This Month’s Saints and Readings

May 2020

Fasting Guidelines:
On days designated strict fast we abstain from dairy products, meat, fish, oil and wine. Some seafoods, e.g. squid, crab, roe and prawn, are permitted.

Readings in bold type are those appointed by the Typikon for use at the Liturgy

Friday 1st May 2020

Commemorations:
Righteous Prophet Jeremiah (7th C. BC). Blessed Tamara, Queen of Georgia (13th C.). Venerable Nicephorus of Chios (1821). New Martyrs Euthymius (1814), Ignatius (1814), and Acacius (1816), of Mt Athos, Hieromartyr Macarius, metropolitan of Kiev (1497). Venerable Paphnutius, abbot of Borovsk (1477).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Brioc (510). St. Asaph, bishop of Llanelwy (7th C). St. Ceallach, bishop of Killala (6th C). St. Buriana (Beryan) (6th C).
Readings:
Acts 5:1-11John 5:30-6:2

Saturday 2nd May 2020

Translation of the relics of St Athanasius the Great, Patriarch of Alexandria (373)
Commemorations:
Holy Martyrs Hesperus, Zoe, and their sons Cyriacus and Theodulus, at Attalia (2nd C). Translation of the relics of the Holy Passionbearers Boris and Gleb (in Holy Baptism, Roman and David, 1072 and 1115). St. Boris (in Holy Baptism, Michael), Prince of Bulgaria (907). St. Athanasius of Lubensk, patriarch of Constantinople (1656).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Neachtain (5th C). Hieromartyr St. Germanus (460). St. Gluvias, brother of St. Cadoc (6th C). St. Ultan, missionary in East Anglia (686).
Readings:
Acts 5:21-33; John 6:14-27
For the Commemoration: Hebrews 13:7-16; Matthew 5:14-19

Sunday 3rd May 2020

Tone 2 – Eothinon 4
3rd of Pascha – Sunday of the Myrrhbearers
Commemorations:
Holy Martyrs Timothy the reader and his wife Maura of Antinoë in Egypt (c.286). St. Peter the Wonderworker, bishop of Argolis (10th C). Great-martyr Xenia the Wonderworker of Peloponnesus. St. Theodosius, abbot of the Kievan Caves monastery and founder of Cœnobitic Monasticism in Russia (1074). New Martyr Ahmet the Calligrapher of Constantinople (16th C).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Conleth the bishop (519). St. Scannal, missionary (563). St. Aldwyn, abbot of Partney (8th C).
Readings:
Acts 6:1-7Mark 15:43-16:8

Monday 4th May 2020

Commemorations:
Virgin-Martyr Pelagia of Tarsus in Asia Minor (c.290). St. Hilarion the Wonderworker of the desert. St. Athanasius, bishop of Corinth (11th C). Hieromartyr Silvanus, bishop of Gaza (311). Venerable Nicephorus the Solitary of Mt. Athos, the spiritual father of St. Gregory Palamas (1340). St. Florian, Enlightener of Austria & Poland (304).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Ethelred (Ailred), King of Mercia and monk (716). St. Conleth, Spiritual Father to St. Bridget of Kildare (c.519).
Readings:
Acts 6:8-7:5, 47-60John 4:46-54

Tuesday 5th May 2020

Commemorations:
Great Martyr Irene of Thessalonica (2nd C). Holy Martyrs Neophytus, Gaius, and Monk-martyr Gaianus. St. Euthymios, the Wonderworker, bishop of Maditos in Thrace (11th C). St. Hilary of Arles (449).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Hydroc of Cornwall (5th C). St. Echa of Crayke, hermit (767).
Readings:
Acts 8:5-17John 6:27-33

Wednesday 6th May 2020

Commemorations:
Righteous Job the Long-suffering (c.1500 BC). St. Job, Wonderworker of Pochaev (1651). Venerable Seraphim the Struggler, of Mt Domvu. Translation of the relics (1238) of St. Sava I of Serbia. St. Micah, disciple of St. Sergius of Radonezh (1385).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Edbert, bishop of Lindisfarne (698).
Readings:
Acts 8:18-25John 6:35-39

