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Orthros and Divine Liturgy
for the Feast of 

St. Eleftherios, Bishop of Illyria, and his mother, Anthia

On this the 15th day of the month, we commemorate the holy, glorious, and victorious Hieromartyr, St. Eleftherios, Bishop of Illyria, and his monther, Anthia...

This Saint had Rome as his homeland. Having been orphaned of his father from childhood, he was taken by his mother Anthia to Anicetus, the Bishop of Rome (some call him Anencletus, or Anacletus), by whom he was instructed in the sacred letters (that is, the divine Scriptures). Though still very young in years, he was made Bishop of Illyricum by reason of his surpassing virtue, and by his teachings he converted many unbelievers to Christ. However, during a most harsh persecution that was raised against the Christians under Hadrian (reigned 117-138), the Saint was arrested by the tyrants. Enduring many torments for Christ, he was finally put to death by two soldiers about the year 126. As for his Christ-loving mother Anthia, while embracing the remains of her son and kissing them with maternal affection, she was also beheaded.

By their holy intercessions, O Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us. Amen!

Dear Faithful of Annunciation,
 
Christ is Born! Glorify Him!
 
Please note that regular social distancing and wearing of masks will be closely followed when in our church building and other parish facilities.
 
With love in Christ,
 
Fr. James Retelas 
Presiding Priest
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