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Commemoration of the Apostles St. Thaddeus and St. Bartholomew, the first preachers of Christianity in Armenia

Commemoration of the Apostles St. Thaddeus and St. Bartholomew, the first preachers of Christianity in Armenia

 

Apostles St. Thaddeus and St. Bartholomew were two of the twelve Apostles of Christ, who came to Armenia and preached Christianity in Armenia deserving the title “the first illuminators”. Still at the dawn of Christianity they were martyred in Armenia. It was the result of their preaching and martyrdom that the Armenian people, being the first nation in the world, proclaimed Christianity as the state religion. Indeed, Apostles St. Thaddeus and St. Bartholomew played an important role in the history of 2000-year-old Christian Armenian nation which has unshaken faith and keen love towards its Mother Church.

Each year a Divine Liturgy is celebrated in the Cathedral of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin in the memory of St. Apostles.

When is celebrated

29.11.2008
28.11.2009
04.12.2010
03.12.2011
01.12.2012
30.11.2013
29.11.2014
28.11.2015
03.12.2016
02.12.2017
01.12.2018
30.11.2019
28.11.2020
04.12.2021
03.12.2022
02.12.2023
30.11.2024
29.11.2025
28.11.2026
04.12.2027
02.12.2028
01.12.2029
30.11.2030

Commemoration of Bishop St. Genarius, Soldier St. Merkerius

Commemoration of Bishop St. Genarius, Soldier St. Merkerius

 

The name “Genarius” is the equivalent of the Latin name “Januarius” and the Italian name “Chenaro”. It is supposed that St. Genarios was born in the beginning of the third century. His parents were rich and well-known persons. He has been the Bishop of the city Benevent of Italy. Genarius was imprisoned during the period of reign of the emperor Dioclethianus and was martyred in 305. The saint’s blood is up to date kept in a special small bottle in the Church of Naples.

St. Merkerius was one of the brave soldiers of the Roman Army. Like his father he believed in true God. Once king Dekos called him and ordered to offer sacrifice in the temple on the occasion of the victory but Merkerius refused to obey the king’s order. The soldiers put his hands into chains and burnt him on the fire. However, the next day they found out that Merkerius was alive and healed and he told that God had saved him. The king ordered to burn his body by means of heated skewers and beheaded him. The saint was martyred in 250 AD.

When is celebrated

01.12.2008
30.11.2009
06.12.2010
05.12.2011
03.12.2012
02.12.2013
01.12.2014
30.11.2015
05.12.2016
04.12.2017
03.12.2018
02.12.2019
30.11.2020
06.12.2021
05.12.2022
04.12.2023
02.12.2024
01.12.2025
30.11.2026
06.12.2027
04.12.2028
03.12.2029
02.12.2030

Feast of All Saints - the old and the new, the known and the unknown

Feast of All Saints - the old and the new, the known and the unknown

 

 

By this feast the Armenian Apostolic Church commemorates the memory of all those saints, whose names are not included in the Church Calendar, but whose names are registered in the sacred book of the Heavenly Kingdom.

Many people have been subjected to severe torments and have been martyred during the wars for the sake of faith. Unfortunately, we do not know their names. So the Church has established this feast in the Church Calendar in order to commemorate their memory. They are persons who shed their blood for the sake of Christ and His Church.

When is celebrated

01.11.2008
31.10.2009
20.11.2010
19.11.2011
03.11.2012
02.11.2013
01.11.2014
31.10.2015
19.11.2016
04.11.2017
03.11.2018
02.11.2019
31.10.2020
20.11.2021
19.11.2022
04.10.2023
02.11.2024
01.11.2025
31.10.2026
20.11.2027
00.00.2028
03.11.2029
02.11.2030

Commemoration of Sts. Pontiff of Rome St. Stepannos, the Priests, the Deacons and the people

Commemoration of Sts. Pontiff of Rome St. Stepannos, the Priests, the Deacons and the people

 