Thursday 7th May 2020

Commemorations:
Commemoration of the Appearance of the Sign of the Precious Cross over Jerusalem in 351. Holy Martyr Acacius the Centurion at Byzantium (303). Repose of St. Nil Sorsky (1508). Uncovering of the relics (1815) of St. Nilus the Myrrh-streaming of Lavra, Mt. Athos (1651). New Monk-Martyr Pachomius of Mt. Athos (1730). St. Alexis Toth, Confessor and Defender of Orthodoxy in America (1909).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. John of Beverley, bishop of York (721).
Readings:
Acts 8:26-39John 6:40-44

Friday 8th May 2020

Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian (117)
Commemorations:
Venerable Arsenius the Great of Scetis (449). St. Emilia, mother of SS Macrina, Basil the Great and Gregory of Nyssa (4th C). SS Arsenius the Lover of Labour (14th C) and Pœmen the Ascetic (12th C) of the Kievan Caves.
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Gibrian the Hermit (515). St. Odrian, bishop of Waterford (5th C).
Readings:
Acts 8:40-9:19; John 6:48-54
For the Commemoration: 1 John 1:1-7John 19:25-27,21:24-25

Saturday 9th May 2020

Commemorations:
Righteous Prophet Isaiah (8th C. BC). Holy Martyr Christopher of Lycia, and with him Martyrs Callinica and Aquilina (c.250). Translation of the relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker from Myra to Bari (1087). Monk-martyr Nicholas who lived in Vuneni, of Larissa in Thessaly (1400). Holy Martyr Epimachus of Pelusium, who suffered at Alexandria (250). St. Shio Mgvime, monk, of Georgia (6th C).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Gorfor, patron of Llanover. St. Sanctan, bishop of Kill-da-Les and Kill-na-Sanctan (6th C).
Readings:
Acts 9:19-31John 15:17-16:2

Sunday 10th May 2020

Tone 3 – Eothinon 5
4th of Pascha – Sunday of the Paralytic
Holy Apostle Simeon Zelotes (the Zealot) (1st C)
Commemorations:
Venerable Laurence, monk, of Egypt (6th C). Holy Martyr Hesychius of Antioch (4th C). Blessed Isidora the Fool, of Tabennesi in Egypt (365). Blessed Thaïs of Egypt (5th C).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Comgall, abbot of Bangor, “Father of Monks” (c.601). St. Conleth, monk and hermit (520). St. Cathal, bishop of Taranto (7th C).
Readings:
Acts 9:32-42John 5:1-15
For the Commemoration: 1 Corinthians 4:9-16; Luke 6:12-19

Monday 11th May 2020

Commemorations:
Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Cyril (869) and Methodius (885), First Teachers of the Slavs. Commemoration of the Founding of Constantinople (325). Hieromartyr Mocius of Amphipolis in Macedonia (295). New Martyr Olympia, abbess of Mitylene (1235). New Martyrs Dioscorus and Argyrus of Thessalonica (1808). Hieromartyr Joseph, metropolitan of Astrakan (1672).
British Isles and Ireland:
Holy Martyr & Hermit Fremund of Offchurch (866). St. Tudy, Breton missionary to Cornwall (5th C).
Readings:
Acts 10:1-16John 6:56-69

Tuesday 12th May 2020

Commemorations:
St. Epiphanius, bishop of Constantia in Cyprus (403). St. Germanus, patriarch of Constantinople (740). St. Theodore the Righteous of Cythera. New Martyr John of Wallachia (1662). Glorification (1913) of Hieromartyr Hermogenes, patriarch of Moscow and All Russia (1613)
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Æthelheard, 14th archbishop of Canterbury (805). St. Diomna the Teacher (5th C).
Readings:
Acts 10:21-33John 7:1-13

