Dec. 30 The Martyr Anysia; The Venerable Zoticus, Priest and Protector of Orphans

Bulletin as of December 29 2023

The holy martyr Anysia was arrested at Thessalonica when she entered that city to attend the synaxis of the faithful, and was put to death in 304 during the reign of Maximian Galerius.

The venerable Zoticus was a holy priest of Rome who went to Constantinople where he established hospitals and havens of refuge for the poor. (344)


Troparion – Anysia

Your lamb Anysia, O Jesus, cries out in a loud voice:  I love You, my Bridegroom; I seek You with painful longing; I am crucified with You; in You baptism, I am buried with You; I suffer for You that I may reign with You; and I die for You that I may live with You. Receive me as a spotless sacrifice immolated with love for You. By her prayers, O merciful One, save our souls. 


Troparion – Zoticus

In you, O father, the divine image was strictly preserved; taking up your cross, you followed Christ. You taught us by example how to spurn the flesh, for it passes away, and how to care for the soul, which is immortal. Therefore, O venerable Zoticus, your soul rejoices with the angels. 


Kontakion – Anysia

Today this martyr smashes the demon by her steadfast faith and grinds to bits the enemy of holiness by martyrdom. The angels bring her crowns and gifts. O God on high and Savior of the world, save us. 


Kontakion – Zoticus

You loved the poor for the love of Christ, and you gave them aid and comfort. Now you have inherited heaven’s wealth, O most-wealthy Zoticus. This is why we all venerate you and solemnly celebrate your memory. 



1 Timothy 6: 11b-16

Brothers and sisters: Seek after integrity, piety, faith, love, steadfastness, and a gentle spirit. Fight the good fight of faith. Take firm hold on the everlasting life to which you were called when, in the presence of many witnesses, you made your noble profession of faith. Before God, who gives life to all, and before Christ Jesus, who in bearing witness made his noble profession before Pontius Pilate, I charge you to keep God’s command without blame or reproach until our Lord Jesus Christ shall appear. This appearance God will bring to pass at his chosen time. He is the blessed and only ruler, the King of king and the Lord of lords who alone has immortality and who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no human being has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and everlasting rule! Amen. 



Matthew 12: 15-21

Jesus was aware of the Pharisees’ plot to destroy him so he withdrew from that place. Many people followed him and he cured them all, though he sternly ordered them not to make public what he had done. This was to fulfill what had been said through Isaiah the prophet: “Here is my servant whom I have chosen, my loved one in whom I delight. I will endow him with my spirit and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not contend or cry out, nor will his voice be heard in the streets. The bruised reed he will not crush; the smoldering wick he will not quench until judgment is made victorious. In his name, the Gentiles will find hope.”


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