Afterfeast of the Transfiguration
Holy Martyr and Archdeacon Euplus (Euplius) of Catania (304). Martyrs Basil and Theodore of the Kiev Caves (Near Caves—1098). St. Theodosius (Prince Theodore of Ostrog) of the Kiev Caves (Far Caves—1438). Virgin Martyr Susanna and those with her: Martyrs Gaius, Pope of Rome, Presbyter Gabinus, his brother and the father of Susanna, Maximus, Claudius, and his wife Praepedigna and their sons Alexander and Cutias (295-296). St. Niphon, Patriarch of Constantinople (Mt. Athos—1515).
SAINT EUPLUS, ARCHDEACON
The Martyr Archdeacon Euplus suffered in the year 304 under the emperors Diocletian (284-305) and Maximian (305-311). He served in the Sicilian city of Catania. Always carrying the Gospel with him, Saint Euplus preached constantly to the pagans about Christ.
Once, while he read and explained the Gospel to the gathered crowd, they arrested him and took him to the governor of the city, Calvisianus. Saint Euplus confessed himself a Christian and denounced the impiety of idol-worship. For this they sentenced him to torture.
They threw the injured saint into prison, where he remained in prayer for seven days. The Lord made a spring of water flow into the prison for the martyr to quench his thirst. Brought to trial a second time, strengthened and rejoicing, he again confessed his faith in Christ and denounced the torturer for spilling the blood of innocent Christians.
The judge commanded that the saint’s ears be torn off, and that he be beheaded. When they led the saint to execution, they hung the Gospel around his neck. Having asked time for prayer, the archdeacon began to read and explain the Gospel to the people, and many of the pagans believed in Christ. The soldiers beheaded the saint with a sword.
His holy relics are in the village of Vico della Batonia, near Naples.
TROPARION AND KONTAKION
Troparion of the Transfiguration, Tone 7
You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God, revealing Your glory to Your disciples as far as they could bear it. Let Your everlasting Light also shine upon us sinners, through the prayers of the Theotokos. O Giver of Light, glory to You!
As a holy deacon and righteous minister of the Church of Christ, You contended superbly. You sailed over the sea of many torments and afflictions, O all-blessed Euplus. Guide us into the haven of heaven.
Kontakion of the saint, tone 1
When the love of Christ was your only defense, You stood in the midst of your fight and said: I endure this struggle willingly and with confidence! You rejoiced, O Euplus, to offer your head to the sword and so complete your course!
Kontakion of the Transfiguration, Tone 7
On the Mountain You were Transfigured, O Christ God, And Your disciples beheld Your glory as far as they could see it; So that when they would behold You crucified, They would understand that Your suffering was voluntary, And would proclaim to the world, That You are truly the Radiance of the Father!
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
- Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
- I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus,
- that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge,
- even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you,
- so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,
- who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
- The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?”
- And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’
- and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?
- So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.
- They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?”
- He said to them, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.
- And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.
- His disciples said to Him, “If such is the case of the man with his wife, it is better not to marry.”
- But He said to them, “All cannot accept this saying, but only those to whom it has been given:
- For there are eunuchs who were born thus from their mother’s womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He who is able to accept it, let him accept it.