Old Calendar Orthodox Daily Digest for 11/21/2021

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22nd Sunday after Pentecost. Tone five.
Today is fast-free!

Today’s Commemorations

  • Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the other Bodiless Powers: the Archangels Gabriel , Raphael, Uriel, Salaphiel, Jegudiel, Barachiel, and Jeremiel.
  • New Martyr Michael the Blessed of Chernigov (1922).
  • New Hieromartyr Paul priest (1937).
  • Righteous Martha, princess of Pskov (1300).
    Venerable Tyssilio, abbot of Meifod (Powys) (7th c.) (Celtic & British).
    St. Willihad, bishop of Bremen (Germany).
    New Martyr Michael the Blessed of Chernigov (1922).

Scripture Readings

John 21:15-25 (11th Matins Gospel)
So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.” He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep. Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.” This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.” Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?” Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.” Then this saying went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?” This is the disciple who testifies of these things, and wrote these things; and we know that his testimony is true. And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.

Galatians 6:11-18
See with what large letters I have written to you with my own hand! As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

Luke 8:41-56
And behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue. And he fell down at Jesus’ feet and begged Him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter about twelve years of age, and she was dying. But as He went, the multitudes thronged Him. Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped. And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?” When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ ” But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately. And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.” While He was still speaking, someone came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, “Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher.” But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.” When He came into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father and mother of the girl. Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, “Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead. But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, “Little girl, arise.” Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that she be given something to eat. And her parents were astonished, but He charged them to tell no one what had happened.

Hebrews 2:2-10 (Epistle, Angels)
For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will? For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels. But one testified in a certain place, saying:”What is man that You are mindful of him, Or the son of man that You take care of him? You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, And set him over the works of Your hands. You have put all things in subjection under his feet.” For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

Luke 10:16-21 (Gospel, Angels)
He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me. Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven. In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.

Saints and Feasts Celebrated Today

Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the other Bodiless Powers: the Archangels Gabriel , Raphael, Uriel, Salaphiel, Jegudiel, Barachiel, and Jeremiel.
Synaxis of the  Archangel Michael  and the other Bodiless Powers: the Archangels  Gabriel , Raphael, Uriel, Salaphiel, Jegudiel, Barachiel, and Jeremiel. Each of the Great Feasts of the Church is followed by a commemoration of some holy one who figures in the events of the Feast. So, today we commemorate the Holy Archangel Gabriel, who brought the glad news of the conception of Christ to Mary, the Theotokos. The Prologue gives the following teaching:   “The herald of the incarnation of the Son of God, he is one of the seven great angels who stand before the throne of God. He revealed to Zacharias the birth of the Forerunner, and said of himself: ‘I am Gabriel that stand in the presence of God’ (Lk. 1:19). His name, Gabriel, signifies ‘man of God’. Speaking about the Annunciation, the holy Fathers comment that an angel with such a name was sent to signify who He was,and of what nature He was, who would be born of the most pure Virgin. He would be the Man of God, the Man-God, the strong and mighty God. Others have found that it was this same Gabriel who announced the conception of the Virgin Mary to Joachim and Anna, and that it was he who taught Moses in the wilderness to write the Book of Genesis. The holy Fathers consider that Gabriel belongs to the foremost and highest order of the heavenly powers, the seraphim, since the seraphim stand closest to God. And so he is one of the seven seraphim closest to God. The names of these seven are: Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Selathiel, Jegudiel and Barachiel. Some would add Jeremiel to this number. Each has his own particular service, but all are equal in honour. Why did God not send Michael? For the reason that Michael’s service is the suppression of the enemies of God’s truth, while Gabriel’s is the annunciation of the salvation of the human race.”

Righteous Martha, princess of Pskov (1300).
Venerable Tyssilio, abbot of Meifod (Powys) (7th c.) (Celtic & British).
St. Willihad, bishop of Bremen (Germany).
New Martyr Michael the Blessed of Chernigov (1922).

Martha of Pskov, the wife of St. Dovmont (Timothy), Prince of Pskov (May 20), was tonsured a nun in the Pskov Forerunner Monastery. She died in 1300.

Additional Saints and Feasts Celebrated Today

New Martyr Michael the Blessed of Chernigov (1922).

New Hieromartyr Paul priest (1937).

Today’s Hymns

Troparion of the Sunday, Tone V
Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word,
Co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit,

born for our salvation from the Virgin,
for He willed to be lifted up on the cross in the
flesh,
to endure death
and to raise the dead by His glorious resurrection.

Hymn to the Theotokos, Tone V
Rejoice, O impassable gate of the Lord!
Rejoice, O wall and protection of those who run to
you!
Rejoice, O unshakable refuge!
Rejoice, O Virgin Mother of your God and Creator! /
Do not cease praying for those who praise you and worship your Son. (1x)
Blessed be the name of the Lord, henceforth and forever more.

Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone V
Thou didst descend into hell, O my Savior,
shattering its gates as almighty;
resurrecting
the dead as Creator,
and destroying the sting of death.
Thou hast delivered Adam from the
curse, O Lover of Man,
and we all cry to Thee: “O Lord, save us!”

Synaxis of the Archangel Michael, Commander of the Heavenly Host,
Troparion, Tone IV

Supreme commanders of the armies of Heaven,
we, the unworthy, do ever
entreat you,
that by your prayers ye ever surround us
with the protection of
the wings of your immaterial glory,
preserving us that earnestly fall down
before you and cry aloud:
Deliver us from misfortunes,
in that ye are the
leaders of the hosts on high.

Kontakion, in Tone II
O ye chief commanders of God,
ministers of glory divine, captains of the
angels and instructors of men:
beg ye great mercy and that which is profitable
for us,
for ye are the supreme commanders of the bodiless hosts.

Another Troparion, Tone IV
O Commanders of the heavenly hosts,
We who are unworthy beseech you:
By
your prayers encompass us
Beneath the wings of your immaterial glory,
And
faithfully preserve us who fall down and cry out to you:
Deliver us from all
harm, For you are the commanders of the powers on high!

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