This Month’s Saints and Readings

June 2020

FROM THE FATHERS

“AND MY FATHER will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.’ My friends, consider the greatness of this solemn feast [Pentecost] that commemorates God’s coming as a guest into our hearts! If some rich and influential friend were to come to your home, you would promptly put it all in order for fear something there might offend your friend’s eyes when he came in. Let all of us then who are preparing our inner homes for God cleanse them of anything our wrongdoing has brought into them.”

St. Gregory the Great “Dialogos” AD 604

“WHATEVER the soul may think fit to do itself, whatever care and pains it may take, relying only upon its own power, and thinking to be able to effect a perfect success by itself, without the co-operation of the Spirit, it is greatly mistaken. It is of no use for the heavenly places; it is of no use for the kingdom – that soul, which supposes that it can achieve perfect purity of itself, and by itself alone, without the Spirit. Unless the man who is under the influence of the passions will come to God, denying the world, and will believe with patience and hope to receive a good thing foreign to his own nature, namely the power of the Holy Spirit, and unless the Lord shall drop upon the soul from on high the life of the Godhead, such a man will never experience true life, will never recover from the drunkenness of materialism; the enlightenment of the Spirit will never shine in that benighted soul, or kindle in it a holy daytime; it will never awake out of that deepest sleep of ignorance, and so come to know God of a truth through God’s power and the efficacy of grace.”

St. Makarios the Great AD 391

“THE AIM of all those who live in God is to please our Lord Jesus Christ and become reconciled with God the Father through receiving the Holy Spirit, thus securing their salvation, for in this consists the salvation of every soul. If this aim and this activity is lacking, all other labour is useless and all other striving is in vain. Every path of life which does not lead to this is without profit.”

St. Symeon the New Theologian AD 1022

Fasting Guidelines:
On days designated strict fast we abstain from dairy products, meat, fish, oil and wine. Some seafoods, e.g. squid, crab, roe and prawn, are permitted.

Readings in bold type are those appointed by the Typikon for use at the Liturgy

Monday 1st June 2020

Afterfeast of the Ascension
Commemorations:
Holy Martyr Justin the Philosopher and those with him at Rome (166). St. Agapitus, Unmercenary Physician of the Kiev Caves (1095). Holy Martyr Pyrrhus the Virgin. Holy Martyr Thespesius of Cappadocia (230).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Ronan the Silent. Holy martyr Wistan of Evesham (850). Holy martyr Wite (Candida) of Dorset.
Readings:
Acts 21:8-14John 14:27-15:7

Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Afterfeast of the Ascension
Commemorations:
St. Nicephorus the Confessor, patriarch of Constantinople (828). Great Martyr John the New of Sochi, who suffered at Belgrade (1332). Hieromartyr Erasmus (Elmo) of Ochrid and 20,000 Martyrs with him (309). Hieromartyr Photinus, bishop of Lyons and his companion Holy Martyr Blandina (177).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Odo the Good, 22nd archbishop of Canterbury (959). St. Adalgis (c.686). St. Bodfan (7th C).
Readings:
Acts 21:26-32John 16:2-13

Wednesday 3rd June 2020

Fast day: wine and oil allowed
Afterfeast of the Ascension
Commemorations:
Holy Martyr Lucillian and those with him at Byzantium (270). Venerable Athanasius, the Wonderworker of Cilicia. St. Clotilde, Queen of the Franks (545). St. Hiera, widow, of Mesopotamia (312). Translation of the relics of the slain Crown Prince Demetrius of Moscow (1591).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Kevin, abbot of Glendalough (618). St. Glunshallaich (7th C). St. Cronan (617).
Readings:
Acts 23:1-11John 16:15-23

Thursday 4th June 2020

St Metrophanes, 1st patriarch of Constantinople (326)
Afterfeast of the Ascension
Commemorations:
SS Mary and Martha, sisters of the Righteous Lazarus (1st C).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Nennoc of Brecknock (467). St. Petroc, abbot of Padstow (6th C). St. Breaca of Hayle (6th C). St. Berriona the Recluse (6th C). SS Croidan, Medan and Degan, companions of St. Petroc. St. Gonand, Missionary. St. Cronan the Tanner (617). St. Edfrith, bishop of Lindisfarne (721).
Readings:
Acts 25:13-19; John 16:23-33
For the Commemoration: Hebrews 7:26-8:2John 10:1-9