Wednesday 13th May 2020

Mid-Pentecost
Commemorations:
Virgin-Martyr Glyceria at Heraclea, and with her, Martyr Laodicius, Keeper of the Prison (c.177). St. Sergius the Confessor of Constantinople (9th C). St. John the Georgian (988) founder of Iveron Monastery, and his fellow saints of Mt. Athos. Holy Martyr Alexander of Rome (298). St. George the Confessor of Constantinople, with his wife and children (c.842). St. Servatius, defender against Arianism (384). Commemoration of the Monks of Iveron Monastery, martyred by the Latins in the 13th Century. Hieromartyr Alexander of Tiberias.
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Mael, the Hermit of Bardsey (6th C).
Readings:
Acts 14:6-18John 7:14-30

Thursday 14th May 2020

Commemorations:
Holy Martyr Isidore of Chios (251). St. Nicetas (Nikita), bishop of Novgorod and Recluse of the Kievan Caves (1108). St. Leontius, patriarch of Jerusalem (1175). St. Serapion the Sindonite, monk, of Egypt (542). New Martyrs John of Bulgaria and Mark of Crete, at Smyrna (1643). St. Isidore, Fool-for-Christ, Wonderworker of Rostov (1474).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Dyfan, martyr in Wales (2nd C). St. Carthage (Carthach Mochuda) the Younger, abbot of Rathin and Lismore (639).
Readings:
Acts 10:34-43John 8:12-20

Friday 15th May 2020

Commemorations:
St. Pachomius the Great, Founder of Cœnobitic Monasticism (346). St. Achilles, bishop of Larissa (330). St. Barbarus the Myrrh-streaming of Corfu (9th C). St. Andrew the Hermit and Wonderworker. St. Isaiah, bishop and wonderworker of Rostov (1090). The slain Crown Prince Dimitry of Uglich and Moscow (1591).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Dymphna, martyr of Gheel, near Antwerp (7th C). St. Colman MacValaighse, abbot of Oughaval (6th C). St. Bercthun, abbot of Beverley (733).
Readings:
Acts 10:44-11:10John 8:21-30

Saturday 16th May 2020

Commemorations:
St. Theodore the Sanctified, disciple of St. Pachomius the Great (368). Holy Martyr Peter of Blachernæ. St. Alexander, archbishop of Jerusalem (250). New Martyr Nicholas of Metsovo, whose relics are at Meteora (1617). Monk-martyrs of the community of St. Sava the Sanctified (614). St. Nicholas Mystikos, patriarch of Constantinople (930). Translation of the relics (1545) of Venerable Ephraim, abbot of Perekop (1492).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Brendan the Voyager, abbot of Clonfert (c.575). St. Carantoc the Wonderworker (430). St. Carantoc, abbot of Llangranog (6th C).
Readings:
Acts 12:1-11John 8:31-42

Sunday 17th May 2020

Tone 4 – Eothinon 7
5th of Pascha – Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
Commemorations:
Apostle Andronicus of the Seventy and his fellow labourer, Junia the Martyr (1st C). SS Nectarius (1550) and Theophanes (1544) of Meteora. St. Euphrosyne (Princess Eudoxia) of Moscow (1407). St. Athanasius the New, Wonderworker of Christianopolis (18th C).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Madern, hermit in Cornwall (545). St. Cathan, bishop of Bute (6th C). St. Mailduf, abbot of Malmesbury (673).
Readings:
Acts 11:19-30John 4:5-42

Monday 18th May 2020

Commemorations:
Holy Martyrs Peter, Dionysius, and those who suffered in Athens under Decius (250). Holy Martyr Julian. Holy Martyr Theodotus of Ancyra, and those with who suffered under Decius (303). St. Stephen the New, patriarch of Constantinople (893). Holy Martyrs David and Tarechan of Georgia (693).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Elgiva, mother of St. Edgar and abbess of Shaftesbury (944). St. Feredarius, abbot of Iona (c.863).
Readings:
Acts 12:12-17John 8:42-51

