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The Great Synaxaristes of the Orthodox Church: Pentecostarion

   
Translated from the Greek

A volume of The Great Synaxaristes of the Orthodox Church

“Pascha, the great and holy, is celebrated today, august fathers and beloved brethren. The word Pascha (diavasis in Greek) means passing over. ‘The Jews kept the Feast of Passover,’ notes Saint Gregory Palamas, ‘as laid down in their law, in the crossing from Egypt to the land of Palestine. We celebrate the evangelic Pascha, the passage of our human nature in Christ from death to life, from corruption to incorruption. What words can express the superiority of this celebration over the solemnities of the old law and the events commemorated on its holy days? Its excellence no one can adequately state. For we now celebrate the transition of our nature in Him, not just from the subterranean regions to the earth, but from the earth to the heaven of heavens, and to the throne above the heavens of Him Who rules over all.’”
—“On this day, the sacred and great PASCHA the holy Church commemorates the life-bearing RESURRECTION of our Lord and God and Savior JESUS CHRIST.”

CONTENTS

1st Sunday of Pascha, the Sacred and Great Pascha,
the Holy Church Commemorates the Life-bearing Resurrection of Our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ
Introduction:
   1. Christ in the Underworld
   2. Christ Becomes in Himself the Meeting-ground Both of Life and Death
   3. Christ Drew Us Along With Himself and Imparted the Resurrection to Us
   4. The Virgin, the Tree, and the Death
   5. Belief in the Resurrection
Commentary on Gospel Reading [Jn. 1:1-17]
Homily I, That There is a God
   1. Proof of God
   2. Belief in God: Attributes of the Logos
   3. Believing in God and Believing God
Homily II, Old Testament Prophets Proclaim the Resurrection
   Introduction
   1. Prophet Amos
   2. Prophet Hosea
   3. Prophet Esaias
      a. On How Death is Swallowed Up
      b. On the Destruction of the Brazen Doors
      c. On How the Dead Shall Rise
      d. On the Heavenly Dew Upon Those in the Graves
      e. On the Myrrh-bearing Women at the Tomb
   4. Saint Sophonias
   5. Prophet Abbakoum
   6. Prophet Zacharias
Homily III, On the Descent into Hades and the Encounter with Death
Bright Tuesday or Tuesday of the Renewal Week,
the Holy Church Celebrates the Paradoxical Arrival at the Athonite Monastery of Iveron of the Icon of the Theotokos, Portaïtissa (Keeper of the Portal) Which Took Place in the Year 1004
Introduction
   1. The Icon at Nicaea
   2. The Icon Approaches Athos
   3. Our Lady Prevails Against the Hagarenes
   4. Our Lady and the Provisions for Her Children
   5. Our Lady Provides Help for Iveron and Russia
   6. Our Lady and Supplies for Iveron
   7. Our Lady’s Oil Lamp
   8. Our Lady and the Hungry Worker
   9. Our Lady and the Assaults of the Hagarenes in the 19th C.
   10. Our Lady Heals in Athens
   11. Our Lady Heals in Mytilene
   12. The Portaïtissa Icon and the Wound
   13. Additional History of the Icon and the Russian Copies
Bright Tuesday or Tuesday of the Renewal Week,
the Holy Church Commemorates the Newly-revealed Martyrs Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene at Mytilene or Lesvos, Who Were Slain by Turkish Pirates (1463)
Bright Friday or Friday of the Renewal Week,
We Celebrate the Consecration of the Temple of the Life-giving Spring, as well as the Supernatural Wonders Wrought by the Theotokos
Introduction
   1. Emperor Leo I
   2. Emperor Justinian
   3. Description of the Church of the Pege
   4. Chronological Listing of the most important events associated with the Zoodochos Pege