The Pontiff of Rome St. Stepannos (Stephen) was born in Rome. He was the Bishop of Rome since 254 AD. He has been the deacon of the martyred Pope of Rome Lukianos and after the Popes’ death has been his successor. According to the Armenian collection book “Haysmavourk”, St. Stepannos has been a courageous and zealous Pontiff leading his flock, encouraging the faithful during the persecutions and exhorting them to remain loyal to their faith. He has converted many heathens to Christianity, and among the converted were the Prince Nemesios and his blind daughter. After the latters’ baptism the daughter of the Prince Nemesios becomes able to see, and the prince, witnessing that miracle, asks the Pontiff to ordain him as a deacon. Becoming aware of that fact, the King calls the Prince to him and orders him to offer sacrifice to the idols. But the Prince refuses, and for the refusal he is martyred together with his daughter. Another Prince and his servants, who also were pious Christians, are martyred. According to “Haysmavourk”, 12 clergymen are subjected to torments and are martyred, and the memory of those blessed clergy is commemorated with the memory of the Pontiff St. Stepannos.

Once, when the pontiff St. Stepannos was celebrating a Divine Liturgy, the soldiers surround the Church and wish to break the door. At that time the Pontiff was giving Holy Communion to the faithful in attendance. After his taking the Holy Communion the soldiers rush in and kill the Pontiff in 257 AD.

When is celebrated

03.11.2008
02.11.2009
01.11.2010
31.10.2011
05.11.2012
04.11.2013
03.11.2014
02.11.2015
31.10.2016
06.11.2017
03.11.2018
04.11.2019
02.11.2020
01.11.2021
31.10.2022
06.11.2023
04.11.2024
03.11.2025
02.11.2026
01.11.2027
04.11.2028
03.11.2029
04.11.2030

Commemoration of Sts. Bishop Akipsimos, Priest Hovsep (Joseph), Deacon Ayitala and Martyr Platon

Commemoration of Sts. Bishop Akipsimos, Priest Hovsep (Joseph), Deacon Ayitala and Martyr Platon

 

Bishop Akipsimos (Aquiphsimeus), Priest Hovsep (Joseph) and Deacon Ayitala (Ayethalus) have been martyred in the fourth century. Akipsimos was Persian. Together with the Priest Hovsep (Joseph) and the Deacon Ayitala he has been imprisoned during the persecutions against Christians realized by the King Shapouh II. Bishop Akipsimos, Priest Hovsep (Joseph) and Deacon Ayitala are taken to the town Arbela to stand trial by the heathen supreme priest of sun - Ardakh. However, they refuse to worship the sun and the fire. They are thrown into a deep and dark dungeon, where they remain for three years. Later the saints are sent to Media to stand trial by the King Shapouh II, where they are martyred. According to the hagiographers St. Akipsimos is beheaded, Priest Hovsep (Joseph) and Deacon Ayitala are stoned.

St. Platon (Plato the Martyr) was born in Ankuria, in the family of a Christian pious priest. Since childhood he was brought up and educated in Christian spirit. After his parents’ death Platon sells all his property and distributes the sum to the poor and the needy and dedicates himself to converting the heathens to Christianity and spreading of the Word of God. Because of being Christian he is imprisoned and subjected to severe torments. The judge does not manage to force Platon to renounce Christianity and to offer sacrifice to the idols, therefore he orders to behead the saint. St. Platon has been martyred in the first quarter of the fourth century.

When is celebrated

04.11.2008
03.11.2009
02.11.2010
01.11.2011
06.11.2012
05.11.2013
04.11.2014
03.11.2015
01.11.2016
07.11.2017
05.11.2018
05.11.2019
03.11.2020
02.11.2021
01.11.2022
07.11.2023
05.11.2024
04.11.2025
03.11.2026
02.11.2027
06.11.2028
05.11.2029
05.11.2030

Commemoration of Sts. Pontiffs Metropanos, Alexandros and Paul the Confessor, and the Scribes Markianos and Martyron

Commemoration of Sts. Pontiffs Metropanos, Alexandros and Paul the Confessor, and the Scribes Markianos and Martyron

