Announcements for July 3-9, 2011

Ss. Protus &Hyacinth, martyrs

Today: 8:30 am Matins; 9:30 am Divine Liturgy & Pot-Luck

Tuesday: 6:00 pm Vespers

Thursday: 6:00 pm Vespers

Friday: 6:00 pm Myrophores Iveron Icon of the Theotokos visitation

Saturday: 6:00 pm Vespers & Unction

Looking Ahead:

July 17 & 24: St. Elizabeth Ministry Presentations / Health and Wholeness Information

July 31 — St. Elizabeth sponsored Walk (or drive) to Marshal Park

July 31 — Walk or drive to Marshal Park

Saint Hyacinthus, a native of Caesarea in Cappadocia, was raised in a Christian family. The emperor Trajan made the boy his chamberlain, unaware that he was a Christian.

One day, while the emperor and his entourage were offering sacrifice to idols, Hyacinthus remained at the palace, shut himself up in a small room, and prayed fervently to the Lord Jesus. One of the servants overheard him praying and denounced him to the emperor. He said that although Hyacinthus was entrusted with an imperial position, he did not honor the Roman gods, and was secretly praying to Christ.

Hyacinthus was brought to trial before Trajan, who tried to persuade him to deny Christ and sacrifice to idols, but he remained steadfast and declared that he was a Christian. He was whipped and thrown into prison, where the only food given to him was what had already been offered to the idols. They hoped that he would be overcome with hunger and thirst and eat it. Hyacinthus did not eat the food, and he died after thirty-eight days. When they came to torture him again, they found his dead body.

The twelve-year-old Hyacinthus suffered for Christ in the year 108 in the city of Rome. Later, the saint’s relics were transferred to Caesarea.