Tarasius, Patriarch of Constantinople was of illustrious lineage. He was born and raised in Constantinople, where he received a fine education. He was rapidly promoted at the court of emperor Constantine VI (780-797) and Constantine’s mother, the holy Empress Irene, and the saint attained the rank of senator. Proceeding through all the […]

Feb. 23 The Holy Priest Martyr Polycarp Bishop of Smyrna 

The holy priest-martyr Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, who was “fruitful in every good work” (Col. 1:10), was born in the first century, and lived in Smyrna in Asia Minor. He was orphaned at an early age, but at the direction of an angel, he was raised by the pious widow Kallista. After the death of […]

Feb. 22 The finding of the Venerable Relics of the Martyrs of Eugenius

During the persecution against Christians the relics of holy martyrs were usually buried by believers in hidden places. So at Constantinople, near the gates and tower in the Eugenius quarter, the bodies of several martyrs were found. Their names remain unknown by the Church. When miracles of healing began to occur at this spot, the […]

Feb. 21 Our Venerable Father Timothy of Symbola; Our Father among the Saints Eustathius, Archbishop of Great Antioch

Our venerable father Timothy of Symbola was of Italian descent. He became a monk at a young age and pursued asceticism at a monastery called “Symbola”, in Asia Minor near Mount Olympus. At that time Theoctistus was the archimandrite of the monastery. St. Timothy was a disciple of Theoctistus and also of St. Platon of […]