Tuesday, February 19, 2008

From the Menaion - 19 February


On 19 February, we commemorate the holy apostles Archippos, Philemon, and Apphia.

For the love of his Master, who is the Corner-Stone, Archippos endured being stoned. Philemon was flayed by green branches for the sake of Him who led him into repose in green pastures. Apphia, that holy woman, was executed on the ground, while she lifted up the eyes of her soul to the heavens. Courageously suffering his passion on the nineteenth, Archippos was stoned to death for Christ.

On the same day, we commemorate our venerable mother Philothea of Athens.

I believe that Philothea is well worthy of Athens, for she conquered it by the armor of the Cross.

By their holy prayers, O our God, take pity on us and save us. Amen.

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