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St. Andrew the First-Called

St. Andrew the First-Called

Today we commemorate St. Andrew the First Called. He was a fisherman by trade and the brother of The Chief apostle St. Peter. When St. John the Baptist preached the message of repentance by the Jordan River, St. Andrew responded to his call and became his disciple, and soon after became the first disciple of Christ Himself, through the teachings and directions of the Holy Forerunner.

Soon after, St. Andrew told his brother Peter of the good news–the long awaited Messiah was here. After the glorious death and resurrection of Christ, St. Andrew spread the gospel far and wide. Eventually, St. Andrew was crucified like His beloved Savior, but in the shape of an “X”.

The life of St. Andrew the First-Called

Let us praise the divine leader and namesake of courage, first-called disciple and Peter’s kinsman. For as of old Christ called to him so he now calls to us: Come, we have found the Desired One.

Kontakion of St. Andrew, Tone 2

St. Andrew, please pray for us!

St. Markella the Virgin Martyr

St. Markella the Virgin Martyr

St. Markella of Chios is commemorated July 22.

Submitting to the laws of the Lord’s divine teachings, you strove to keep them blamelessly, O Martyr Markella. And fearing the violence of your father, you fled from him and dwelt in the mountains. Pursuing you he found you and slew you, O undefiled bride of Christ.

Glory to Him who strengthened you.

Glory to Him who crowned you.

Glory to Him who works healings for all through you.

Apolytikion – First Mode
St. Maria of Paris

St. Maria of Paris

Mother Maria of Paris is commemorated on July 20.

You can read about the life of St. Maria of Paris on the Greek Archdiocese website here and on OrthodoxWiki here.

A wonderful audio resource on her life is within the Patristic Nectar series on Contemporary Women Saints.

Pray for us St. Maria!


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