Tuesday 19th May 2020

Commemorations:
Hieromartyr Patricius, bishop of Prusa, and his companions: presbyters Acacius, Menander, and Polyenus (2nd C). St. Memnonus the Wonderworker. Great Prince Dimitry Donskoi of Moscow (1389). Holy Martyr Acoluthus of the Thebaid (305). Holy Martyrs Theotima & Kyriake of Nicomedia (311). Venerable Cornelius, abbot of Komelsk, Vologda (1537).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Dunstan, 25th archbishop of Canterbury (988).
Readings:
Acts 12:25-13:12John 8:51-59

Wednesday 20th May 2020

Commemorations:
Holy Martyr Thalelæus at Ægæ in Cilicia, and his companions, Martyrs Alexander and Asterius (284). Uncovering (1431) of the relics of St. Alexis, metropolitan of Moscow and Wonderworker of All Russia (1378). St. Mark the Hermit (5th C). SS Nikostratos and Antiochos. St. Lydia of Philippisia. Venerable Nicetas, John, and Joseph, monks, of Chios (1050). St. Stephen, abbot of Piperi in Serbia (1697).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Ethelbert, King of East Anglia and Martyr (c.793).
Readings:
Acts 13:13-24John 6:5-14

Thursday 21st May 2020

Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles (Isapostalos) Emperor Constantine (337) and his mother Helena (327)
Commemorations:
St. Constantine (1129) and his children SS Michael and Theodore, Wonderworkers of Murom. New Martyr Pachomius of Patmos (1730).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Barrfoin the Missionary (6th C). St. Gollen (7th C).
Readings:
Acts 14:20-15:4; John 9:39-10:9
For the Commemoration: Acts 26:1,12-20John 10:1-9

Friday 22nd May 2020

Commemorations:
Hieromartyr Basiliscus, Bishop of Comana (308). New Martyrs Paul and Demetrius of Tripoli near Kalavryta (1818). St. John-Vladimir, Martyr and Ruler of Serbia (1015). New Hieromartyr Zachariah of Prusa (1802). New Monk Martyr Paul of the Great Lavra and the Russian monastery on Athos. Blessed James, Youth of Borovichi (Novgorod) (1544).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Conall, abbot of Inniscoel (7th C).
Readings:
Acts 15:5-12John 10:17-28

Saturday 23rd May 2020

Commemorations:
St. Michael the Confessor, bishop of Synnada (831). Holy Myrrh-Bearer Mary, Wife of Cleopas (1st C). Uncovering of the relics of St. Leontius, bishop and Wonderworker of Rostov (1164). Virgin Euphrosyne, princess of Polotsk (1173).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Goban Gobhnena, abbot (6th C).
Readings:
Acts 15:35-41John 10:27-38

Sunday 24th May 2020

Tone 5 – Eothinon 8
6th of Pascha – Sunday of the Blind Man
Commemorations:
St. Simeon Stylites (the Younger) of the Wonderful Mountain (596). St. Nicetas (Nikita) Stylites, Wonderworker of Pereyaslavl-Zalesski (1186). Holy Martyrs Meletius Stratelates (the General), Stephen, John, and 1,218 soldiers with women and children, all of whom suffered in Galatia (218). St. Vincent of Lerins (5th C).
Readings:
Acts 16:16-34John 9:1-38

Monday 25th May 2020

Third Finding of the Honourable Head of the Holy, Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John (850)
Commemorations:
Hieromartyr Therapon, bishop of Cyprus (4th C). Holy Martyr Celestine.
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Aldhelm, bishop of Sherborne (709). St. Dunchadh, abbot of Iona (717).
Readings:
Acts 17:1-9; John 11:47-54
For the Commemoration: 2 Corinthians 4:6-15Matthew 11:2-15

Tuesday 26th May 2020

Commemorations:
Apostles Carpus and Alphæus of the Seventy (1st C). Translation of the relics (1534) of New Martyr George of Kratovo and Sofia (1515). Holy Martyrs Abercius and Helen, children of the Apostle Alphaeus (1st C). St. John Psichaita the Confessor of Constantinople (8th C). Saint Euthymius of Athos, the Translator (1028). New Martyr Alexander of Thessalonica, who suffered at Smyrna (1794).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Augustine of Canterbury, Evangelizer of England (c.605). St. Oduvald, abbot of Melrose (698). St. Dyfan of Merthyr Dyfan (2nd C.) SS Damian and Fugatius, missionaries to Britain (2nd C). St. Becan, hermit near Cork (6th C).
Readings:
Acts 17:19-28John 12:19-36

