screen-shot-2016-11-24-at-12-13-07-pmHieromartyr Peter, Archbishop of Alexandria

November 24

Saint Peter was born in Alexandria and grew up an educated man. In 300 AD he was elected Archbishop of Alexandria for his piety. Being driven into exile by the Roman Emperor, Saint Peter travelled through many lands, keeping contact with his Alexandrian flock by letter. Having returned to Alexandria, he secretly visited imprisoned Christians as well as helping the widows and orphans of the area, preaching the Word of God. During this time, the infamous heretic, Arius, denied the divinity of Jesus Christ, attempting to tear the Church apart with his heretical teachings. Saint Peter anathematised the heretic and excommunicated him from the Church. The heretic sent two priests to beg the saint for a lift of the ban, pretending that he had repented. The Holy Peter, seeing through the guise of the evil one, instructed his flock not to believe nor come into communion with Arius. Saint Peter once had a vision of the twelve-year-old Christ who appeared to him with a torn cloak. He asked the Lord who had torn his garment and Christ replied, “that madman Arius has torn it by dividing the people whom I have redeemed by My blood. Do not receive him into Communion with the Church, for he has worked evil against Me and My flock.” Throughout his life, Saint Peter never sat on the Bishop’s throne placed in the altar, but rather on a footstool, claiming that every time he approached the throne, a heavenly light would shine on it, and out of reverence, did not dare to sit there. Having led his flock in justice and piety, the Roman Emperor Maximian heard of him, arrested him, and sentenced him to death. The Alexandrian flock were outraged, even to the point of rioting if needed. To avoid any bloodshed, Saint Peter requested that an opening be made from the back of the prison so that he might be taken to execution in secret. At the time of his beheading, a heavenly voice blessed the Saint.

Ἀπολυτίκιον
Ἦχος γ’. Τὴν ὡραιότητα.
Tῆς θείας γνώσεως εὔσημοι σάλπιγγες καὶ τῶν τῆς πίστεως θεσμῶν ἐκφάντωρες ἱερομάρτυρες Χριστοῦ ἐδείχθητε τοῖς ἐν κόσμῳ, Κλήμη παναοίδιμε, τῆς ζωῆς κλῆμα εὔκαρπον καὶ Πέτρε θεόσοφε, εὐσεβῶν πέτρα ἄρρηκτε· διὸ ὡς τῶν ἀρρήτων ἐπόπται, ῥύσασθαι πάσης ἡμᾶς βλάβης.

Κοντάκιον
Ἦχος δ’. Ἐπεφάνης σήμερον.
Ἐκκλησίας ἄσειστοι, καὶ θεῖοι πύργοι, εὐσεβείας ἔνθεοι, στῦλοι ὡς ὄντες κραταιοί, Κλήμη σὺν Πέτρω πανεύφημοι, ὑμῶν πρεσβείαις, φρουρεῖτε τοὺς ἅπαντας.

Troparion
Tone 4
O God of our Fathers, / always act with kindness towards us; / take not Your mercy from us, / but guide our lives in peace / through the prayers of the hierarchs Clement and Peter.

Kontakion
Tone 4
Podoben: “Today You have shown forth…” / Unshakeable and godlike towers of the Church, / truly inspired and mighty pillars of the Faith, / all-praised Clement and Peter, protect us all by your prayers.