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The Holy Prophet Obadiah

The Holy Prophet ObadiahObadiah lived at the court of King Ahab, but, when the king tumed away from true worship and bowed down to idols, Obadiah did not follow the king"s example, but continued to serve the one, true God. When the wicked Queen Jezebel, because of her feud with Elias, hunted down all the prophets of God, Obadiah took a hundred of them and hid them in two caves, feeding them till the persecution was over (I Kings 18:4). A contemporary of the great Prophet Elias, Obadiah revered him greatly and hearkened to him in all things, being a follower and pupil of his. He lived nine hundred years before Christ, and entered peacefully into rest.

The Holy Martyr Barlaam

The Holy Martyr BarlaamHe was born in Antioch, and was harshly tortured by the dishonourable judge for his faith in Christ the Lord. The judge decided to use ridicule, and to put such pressure on him that he would offer sacrifice to idols. He accordingly took him to the temple and applied fire to his palm, putting incense on the fire with the thought that the martyr would be forced by the pain to throw the fire and incense from his hand in front of the idols, and thus involuntarily offer them incense. But this heroic soldier of Christ held the fire on his palm, and would not cast it before the idols, until his fingers were burned and fell off, and his palm was burned through and fell to the ground with the fire. "He had a right hand stronger than fire", said St Basil the Great, "for, though the flames consumed it, still the hand held the fire as ash." Chrysostom writes: "The angels looked from the heights; the archangels beheld, for the scene was majestic, surpassing in truth all human nature. Lo, who would not wish to see a man who made such an ascetic endeavour and did not feel that which it is common to man to feel; a man who was himself the altar of sacrifice, and the sacrifice, and the priest?" When his hand had burned off, his body fell dead to the ground and his soul went to the eternal rest of his Lord and Saviour. This glorious and heroic elder suffered in the year 304.

Our Holy Fathers Barlaam and Joasaph the Heir

Our Holy Fathers Barlaam and Joasaph the HeirThey were Indian ascetics. Joasaph was son and heir to King Abenner. By God"s providence, he was visited by the elder Barlaam, who taught him the Christian faith and baptised him. After that, the elder went off into the mountains to live in asceticism, and Joasaph remained to wrestle with many temptations in the world and to overcome them by the grace of God. Joasaph finally succeeded in bringing his father to Christ. When he had been baptised, King Abenner lived a further four years in deep repentance (for he had committed grave sins in his persecution of Christians) and then finished his earthly course and went to the better life. The young Joasaph entrusted the kingdom to his friend Barachias, and himself went off into the desert to live in asceticism for the sake of Christ. His one desire on earth was to see his spiritual father, Barlaam, once more. God, in his mercy, fulfilled his desire, and, one day, Joasaph stood before Barlaam"s cave, and called: "Bless me, Father!" The elder Barlaam lived in asceticism in the desert for seventy years, living a hundred years in all. St Joasaph handed over his kingdom at the age of twenty-five and went into the desert, where he lived a further thirty-five years. They both had great love for the Lord Jesus, brought many to the true Faith and entered into the eternal joy of their Lord.

The Holy Martyr Heliodorus

He was from the town of Magidus in Parnphylia, and was tortured for the Christian faith in the time of the Emperor Aurelian (270- 75). While undergoing harsh torture, he heard a voice from heaven: "Fear not; I am with thee!" Thrown into a white- hot copper ox, he prayed fervently to God, and God saved him. The white- hot ox was suddenly cooled, and Heliodorus emerged alive. The judge cried to him that some sort of magic had done that, but to this the martyr replied: "My magic is Christ!" He was then beheaded and went to the Lord.

Martyrs Anthimus, Thalalaeus, Christopher, Euphemia and her children



Martyr Agapius of Gaza (306)



Venerable Barlaam, abbot of the Kiev Caves (1065)

Venerable Barlaam, abbot of the Kiev Caves (1065)The Monk Varlaam, Hegumen of Pechersk, lived during the XI Century at Kiev, and was the son of an illustrious boyar-noble. From the time of his youthful years he yearned for the monk's life and he went off to the Monk Antonii of Pechersk (+ 1073, Comm. 10 July), who accepted the pious youth so firmly determined to become a monk, and he bid the Monk Nikon (+ 1088, Comm. 23 March) to make monastic tonsure over him...

Venerable Hilarion of Georgia, wonderworker of Thessalonica (875)

Venerable Hilarion of Georgia, wonderworker of Thessalonica (875) Saint Hilarion the Georgian was the son of a Kakheti aristocrat. There were other children in the family, but only Hilarion was dedicated to God from his very birth. Hilarion’s father built a monastery on his own land, and there the boy was raised. At the age of fourteen Hilarion left the monastery and his father’s guardianship and settled in a small cave in the Davit-Gareji Wilderness....

Martyr Azes of Isauria (284)

The Holy Martyr Aza and with him 150 Soldiers suffered at Isauria, in Asia Minor, under the emperor Diocletian (284-305). For his confession of the Christian faith the saint was arrested and brought to trial before the eparch-governor, Aquilinus. There had been sent 150 soldiers to arrest the saint, but they were converted onto the path of salvation and they accepted holy Baptism with water, that issued forth in a spring through the prayer of Saint Aza...

Martyres 150 soldiers (284)

With Martyr Azes of Isauria

December 2013
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New Martyrs Anastasius of Epirus and Daniel (1750)
1
fish
Martyres 150 soldiers (284)
2
water
Martyrs Azades, Sasonius, Thecla, and Anna (343)
3
oil
St. Yaropolk-Peter, prince of Vladimir in Volhynia (1086)
4
fish
Martyr Agapion of Greece (304)
5
oil
New Martyr Archimandrite Gregory (Peradze) of Georgia (1942.)
6
water
St. Malchus of Chalcis in Syria (5th c.)
7
fish
Venerable Peter the Silent, of Galata, Syria (429)
8
fish
St. Silas, bishop of Persidos
9
water
Venerable Palladius of Thessalonica (6th-7th c.)
10
oil
St. Theodore, bishop of Theodosiopolis in Armenia (end of 6th c.)
11
water
Venerable Nectarius the Obedient of the Kiev Caves (12th c.)
12
oil
Hierarch Samuel, Second Catholicos of Georgia
13
water
St Philaret the Merciful
14
fish
St Jesse, Bishop of Tsiklan
15
oil & wine
Our Holy Father Sava of Storozhev
16
water
St Gennadius, Archbishop of Novgorod
17
oil & wine
Our Holy Fathers Karyon and Zachariah
18
oil & wine
St Theophilus, Bishop of Antioch
19
fish
Our Holy Father Nilus of Stolobnoye
20
water
The Holy Martyrs in Africa
21
fish
St Sophronius, Archbishop of Cyprus
22
oil & wine
Our Holy Father Thomas of Bithynia
23
oil & wine
The Holy Martyr Meirax
24
oil
The Holy Martyr Synesius
25
oil & wine
The Hieromartyr Gavrilo, Patriarch of Serbia
26
oil & wine
The Holy Martyrs Philemon, Apollonius, Arrian and others
27
water
Our Holy Father Pardus the Solitary
28
fish
St Theophano the Empress
29
fish
Our Holy Fathers, the New Martyrs Paisius and Habakkuk (Avakum)
30
oil & wine
St Modestus, Patriarch of Jerusalem
31
oil
    
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