July 13 (old calendar) / July 26 (new)
Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel. Ven. Stephen of St. Sabbas’ Monastery (794). St. Julian, Bishop of Cenomanis (Le Mans) in Gaul (1st c.). Martyr Serapion (2nd-3rd c.). Martyr Marcian of Iconium (258). Icon of the Most-holy Theotokos “AXION ESTIN” (“IT IS TRULY MEET”).
Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel
The Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel is celebrated on the day after the Annunciation, and a second time on July 13. It was instituted in the ninth century, perhaps to celebrate the dedication of a church at Constantinople. Originally, the Feast was observed on October 16 (Juan Mateos, LE TYPIKON DE LA GRANDE EGLISE).
An account of the Holy Archangel Gabriel is found under March 26 and November 8.
Troparion of the saint, tone 4
Gabriel, commander of the heavenly hosts, / we who are unworthy beseech you, / by your prayers encompass us beneath the wings of your immaterial glory, / and faithfully preserve us who fall down and cry to you: / “Deliver us from all harm, for you are the commander of the powers on high!”
Kontakion of the saint, tone 2
You look upon God’s glory in heaven, / and bring grace from on high to earth, / wise Gabriel, leader of angels, / minister of God’s glory, and divine defender of the world! / Save and preserve those who cry to you: / “Be our defense, so that no one can be against us!”
1 Corinthians 4:5-8 (Epistle)
- Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God.
- Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against the other.
- For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?
- You are already full! You are already rich! You have reigned as kings without us – and indeed I could wish you did reign, that we also might reign with you!
Matthew 13:44-54 (Gospel)
- Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
- Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls,
- who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
- Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind,
- which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away.
- So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just,
- and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
- Jesus said to them, “Have you understood all these things?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.”
- Then He said to them, “Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”
- Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these parables, that He departed from there.
- When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works?