St. Meletius, Archbishop of Antioch (381). St. Aleksy (Alexius), Metropolitan of Moscow and Wonderworker of All Russia (1378). St. Meletius, Archbishop of Kharkov (1840). Ven. Mary (who was called Marinus), and her father, Ven. Eugene, at Alexandria (6th c.). St. Anthony, Patriarch of Constantinople (895). St. Kristo the Gardener (Albania—1752). The “IVERON” (IBERIAN) Icon of the Most-holy Theotokos.
Saint Meletius, Archbishop of Antioch, was Bishop of Sebaste in Armenia (ca. 357), and afterwards he was summoned to Antioch by the emperor Constantius to help combat the Arian heresy, and was appointed to that See.
Saint Meletius struggled zealously against the Arian error, but through the intrigues of the heretics he was thrice deposed from his cathedra. Constantius had become surrounded by the Arians and had accepted their position. In all this Saint Meletius was distinguished by an extraordinary gentleness, and he constantly led his flock by the example of his own virtue and kindly disposition, supposing that the seeds of the true teaching sprout more readily on such soil.
Saint Meletius was the one who ordained the future hierarch Saint Basil the Great as deacon. Saint Meletius also baptized and encouraged another of the greatest luminaries of Orthodoxy, Saint John Chrysostom, who later eulogized his former archpastor.
After Constantius, the throne was occupied by Julian the Apostate, and the saint again was expelled, having to hide himself in secret places for his safety. Returning under the emperor Jovian in the year 363, Saint Meletius wrote his theological treatise, “Exposition of the Faith,” which facilitated the conversion of many of the Arians to Orthodoxy.
In the year 381, under the emperor Theodosius the Great (379-395), the Second Ecumenical Council was convened. In the year 380 the saint had set off on his way to the Second Ecumenical Council at Constantinople, and came to preside over it.
Before the start of the Council, Saint Meletius raised his hand displaying three fingers, and then withdrawing two fingers and leaving one extended he blessed the people, proclaiming: “We understand three hypostases, and we speak about a single nature.” With this declaration, a fire surrounded the saint like lightning. During the Council Saint Meletius fell asleep in the Lord. Saint Gregory of Nyssa honored the memory of the deceased with a eulogy.
Saint Meletius has left treatises on the consubstantiality of the Son of God with the Father, and a letter to the emperor Jovian concerning the Holy Trinity. The relics of Saint Meletius were transferred from Constantinople to Antioch.
Troparion of the saint, tone 4
You appeared to your flock as a rule of faith, / An image of humility and a teacher of abstinence. / Because of your lowliness, heaven was opened to you. / Because of your poverty, riches were granted to you. / O holy bishop Meletius, pray to Christ our God to save our souls!
Kontakion of the saint, tone 6
The apostate Macedonius / fled in fear before your spiritual courage, / but we your servants run to you to gain your intercession! / Father Meletius, converser with the angels and fiery sword of Christ our God, / we praise you as a star bringing light to all!
1 Peter 3:10-22 (Epistle)
- For “He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit.
- Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.
- For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.”
- And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good?
- But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.”
- But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;
- having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.
- For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.
- For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,
- by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison,
- who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.
- There is also an antitype which now saves us – baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
- who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.
Mark 12:18-27 (Gospel)
- Then some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Him; and they asked Him, saying:
- “Teacher, Moses wrote to us that if a man’s brother dies, and leaves his wife behind, and leaves no children, his brother should take his wife and raise up offspring for his brother.
- Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife; and dying, he left no offspring.
- And the second took her, and he died; nor did he leave any offspring. And the third likewise.
- So the seven had her and left no offspring. Last of all the woman died also.
- Therefore, in the resurrection, when they rise, whose wife will she be? For all seven had her as wife.”
- Jesus answered and said to them, “Are you not therefore mistaken, because you do not know the Scriptures nor the power of God?
- For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.
- But concerning the dead, that they rise, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the burning bush passage, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’?
- He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living. You are therefore greatly mistaken.”