Wednesday 27th May 2020

Leavetaking of Pascha
Commemorations:
Hieromartyrs Helladius and Therapon, bishop of Sardis (3rd C). St. John the Russian, Confessor, whose relics are on the island of Euboea (1730). Virgin-Martyr Theodora and Martyr Didymus the Soldier of Alexandria (304). The Uncovering of the relics of Nilus the Younger, stylite of the Seliger Lake. Holy Martyr Alypios.
British Isles and Ireland:
St.Bede the Venerable (735). St. Melangell, Virgin-hermitess of Wales (6th C).
Readings:
Acts 18:22-28John 12:36-47

Thursday 28th May 2020

The Ascension of our Lord
Commemorations:
Hieromartyr Eutychius, bishop of Melitene (1st C). St. Nicetas, bishop of Chalcedon (9th C). St. Germanus (Germain), bishop of Paris (576). St. Ignatius, bishop and Wonderworker of Rostov (1288). Holy Martyrs Heliconidos and Daphne of Thessalonica (244).
Readings:
Acts 1:1-12Luke 24:36-53

Friday 29th May 2020

Fast day: wine and oil allowed
Afterfeast of the Ascension
Commemorations:
Virgin-Martyr Theodosia of Tyre (308). Virgin-martyr Theodosia of Constantinople (730). New Martyr Andrew of Chios (1465). New Martyr Andrew and John (Nannus) at Smyrna (1802). Blessed Constantine XI, last Emperor of Constantinople (The New Rome), martyred by the Turks (1453). Repose of Blessed John of Ustiug, fool-for-Christ (1494).
Readings:
Acts 19:1-8John 14:1-11

Saturday 30th May 2020

Afterfeast of the Ascension
Commemorations:
St. Isaac, founder of the Dalmatian monastery at Constantinople (383). St. Macrina, grandmother of St. Basil the Great (4th C). St. Hubert of Maastricht (727). St. James, monk of the Galich Monastery (15th C). Holy Martys Natalius and Barlaam of Caesarea in Cappadocia (304).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Walstan of Bawburgh, confessor (1016).
Readings:
Acts 20:7-12John 14:10-21

Sunday 31st May 2020

Tone 6 – Eothinon 10
7th of Pascha – Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 1st Œcumenical Council
Afterfeast of the Ascension
Commemorations:
Disciple of the Seventy, Hermas (1st C). Holy Martyrs Eusebius and Haralambos. Holy Martyr Philosophus at Alexandria (252). Holy Martyr Hermias at Comana (2nd C). Holy Martyr Marus the Magician who was converted on witnessing the Martyrdom of Hermias.
British Isles and Ireland:
SS. Winnow, Mancus and Myrbad, missionaries in Cornwall (6th C).
Readings:
Acts 20:16-18, 28-36John 17:1-13

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
In developing the software to generate this monthly calendar we gratefully acknowledge our dependence on many sources, prominent among them being :-
For the synaxaria of the Saints: Michael Purcell (of the Saint John (Maximovich) the Wonderworker Orthodox Church, Atlanta, GA.) and his very impressive software program Menologion; and Father Andrew Phillips whose web site Orthodox England has, amongst its many jewels, a list of the Latin Saints of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Rome. Thank you, both – and Many Years!
For the ranking of the major commemorations and related guidance: The Typikon Charts published by the St Raphael Brotherhood of the Antiochian Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America.
For the matters relating to the Lectionary: The admirably detailed notes included in the Epistle and Gospel Lectionaries published by the Centre for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies, Etna, Ca.; together with the annual Kanonion issued by the Phanar.
For the Fasting rules and many other details: The Antiochian Book of the Typikon as translated by Bishop Khoury and edited by Archpriest John W Morris.
Errors in the calendar will inevitably emerge, and for these we apologise. We should be grateful if you would inform us of any you discover.