August 23

The leave-taking of the Dormition of the Theotokos.

Transferred to August 22 (because of the leave-taking):
The holy martyr Lupus was a servant of St. Demetrius of Salonica. When his master was beheaded by the emperor Maximian, Lupus dipped the hem of his garment and his ring into his master’s blood. Through these relics he worked many miracles, even though he was not yet baptized. Having miraculously received the Holy Mystery, he was beheaded. (306)

The holy martyr Irenaeus, bishop of Lyons, was sent by St. Polycarp from Asia Minor to preach in Gaul. He became the first bishop of Lyons and brought many pagans to the faith. In his numerous writings, Irenaeus both expounded the orthodox faith and defended it against heretics. He suffered for Christ in the time of the emperor Severus. (202)

On this day we repeat the hymns of the feast.