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23 mai: TROPARUL ŞI VIAŢA SF. MIHAIL, EPISCOPUL SINADELOR (Gr, Ro, En)

Troparul şi viaţa Sf. Mihail Mărturisitorul, Episcopul Sinadelor

23 mai

În această lună, în ziua a douăzeci şi treia, pomenirea Preacuviosului părintelui nostru Mihail Mărturisitorul, episcopul Sinadelor.

Mihail marturisitorulAcest sfânt ce poartă numele îngeresc Mihail, fiind dăruit lui Dumnezeu din braţele mamei sale, şi curăţindu-se pe sine cu întregimea vieţii, s-a făcut preot lui Dumnezeu celui preaînalt, şi fiind întărit de Dumnezeu, a stins şi a potolit toată bârfirea şi deşertăciunea hulitorilor de Dumnezeu, astupând gurile cele fără de Dumnezeu ale ereticilor, ce se deschideau împotriva sfintelor icoane. Şi neputând suferi fiara cea cumplită, adică tiranul Leon Armeanul, dumnezeieştile cuvinte ale grăirii sale, deoarece sfântul nu s-a spăimântat de înfricoşările lui nici s-a muiat cu mintea de acelea, ci cu glas slobod striga: „Eu mă închin şi cinstesc dumnezeiasca şi cinstita icoană a Mântuitorului nostru Iisus Hristos, şi a sfintei Maicii Sale, iar dogma şi porunca ta o scuip şi nu o bag în seamă”.

După aceea, ruşinându-se tiranul şi aprinzându-se de mânie, l-a osândit cu o depărtată izgonire, iar sfântul păzind chipul lui Dumnezeu curat şi neîntinat a fost gonit din loc în loc. Şi aşa săvârşind alegerea cea bună şi împodobindu-se cu îndoite cununi, s-a adăugat către arhierei ca un arhiereu, şi către mucenici ca un mucenic.

Ὁ Ἅγιος Μιχαὴλ ὁ Ὁμολογητής

Ὁ Ἅγιος Μιχαὴλ καταγόταν ἐκ Συνάδων τῆς Φρυγίας ἀπὸ γονεῖς πλούσιους καὶ εὐσεβεῖς, ἔζησε δὲ κατὰ τοὺς χρόνους τοῦ αὐτοκράτορος Λέοντος τοῦ Ἀρμενίου (813 – 820 μ.Χ.). Ἀπὸ τὴν παιδική του ἡλικία εἶχε ἀφιερωθεῖ στὸν Θεὸ καὶ ἀφοῦ ἔτυχε εὐρείας καὶ ἐπιμελοῦς μορφώσεως, συγκαταλεγόταν μεταξὺ τῶν δραπετῶν ἀνδρῶν τῆς ἐποχῆς του. Ἐπί Πατριάρχου Παύλου Δ’ τοῦ Κυπρίου (780 – 784 μ.Χ.) μετέβη στὴν Κωνσταντινούπολη, ὅπου, λόγῳ τοῦ ἀδαμάντινου χαρακτῆρος καὶ τῆς μεγάλης μορφώσεώς του κατέλαβε περιφανὲς ἀξίωμα στὰ ἀνάκτορα.Συνδέθηκε μὲ στενότατη φιλία μὲ τὸν Ἅγιο Θεοφύλακτο († 8 Μαρτίου), ποὺ ἦταν ἄνδρας ἐπίσης ἐνάρετος καὶ μορφωμένος, μὲ τὸν ὁποῖο ἀργότερα μετέβησαν στὴ μονὴ ποὺ εἶχε ἱδρυθεῖ ἀπὸ τὸν Πατριάρχη Ταράσιο στὸν Εὔξεινο Πόντο, ὅπου ἐκάρησαν μοναχοὶ. Γιὰ τὴν μεγάλη τους ἀρετὴ καὶ τὴν βαθύτατη θεολογικὴ κατάρτιση πείσθηκαν καὶ χειροτονήθηκαν ἀπὸ τὸν Ταράσιο κατ’ ἀρχὰς μὲν ἱερεῖς, στὴ συνέχεια δὲ ὁ μὲν Θεοφύλακτος Ἐπίσκοπος Νικομηδείας, ὁ δὲ Μιχαὴλ Ἐπίσκοπος Συνάδων.

Καὶ στὴ νέα αὐτὴ θέση του διέλαμψε γιὰ τὸν ἔνθεο ζῆλο τους, διδάσκοντας ὑπερασπιζόμενος τὴν Ὀρθόδοξη πίστη. Ἀλλὰ ὁ ἱερὸς ζῆλος τοῦ Μιχαὴλ πρὸς τὴν Ὀρθοδοξία καταφάνηκε, ὅταν ἐνέσκηψε ὁ πόλεμος κατὰ τῶν ἱερῶν εἰκόνων ἐπὶ αὐτοκράτορος Λέοντος Ε’ τοῦ Ἀρμενίου. Μὲ ἀνυπέρβλητο θάρρος καὶ παρρησία δὲν δίστασε νὰ ἐλέγξει δημόσια αὐτὸν γιὰ τὸν ἄθεο καὶ ἀσεβὲς διάταγμά του καὶ νὰ ἀναθεματίσει ἐκείνους ποὺ δὲν προσκυνοῦσαν τὶς ἅγιες εἰκόνες.

