Thursday August 24, 2017 / August 11, 2017

12th Week after Pentecost. Tone two.
Dormition (Theotokos) Fast. By Monastic Charter: Food without Oil

Holy Martyr and Archdeacon Euplus of Catania (304).
Martyrs Basil and Theodore of the Kiev Caves (1098).
Venerable Theodore (in monasticism Theodosius) of the Kiev Caves, prince of Ostrog (1483).
Virgin-martyr Susanna and those with her: Martyrs Gaius, pope of Rome; presbyter Gabinus, his brother and father of Susanna; Maximus, Claudius and his wife, Praepedigna, and their sons Alexander and Cutias (295).
St. Niphon, patriarch of Constantinople (Mt. Athos) (1515).
Venerable Passarion of Palestine.
St. Blaan, bishop of Bute (Dunblane), Scotland (590) (Celtic & British).
Commemoration of the Miracle (1816) of St. Spyridon (348) on Kerkyra (Corfu) with the Hagarenes (Greek).
New Martyrs Anastasius of Asomaton in Asia Minor and Demetrius of Lesbos (1816) (Greek).
St. Taurinus, first bishop of Evreux, Gaul (2nd c.).
St. John, recluse of Svyatogorsk Monastery (1867).
Martyrs Neophytus, Zeno, Gaius, Mark, Macarius, and Gaianus (Greek).

The Scripture Readings

2 Corinthians 7:1-10
Mark 1:29-35


Holy Martyr and Archdeacon Euplus, Troparion, in Tone IV
In his suffering, O Lord,/ Thy martyr Euplus received an imperishable crown from Thee, our God;/ for, possessed of Thy might,/ he set at nought his tormenters, and crushed the feeble audacity of the demons.// Through his supplications, save Thou our souls.

Kontakion of the martyr, in Tone I, "The choir of the angels..."
Holding the laws of Christ in thy hand,/ thou didst stand before the enemy in the arena, crying out:/ "I have called myself to suffer steadfastly!"/ Wherefore, joyfully bowing thy neck,// thou didst undergo beheading by the sword, finishing thy course.