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                  SUNDAY, July 22, 2018

       Mary Magdalene, Myrrhbearer; Markella of Chios

 Orthros:  Grav                         Gospel: John 20: 11-18
 Epistle:  I Corinthians 1: 10-17   Page: 75 (Red Books)
Gospel:  Matthew 14: 14-22        Page: 76 (Red Books)

Saint Markella of Chios

Saint Markella lived on the Greek island of Chios, at the end of the fifteenth century.  Her mother was a devout Christian who raised Markella with great love for the holy Virgin Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Her     father had no interest in spiritual matters.
Markella’s mother died when the girl was a young teen.

By the time Markella was in her twenties, she had
become a beautiful and capable woman.  Her faith
never wavered; in fact, it grew as she served her father and ran his household. 

As she grew in faith, her father grew in evil.  Her pagan and bestial father wanted to live with his daughter as with a wife. Markella fled from her father but he,       enraged as a wild beast, caught up with her and hacked her to pieces.

In the proximity of her church there are certain stones which, from time to time, become permeated with blood. People take these stones, bring them to church, pray to St. Markella and place them on the sick who, from that, become healed.

The Prologue of Ohrid, Vol. 2, p. 91. 

     By Your cross, O Lord, You destroyed death,
     to the thief You opened paradise.
     The Myrrhbearers sorrow you transformed into joy,
     and you sent your Apostles forth to proclaim
     that You had risen from the dead, Christ our God, 
     bestowing on all the world Your great mercy.

 2. Apolytikion of St Mary Magdalene (Mode 1) 
     You followed Christ the Lord, who
     was born of the Virgin  for us, and
    kept His laws,  and you lived by His
    statutes; and thus as we celebrate
    your all-holy memorial,  Mary
    Magdalene, today with faith we extol
    you,  O most blessed Saint, and with
    divine love and longing  we honor
    your memory.

    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.

 4. HYMN OF OUR CHURCH (Fourth Mode)
     Today is the beginning of our salvation,
     and the revelation of the mystery of ages.
     The Son of God becomes the Son of the Virgin.
     And Gabriel proclaims this gift from God.
     Together with him we cry out to You,
     O Theotokos: “Hail thou full of grace,
     the Lord is with you.”

5.  KONTAKION (Tone 2)
     A protection of Christians unshamable,
     Intercessor to our Holy Maker, unwavering,
     please reject not the prayerful cries
     of those who are in sin.
     Instead, come to us for you are good;
     your loving help bring unto us,
     who are crying in faith to you:
     Hasten to intercede and speed
     now to supplicate, as a protection for all time,
     Theotokos, for those who honor you.

     Κατέλυσας τω Σταυρώ σου τον θάνατον
     ηνέωξας τω Ληστή τον Παράδεισον
     των Μυροφόρων τον θρήνον μετέβαλες
     και τοις σοις Αποστόλοις κηρύττειν επέταξας
     οτι ανέστης, Χριστέ ο Θεός,
     παρέχων τω κόσμω το μέγα έλεος

 2. Aπολυτικιον Aγια Mαριας Mαγδαληνης(Ἦχος αʹ) 
     Χριστῷ τῷ δι' ἡμᾶς, ἐκ Παρθένου
     τεχθέντι, Σεμνὴ Μαγδαληνή,
     ἠκολούθεις Μαρία, αὐτοῦ τὰ
     δικαιώματα, καὶ τοὺς νόμους
     φυλάττουσα· ὅθεν σήμερον, τὴν
     παναγίαν σου μνήμην, ἑορτάζοντες,
     ἀνευφημοῦμέν σε πίστει, καὶ πόθῳ

    Τῆς ἁγνείας τὸ ρόδον καὶ τῆς Χίου τὸ βλάστημα,
    τὴν Ἁγίαν Μαρκέλλαν ἐν ὠδαὶς εὐφημήσωμε
    τμηθεῖσα γὰρ χειρὶ τὴ πατρική, ὡς φύλαξ ἐντολῶν 
    τῶν τοῦ Χριστοῦ, ρώσιν νέμει καὶ κινδύνων
    ἀπαλλαγήν, τοὶς πρὸς αὐτὴν κραυγάζουσι,
    δόξα τῷ δεδοκότι σοὶ ἰσχύν, δόξα τῷ σὲ
    θαυμαστώσαντι, δόξα τῷ ἐνεργούντι διὰ σου,
    πάσιν ἰάματα.

    Σήμερον τῆς σωτηρίας ἡμῶν τό Κεφάλαιον,
     καί τοῦ ἀπ᾽ αἰῶνος Μυστηρίου ἡ φανέρωσις·
     ὁ Υἱός τοῦ Θεοῦ, Υἱός τῆς Παρθένου γίνεται,
     καί Γαβριήλ τὴν χάριν εὐαγγελίζεται.
     Διό καὶ ἡμεῖς σὺν αὐτῷ τῇ Θεοτόκῳ βοήσωμεν·
     Χαῖρε Κεχαριτωμένη, ὁ Κύριος μετὰ σοῦ.

 5. ΚΟΝΤΑΚΙΟΝ (Ηχ. β)
     Προστασία τῶν Χριστιανῶν ἀκαταίσχυντε,
     μεσιτεία πρὸς τὸν Ποιητὴν ἀμετάθετε,
     μὴ παρίδῃς ἁμαρτωλῶν δεήσεων φωνάς·
     ἀλλὰ πρόφθασον ὡς ἀγαθή,
     εἰς τὴν βοήθειαν ἡμῶν,
     τῶν πιστῶς κραυγαζόντων σοι·
     τάχυνον εἰς πρεσβείαν, καὶ σπεῦσον εἰς ἱκεσίαν,
     ἡ προστατεύουσα ἀεί, Θεοτόκε τῶν τιμώντων σε.




































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