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Saints Commemorated This Week

Yesterday on the Orthodox (Old) Calendar, the Orthodox Church commemorated the Great Martyr St. James the Persian, on Monday we will commemorate the Holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called and St. Frumentius, Enlightener and Archbishop of Abyssinia, and on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday respectively the Prophets Nahum, Habbakuk and Zephaniah. In one week we will commemorate the Great Martyr Barbara and St. John (Chrysorrhoas) of Damascus.

O first-enthroned of the Apostles,
Teachers of the Universe:
Entreat the Master of all
To grant peace to the world,
And great mercy to our souls! ~Troparion for the Holy Apostle Andrew

O Prophet Nahum, thou didst shine forth in the Law/ and proclaim the consolation of grace from of old in the Spirit./ Even so, by appearing unto men,/ God the Word gladdened mortal nature./ Intercede with the compassionate Trinity to grant us His great mercy. ~Troparion for the Holy Prophet Nahum

Of old thou didst describe the Virgin Mother of God as a mountain/ from which the God of all would shine forth in the flesh for our sake./ Hence we honour thee as a God-proclaiming prophet/ and beseech thee to make us partakers of grace by thy intercessions,/ O glorious Habbakuk. ~Troparion for the Holy Prophet Habbakuk

The Spirit of God revealed your brilliance, O Prophet Zephaniah,
For you proclaimed the coming of God:
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Proclaim him, O Jerusalem!
Behold, your King is coming to save mankind! ~Kontakion for the Holy Prophet Zephaniah

O honorable and victorious Barbara,
You believe in God the Holy Trinity:
You renounced the multitude of heathen idols,
And fought for your faith with great courage.
You were not frightened by the threats of your persecutor,
But cried out in a loud voice:
I adore one God in three persons! ~Kontakion for the Holy Great Martyr Barbara

O champion of Orthodoxy, teacher of purity and of true worship,
The enlightener of the universe and the adornment of the hierarchs:
O all-wise father John, your teachings have gleamed with light upon all things.
Intercede before Christ our God to save our souls! ~Troparion for St. John of Damascus

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Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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