Sept. 1 The Beginning of the Church New Year; Our Venerable Father Simeon the Stylite and his Mother; The Synaxis of the most holy Theotokos of Miasena; The Holy Martyr Aeithalas; The Forty Holy Women martyred with their Instructor Ammon the Deacon; The Holy Martyr Callista and her two brothers, Evodius and Hermogenes; Joshua the Just, Son of Nun 

The First Ecumenical Council (325) decreed that the Church’s year should begin on September 1. The lunar month corresponding to September on the Jewish calendar was the beginning of the civil year (cf Exodus 12:2); it was at this time that our Lord Jesus went into the synagogue at Nazareth and read the words of […]

Aug. 31 The Deposition of the Venerable Sash of the Theotokos

The placing of the Venerable Belt of the Most Holy Theotokos in a church of Constantinople’s Chalcoprateia district took place during the reign of the emperor Theosodius the Younger. Before this the holy relic, entrusted to the Apostle Thomas by Mary herself, was kept by pious Christians at Jerusalem after her Dormition. During the reign […]

Aug. 30 Our Holy Fathers Alexander, John, and Paul the Younger, Patriarchs of Constantinople

Our holy fathers Alexander, John, and Paul the Younger, patriarchs of Constantinople: Alexander took part in the First Ecumenical Council. John the Faster governed the Church in the days of the wicked emperor Anastasius. Paul IV governed the Church for five years and then took the Great Schema to repent for his early support of […]

Aug. 29 Beheading of the Holy Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John

Beheading of the Holy Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John: Because John had denounced Herod Antipas for putting away his own wife and marrying the wife of his brother Philip, Herod imprisoned John. At a feast held in honor of Herod’s birthday, his stepdaughter Salome danced for him. Herod promised her anything; her mother Herodias told […]

Aug. 28 Our Venerable Father Moses the Ethiopian; Our Holy Father Augustine, Bishop of Hippo

Our venerable father Moses the Ethiopian was at first the leader of a band of robbers, but he repented and became a great ascetic. He gave himself up utterly to work, prayer, vigils, and fasting. He was ordained a priest in his old age, and then founded a monastery of his own. He was martyred […]

Sunday Bulletin 8/27/23

WEEKLY SCHEDULE Saturday, Aug 26  –  Adrian and Natalie, Martyrs    5:00 PM          Santa Paula Outreach Divine Liturgy Sunday, Aug 27  –  13th Sunday after Pentecost 8:30 AM        Matins 9:30 AM          Divine Liturgy Monday, Aug 28  –  Moses the Ethiopian, Venerable        8:30 AM          Morning Prayer 4:00 PM          Evening Prayer 5:30 PM          Akathist* […]

Aug. 26 The Holy Martyrs Adrian and Natalie

The martyrs Adrian and Natalie were married in their youth for one year prior to their martyrdom. They lived in Nicomedia during the time of  the emperor Maximian (305-311). The emperor promised a reward to anyone who would inform on Christians to bring them to trial. Then the denunciations began, and 23 Christians were captured […]

Aug. 25 The Return of the Relics of the Holy Apostle Bartholomew; The Holy Apostle Titus

The relics of the holy apostle Bartholomew were stolen by the Armenians, and then taken to the town of Alipay’s. At the time of Theophilus the Iconoclast, they were translated again, this time to the town of Benevento. From there they were taken to Rome.  The holy apostle Titus is counted as one of the […]