 

The Pontiff Metropanos (Metrophanes) was the junior son of the King Probios. He has been ordained by the Bishop Titos of Byzantine and has succeeded him in his office. Bishop Metropanos was known for his deep faith and good reputation, who was able to influence even King Kostandianos the Great to decide that the site of the new capital city to be built should be in the place of Byzantine. He was appointed by the same king to be the first Bishop of Constantinople. Because of his old age the Pontiff Metropanos has not participated in the First Ecumenical Council of Nicaea, in 325, sending instead of him Alexander, who later succeeded him. He passed away in 236 AD.

The Pontiff Alexandros (Alexander) has succeeded the Pontiff Metropanos. According to the tradition he has been ordained by the Pontiffs participating in the Ecumenical Council of Nicaea, when they had arrived to Nicaea to attend the previous Pontiff’s burial ceremony. St. Alexandros has participated in the First Ecumenical Council of Christ’s Church. He has been a generous, eloquently speaking, fair and pious pontiff, who has always struggled against the Arianism and the heathen philosophers. According to the Church tradition it is thanks to his prayers and the prayers of the Pontiff St. James of Nisibis that Arius has died. The Pontiff Alexandros has passed away in 326 AD. (According to some sources – in 327 AD.)

The Pontiff St. Paul the Confessor was born in Selanik. He was a pious man and very well knowing the Holy Bible. He has succeeded the Pontiff Alexander of Constantinople. For his strict attitude against Arians St. Paul has been exiled by the King Kostantdianos to Pontos. He returns to Constantinople in 338 AD. But it was fated that the Pontiff should be exiled for three more times. For the last time the Pontiff Paul has been exiled to the town Kokison (Armenia), where he has been martyred by the Arians, who strangled him during the Divine Liturgy in 350 AD.

Markianos (Marcian) and Martiron (Martyrius) were senior scribes, who served in the Patriarchate of Constantinople and assisted the Pontiff Paul the Confessor who was the Patriarch during that period. When they become aware of the Pontiff’s being strangled, they spread among the people the fact that the reason for the Pontiff Paul’s death are the Arians. For making them to keep silent the Arian Eparkos living in Constantinople orders to behead the scribes in about 350 AD.

When is celebrated

06.11.2008
05.11.2009
04.11.2010
03.11.2011
08.11.2012
07.11.2013
06.11.2014
05.11.2015
03.11.2016
09.11.2017
06.11.2018
07.11.2019
05.11.2020
04.11.2021
03.11.2022
09.11.2023
07.11.2024
06.11.2025
05.11.2026
04.11.2027
07.11.2028
06.11.2029
07.11.2030

Commemoration of Archangels Gabriel and Michael and the Entire Heavenly Class

Commemoration of Archangels Gabriel and Michael and the Entire Heavenly Class

 

According to the Angelology of the Armenian Church the angels are unfleshly, spiritual, independent, always moving, asexual, immortal creatures and God’s servants. According to Church Fathers, the angels, as luminous creatures, have been created the first day of Creation, together with the light. By the God’s order they are servants, they have been created to serve the human being. Therefore, they are servants who despite their being dyophysite, participate in the earthly life, act together with the human being living in time and space, they act for the human being. The angels are called the messengers and agents of God, who realize God’s will. According to Dionysius of Areopagus (Areopagite), there are nine orders of angels – Angels, Archangels, Virtues, Powers, Principalities, Dominations, Throne, Cherubim and Seraphim.

 Archangel Gabriel, whose name means “God’s man”, is God’s direct servant, who is granted the grace to evangelize the Lord’s mysteries. It was Archangel Gabriel, who was sent by the Lord to bring the good news to the Virgin about the birth of the Savior, and to Zechariah – to bring the good news about the birth of John the Baptist.

Archangel Michael, whose name means “Who is like God?”, is the advocate for the Heavenly King’s glory and His people’s protection, who is granted the virtue to govern and rule. The name of Archangel Michael is mentioned in the Holy Scriptures for four times (The Book of Daniel,10:13, 12:1, The Letter from Jude 1:9, The Revelation to John 11:7).

