The Council of the holy and glorious Twelve Apostles
Fast Day with oil and wine
St Matthew -
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Saint(s) of the Day:
The synaxis of the Twelve Apostles; New-Martyr Michael.
Celtic Saint(s) of the Day:
Eurgain, Virgin of Glamorgan, Wales, Foundress of Llantwit Monastery
Dismissal Hymn for the Feast in the Third Tone.
O Holy Apostles, intercede to our merciful God, that He may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.
Kontakion for the Feast in the Second Tone.
O Lord, receive the steadfast and divinely voiced preachers, the pinnacle of Thy disciples, unto their rest and the enjoyment of Thy blessings. Thou received, above every offering, their labors and their life. Thou alone know what the heart holds.
About the Feast:
The names of the Twelve Apostles are these: Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew, the First-called; James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John, who was also the Evangelist and Theologian; Philip, and Bartholomew (see also June 11); Thomas, and Matthew the publican, who was also called Levi and was an Evangelist; James the son of Alphaeus, and Jude (also called Lebbaeus, and surnamed Thaddaeus), the brother of James, the Brother of God; Simon the Cananite ("the Zealot"), and Matthias, who was elected to fill the place of Judas the traitor (see Aug. 9).
The date is the liturgical date and it changes in the evening, which is the beginning of the Orthodox Church day.
The Scripture readings are in Byzantine Notation, where they are read up to but not including the final verse number. Also, not all readings end at the verse breaks of modern Bibles; this is reflected with verses cited as 5b or 8c to show the proportion of the verse to be read.