The Miracles of the Great Martyr Menas

After the death of the impious Roman pagan emperors Diocletian and Maximian, who hated Christ, the pious Emperor Constantine came to the throne, and the faith which is in our Lord Jesus Christ spread throughout every land. At that time, certain men, citizens of Alexandria and lovers of Christ, found the place where the holy relics of the holy and glorious martyr of Christ, Menas were laid and built a church dedicated to him.

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Holy Apostle Philip (Nov. 14) and Holy Apostle Matthew the Evangelist (Nov. 16)

He was born in Bethsaida near the Seas of Galilee, as were Saint Peter and Saint Andrew the First-Called. Instructed in the Holy Scripture from his youth, Philip immediately responded to the call of Christ and followed Him (St. John 1:43). After the descent of the Holy Spirit, Philip preached the Gospel with zeal in many regions of Asia and in Greece, where the Jews sought to kill him but the Lord saved him by the might of His wonders (miracles).

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Saint John Chrysostomos (the Golden-Tongued), Patriarch of Constantinople (Part II)

God bestowed upon Saint John Chrysostomos the gift of teaching and the grace of the Holy Spirit, which worked in him even as it had in the Apostles. This was revealed to one of the monks living in that monastery, an ascetic named Hesychius was also clairvoyant. One night, while keeping vigil and praying, he beheld in a vision two men of a magnificent appearance, clad in white garments and shining like the sun, who came down from heaven and entered the cell (kellion) of the blessed John as he stood in prayer. One of them held a scroll covered with writing and the other held keys. When St. John saw them, he was afraid and hastened to fall down to the ground before them. But they took him by the hands, and raising him up, said, "Take heart and have no fear."

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Saint John Chrysostomos (the Golden-Tongued), Patriarch of Constantinople

He was born in Antioch in the year 347 A.D., his father's name being Secundus and his mother's Anthusa. Studying Greek philosophy, St. John became disgusted with Hellenic paganism and turned to the Christian faith as the one and all-embracing Truth. St. John was baptized by Meletius, Patriarch of Antioch, and, after that, his parents were also baptized. After their death, St. John became a monk and began to live in strict asceticism. He wrote a book: On the Priesthood, after which the Holy Apostles John and Peter appeared to him, prophesying for him great service, great grace and also great suffering.

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The Sacred Writings of Saint Nektarios, Bishop of Pentopolis and Wonderworker

It is evident that unbelief is an evil offspring of an evil heart; for the guileless and pure heart everywhere discovers God, everywhere discerns Him, and always unhesitatingly believes in His existence. When the man of pure heart looks at the World of Nature, that is, at the sky, the earth, and the sea and at all things in them, and observes the systems constituting them, the infinite multitude of stars of heaven, the innumerable multitudes of birds and quadrupeds and every kind of animal of the earth, the variety of plants on it, the abundance of fish in the sea, he is immediately amazed and exclaims with the Prophet David: "How great are Thy works, O Lord! In wisdom, Thou made them all."

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