Friday 5th June 2020

Fast day: wine and oil allowed
Leavetaking of the Ascension
Commemorations:
Hieromartyr Dorotheus, bishop of Tyre (361). Holy Martyrs Marcian, Nicander, Hyperechius, Apollonius, Leonides, Arius, Gorgias, Selenias, Irene, and Pambo, of Egypt (305-311). Holy Martyrs Christopher and Conon of Rome (3rd C). St. Theodore the Wonderworker, Hermit of the Jordan (583). Abba Dorotheus of Palestine (620).
British Isles and Ireland:
Hieromartyr Boniface (Wynfrith) of Crediton, Apostle of Germany (754). SS Waccar, Gundekar, Elleher, Hathawulf and Companions, monks martyred with St. Boniface. Holy Martyr Eoban, companion of SS Willibrord and Boniface (754). St. Adalar (Adalher) (755). St. Tudno (6th C).
Readings:
Acts 27:1-28:1John 17:18-26

Saturday 6th June 2020

Soul Sabbath
Commemorations:
St. Hilarion the New, abbot of the Dalmatian monastery (845). St. Bessarion the Wonderworker, of Egypt (466). Venerable Attalus the Wonderworker. St. Jonah, bishop of Perm (1470). Virgin Martyrs Archelais, Thecla, and Susanna, beheaded at Salerno (293). The Five virgins of Caesarea in Palestine: Martha, Mary, Cyria, Valeria, and Marcia.
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Eigrad of Anglesey (6th C). St. Cocca. St. Gudwall (6th C). St. Jarlath, bishop of Tuam (c.550).
Readings:
Acts 28:1-31John 21:14-25
For the Departed: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; John 5:24-30

Sunday 7th June 2020

Tone of the feast – Eothinon of the feast
Sunday of Holy Pentecost
Commemorations:
Hieromartyr Theodotus, bishop of Ancyra (303). St. Panagis of Cephalonia. Hieromartyr Marcellinus, pope of Rome (304) and with him the Holy Martyrs Claudius, Cyrinus and Antoninus (304). Hieromartyr Marcellus, pope of Rome, and those with him (309). Holy Martyrs Cyriaca, Caleria, and Mary, of Caesarea in Palestine (304). Martyr Zenais of Caesarea in Palestine. St. Sebastiana the Wonderworker (c.3rd C).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Colman, bishop of Dromore (6th C). St. Meriadoc the Wonderworker, archbishop (7th C).
Readings:
Acts 2:1-11John 7:37-52,8:12

Monday 8th June 2020

Monday of the Holy Spirit
Afterfeast of Pentecost
Commemorations:
Translation of the relics of the Great Martyr Theodore Stratelates (“the General”) (319). St. Zosimas, monk, of Phoenicia (6th C). St. Atre of Nitria. St. Ephraim, patriarch of Antioch (545). St. Melania the Elder, of Palladius’ Lausiac History. Holy Martyrs Nicander and Calliope. New Martyrs Anastasius & Theophanes at Constantinople (1559).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Bron, bishop of Cassel-Irra (c.511). St. Levan (6th C). St. Muirchu (7th C). St. Syra (7th C).
Readings:
Ephesians 5:9-19Matthew 18:10-20

Tuesday 9th June 2020

Third Day of the Holy Trinity
Afterfeast of Pentecost
Commemorations:
St. Cyril, archbishop of Alexandria (444). St. Pelagia and the three Virgin-Martyrs of Chios. St. Cyril of the White Lake (Byelozersk) (1427). The five nuns beheaded in Persia: Martyrs Thecla, Mariamne, Martha, Mary, and Enmatha (346). St. Alexander, abbot of Kushta, Vologda (1439).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Columba (Columcille) of Iona, Enlightener of Scotland (597). St. Baithene of Tiree (600). St. Cummian (8th C).
Readings:
Romans 1:1-7, 13-17Matthew 4:25-5:13

Wednesday 10th June 2020

Afterfeast of Pentecost
Commemorations:
Holy Martyr Alexander and Virgin-Martyr Antonina at Constantinople (c.313). St. Pansemne, the former harlot, of Antioch (369). St. Theophanes, monk, of Antioch (363). Hieromartyr Timothy, bishop of Prusa (362). St. John, metropolitan and Wonderworker of Tobolsk (1715).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Illadan, bishop of Rathlihen (6th C). St. Ithamar, 1st English bishop of Rochester (c.656).
Readings:
Romans 1:18-27Matthew 5:20-26

