July 3 The Holy Martyr Hyacinth 

Bulletin as of July 2 2024

The holy martyr Hyacinth, a native of Caesarea in Cappadocia, was raised in a Christian family. The emperor Trajan made the boy his chamberlain, unaware that he was a secret Christian. One day, while the emperor and his entourage were offering sacrifices to idols, the young Hyacinth remained at the palace, shut himself up in a small room, and prayed fervently to the Lord Jesus Christ. One of the palace servants overheard him praying and denounced him to the emperor. He said that although Hyacinth was entrusted with an imperial position, he did not honor the Roman gods, and was secretly praying to Christ. Hyacinth was brought to trial before Trajan, who tried to persuade him to deny Christ and sacrifice to the idols, but the holy martyr remained steadfast and declared that he was a Christian. The twelve-year-old Hyacinth suffered for Christ in the year 108 in the city of Rome. Later, the saint’s relics were transferred to Caesarea. 



O Lord our God, your holy martyr Hyacinth has deserved the crown of immortality on account of his good fight. Armed with your strength, he has vanquished his persecutors and crushed Satan’s dreadful might. Through his supplications, O Christ our God, save our souls.



Your martyr, O Christ, possessed the tree of life which is the faith in his soul, and which is more precious than the garden of Eden. By the Spirit he destroyed the tree of lies and was given a crown of glory for this from You, the supremely merciful Lord.



1 Corinthians 7: 12b-24

Brothers and sisters: If any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever but is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. And if any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever but is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him. The unbelieving husband is consecrated by his believing wife; the unbelieving wife is consecrated by her believing husband. If it were otherwise, your children should be unclean; but as it is, they are holy.

If the unbeliever wished to separate, however, let him do so. The unbelieving husband or wife is not bound in such cases. God has called you to live in peace. Wife, how do you know that you will not save your husband; or you, husband, that you will not save your wife?

The general rule is that each one should lead the life the Lord has assigned him, continuing as he was when the Lord called him. This is the rule I give in all the churches. Was someone called after he had been circumcised? He should not try to hide his circumcision. Did the call come to another who had never been circumcised? He is not to be circumcised. Circumcision counts for nothing, and its lack makes no difference either. What matters is keeping God’s commandments. Everyone ought to continue as he was when he was called. Were you a slave when your name came? Give it no thought. Even supposing you could go free, you would be better off making the most of your slavery. The slave called in the Lord is a freedman of the Lord, just as the freeman who has been called is a slave of Christ. You have been bought at a price! Do not enslave yourselves to men. Brothers and sisters, each of you should continue before God in the condition of life that was his when he was called. 



Matthew 14:34 – 15:11

At that time making the crossing Jesus and the disciples reached the shore at Gennesaret; and when the men of that place recognized him they spread the word throughout the region. People brought him all the afflicted, with the plea that he let them do no more than touch the tassel of his cloak. As many as touched it were fully restored to health. 

Pharisees and scribes from Jerusalem approached Jesus with the question: “Why do your discipled act contrary to the tradition of our ancestors? They do not wash their hands, for example, before eating a meal.” In reply Jesus said to them: “Why do you for your part act contrary to the commandments of God for the sake of your ‘traditions’? For instance, God has said, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and ‘Whoever curses father and mother shall be put to death.’ Yet you declare, ‘Whoever says to his father or his mother, Any support you might have had from me is dedicated to God, need not honor his father or mother.’ This means that for the sake of your tradition you have nullified God’s word. 

“You hypocrites! How accurately did Isaiah prophesy about you when he said: ‘This people pays me lip service but their heart is far from me. They do me empty reverence, making dogmas out of human precepts.’”

Jesus summoned the crowd and said to them: “Give ear and try to understand. It is not what goes into a man’s mouth that makes him impure; it is what comes out of his mouth.”


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