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Services this week:
9/03: Orthros 9am/Divine Liturgy 10am
9/06: Paraklesis 7pm
9/10: Orthros 9am/Divine Liturgy 10am
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Orthodox Tidbits Holy Great Martyr Irene
Irene lived in the Balkans during apostolic times in the town of Magedon. Her father, Licinius, was of lesser royal
nobility. Some think that she was a Slav. Irene was born a pagan of pagan parents. Penelope was her pagan name.
She learned about the Christian Faith from her teacher Appelianus. St. Timothy, the disciple of the Apostle Paul, baptized
her and her court attendants and provided her with the epistles of the Apostle Paul to read. Refusing to marry, she
enraged her father and he wanted to torture her but, in a miraculous manner, she converted her father to Christianity. Irene
was subjected to various tortures by four kings, not counting her father but, God through His angels, spared her.
King Sedechias buried her up to her neck in a ditch filled with snakes and scorpions but an angel of God made these
venomous and repulsive creatures ineffective and saved the holy virgin from harm. King Sedechias then wanted to saw her
in half but the saw rebounded from her body as from stone. After that, the same king tied her to a wheel under a water
mill and released the flow of water hoping, in this manner, to kill her. But the water refused to flow, rather stood
still and the virgin remained alive and well.
Continued: Holy Great Martyr Irene
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