Thursday 11th June 2020

Holy Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas (1st C)
Afterfeast of Pentecost
Commemorations:
Commemoration of the appearance of the Archangel Gabriel to a monk at Mt. Athos, and the revelation of the hymn, “It is Truly Meet” (“Axion Estin”) (980). Hieromartyr Metrophanes, the first Chinese priest, and the Chinese New Martyrs of the Boxer Uprising, at Peking and other places (1900).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Blitharius (7th C). St. Herebald (8th C). St. Tochumra of Kilmore.
Readings:
Romans 1:28-2:9; Matthew 5:27-32
For the Commemoration: Acts 11:19-30; Luke 10:16-21

Friday 12th June 2020

Afterfeast of Pentecost
Commemorations:
St. Onuphrius the Great (4th C). St. Peter of Mt. Athos (734). St. Arsenius, abbot of Konevits (1447). Holy Martyr Antonina of Nicea (305). St. John the Soldier of Egypt (7th C). Russian New Martyr Onuphrius, bishop (1938) and his co-sufferers Hieromartyrs Anthony, Barsanuphius and Joseph (1937), and Hierarch Alexander of Kharkov.
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Ternan, missionary abbot & bishop of Culross (5th C).
Readings:
Romans 2:14-29Matthew 5:33-41

Saturday 13th June 2020

Leavetaking of Pentecost
Commemorations:
Holy Martyr Aquilina of Byblos in Syria (293). St. Triphyllios, bishop of Leucosia (Nicosia) in Cyprus (370). Holy Martyr Diodorus of Homs who was crucified. St. Antipater, bishop of Bostra in Arabia. St. Eulogius, patriarch of Antioch.
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Damhnade of Cavan.
Readings:
Romans 1:7-12Matthew 5:42-48

Sunday 14th June 2020

Tone 8 – Eothinon 1
1st after Pentecost – Sunday of All Saints, 1st of Matthew
Commemorations:
Righteous Prophet Elisha (9th C BC). St. Methodius the Confessor, patriarch of Constantinople (847). Hieromartyr Cyril, bishop of Gortyna in Crete (4th C). Venerable Niphon, monk of Kapsokalyvia, Mt. Athos (1330).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Dogmael (5th C). St. Nennus, abbot of Arran (7th C). St. Ciaran, abbot of Bellach-Duin (870). St. Psalmodius (c.690).
Readings:
Hebrews 11:33-12:2Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38,19:27-30

Monday 15th June 2020

Apostles’ Fast begins: fish, wine and oil allowed
Commemorations:
Righteous Prophet Amos (8th C BC). Apostles Achaikos, Stephen and Fourtunatos of the Seventy (1st C). Venerable Jerome of Stridonium (420). Blessed Augustine, bishop of Hippo (430), and his mother Monica (387). Blessed Lazarus, prince of Serbia (1389). St. Jonas, Metropolitan of Moscow and Wonderworker of All Russia (1461).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Trillo of Gwynedd, companion of St. Cadfan (5th C). St. Vouga the Hermit (6th C). St. Edburgh of Winchester (960).
Readings:
Romans 2:28-3:18Matthew 6:31-34,7:9-11

Tuesday 16th June 2020

Apostles’ Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
Commemorations:
St. Tychon the Wonderworker, bishop of Amathus in Cyprus (425). The Forty Martyrs of Rome (62). St. Tikhon of Lukhov (1503). St. Mark the Just of Apollonia, nephew of the Apostle Barnabas (1st C). St. Tikhon of Medynsk and Kaluzh (1492).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Cettin, bishop (5th C). St. Colman McRoi, abbot of Reachrain (5th C). St. Curig, bishop of Llanbadarn (6th C). St. Ismael, disciple of St. Teilo (6th C).
Readings:
Romans 4:4-12Matthew 7:15-21

Wednesday 17th June 2020

Apostles’ Fast: strict fast
Commemorations:
Holy Martyr Isaurus, and those with him at Athens (4th C). Holy Martyrs Manuel, Sabel and Ishmael of Persia (362). Venerable Joseph and Pior, disciples of St. Anthony the Great (4th C). St. Aëtius the Eunuch, Enlightener of Ethiopia, baptized by the Apostle Philip (1st C). Holy Martyr Shalva of Akhaltsikhe, Georgia (1227).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Nectan of Hartland, martyr (6th C). St. Botolph, abbot and confessor, of Boston, and his brother St. Adolph (680). St. Molling, abbot of Aghacainid (697). St. Briavel, hermit (6th C).
Readings:
Romans 4:13-25Matthew 7:21-23

