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St Ignatius of Antioch (Ἰγνάτιος Ἀντιοχείας, Ignátios Antiokheías, Ignatius Theophorus, God Bearer, Ignatius Nurono, Fire Bearer) (c50-108). Roman Catholic and Syriac Christianity Feast Day and Lutheran Commemoration for Syrian Patriarch of Antioch, a martyr, Apostolic Father and early Christian writer. Ignatius converted to Christianity at a young age and, along with his friend Polycarp, was a disciple of John the Apostle. St Peter himself left instructions that Ignatius be appointed to the episcopal see of Antioch, where Ignatius was persecuted by the Romans as a Christian. He expected to be punished locally but, instead of being executed in his hometown of Antioch, Ignatius was escorted to Rome by a company of ten Roman soldiers. En route to Rome, where he met his martyrdom, Ignatius wrote a series of letters that now form a central part of a later collection of works known to have been authored by the Apostolic Fathers. Ignatius is considered to be one of the three most important of these, together with Clement of Rome and Polycarp. His letters are an example of early Christian theology, addressing ecclesiology, the sacraments and the role of bishops. After his martyrdom, Ignatius’ relics were carried back to Antioch by his companions and in the Fifth Century they were translated to the Tychaeum, a Greek Temple with the statue of Tyche, which had been converted into a church dedicated to Ignatius. In 637, the relics were translated to the Basilica di San Clemente in Rome. Venerated in Catholic, Eastern Orthodox Churches, Oriental Orthodoxy, Church of the East, Nestorianism, Anglican Communion, Lutheranism. Major shrine Basilica di San Clemente. Feast Day 20 December Eastern Orthodox Church, 24 Koiak for martyrdom and 7 Epip for commemoration in Coptic Christianity. Patron of Church in eastern Mediterranean, Church in North Africa. Image: catholicnewsagency.com.
St Euphrasia Eluvathingal (Rosa Eluvathingal CMC) (1877-1952). Commemoration of the birth of the wealthy Indian Keralan Carmelite, a nun of the Syro-Malabar Church, an Eastern Catholic Church in Kerala. At the age of nine, Rosa is said to have experienced an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary that led her to make a commitment never to marry and to commit her entire life to God. When she was ten, she entered the boarding school attached to the 1866 first indigenous Carmelite community of the Syro-Malabar Church. As she grew older, Rosa wanted to enter the Sisters of the Mother of Carmel, who follow the Rule of the Third Order of the Discalced Carmelites, and in 1897 Mar John Menachery, the first native Bishop of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Archeparchy of Thrissur, established a Carmelite Convent in Ambazakad and Rosa was received as a postulant, taking the name Sister Euphrasia of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. However, her constant poor health threatened her stay in the convent but she is said to have had a vision of the Holy Family, at which point the illness she had long felt ceased. Euphrasia made her solemn profession in 1900, during the blessing of the newly-founded St Mary’s Convent, Ollur (Chinna Roma), Kerala. She was appointed assistant to the Novice Mistress and in 1904 Novice Mistress of the congregation until 1913, when she was made Mother Superior of the convent, where she was to live the rest of her life becoming known as the Praying Mother. Euphrasia died on 29 August 1952 at St Mary’s Convent and her tomb has become a pilgrimage site as miracles have been reported by some of the faithful. Venerated in Roman Catholic Church Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. Feast Day 30 August, as the beheading of St John the Baptist is commemorated on the day of her death. Image: sainteuphrasia.com.
Sunday of the Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council. Celebration in the Parish Church of the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain under the Ecumenical Patriarchate. This parish was founded in 1873 as the Greek Sea Men’s Mission and today serves Orthodox Christians across Cardiff and South Wales, with services celebrated in both Greek and English. On Sundays, Mattins (Matins) usually begins at 9:30 am and Divine Liturgy at 11 am until around 1 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend the services and those new to Orthodoxy or wishing to learn more about the Orthodox Church are very welcome at what is now the Greek Orthodox Church of St Nicholas, Greek Church Street, Butetown, Cardiff CF10 5HA, telephone 029 2048 7889. The Second Council of Nicaea met in 787 in Nicaea, the site of the First Council of Nicaea in present-day İznik, Turkey to restore the use and veneration of icons (holy images), which had been suppressed for some decades by imperial edict in the Byzantine Empire. It is recognised as the last of the first seven ecumenical councils by the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Catholic Church, the Old Catholics and others, although Protestant opinion on it varies. Image: lit.royaldoors.net.
Prayer We never cease to adore Your life-giving Cross, O Christ our God, and we glorify Your resurrection on the third day. For You, Almighty One, have thereby restored the corrupted nature of all and reopened the way to heaven, since You alone are gracious and You love mankind. O Saviour, You have absolved the penalty of disobedience, committed through the tree of Eden, by willingly being nailed to the tree of the Cross. As Almighty God, You descended into Hades and broke asunder the bonds of death. We, therefore, venerate Your resurrection from the dead, and joyfully cry out to You: “Almighty Lord, glory to You!” Amen