Calendar creștin-ortodox 2 Mai 2020! În această lună, în ziua a doua, pomenirea aducerii moaştelor celui dintre sfinţi părintele nostru Atanasie cel Mare, patriarhul Alexandriei 1
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Calendar creștin-ortodox 2 Mai 2020! În această lună, în ziua a doua, pomenirea aducerii moaştelor celui dintre sfinţi părintele nostru Atanasie cel Mare, patriarhul Alexandriei

Acest sfânt a petrecut pe pământ viaţă îngerească, iar nevoinţele cu care s-a nevoit pentru dreapta credinţă, şi împotrivirile ce a avut din partea învăţătorilor eretici, şi desele izgoniri şi mincinoasele năpaste ce a suferit sunt scrise pe larg şi la alte istorii, şi le înfăţişează şi de Dumnezeu grăitorul Grigorie. Drept aceea nu putem să povestim cele ce se spun în multe feluri de mulţi. Iar obişnuita rânduială a slujbei lui se face în 18 ianuarie.

Tot în această zi, pomenirea chinuirii sfinţilor mucenici Esper şi Zoe, soţia lui, şi a fiilor lor Chiriac şi Teodul.

Aceşti sfinţi, Esper şi Zoe, au trăit pe vremea împăratului Adrian (124), şi deşi erau robi cu trupul unui oarecare Catal şi al Tetradiei soţia aceluia, colonişti romani, care îi cumpăraseră ca robi din Pamfilia, ei însă cu sufletele erau slobozi. De aceea ei nici cu trupurile n-au suferit a sluji la stăpâni păgâni, care cinsteau şi se închinau idolilor în locul Făcătorului şi Ziditorului a toate. Căci Chiriac şi Teodul, fiii lor, au zis către maica lor să nu locuiască mai mult împreună cu păgânii ci să se despartă de ei ca să nu fie împreună cu ei daţi pierzării; însă ea le-a răspuns că aceia sunt stăpânii lor. Atunci ei i-au arătat că pot să se facă slobozi prin sângele vărsat pentru Hristos. Acum şi maica lor, unindu-se cu ei, îi întărea pe ei şi ducându-se la Catal, i-a spus că Domnul nostru Iisus Hristos este Stăpân sufletelor lor; iar dacă printr-o oarecare întâmplare ei au stăpânire asupra trupurilor lor, ei socotesc de mai mare cinste stăpânirea lui Hristos asupra lor. Căci ziceau ei: mai mult trebuie să ne supunem lui Dumnezeu decât oamenilor. Deci spăimântându-se pentru aceasta Catal, i-a trimis pe ei împreună cu maica lor la Tritoniu, la tatăl lor Esper.

Iar mai în urmă, prăznuind Catal naşterea fiului său, a socotit să le trimită lor din cele pregătite, vin şi carne, vrând să vadă de se vor împărtăşi ei din cele jertfite idolilor. Iar ei în loc să se împărtăşească de acelea, la sfatul maicii lor, le-au aruncat câinilor. De aceasta fiind înştiinţat Catal şi aprinzându-se de mânie, mai întâi a poruncit să fie spânzuraţi copiii de picioare şi să fie strujiţi cu unghii de fier; iar părinţii lor le dădeau curaj să nu se supună, ci să sufere până în sfârşit, privind către cununa muceniciei. Apoi a poruncit să fie pogorâţi şi împreună cu maica lor să fie cumplit bătuţi. După aceea a poruncit să fie băgaţi sfinţii toţi patru în cuptor ars cu foc, în care şi intrând şi-au dat sufletele lor lui Dumnezeu. Iar dimineaţa răsunau în cuptor glasuri ca de cântare şi deschizându-se cuptorul, n-au aflat pe nimeni, în afară de sfinţii, în chipul celor ce dorm, cu feţele spre răsărit.

Tot în această zi, pomenirea preacuviosului părintelui nostru Iordan, făcătorul de minuni, care cu pace s-a săvârşit.

Cu ale lor sfinte rugăciuni, Doamne, miluieşte-ne şi ne mântuieşte pe noi. Amin.

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