Thursday 18th June 2020

Apostles’ Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
Commemorations:
Holy Martyr Leontius, and with him Martyrs Hypatius and Theodulus, at Tripoli in Syria (73). St. Leontius the Hagiorite of Dionysiou monastery, Mt. Athos (1605).
Readings:
Romans 5:10-16Matthew 8:23-27

Friday 19th June 2020

Apostles’ Fast: strict fast
Holy Apostle Jude (Thaddeus), the brother of the Lord (c.80)
Commemorations:
Holy Myrrh-bearer Mary, mother of the Apostle James (1st C). Holy Martyr Zosimas the Soldier at Antioch in Pisidia (2nd C). St. Paisius the Great of Egypt and St. Zenon (5th C). St. John the Solitary of Jerusalem (6th C). All Saints of Russia. All Saints of Mount Athos.
Readings:
Romans 5:17-6:2Matthew 9:14-17
For the Commemoration: Jude 1:1-25; John 14:21-24

Saturday 20th June 2020

Apostles’ Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
Commemorations:
Hieromartyr Methodius, bishop of Patara (312). Holy Martyrs Inna, Pinna, and Rimma, disciples of Apostle Andrew in Scythia (2nd C). Blessed Prince Gleb Andreevich (1175). Venerable Kallistos (Xanthopoulos), patriarch of Constantinople (1363). Venerable Nahum of Ochrid (910). St. Nicholas Cabasilas (1371).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Govan of Dyfed (6th C). St. Edburgh of Castor, Virgin (7th C).
Readings:
Romans 3:19-26Matthew 7:1-8

Sunday 21st June 2020

Apostles’ Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
Tone 1 – Eothinon 2
2nd after Pentecost, 2nd of Matthew
Commemorations:
Hieromartyr Terence, bishop of Iconium (1st C). Holy Martyr Julian of Tarsus in Cilicia (305). New Martyr Nicetas of Nisyros, near Rhodes (1732).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Mewan (617). St. Corbmac, abbot of Durrow (590). St. Engelmund, abbot and missionary (c.739).
Readings:
Romans 2:10-16Matthew 4:18-23

Monday 22nd June 2020

Apostles’ Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
Commemorations:
Hieromartyr Eusebius, bishop of Samosata (380). Holy Martyrs Zenon and his servant Zenas, of Philadelphia (303). St. Paulinus, bishop of Nola (431). St. Anastasia of Serbia, mother of St. Sava (1200).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Alban, Protomartyr of Britain (c.303). St. Aaron the Hermit (c.552).
Readings:
Romans 7:1-13Matthew 9:36-10:8

Tuesday 23rd June 2020

Apostles’ Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
Commemorations:
Virgin-martyr Agrippina of Rome and those with her (260). Holy Martyrs Eustochius, Gaius, Probus, Lollius, and Urban, of Ancyra (4th C). Venerable Barbaros Pentapolites. Translation of the relics of St. Herman, archbishop of Kazan (1567).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Etheldreda (Audrey), foundress of Ely Abbey, Virgin (679). St. Mochaoi, abbot of Nendrum (498).
Readings:
Romans 7:14-8:2Matthew 10:9-15

Wednesday 24th June 2020

Apostles’ Fast: wine and oil allowed
The Nativity of the Holy, Glorious, Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John
Commemorations:
Synaxis of the Righteous Zachariah and Elizabeth. New Martyr Panagiotis of Caesarea in Cappadocia (1765). St. Athanasius of Paros (1813).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Germoc of Cornwall (6th C). St. Rumold of Malines (c.7th C).
Readings:
Romans 8:1-13; Matthew 10:16-22
For the Commemoration: Romans 13:11-14:4Luke 1:1-25, 57-68, 76, 80

