St-Nicholas

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church

A Western-Rite Orthdox Parish in Spokane, WA

APRIL 2024 | COMMEMORATED FEASTS AND SAINTS

Weekly Schedule for
Stations of the Cross Friday

April Saints
March, April Saints 2024

 Stations of the Cross: 6:00 PM – Fridays, April 5 thru 26
Stations of the Cross: 6:00 PM – Monday the 29th and Tuesday the 30th
(after Matins and Vespers)

Commemoration Schedule for

April Saints

Matins:  10:00 AM – Sunday  | With Communion After

I Vespers: 5:00 PM – Sunday | St. Tikhon of Moscow

 

Saint Tikhon of Moscow

April Saints

Saint Tikhon’s life from his early years to his death is richly filled with Christ-like accomplishments and turmoil.

I urge you to read, GENTLE & BOLD: The Life of St. Tikhon of Moscow.” The article, compiled by Dean W. Arnold, includes details about St. Tikhon’s life as Patriarch of Russia from 1917 to his death in 1925.

Another author in the article, Donald Lowrie, who wrote for the YMCA, traveled to Moscow to interview Tikhon in 1923.

The interviewer, Lowrie, referred to St. Tikhon (then, 40 and newly archbishop) as, “Calm, unhurried, and fearless.” His first impressions were, “a firm handclasp and kindly eyes with a decided trace of humor and a hint of fire in the back of them… that, and his beaming smile.”

Read more about Saint Tikohn:

 

  • Born: January 19, 1865 (Toropitz, Pskov Region, Russia)
    Died: April 7, 1925 (Moscow, Russia)
    Glorification Date: 1970
    Commemoration Dates: April 7 (repose) & October 9 (glorification)

Commemoration Schedule for

April Saints

Vespers: 5:00 PM – Wednesday | St. Leo the Great, Bishop, Confessor & Doctor

   Matins:  7:00 AM – Thursday  | St. Leo the Great, Bishop, Confessor & Doctor

St. Leo the Great

April Saints

Bishop, Confessor & Doctor | 400-461 A.D.

Pope of Rome 440 to 461

"Virtue is nothing without the trial of temptation, for there is no conflict without an enemy, no victory without strife."

  • Saint Leo the Great, Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor was a key defender of Orthodoxy against various heresies, including those of Eutyches and Dioscorus, Nestorius, and the Monophysites.

  • He had a crucial role in convening the Fourth Ecumenical Council at Chalcedon in 451.

  • Leo I was responsible for the excommunication of the heretics Eutyches and Dioscorus.

  • He defended his country, preventing Attila the Hun from pillaging Italy in 452.

  • His literary and theological legacy includes 96 sermons and 143 letters, with his Epistle to Saint Flavian being the most well-known.


Read More about Saint Leo

Commemoration Schedule for

April Saints

Vespers: 6:00 PM – Monday | St. George, Martyr (Archdiocese Patron)

Matins:  7:00 AM – Tuesday  | St. George, Martyr (Archdiocese Patron)

St. George, Martyr

April Saints

(Archdiocese Patron)

    • Born: 275 AD, Cappadocia, Türkiye
    • Died: April 23, 303 AD (age 28 years), Lod, Israel
    • Place of burial: Lydda
    • Parents: Polychronia, Gerondios
    • Cause of death: Decapitation

Saint George, was born in Cappadocia to wealthy and virtuous parents. His father suffered and was martyred for Christ. After that, Saint George and his mother moved to Palestine where she had farmland.

As a young man, George entered the military serving Emperor Diocletian. At 21, George attained the rank of a Tribune, because of his bravery and physical strength.

Early in Saint George’s military career, Diocletian declared he was divine, but allowed Christians to live in peace in his empire.

However, his first declaration of law came in the year 303 against Christians who refused to pay homage to him and renounce their God.

Saint George did not wait for his Christian allegiance to be discovered or challenged. He prepared for his eminent death by dividing his wealth among the poor.

He released all but one of his servants. The unreleased servant stayed with him until his death and provided a proper burial for his body.

When St. George bravely appeared before Diocletian and confessed his great faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the unbelieving and astonished emperor dismissed George’s confession as youthful rebellion and tried to persuade him to offer sacrifice to the pagan gods. When the young soldier refused, he was thrown into prison where a series of tortures to break his resolve began.

Many who witnessed St. George’s strength and endurance during his tortures, and others who spoke with George while he was in prison converted to the Christian faith.

Even Diocletian’s wife, Queen Alexandra, influenced by Saint George’s bravery and resolve confessed her faith in Christ before her husband and a large crowd.

Diocletian could no longer contain his rage. He immediately ordered the death penalty for both Saint George and his wife. Queen Alexandra died on the way to her execution and George was beheaded on April 23, 304.

Read more about the life of Saint George.

Commemoration Schedule for

April Saints

Vespers: 6:00 PM – Wednesday | St. Mark, the Evangelist

   Matins:  7:00 AM – Thursday  | St. Mark, the Evangelist

St. Mark, the Evangelist

April Saints

Martyred in Alexandria on April 4, 63

St. Mark, the Evangelist, also known as Mark the Apostle, or John Mark is widely affirmed by the ancient Church as the author of the Gospel Book of Mark.

According to tradition, Mark’s primary source for his gospel is Peter’s teaching with added personal experiences and other church traditions.

Mark established a local Church in Egypt and wrote the Gospel of Mark in Rome.

He composed a Liturgy for the Christians of Alexandria and started a Christian school there.

Mark preached the Gospel in the inner regions of Africa and was inspired by the Holy Spirit to confront the pagans in Alexandria.

St. Mark was martyred in Alexandria on April 4, 63 and his relics were later transferred to Venice.

Read more about the life of Saint Mark

Commemoration Schedule for

April Saints

Vespers: 6:00 PM – Thursday | Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    Matins:  7:00 AM – Friday  | Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary

April Saints

Sorrowful events in Mary’s life depict:

  • Sorrow 1: The Prophecy of Simeon
  • Sorrow 2: Flight into Egypt
  • Sorrow 3: Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple of Jerusalem
  • Sorrow 4: The Condemnation of Jesus
  • Sorrow 5: The Crucifixion of Jesus
  • Sorrow 6: The Retrieval of Jesus’ Body
  • Sorrow 7: The Burial of Jesus

Commemoration Schedule for

April Saints

Matins:  7:00 AM – Sunday
 With the Distribution of Palms

Vespers: 5:00 PM – Sunday

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