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June 30 (old calendar) / July 13 (new)

Synaxis of the Holy, Glorious and All-praised Twelve Apostles: Peter, Andrew, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James, the son of Alphæus, Jude, the brother of James, Simon the Zealot, and Matthias (1st c.). All Saints of America (All Saints of Russia). St. Peter, Prince of Ordinsk (Rostov—1290). Translation of the Relics of St. Sophróny, Bishop of Irkutsk (1918).

Synaxis of the twelve Apostles

Synaxe des douze saints glorieux et illustres Apôtres

The Synaxis of the Glorious and All-Praiseworthy Twelve Apostles of Christ appears to be an ancient Feast. The Church honors each of the Twelve Apostles on separate dates during the year, and has established a general commemoration for all of them on the day after the commemoration of the Glorious and First-Ranked among the Apostles Peter and Paul.

The holy God-crowned Emperor Constantine the Great (May 21) built a church in Constantinople in honor of the Twelve Apostles. There are instructions for celebrating this Feast which date from the fourth century. For lists of the Apostles’ names, see: Mt.10:2, Mark 3:14, Luke 6:12, Acts 1:13, 26.

The holy, glorious, all-laudable Apostle Andrew the First-called is also commemorated on November 30. He was the brother of Saint Peter (June 29).

The holy, glorious, all-laudable Apostle James is also commemorated on April 30. He and his brother John are the sons of Zebedee, and were called “sons of Thunder” (Mark 3: 17).

The holy, glorious, all-laudable Apostle and Evangelist, virgin, and beloved friend of Christ, John the Theologian is also commemorated on September 26 and May 8. He and his brother James are the sons of Zebedee, and were called “sons of Thunder” (Mark 3:17).

The holy, glorious, all-laudable Apostle Philip is also commemorated on November 14.

The holy, glorious, all-laudable Apostle Bartholomew is also commemorated on June 11 and August 25.

The holy, glorious, all-laudable Apostle Thomas is also commemorated on October 6 and on the Sunday after Pascha.

The holy, glorious, all-laudable Apostle and Evangelist Matthew is also commemorated on November 16.

The holy, glorious, all-laudable Apostle James, the son of Alphaeus, is also commemorated on October 9.

The holy, glorious, all-laudable Apostle Jude is also commemorated on June 19. He is also known as Thaddeus (but should not be confused with Saint Thaddeus of the Seventy, who is commemorated on August 21), and was the brother of Saint James (October 23).

The holy, glorious, all-laudable Apostle Simon the Zealot is also commemorated on May 10.

The holy, glorious, all-laudable Apostle Matthias is also commemorated on August 9.

Synaxis of the 12 Holy, Glorious & All-Praised Apostles, Troparion, Tone 4
O first enthroned among the apostles/ and teachers of the whole world;/ entreat the Master of all,/ that He grant peace to the world// and great mercy to our souls.

Kontakion of the 12 Holy, Glorious & All-Praised Apostles, Tone 2
Christ the Rock doth radiantly glorify the rock of Faith,/ the most excellent of His disciples,/ as He doth Paul and the assembly of the twelve today;/ and, faithfully celebrating their memory,// we glorify Him Who glorified them.

Romans 6:11-17 (Epistle)

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Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.
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And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
14
For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
15
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!
16
Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?
17
But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered.

Matthew 8:14-23 (Gospel)

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Now when Jesus had come into Peter’s house, He saw his wife’s mother lying sick with a fever.
15
So He touched her hand, and the fever left her. And she arose and served them.
16
When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick,
17
that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.”
18
And when Jesus saw great multitudes about Him, He gave a command to depart to the other side.
19
Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.”
20
And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”
21
Then another of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”
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But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”
23
Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him.

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