Ὅταν ἀποφασίσθηκε νὰ ζητηθεῖ ἡ γνώμη καὶ ἡ βοήθεια τοῦ Ἐπισκόπου Ρώμης, ὁ Ἅγιος Μιχαὴλ κρίθηκε ὡς ὁ καταλληλότερος καὶ ἐστάλη πρὸς τοῦτο στὴ Ρώμη.  Ὁ Πάπας Λέων Γ’ (795 – 816 μ.Χ.) κατεδίκασε τὴν εἰκονομαχία καὶ ἐνθάρρυνε τὸν Πατριάρχη στὸν ἀγώνα του, ἀφοῦ γνωστοποίησε τὶς ἀποφάσεις του καὶ δι’ ἐπιστολῆς, τὴν ὁποία παρέδωσε στὸν Ἅγιο Μιχαήλ. Παρὰ ταῦτα ὁ αὐτοκράτορας παρέμενε ἀμετάθετος στὰ ἀσεβὴ φρονήματά του καὶ ἐξαπέλυσε ἄγριο διωγμὸ κατὰ τῶν ἀντιτιθεμένων κληρικῶν. Ἔτσι, ἀφοῦ συνελήφθη καὶ ὁ Ἅγιος Μιχαήλ, κατ’ ἀρχὰς ἐξορίσθηκε στὸ φρούριο τῆς Ἀνατολῆς Εὐδοκιάς, στὴ συνέχεια δὲ σὲ διάφορα μέρη, καταταλαιπωρούμενος καὶ στερούμενος τὰ πάντα, ἀλλὰ διατηρώντας ἀκμαῖο τὸ φρόνημα καὶ ἐξακολουθώντας, μὲ τοὺς ἐμπνευσμένους λόγους του, νὰ ὑπερασπίζεται τὴ Ὀρθόδοξη πίστη.

Κατὰ τὴν ὑπερδεκαετὴ αὐτὴ ἐξορία του ἐξ’ αἰτίας τῶν κακουχιῶν καὶ τῆς μεγάλης ἡλικίας, ἀφοῦ ἀσθένησε, κοιμήθηκε μὲ εἰρήνη.

Γράφοντας ὁ Θεόδωρος ὁ Στουδίτης πρὸς τὸν Μητροπολίτη Νικαίας Πέτρο, ἱστορεῖ τὶς τελευταῖες στιγμὲς καὶ τὴν κοίμηση τοῦ Ἁγίου Μιχαήλ, τοῦ ὁποίου τὶς ἀρετὲς ἐπαινεῖ: τὴν ἁγνεία, τὴ φιλοξενία, τὴν ταπείνωση, τὴ μετριοφροσύνη.
Ἡ ἁγία κάρα αὐτοῦ εἶναι ἀποθησαυρισμένη στὴ μονὴ Μεγίστης Λαύρας τοῦ Ἁγίου Ὄρους, ἀφοῦ δωρήθηκε ἀπὸ τοὺς βασιλεῖς Βασίλειο καὶ Κωνσταντίνο.

Ἀπολυτίκιον. Ἦχος δ’. Ταχὺ προκατάλαβε.
Θεῷ ἀναθεμένος, τὴν σὴν ζωὴν ἐκ παιδός, ποιμὴν ἀνηγόρευσαι, καὶ Ἱεράρχης σεπτός, Χριστοῦ ἱερώτατε· ὅθεν τὴν τοῦ Δεσπότου, ὡς τιμήσας Εἰκόνα, θλίψεις ἐν ἐξορίαις, Μιχαὴλ καθυπέστης· καὶ νῦν ἀναπηγάζεις ἡμῖν, ῥεῖθρα ἰάσεων.

Κοντάκιον. Ἦχος δ’. Ἐπεφάνης σήμερον.
Ὥσπερ μέγας ἥλιος ἐξανατείλας, καταυγάζεις ἅπαντας, τῶν ἀρετῶν σου τῷ φωτί, καὶ τῶν θαυμάτων ταῖς λάμψεσι, θαυματοφόρε Ἀγγέλων ὁμώνυμε.

Μεγαλυνάριον.
Κλῆσιν ἀγγελώνυμον ἐσχηκώς, ἰσάγγελος ὤφθης, ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ μετὰ σαρκός, ὡς ἱερομύστης, καὶ στῦλος Ἐκκλησίας· ἔνθεν ὦ Μιχαήλ σε, Χριστὸς ἐδόξασε.

St Michael the Confessor the Bishop of Synnada

Commemorated on May 23

Saint Michael the Confessor From his youth he longed for the monastic life and was sent by Patriarch Tarasius (784-806) to a monastery on the coast of the Black Sea. St Theophylactus (March 8), the future Bishop of Nicomedia also entered the monastery together with him.

At the monastery both monks engaged in spiritual struggles and were soon glorified by gifts from the Lord. Once, during a harvest, when the people were weakened by thirst, an empty metal vessel was filled with water by the prayer of the monks.

Patriarch Tarasius consecrated St Michael as bishop of the city of Synada. Through his holy life and wisdom, St Michael won the love of believers, and the notice of the emperors Nicephorus I (802-811) and Michael I Rangabe (811-813). St Michael was present at the Seventh Ecumenical Council at Nicea in 787.

When the Iconoclast heretic Leo the Armenian (813-820) assumed the throne, he began to expel Orthodox hierarchs from their Sees, appointing heretics in their place.

St Michael defended Orthodoxy, bravely opposing the heretics and denouncing their error. Leo the Armenian brought St Michael to trial, but not fearing torture he answered resolutely, „I venerate the holy icons of my Savior Jesus Christ and the All-Pure Virgin, His Mother, and all the saints, and it is to them I bow down. I shall not obey your decrees to remove icons from churches.”

Leo then banished St Michael to the city of Eudokiada, where the confessor died about the year 821. The head of St Michael is preserved in the Great Lavra of St Athanasius on Mount Athos, and part of the relics are at the Iveron monastery.

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