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Afterfeast of the Elevation of the Cross
Afterfeast of the Elevation of the Cross

From September 15 until the Leavetaking, we sing “O come, let us worship and fall down before Christ. O son of God crucified in the flesh, save us who sing to Thee: Alleluia” at weekday Liturgies following the Little Entrance.

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Troparion & Kontakion
Martyrs Trophimus, Sabbatius, and Dorymedon of Synnada
Martyrs Trophimus, Sabbatius, and Dorymedon of Synnada

The Holy Martyrs Trophimus, Sabbatius and Dorymedon suffered for Christ during the reign of the Roman emperor Probus (276-282). A pagan festival was being celebrated in the city of Antioch. Sacrificial offerings were brought, the wine was poured, and vile acts were performed. The Christians…

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Saint Theodore, Prince of Smolensk and Yaroslav, and his sons Saints David and Constantine
Saint Theodore, Prince of Smolensk and Yaroslav, and his sons Saints David and Constantine

The holy right-believing Prince Theodore of Smolensk and Yaroslavl, nicknamed the “Black” [i.e. “dark” or “swarthy”], was born at a terrible time for Rus: the Mongol invasion of 1237-1239. At Baptism he was named for the holy Great Martyr Theodore Stratelates…

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Martyr Zosimas the Hermit of Cilicia

The Martyr Zosimas the Desert Dweller lived during the fourth century. Once, while hunting, Dometian, the governor of Sicily, saw the Elder calmly and amiably conversing with the beasts around him. Seeing the hunters, the beasts fled. They then interrogated the Elder, asking who he was and why he…

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Saint Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury
Saint Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury

Saint Theodore was the eighth Archbishop of Canterbury (668-690), and one of England’s great saints. He was a Greek from Tarsus, the home of Saint Paul. He was a highly-educated monk living in Rome who was quickly advanced through all the clerical ranks and consecrated as Archbishop of…

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Right-believing Great Prince Igor of Kiev and Chernigov
Right-believing Great Prince Igor of Kiev and Chernigov

The Holy Prince Igor of Chernigov: The mid-twelfth century was a grievous time of incessant internecine strife over the Kiev principality between two princely factions: the Olegovichi and the Mstislavichi. They were all close relatives, they were all great-grandsons of Yaroslav the Wise. The…

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