When is celebrated

08.11.2008
07.11.2009
06.11.2010
05.11.2011
10.11.2012
09.11.2013
08.11.2014
07.11.2015
05.11.2016
11.11.2017
08.11.2018
09.11.2019
07.11.2020
06.11.2021
05.11.2022
11.11.2023
09.11.2024
08.11.2025
07.11.2026
06.11.2027
09.11.2028
08.11.2029
09.11.2030

Commemoration of Sts. Pontiff Melitos of Antioch, Minas of Egypt and the other Bishop Melitos, Priest Bouras and Deacon Shinou

Commemoration of Sts. Pontiff Melitos of Antioch, Minas of Egypt and the other Bishop Melitos, Priest Bouras and Deacon Shinou

 

The Pontiff Melitos (Meletius, Bishop of Antioch) was born in the town Melitene of Pokr Hayk (Armenia Minor). In 358 AD he becomes the Bishop of the town Sebastia of Pokr Hayk (Armenia Minor) and in 360 AD he is elected the spiritual leader of the Antioch.
Being righteous, gentle, honest and sincere in worshiping the God, Bishop Melitos avoided the theological disputes typical to that time period. And the people expected that he would manage to establish peace in Antioch split and disunited because of religious disputes. And indeed, he succeeds to satisfy the population of that turbulent town Staying aside from discussing theological controversial issues, he delivers sermons, tries to realize some gradual reformations.

However, during the Council of Antioch, organized by the Arian King Kostandianos and the purpose of which was to reveal the doctrinal convictions of Melitos, the fact of his being orthodox is revealed. By the instigation of the Arians Melitos is exiled for three times.

Bishop Melitos is the author of the theological work “Exposition of faith”. The saint has participated in the Second Ecumenical Council of Constantinople and has presided the Council. Unfortunately he has passed away before the conclusion of the Council, in 381 AD.

Minas (Menas the Egyptian) was an officer from Egypt, who served in the Roman Army. Seeing the dirty tricks, injustice and malice existing in the surrounding world, Minas decides to devote himself to ascetic life, and goes to the mountains in Phrygia.
During one of the heathen feasts he comes to the people and condemns the heathen idols and preaches the Christian faith. For that deed Minas is subjected to torments and is beheaded in 304 AD. The place of martyrdom of Minas is considered to be a sacred place and his image – always depicted sitting on the camel, becomes very popular especially in the Middle Ages.

Melitos (Meletius, Bishop of Persia) was a Persian Christian officer serving in the Persian Army. Giving up military service he devotes himself to spiritual life and is ordained as the Bishop of the town Bitrazan. Despite the repeated persecutions by the heathens he continues to preach the Gospel and reaches even to the capital city of Persia – Tizbon. Refusing to worship the sun Melitos is martyred in Tizbon during the reign of the Persian King Shapouh (331-378). Two of his disciples – Priest Bouras (Buras) and Deacon Shinou (Sennen) are martyred together with Melitos.

When is celebrated

10.11.2008
09.11.2009
08.11.2010
07.11.2011
12.11.2012
11.11.2013
10.11.2014
09.11.2015
07.11.2016
13.11.2017
12.11.2018
11.11.2019
09.11.2020
08.11.2021
07.11.2022
13.11.2023
11.11.2024
10.11.2025
09.11.2026
08.11.2027
13.11.2028
12.11.2029
11.11.2030

Commemoration of St. Martyr Demetrios and the Priest St. Basilikos

Commemoration of St. Martyr Demetrios and the Priest St. Basilikos

 

St. Demetrios (Demetrius) was born in Persia. He has lived during the period of reign of the King Kostandianos the Great. Believing in Christ, he has lived a secluded life in the Monastery on Nisibis, Mesopotamia and then he has moved to the Monastery of Theodosopolis, where he has been ordained as a deacon. Not agreeing with the Archimandrite, who wished to ordain him as a priest and considering himself undeserving of priesthood, Demetrios has gone to live in a cave near the river Euphrates. 