Thursday 25th June 2020

Apostles’ Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
Leavetaking of The Nativity of the Forerunner
Commemorations:
Virgin-Martyr Febronia of Nisibis (304). St. Prosper of Aquitaine (4th C). New Martyr George of Attalia (1823). New Martyr Procopius of Iveron and Mt. Athos, who suffered at Smyrna (1810). Venerable Dionysios of Koreseos, founder of Dionysiou monastery on Athos. Venerable Dometios, abbot of Dionysiou monastery on Athos. SS Peter and Febronia (tonsured David and Euphrosyne), Wonderworkers of Murom (1228).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Seleva (Selyf), Hermit (6th C). St. Moluag, Missionary (592). St. Adalbert of Egmond, archdeacon and missionary (c.750). Holy Martyr Cyneburgh of Gloucester.
Readings:
Romans 8:22-27Matthew 10:23-31

Friday 26th June 2020

Apostles’ Fast: strict fast
Commemorations:
St. David of Thessalonica (c.540). St. John, bishop of the Goths in the Crimea (8th C). New Martyr David of St. Anne’s Skete, martyred in Thessalonica (1813). Appearance of the Tikhvin Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (1388).
British Isles and Ireland:
Translation of the relics of St. Brannock of Braunton. St. Corbican (8th C).
Readings:
Romans 9:6-19Matthew 10:32-36,11:1

Saturday 27th June 2020

Apostles’ Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
Commemorations:
St. Joanna the Myrrhbearer (1st C). St. Sampson the Hospitable of Constantinople (c.530). Hieromartyr Pierius, presbyter of Antioch. Holy Martyr Anectus of Caesarea in Cappadocia. Venerable Luke the Hermit (10th C).
Readings:
Romans 3:28-4:3Matthew 7:24-8:4

Sunday 28th June 2020

Apostles’ Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
Tone 2 – Eothinon 3
3rd after Pentecost, 3rd of Matthew
Commemorations:
Translation of the relics of the Holy and Wonderworking Unmercenaries Cyrus and John (412). Holy Martyrs Pappias and Paul (c.303). Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos “Of the Three Hands” (8th C). St. Paul the physician of Corinth (7th C). SS Sergius and Herman (964), abbots of Valaam.
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Austell of Cornwall (6th C). St. Crummine, bishop of Lackan (5th C).
Readings:
Romans 5:1-10Matthew 6:22-33

Monday 29th June 2020

The Holy, Glorious, All-Praised Leaders of the Apostles, Peter and Paul
Commemorations:
St. Mary, the mother of John-Mark, nephew of Apostle Barnabas, at Jersusalem (1st C).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Æthelwine (Elwin), bishop of Lindsey (8th C). St. Cocha, abbess of Ross-Benchuir (6th C). SS. Salome and Judith (9th C).
Readings:
Romans 9:18-33; Matthew 11:2-15
For the Commemoration: 2 Corinthians 11:21-12:9Matthew 16:13-19

Tuesday 30th June 2020

Synaxis of the Holy, Glorious, and All-praised Twelve Apostles: Peter, Andrew, James and John the sons of Zebedee, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James the son of Alphæus, Jude the brother of James, Simon Zelotes, and Matthias
Leavetaking of the Chief Apostles Peter and Paul
Commemorations:
The Protomartyrs of Rome who suffered under Nero (64). New Martyr Michael (Paknanas) the gardener, of Athens (1770).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Eurgain, foundress of Cor-Eurgain in Wales, later called Llantwit (6th C).
Readings:
Romans 10:11-11:2; Matthew 11:16-20
For the Commemoration: 1 Corinthians 4:9-16; Matthew 9:36-10:8

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
In developing the software to generate this monthly calendar we gratefully acknowledge our dependence on many sources, prominent among them being :-
For the synaxaria of the Saints: Michael Purcell (of the Saint John (Maximovich) the Wonderworker Orthodox Church, Atlanta, GA.) and his very impressive software program Menologion; and Father Andrew Phillips whose web site Orthodox England has, amongst its many jewels, a list of the Latin Saints of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Rome. Thank you, both – and Many Years!
For the ranking of the major commemorations and related guidance: The Typikon Charts published by the St Raphael Brotherhood of the Antiochian Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America.
For the matters relating to the Lectionary: The admirably detailed notes included in the Epistle and Gospel Lectionaries published by the Centre for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies, Etna, Ca.; together with the annual Kanonion issued by the Phanar.
For the Fasting rules and many other details: The Antiochian Book of the Typikon as translated by Bishop Khoury and edited by Archpriest John W Morris.
Errors in the calendar will inevitably emerge, and for these we apologise. We should be grateful if you would inform us of any you discover.

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