The Orthodox Church commemorates today, 31 July, Saint Joseph of Arimathea, who, along with Saint Nicodemus, buried the body of Jesus Christ.
In addition, we celebrate the uncovering of the holy relics of the Holy Apostle Philip, that is their translation from Hierapolis of Phrygia and their deposition in a church in Cyprus, which bears his name.
We also commemorate today the inauguration of the Monastery of Panagia of Blachernae and the Forefeast of the Procession of the Precious Wood of the Life-giving Cross of Jesus Christ, on the 1st of August, in all the parishes of the City of Constantinople, in order to bless the faithful and to draw strength. The blessing of the Holy Cross also helps to get rid of any epidemic and disease.
We also commemorate Righteous Eudocius, who came from Cappadocia and lived in the 9th century AD. He was brought up in Christian faith by his parents Basil and Eudokia. The Saint was an example of virtue during his childhood. He was a fervent philanthropist and was always righteous and modest. Emperor Theophilus appreciated those traits of his personality and, therefore, appointed Saint Eudocimus as governor of Cappadocia.
Saint Eudocimus reposed in the Lord at age 33. Despite his short span of life, he distinguished himself in discipline, charity, humility and righteousness, as well as unwavering faith in the Holy Trinity.
Source: Church of Cyprus