When the King Julianos the Betrayer and his army go to fight against the Persians and pass by the cave where the saint lived and where many people had gathered waiting to be healed, the king orders to block the entrance to the cave with large stones. The saint and his two disciples are martyred in the cave. Later the martyrs’ relics are brought out of the cave and buried.

Priest Basilikos (Basil) has been martyred in 362 AD, by the order of the King Julianos the Betrayer. Basilikos blames the King for renouncing Christ. The king orders to cut daily seven pieces from the martyr’s skin. After lasting severe treatments the saint’s body is swabbed by heated metal sticks.

When is celebrated

11.11.2008
10.11.2009
09.11.2010
08.11.2011
13.11.2012
12.11.2013
11.11.2014
10.11.2015
08.11.2016
14.11.2017
13.11.2018
12.11.2019
10.11.2020
09.11.2021
08.11.2022
14.11.2023
12.11.2024
11.11.2025
10.11.2026
09.11.2027
14.11.2028
13.11.2029
12.11.2030

Commemoration of Sts. Gurias, Samunas, Deacon Abib, Romanos the Hermit, Child the Confessor and Soldier Husikos

Commemoration of Sts. Gurias, Samunas, Deacon Abib, Romanos the Hermit, Child the Confessor and Soldier Husikos

 

Gurias and Samunas were priests from Yedessia living during the period of reign of the Roman Emperor Dioklethianos (284-305). Gurias and Samunas are imprisoned because of being Christians, they are brought to the judge of Yedessia and are ordered to burn incense before the idols and to worship the picture of the emperor. When they refuse to obey the order they are subjected to severe torments and are thrown into the deep pit. Gurias and Samunas are beheaded at the beginning of the 4th century.

Deacon Abib served in the Church of Yedessia at the beginning of the 4th century. During the period of Christians’ persecutions he went from one village to another and preached the Word of God and encouraged those who were subjected to torments. Emperor Likianos, becoming aware of his activity, orders to imprison him. Becoming aware of his mother’s and relatives’ imprisonments Deacon Abib voluntarily surrenders himself to the authorities. The judge seeing that he is unable to force the Deacon to renounce Christ, ordered to burn him over the fire. The saint first prays and then is burnt in the fire in 312. He is buried in the same tomb where the bodies of Gurias and Samunas martyred during the same period were buried.

During the period of reign of the Roman Emperor Dioklethianos when Christians were persecuted, a clergyman named Romanos, who was imprisoned because of his faith, said the judge: “Even if you ask a child what is right – to worship the only God – the Creator of the sky and the earth, or to many gods, the child will give the right answer”. And really, the judge calls a child and asks that question, and that child answers: “The people’s God should be the only one God. The God we worship has Only Begotten Son, who is one with God.” The annoyed judge immediately orders to kill the innocent child. This event happened in 304.

The soldier Husikos has been subjected to torments during the period of reign of the Roman Emperor Dioklethianos. Husikos has served in the royal army. He was drowned in the water because of his faith in Christ.

When is celebrated

13.11.2008
12.11.2009
11.11.2010
10.11.2011
15.11.2012
14.11.2013
13.11.2014
12.11.2015
10.11.2016
16.11.2017
15.11.2018
14.11.2019
12.11.2020
11.11.2021
10.11.2022
16.11.2023
14.11.2024
13.11.2025
12.11.2026
11.11.2027
16.11.2028
15.11.2029
14.11.2030

Commemoration of the Apostles Andrew and Phillip

Commemoration of the Apostles Andrew and Phillip

 

 

efore becoming Christ’s disciple Apostle Andrew has been the disciple of St. John the Baptist. He was the brother of the Apostle Peter and was a fisherman. After the Ascension of the Lord and the Descend of the Holy Spirit Apostle Andrew has preached in Northern Greece and in Scythe.