   5. The Icon
   6. The Gates and Towers
   7. The Gate of the Pege of the Theodosian Wall
   8. Works of Healing at the Shrine
The Second Sunday of Pascha or of Antipasha or of Thomas,
the Holy Church Commemorates the Enkainia of the Celebration of the Resurrection of Christ and the Touching of the Apostle Thomas of the Savior
Introduction
Commentary on Gospel Reading [Jn. 20:19-31]
A Homily, On the Mystery of the Sabbath and the Lord’s Day
Monday after the Sunday of Antipascha,
the Holy Church Commemorates the Wonderworking Icon of Chrysaphitissa in Monemvasia
The Third Sunday of Pascha or the Sunday of the Myrrh-bearers,
the Holy Church Commemorates the Myrrh-bearing Women, together with Saints Joseph of Arimathea and Nikodemos
Introduction
Commentary on Orthros Gospel Reading [Lk. 24:1-12, Gk. usage]
Commentary on Orthros Gospel Reading [Mk. 16:9-20, Sl. usage]
Commentary on Liturgy Gospel Reading [Mk. 15:43-16:8]
The Third Sunday of Pascha,
the Holy Church Commemorates the Holy Icon of the Archangel Michael of Mandamados
The Fourth Sunday of Pascha,
the Holy Church Commemorates the Miracle of Our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ Upon the Paralytic
Introduction
Commentary on Gospel Reading [Jn. 5:1-15]
Epilogue for the Sunday of the Paralytic:
   1. Lessons to be Learned
   2. The Purpose of Illness and its Potential to Perfect Us
   3. Appealing to the Martyrs for Healing
The Wednesday of the Paralytic,
the Holy Church Commemorates the Feast of Mid-Pentecost
Introduction
Commentary on Gospel Reading [Jn. 7:14-30]
The Fifth Sunday of Pascha,
the Holy Church Commemorates the Samaritan Woman
Introduction
Commentary on the Gospel Reading [Jn. 4:4-42]
The Sixth Sunday of Pascha,
the Holy Church Commemorates the Miracle of Our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ Upon the Man Born Blind
Introduction
Commentary on Gospel Reading [Jn. 9:1-38]
Epilogue for the Sunday of the Blind Man
Wednesday Before the Ascension,
the Leave-taking (Apodosis) of Pascha.
On this day the Service of the light-bearing Resurrection is chanted; but at Kalamais of the Peloponnesos, it is chanted together with the service of the sacred Icon of the Mother of God known as the Meeting in the Temple
Thursday of the Sixth Week of Pascha,
the Holy Church Commemorates the Ascension into the Heavens of Our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ
Introduction
Commentary on Orthros Gospel Reading [Mk. 16:9-20]
Commentary on Liturgy Gospel Reading [Lk. 24:36-53]
A Homily, On the Ascension
   1. Ascent to the Father
   2. Who is this Lord of Glory?
   3. On the Right of the Father
   4. Foretelling the Incarnation, Passion, and Ascension
   5. The Much-variegated Wisdom through the Church
The Seventh Sunday of Pascha,
the Holy Church Commemorates the First Œcumenical Synod, of the 318 God-bearing Fathers, that Took Place in Nicaea
Introduction
   1. Background to the First Œcumenical Synod
   2. Arius and Arianism
The First Œcumenical Synod and the Twenty Canons
   A Postscript Regarding Canons
Commentary on Epistle Reading [Acts 20:16-36]
Commentary on the Gospel Reading [Jn. 17:1-13]
Saturday Before Pentecost,
the Holy Church Commemorates All Those Who Reposed in Ages Past, in a Godly Manner, in the Pious Hope of Resurrection to Eternal Life
Introduction
Commentary on Gospel Reading [Jn. 5:24-30]
Homily I, On the Dead: Regarding Liturgies, Offerings, Charities, and Good Works Done on Behalf of the Reposed
   1. For Those Who Have Died in Sins
Homily II, On the Dead:
   1. The Current Body of Our Humiliation
   2. Renewed and Sealed until the Day of Redemption
