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Our Holy Father Benedict

Our Holy Father BenedictBorn in Nursia in Italy in 480, of rich and eminent parents, he did not persevere long with his schooling, for he realised himself that he could, through book-learning, lose "the great understanding of my soul". And he left school "an untaught sage and an understanding ignoramus". He fled to a monastery where a monk, Romanus, gave him the habit, after which he withdrew to a craggy mountain, where he lived for more than three years in a cave in great struggles with his soul. Romanus brought him bread and dropped it over the wall of the crag on a rope to the mouth of the cave. When he became known in the neighbourhood, he, to flee the praise of men, moved away from that cave. He was very brutal with himself. Once, when an impure rage of fleshly lust fell on him, he stripped bare and rolled among nettles and thorns until he had driven out of himself every thought of a woman. God endowed him with many spiritual gifts: insight, healing and the driving out of evil spirits, the raising of the dead and the ability to appear to others from a distance in a dream or vision. He once discerned that he had been given a glass of poisoned wine. He made the sign of the Cross over the glass and it broke into pieces. He founded twelve monasteries, each having twelve monks at first. He later compiled the specifically "Benedictine" rule, which is today followed in the Roman Church. On the sixth day before his death he commanded that his grave, already prepared as the saint had foreseen that his end was near, should be opened. He gathered all the monks together, gave them counsel and gave his soul to the Lord whom he had faithfully served in poverty and purity. His sister, Scholastica, lived in a women"s monastery, where, guided by her brother and herself practising great asceticism, she came to great spiritual perfection. When St Benedict set his soul free, two monks, one on the road and one at prayer in a distant cell, had at the same moment the same vision: a path from earth to heaven, curtained with precious cloth and illuminated at the sides by ranks of people. At the top of that path stood a man of indescribable beauty and light, who told them that the path was prepared for Benedict, the beloved of God. After that vision, the two brethren discovered that their beloved abbot had gone from this world. He died peacefully in about 550 and went to the eternal Kingdom of Christ the King.

St Euschemon, Bishop of Lampsacus

He underwent persecution and imprisonment in a period of iconoclasm, entering into rest in the time of the Emperor Theophilus the Iconoclast (829-842).

St Theognostus, Metropolitan of Kiev

St Theognostus, Metropolitan of KievA Greek bv birth and the successor of St Peter of Kiev, he suffered greatly from the Mongol hordes from Dzinibek, being slanderously denounced to the Mongol ruler by his own Russian people for paying no tribute to the ruler for his position. When the ruler summoned him and questioned him about this, he replied: "Christ our God bought His Church from the unbelievers with His precious Blood. For what do we now pay tribute to unbelievers?" At last he managed somehow to free himself and return home. He governed the Church for twentv-five years and entered into rest in the Lord in 1353.

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     Saint Flavian, Archbishop of Antioch
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Saint Finan
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St Flavian
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Our Holy Father Dositheus
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The Hieromartyr Sadok
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St John III Scholasticus, Patriarch of Constantinople
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St Papius of Hierapolis
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Saint Boisil or Boswell
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Saint Cumein, Abbot of Iona
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Our Holy Father Paphnutius of Kephala
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The Holy Martyr John Calpha (Kalphes)
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The Holy Martyr Julian the Gout-Sufferer
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Blessed Nicolas, the Fool for Christ of Pskov
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Saint David of Wales
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St. Sabbatius, monk, of Tver (1434), and his disciple St. Euphrosynus (1460)
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Sts. Zeno and Zoilus
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Venerable Gerasimus, monk, of Vologda (1178)
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Monk-martyr Adrian, abbot of Poshekhonye and his fellow-ascetic St. Leonidas
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Icon of the Mother of God “Czestochowa”
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St. Ephraim, Patriarch of Antioch (546)
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Venerable Lazarus of Murom
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St Caesarius, brother of St Gregory the Theologian
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Martyr Marcian
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St. Theodora, queen of Arta, wife of Despot Michael II of Epirus (1275)
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Righteous Phineas the grandson of Aaron
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Martyr Sabinus (Abibus) of Egypt (303)
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St Theognostus, Metropolitan of Kiev
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Venerable Nicander, monk, of Gorodets (Novgorod) (1603)
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St. Serapion, archbishop of Novgorod (1516)
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Monk-martyr Paul of Crete (767)
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The 10,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia
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04 Mar 2013 Third Quarter
11 Mar 2013 New Moon
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