Religious calendars

Religious calendars

14 November 2021

14 November 2021 (MIA)

Macedonian Orthodox Church Calendar

Saints Cosmas and Damian

Unmercenaries and wonderworkers, they were brothers in the flesh and in the spirit, born somewhere in Asia of a pagan father and a Christian mother. After their father’s death, their mother Theodota devoted all her time and energy to the bringing-up of her sons as true Christians. God helped her, and her sons grew as two choice fruits and as two holy lamps. They were skilled in medicine and ministered to the sick without payment, and so fulfilled Christ’s command: ‘Freely have ye received; freely give’ (Matt. 10: 8). They were so strict in their unpaid ministry to men that Cosmas became greatly enraged with his brother Damian when he took three eggs from a woman, Palladia, and gave orders that, after his death, he should not be buried with his brother. In fact, holy Damian had not taken those eggs as a reward for healing Palladia’s sickness, but because she had sworn by the Most Holy Trinity that he should have them. However, after their death in Fereman, they were buried together in obedience to a revelation from God. These two holy brothers were great wonderworkers both during their lifetime and after their death. A farm labourer, on lying down to sleep at one time, was attacked by a snake, which entwined itself around his mouth and stomach. This poor man would have breathed his last in the greatest torment had he not at the last moment invoked the help of Saints Cosmas and Damian. Thus the Lord glorified forever by miracles those who glorified Him here on earth by their faith, purity and mercy.

Catholic calendar

St. Nicholas Tavelich

Franciscan Missionary and Martyr (Sibenik, circa 1340 – Jerusalem, November 14, 1391). Fra Nikola, scion of the old Croatian noble family of Tavelic, was born in Sibenik, a city on the Adriatic coast. He joined the Franciscan order in Bribir, the home of the celebrated Subic princes, and subsequently studied philosophy and theology in Zadar or Split. It is likely that he also pursued studies in Italy. In approximately 1365, he was ordained as a priest. In 1372, when Fra Bartul Alvernski, vicar of the Bosnian Vicariate, summoned approximately sixty learned and exemplary members of the order from the various Franciscan provinces for missionary activity in Bosnia at the urging of Pope Gregory XI , Fra Nikola was among them. For twelve years, he traveled through Bosnia, bearing witness to the gospel through his sermons and exemplary life. Later, Bartul would inform Pope Boniface IX that the missionaries brought about the conversion of approximately 50,000 Bosnian heretics. Nikola was celebrated as a saint and martyr in the Franciscan order, especially in his native Sibenik. In 1889, Pope Leo XIII approved his veneration. In 1970 at the Vatican, Pope Paul VI formally canonised him with his fellow martyrs in the presence of over 20,000 Croats from the homeland and all corners of the world.

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