Apostle Phillip was from the town Bethsaida. Perhaps he also has been the disciple of St. John the Baptist. He has preached in Asia Minor. Apostle Philip has been martyred and crucified in the town Heliople.

When is celebrated

15.11.2008
14.11.2009
13.11.2010
12.11.2011
17.11.2012
16.11.2013
15.11.2014
14.11.2015
12.11.2016
18.11.2017
17.11.2018
16.11.2019
14.11.2020
13.11.2021
12.11.2022
18.11.2023
16.11.2024
15.11.2025
14.11.2026
13.11.2027
18.11.2028
17.11.2029
16.11.2030

Eve of the Fast of Advent

Eve of the Fast of Advent

 

This is the beginning of Advent - the period of “Fifty Days” (Hisnak or Yisnak) beginning with the Sunday nearest to the 25th of November and ending with the Saturday next after the Sunday nearest to the 6th of January, the Feast of Holy Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Thus it covers a period of seven constant days.

When is celebrated

16.11.2008
15.11.2009
21.11.2010
20.11.2011
18.11.2012
17.11.2013
16.11.2014
15.11.2015
20.11.2016
19.11.2017
18.11.2018
17.11.2019
15.11.2020
21.11.2021
20.11.2022
19.11.2023
17.11.2024
16.11.2025
15.11.2026
21.11.2027
19.11.2028
18.11.2029
17.11.2030

Presentation of Three-Year-Old St. Mary to the Church

Presentation of Three-Year-Old St. Mary to the Church

 

One of the feasts dedicated to the Holy Virgin is the presentation of three-year-old Mary (Holy Mother of God) to the temple. All Christian Churches celebrate this feast of November 21.

According to the Holy Tradition of the Church, after Mary’s becoming three-year-old, the parents of the Holy Virgin, Jehoiakim and Anna, fulfilling their promise, bring Mary to the Temple and present her to God. Mary remains in the Church till her engagement.
Establishment of the feast is related to the Cathedral, which was built by the King Justinianos in honor of St. Mary, the Holy Mother of God, in the place of the old Jewish temple, on the hill Moria. The cathedral had been consecrated on November 21, 543 AD.

After 638 AD, when the Cathedral, built by the King Justinianos, is converted into a Moslem temple, the celebration of the feast spreads throughout the entire Christian world. The Feast of presentation of St. Mary to the Church has been included in the Armenian Apostolic Church Calendar in the nineteenth century.

When is celebrated

21.11.2008
21.11.2009
21.11.2010
21.11.2011
21.11.2012
21.11.2013
21.11.2014
21.11.2015
21.11.2016
21.11.2017
21.11.2018
21.11.2019
21.11.2020
21.11.2021
21.11.2022
21.11.2023
21.11.2024
21.11.2025
21.11.2026
21.11.2027
21.11.2028
21.11.2029
21.11.2030

Commemoration of Sts. Juliane and Vasilouhie

Commemoration of Sts. Juliane and Vasilouhie

 

In Church calendars there are many virgins named Juliane and Vasilouhie. However, the virgins commemorated according to the Armenian Church Calendar, are from the town Nikomedia.

St. Juliane (Juliana) had made the vow of celibacy since childhood. During the period of Christians’ persecutions by the King Dioklethianos she refuses to marry a young heathen man and because of it is taken to the court. When after many torments and trials the saint is taken to be burnt, the fire goes out. St. Juliane is beheaded at the age of 19, in 304 AD.

St. Vasilouhie (Basilla) was a nine-year-old girl. She is subjected to torments during the period of Christians’ persecutions by the King Dioklethianos. However, she survives all torments and trials and remains unharmed, and the judge, witnessing this, is converted the Christianity. She passes away in 309 AD.

