12 September 2021 (MIA)
Macedonian Orthodox Church Calendar
Saints Alexander, John and Paul, Patriarchs of Constantinople
Alexander participated in the First Ecumenical Council in Nicaea [325 AD] in place of the aged Patriarch Metrophanes. Afterward, he succeeded Metrophanes. When certain philosophers wanted to debate with him concerning faith, he said to one of them: “In the name of my Lord Jesus Christ, I command you to be silent!” and the philosopher became mute that very moment. By his prayer, he even shortened the life of Arius. Alexander died at age ninety-eight in the year 340 AD St. John the Faster governed the Church during the reign of the wicked Emperor Anastasius the Acephalite heretic. He died in the year 595 A.D. St. Paul IV governed the Church for five years and eight months and then resigned the throne and secretly received the Angelic Habit in order to repent for his sins because he had earlier agreed with the iconoclasts. He was the predecessor of the great Tarasius and died at the time of Irene and Constantine in the year 784 A.D.
Most Holy Name of Mary
Mother of Jesus. Spouse of the Holy Spirit. Betrothed of Saint Joseph. The Feast of September 8 originated in Jerusalem. In the 7th century, in the Byzantine Rite and at Rome, the Birth of the Blessed Virgin was celebrated this day. The feast is also celebrated on September 8 in the Syriac Rite and on September 7 in the Coptic Rite. The Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows was originally granted to the Order of the Servants of Mary in 1667; it was introduced into the Roman Calendar in 1814 and assigned to the third Sunday in September. In 1913 the date of the feast was assigned to September 15. She was born unknown, perhaps 20 BC; celebrated on September 8 and died unknown; assumed into heaven, date unknown but celebrated on 15 August.