June 28 (old calendar) / July 11 (new)
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June 28 (old calendar) / July 11 (new)

Apostles’ Fast

Translation of the Relics of the holy and wonderworking Unmercenaries Cyrus and John (412). Ven. Xenophon, Abbot of Robeiksk (Novgorod—1262). Ven. Sergius and Herman, Wonderworkers of Valaam (ca. 1353). St. Paul the Physician, of Corinth. Icon of the Most-holy Theotokos, “THE THREE HANDS” (8th c.).

Translation of the Relics of saints Cyrus and John

saints Cyr et Jean

The Transfer of the Relics of the Holy Martyrs, Unmercenaries and Wonderworkers, Cyrus and John from the city of Konopa, near Alexandria (where they suffered in the year 311) to the nearby village of Manuphin, took place in the year 412. This Egyptian village prompted fear in everyone, since in a former time there was a pagan temple inhabited by evil spirits. Patriarch Theophilus (385-412) wanted to cleanse this place of demons, but he died. His wish was fulfilled by his successor in the See of Alexandria, the holy Patriarch Cyril (412-444). He prayed fervently in carrying out this project. An angel of the Lord appeared in a vision to the hierarch and commanded the venerable relics of Saints Cyrus and John be transferred to Manuphin. His Holiness Patriarch Cyril did the angel’s bidding and built a church at Manuphin in the name of the holy martyrs.

From that time this place was purified of the Enemy’s influence, and by the prayers of the holy Martyrs Cyrus and John there began to occur many miracles, healings of the sick and infirm. An account Saints Cyrus and John is located under January 31.

Troparion of the saints, tone 5

O Christ God, / You have given us the miracles of Your martyrs, Cyrus and John, / as an invincible rampart; / through their prayers, frustrate the plans of the heathens, / and strengthen the faith of the Orthodox Christians, / for You alone are good and love mankind.

Kontakion of the saints, tone 3

Having received the gift of miracles through divine grace, O saints, / you work wonders in the world unceasingly. / You remove all of our passions through your invisible surgery, / divinely-wise Cyrus and glorious John, / for you are truly divine physicians.

Romans 11:13-24 (Epistle)

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For I speak to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry,
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if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them.
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For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?
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For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches.
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And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree,
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do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.
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You will say then, “Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.”
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Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear.
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For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either.
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Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.
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And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.
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For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?

Matthew 11:27-30 (Gospel)

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All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.
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Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
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Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
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For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

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Emma Cazabonne

Emma Cazabonne

Beside an anthology on Cistercian texts, Emma Cazabonne has translated and published articles on Cistercian spirituality, the Middle Ages, and Orthodoxy. She converted to Orthodoxy in 2008. Her husband is an Orthodox priest. If you are interested in having your book translated into French, she can be contacted here https://wordsandpeace.com/contact-me/

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