When is celebrated

24.11.2008
23.11.2009
29.11.2010
28.11.2011
26.11.2012
25.11.2013
24.11.2014
23.11.2015
28.11.2016
27.11.2017
26.11.2018
25.11.2019
23.11.2020
29.11.2021
28.11.2022
27.11.2023
25.11.2024
24.11.2025
23.11.2026
29.11.2027
27.11.2028
26.11.2029
25.11.2030

Commemoration of Priest St. Lukianos, Sts. Martyrs Taragros, Probos and Andronikos, and Vonesimos, the Disciple of the Apostle St. Paul

Commemoration of Priest St. Lukianos, Sts. Martyrs Taragros, Probos and Andronikos, and Vonesimos, the Disciple of the Apostle St. Paul

 

Priest St. Lukianos (Lucian) has lived in the last decades of the third century and the first decades of the fourth century. After his parents’ death Lukianos presents all their property to the poor and dedicates himself to the study of the Holy Scriptures. It is supposed that St. Lukianos has edited the presently used New Testament. The saint founds a theological school in Antioch. St. Lukianos is imprisoned during the period of Christians’ persecutions by the King Maximinos Dazh and is exiled to Nikomedia, where remaining for nine years, he is beheaded in 312 AD.

Martyrs Taragros (Trachus), Probos (Probus) and Andronikos (Andronicus) were soldiers and close friends. During the period of Christians’ persecutions by the King Dioklethianos they are imprisoned for believing in Christ and are subjected to torments in the towns Tarson and Anabarza (Anavarz). They are beheaded in the town Anabarza (Cilicia) in 304 AD.

Vonesimos (Onesimus) was a runaway (fugitive) slave, who is caught in Rome and put into the prison. There he is acquainted with the Apostle St. Paul, who baptizes him. The Apostle St. Paul gives Vonesimos a letter, by means of which he is forgiven and receives freedom from his former master. Vonesimos follows the Apostle St. Paul everywhere, and after his death preaches in Spain, Grace and Asia Minor. In his old age he is ordained as the Bishop of Ephesus, and during the period of Christians’ persecutions by Trayanos he is imprisoned, stoned and beheaded.

When is celebrated

25.11.2008
24.11.2009
30.11.2010
29.11.2011
27.11.2012
26.11.2013
25.11.2014
24.11.2015
29.11.2016
28.11.2017
27.11.2018
26.11.2019
24.11.2020
30.11.2021
29.11.2022
28.11.2023
26.11.2024
25.11.2025
24.11.2026
30.11.2027
28.11.2028
27.11.2029
26.11.2030

Commemoration of the Pontiff St. Klemes and Bishop St. Bagrat of Toromena

Commemoration of the Pontiff St. Klemes and Bishop St. Bagrat of Toromena

 

Pontiff St. Klemes (Clement) is known as the first among the “Apostolic Fathers” by means of whose works we become aware of the traditions, every-day life of the Christians, theology and church history of the first-second centuries AD.

Klemes met the Apostle St. Paul in Rome, thanks whose preaching he was baptized, ordained and became the Bishop of Rome in 92 AD. He is the author of the 85 canons known as “Second Apostolic Canons” or “Canons of Klemes”.

There is very little information about St. Klemes in “Haysmavourk”. He was taken to the King Dioclethianus, and courageously confessed the divine nature of Christ. He was martyred in 98 AD, when stones were put around the saint’s neck and he was thrown into the sea.

Bishop St. Bagrat of Toromena (Taormina) was the illuminator of Silikia. Being the disciple of the Apostle St. Paul and being ordained by the Apostle, he was sent to Silikia. Later he became the Bishop of Toromena. Thanks to his preaching he managed to put an end to idolatry in Toromena. However, once one of the rich citizens of the town, who was a determined heathen swabbed the saint while he was praying. The mayor punished the murderer, and the saint’s remains were buried with all honors in the tabernacle “in order to be intercessor and helper for all of us”.

When is celebrated

27.11.2008
26.11.2009
02.12.2010
01.12.2011
29.11.2012
28.11.2013
27.11.2014
26.11.2015
01.12.2016
30.11.2017
29.11.2018
28.11.2019
26.11.2020
02.12.2021
01.12.2022
30.11.2023
28.11.2024
27.11.2025
26.11.2026
02.12.2027
30.11.2028
29.11.2029
28.11.2030