On this day also we commemorate the departure of the Great Saint and worshipper St. Ibrahim, the Anchorite. He was from the City of Menuf, the son of exceedingly rich Christian parents.
When he grew up he longed for the monastic life. He went to Akhmim and from there he came to St. Pachomius, who put the garb of a monk on him. He exhausted his body with ascetic practices and worship. He stayed with him for 23 years then he wished to dwell by himself in some of the caves. St. Pachomius allowed him to do so. He made nets to catch fish. One of the laymen used to visit him and take the work of his hands, sell it and buy for him beans. He gave the rest of the money as alms on his behalf.
He led this life for 16 years, his food each evening was a handful of salted beans soaked in water. He covered himself with a piece of sackcloth because the apparel on his body was worn out. He went to the monastery every two or three years to partake of the Holy Communion.
At the beginning of his dwelling in his cave he had many fights with the evil spirits. They disturbed him with strange voices and terrified him with fearful imagines. But he used to overcome them and drive them away.
When his departure drew near, he sent his brother layman who used to serve him to the monastery to bring him Abba Tadros, the Disciple of St. Pachomius. When Abba Tadros came to him he bowed down and asked him to remember him in his prayers. Then St. Ibrahim and St. Tadros rose up and prayed. He laid down with his face towards the east and gave up his soul.
When St. Tadros sent the news of his departure
to the monastery, the monks came and carried him. Then they all
prayed over him and were blessed by him and they laid him with
the bodies of the saints.
The Holy Disciples from the 70: Herastos, Olympos, Rodion, Sosipater, Kuartos (Quartus) and Tercias lived during the I Century.
Saint Rodion, or Herodian, was a kinsman of the Apostle Paul (Rom 16:11), and left the bishop's cathedra [chair] at Patras so as to go to Rome with the Apostle Peter. The holy Disciple Olympos (or Olympian) -- about whom the holy Apostle Paul recollects (Rom 16:15), was also a companion of the Apostle Peter. Both of these Disciples from the 70 were beheaded on the very day and hour, when the Apostle Peter was crucified.
The holy Disciples Herastos, Sosipater, Quartus and Tercias were disciples of the holy Apostle Paul. The Apostle to the Gentiles speaks of them in the Epistle to the Romans: "Jason and Sosipater, my kinsmen, do greet you..." (Rom 16:21); "And also do I, Tercias, who wrote down this epistle, greet you" (Rom 16:22); "And Herastos, the city treasurer, doth greet you, and brother Quartus" (Rom. 16: 23).
The Disciple Sosipater, a native of Achaeia,
was bishop of Iconium where also he died. The Disciple Herastos
was at first a deacon and treasurer of the Jerusalem Church, and
later on bishop at Paneadis. The holy Disciple Quartus endured
much suffering for his piety and converted many pagans to Christ,
dying peacefully in the dignity of bishop in the city of Beirut.
The holy Disciple Tercias, having written down the dictation of
the Apostle Paul contained in the Epistle to the Romans, was the
second bishop of Iconium, where also he died.
The Holy Martyr Orestes lived at the end of the III Century in the city of Tiana in Cappadocia during the time of the emperor Diocletian. He was an illustrious and capable soldier, and from childhood Saint Orestes was truly a good Christian.
By order of the emperor, the military-officer Maximinus was dispatched to Tiana for dealing with Christianity, which then had spread widely throughout Great Cappadocia. Orestes was among the first brought to trial to Maximinus. He bravely and openly confessed his faith in our Crucified and Risen Lord Jesus Christ. The prosecutor offered the saint riches, honours and reknown for renouncing the One True God, but Saint Orestes was unyielding. By order of Maximinus, they took Orestes to a resplendid pagan temple and again demanded he worship idols. When he refused, 40 soldiers, taking turns one after the other, beat the holy martyr with lashes, with canes, with rawhide, and then they tormented him with fire. Saint Orestes cried out to the Lord: "Oh God, make with me a sign of blessing, let those hating me see it and be put to shame". And the Lord heard His true servant. The earth began to tremble, and the idols fell down and were smashed. Everyone rushed out of the temple, and when Saint Orestes came out, the very temple tumbled down.
Infuriated, Maximinus ordered the holy martyr to be locked up in prison for seven days giving him neither food nor drink, and on the eighth day to continue with the torture. They wedged nails into the heels of the martyr, and then tied him to a wild horse. Dragged over the stones, the holy martyr expired to the Lord in the year 304. His relics were thrown into the sea.
When many years had passed, in 1685, a certain
monk of the Kievo-Pechersk Lavra (Dimitrii, afterwards the Sainted-Hierarch
of Rostov, commemorated 28 October) was copying from an ancient
manuscript the Life of Saint Orestes. He became tired and fell
asleep. The holy martyr appeared to him in a dream vision and,
having shown him the deep wound in his chest and the lacerated
sinews of his arms and bruised knees, he bid him to add these
into his life, since not all the torments which befell the saint
were recorded in the ancient manuscript. The humble monk carried
out the wish of the holy Martyr Orestes and he gave praise to
God, Who is Wondrous in His Saints.
PriestMartyr Milios, Bishop of Persia, and his two Disciples,
lived during the IV Century. The holy Martyr Milios was banished
from the city of Suza, where his bishop's cathedra was situated.
By his pious and ascetic life he was vouchsafed gifts of prophecy
and healing. The saint suffered in the year 341 with two if his
students, Abrosim and Sinos [trans. note: this text variance of
name from the header above is in the Russian original, perhaps
reflecting alternate Graeco-Russian transcriptions of Persian
names], in their native city of Suza. They returned there after
long wanderings and brought many to Christ.
The Holy Martyr Constantine was a Gruzian prince from Upper Kartalinia. He was famed in his country for his generosity to the poor, and for the patronage of churches and clergy. During his time Gruzia was often subject to invasion from various enemies. In one of these battles with the barbarians, Constantine was taken captive and brought to Tiflis to the emir Buga, who at first locked him in prison, but later transferred him to the emperor Dzhepar, who demanded he renounce Christ, but Constantine firmly confessed his faith. They locked him away into a fetid prison cell. Because of his stoic strength of faith, on orders of the emperor he was beheaded with the sword in the year 842 at age 85. They hung up the body of the saint in the city square, but Christians took it and brought it to Gruzia. The place of burial is unknown.
In honour of the holy Martyr Constantine, a
feastday was established under the Catholikos John II (871-893),
and later on a service was compiled by the Catholikos Anthony.
The Breaking on the Wheel of the Holy GreatMartyr George: Gruzia (Georgia) -- having been enlightened with the Christian faith by the holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Nina (+335, commemorated 14 January), a kinswoman of the holy GreatMartyr George the Victory-Bearer (+303, commemorated 23 April) -- has especial veneration to Saint George as its patron-saint. One of the names of Gruzia [Georgia] -- is in honour of George (this name is preserved now in many languages of the world). In his honour the holy GreatMartyr Nina established a feastday. It is celebrated at present in Georgia on 10 November, in remembrance of the Breaking on the Wheel of Saint George. During the year 1891 in the Caucassus, near the village of Kakha in the Zakatal'sk region, a new church in place of the old was built in honour of the holy GreatMartyr George the Victory-Bearer, and many of the heterodox Bogomils thronged to it.