Our Father Among the Saints, Makarios the Great of Egypt


Troparion of St. Makarios Tone 1 Dweller of the desert and angel in the body/ you were shown to be a wonder-worker, our God-bearing Father Macarius./ You received heavenly gifts through fasting, vigil, and prayer:/ healing the sick and the souls of those drawn to you by faith./ Glory to Him who gave you strength! Glory to Him who granted you a crown!/ Glory to Him who through you grants healing to all!

Kontakion of St. Makarios Tone 4 The Lord placed thee in the house of discipline/ as a star enlightening the ends of the earth;/ thou didst settle in the desert as in a city/ and receive from God the grace to work miracles./ We venerate thee, Macarios, Father of Fathers.

St Macarius the Great – Ellopos Blog

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Our Father Among the Saints, Mark Evgenikes, Archbishop of Ephesus


Troparion of St Mark of Ephesus Tone 3
Holy Mark, in thee the Church has found a zealot/ by thy confession of the sacred Faith;/ for thou didst champion the Fathers’ doctrine/ and cast down the pride of boastful darkness./ Pray to Christ our God for those who honour thee,/ that we may be granted the forgiveness of sins.

Kontakion of St Mark of Ephesus Tone 3
As one clad in invincible armour,/ thou didst cast down the pride of the Western rebellion;/ thou didst become an instrument of the Comforter/ and shine forth as Orthodoxy’s defender./ Therefore we cry to thee: Rejoice, O Mark, boast of the Orthodox.

From the OCA website:

Saint Mark Eugenikos, Archbishop of Ephesus, was a stalwart defender of Orthodoxy at the Council of Florence. He would not agree to a union with Rome which was based on theological compromise and political expediency (the Byzantine Emperor was seeking military assistance from the West against the Moslems who were drawing ever closer to Constantinople). St. Mark countered the arguments of his opponents, drawing from the well of pure theology, and the teachings of the holy Fathers. When the members of his own delegation tried to pressure him into accepting the Union he replied, “There can be no compromise in matters of the Orthodox Faith.”

Although the Orthodox delegation signed the Tomos of Union, St. Mark was the only one who refused to do so. When he returned from Florence, St. Mark urged the inhabitants of Constantinople to repudiate the dishonorable document of union. He died in 1457 at the age of fifty-two, admired and honored by all.

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