   3. The Glory of the Saints in this World
   4. Together, in the Age to Come
Pentecost Vespers: Prayer for the Reposed
On this Day, the Eighth Sunday of Pascha,
the Holy Church Commemorates the Holy Pentecost and the Coming of the Holy Spirit
Introduction
A. Prophetic Readings in the Old Testament Prefiguring the Pentecost as Read in Vigil of the Feast:
   1. The Seventy Elders [Num. 11:16, 17; 24-29]
   2. The Pouring out of the Spirit Upon All Flesh [Joel 2:23-32]
   3. I Will Put My Spirit Within You [Ezek. 36:24-28]
B. Commentary on Epistle Reading [Acts 2:1-11]
C. Commentary on Gospel Reading [Jn. 7:37-52; 8:12]
D. Keeping the Feast of Pentecost
Monday of the Pentecost,
the Holy Church Commemorates the Life-creating Holy Spirit, Coessential with the Father and the Son
Introduction
Commentary on Epistle Reading [Eph. 5:8-19]
Commentary on Gospel Reading [Mt. 18:10-20]
Homily I, On the Holy Spirit:
   1. Jewish and Greek Error
   2. Descriptions and Characteristics of the Holy Spirit
   3. Sevenfold Grace of the Spirit
Homily II: A Brief Discussion on Some Passages in the New Testament Speaking of the Holy Spirit:
   1. The Independence of the Spirit [Jn. 3:8]
   2. Another Paraclete [Jn. 14:16, 17]
   3. Christ Withdraws That We May Receive Gifts [Jn. 16:7]
   4. The Results of the Coming of the Spirit [Jn. 16:8-11]
The First Sunday after Pentecost,
the Holy Church Commemorates All Saints
Introduction
Commentary on Epistle Reading [Heb. 11:33-12:2]
Commentary on Gospel Reading [Mt. 10:32, 33, 37, 38; 19:27-30]
Homily I, Partakers of the Divine Nature
Homily II, Shall the Son of Man Find Faith on the Earth When He Comes?
Homily III, Voluntary Mortification and Putting Aside the Present Life
Homily IV, The Saints are Put to the Test
Homily V, The Saints and the Liturgies Performed
The Second Sunday after Pentecost,
the Holy Church Commemorates All the Saints of Russia, All the Venerable Fathers of Mount Athos, and All Saints of North America
Introduction
Commentary on Epistle Reading (Athonite Fathers) [Gal. 5:22-6:2]
Commentary on Gospel Reading (Athonite Fathers) [Lk. 6:17-23]
Homily I, On The Glorification of the God-pleasers
Homily II, On Some of the Saints of North America
Table I: A List of Saints Excerpted from the Service to All Saints of Russia
Table II: A List of Hagiorite Fathers, as Found in The Great Synaxaristes, According to Month—from January to December
Table III: A List of Hagiorite Fathers, as Found in The Great Synaxaristes, Alphabetically Arranged
Table IV: Accounts of Athonite Icons Found in The Great Synaxaristes
The Third Sunday after Pentecost,
the Holy Church Commemorates the Holy New-martyrs Under the Turkish Yoke
Introduction
Commentary on Extracts of Epistle Reading [Rom. 8:28-39]
Commentary on Gospel Reading [Lk. 21:12-19]
A Homily, On the Holy New-martyrs Under the Turkish Yoke
Table I: A List of New-martyrs, as Found in The Great Synaxaristes, According to Month—from January to December
Table II: A List of New-martyrs, as Found in The Great Synaxaristes, Alphabetically Arranged
Table III: A List of New-martyrs, as Found in The Great Synaxaristes, Chronologically Arranged
Epilogue: From Glory to Glory
Bibliography for this Volume
Pentecostarion Alphabetical Index
Master Alphabetical Index for all 14 Volumes of The Great Synaxaristes

Item Number: BKA794C
Publication Data: Buena Vista, CO: Holy Apostles Convent/Dormition Skete, 2010
Format: hardcover
Number of Pages: xii + 624
Dimensions (l × w × h): 23.6 cm × 16.1 cm × 3.9 cm
Additional Information: black-and-white illustrations
ISBN-13: 978‒0‒944359‒33‒4
ISBN-10: 0‒944359‒33‒7

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