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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Saint Priest-Martyr Monan of Isle of May & 6.600 Martyrs in Fife, Scotland (+874) - March 1


GREAT BRITAIN OF MY HEART





Ruins of the Monastery of Saint Andrian on Isle of May, Scotland



Saint Priest-Martyr Monan of Isle of May 

& 6.600 Martyrs in Fife, Scotland (+874)

March 1

Saint Monan lived in the 9th century. He was a companion of Martyr Saint Adrian/Ethernan who was Abbot in the Monastery of Isle of May in Scotland.

After the Martyrdom of Saint Andrian of the Monastery of Isle of May by Vikings, Saint Monan went on to Inverey in Fife and set up a chapel.

He martyred with 6.600 Christians by Viginks in Fife, Scotland, on 874.

Saint Monan's feast day is March 1.

The Annunciation of our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos & Ever-Virgin Mary – March 25


HOLY VIRGIN MARY MOTHER OF GOD



The Annunciation of our Most Holy Lady,

the Theotokos & Ever-Virgin Mary

March 25

Source:

https://oca.org

https://oca.org/saints/lives/2012/03/25/100884-the-annunciation-of-our-most-holy-lady-the-theotokos-and-ever-vi

ORTHODOX CHURCH IN AMERICA

The Feast of the Annunciation is one of the earliest Christian feasts, and was already being celebrated in the fourth century. There is a painting of the Annunciation in the catacomb of Priscilla in Rome dating from the second century. The Council of Toledo in 656 mentions the Feast, and the Council in Trullo in 692 says that the Annunciation was celebrated during Great Lent.

The Greek and Slavonic names for the Feast may be translated as “good tidings.” This, of course, refers to the Incarnation of the Son of God and the salvation He brings. The background of the Annunciation is found in the Gospel of Saint Luke (1:26-38). The troparion describes this as the “beginning of our salvation, and the revelation of the eternal mystery,” for on this day the Son of God became the Son of Man.

There are two main components to the Annunciation: the message itself, and the response of the Virgin. The message fulfills God’s promise to send a Redeemer (Genesis 3:15): “I will put enmity between you and the woman, between your seed and her seed; he shall crush your head, and you shall lie in wait for his heel.” The Fathers of the Church understand “her seed” to refer to Christ. The