Feb. 27 Our Venerable Father and Confessor Procopius the Decapolite

Bulletin as of February 26 2024

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. By order of the emperor Leo the Isaurian, St. Procopius was arrested, subjected to a fierce scourging and thrown into prison. Here he languished together with St. Basil until the death of the oppressive emperor, after which the holy confessors were set free. St. Procopius lived the rest of his life in peace, guiding many on the way of virtue and salvation. 


Your abundant tears made the wilderness bloom, and your suffering made your labors fruitful a hundredfold; you became a shining torch over the world. O venerable father Procopius, pray to Christ our God that He may save our souls.


Today the church acknowledges you as a star before dawn, dispelling the darkness of error. Therefore, she honors you, O glorious Procopius, as one who contemplates heaven. 

Readings for the day

Genesis 7: 1-5

Then the Lord said to Noah: Go in the ark, you and all your household, for you alone in this generation have I found to be righteous before me. Of every clean animal, take with you seven pairs, a male and its mate; and of unclean animals, one pair, a male and its mate; likewise, every bird of the air, seven pairs, a male and a female, to keep their progeny alive over all the earth. For seven days from now I will bring rain down on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and so I will wipe out from the face of the earth every being that I have made. Noah complied, just as the Lord had commanded. 

Proverbs 8:32 – 9:11

“Now, children, listen to me; happy are they who keep my ways.

Listen to instruction and grow wise, do not reject it!

Happy the one who listens to me, attending daily at my gates, keeping watch at my doorposts;

For whoever finds me finds life, and wins favor from the Lord;

But those who pass me by do violence to themselves; all who hate me love death.”

Wisdom has built her house, she has set up her seven columns;

She has prepared her meat, mixed her wine, yes, she has spread her table. 

She has sent out her maidservants; she calls from from the heights out over the city:

“Let whoever is naive turn in here; to any who lack sense I say,

Come, eat of my food, and drink of the wine I have mixed!

Forsake foolishness that you may live; advance in the way of understanding.”

Whoever corrects the arrogant earns insults; and whoever reproves the wicked incurs opprobrium.

Do not reprove the arrogant, lest they hate you; reprove the wise, and they will love you.

Instruct the wise, and they become still wiser; teach the just, and they advance in learning.

The beginning of wisdom is fear of the Lord, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

For by me your days will be multiplied and the years of your life increased.

Icon courtesy of Jack Figel, Eastern Christian Publications – ecpubs.com

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