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The Holy Martyr Maurice and the 70 soldiers with him

The Holy Martyr Maurice and the 70 soldiers with himThere was a great persecution of Christians in the time of the Emperor Maximian. Maurice was in charge of the local army in the town of Apamea in Syria, and pagans reported him to the Emperor as a Christian and a spreader of Christianity among the soldiers. The Emperor himself came and took him for questioning. Seventy soldiers were brought before the Emperor with Maurice, among them his son, Photinus. The Emperor was unable to make the heroes waver either with flattery or with threats. To them, they replied: "O Emperor, there in no fear in the wise and strong souls of those who love the Lord." When the Emperor ordered that their military belts and clothing be stripped from them, they said: "Our God will clothe us with raiment and girdles that are uncorrupting, and with eternal glory". When the Emperor rebuked them for holding in contempt the military status he had given them, they replied: "Thine honour is dishonourable, for thou hast forgotten God, who gave thee this royal power." Then the Emperor ordered that Maurice"s son be slain before his eyes, that he might thus intimidate the father and the others. But Maurice said: "Thou hast fulfilled our desire, O torturer, and sent Photinus the soldier of Christ, on before us." Then the Emperor sentenced them to a most inhuman death: he had them taken to a marshy place, stripped, bound to trees and smeared with honey, for the mosquitoes, wasps and hornets to eat. They gave their souls to God in terrible torment after ten days, and went to eternal rejoicing with the holy angels in heaven. Christians secretly took their bodies and buried them. These courageous soldiers of Christ suffered in about 305.

The Many Martyrs of Eugenius, near Constantinople

The Many Martyrs of Eugenius, near ConstantinopleIn the time of the Emperor Arcadius, the relics of many Christian martyrs were excavated, among which were those of the Apostle Andronicus and his helper, Junia (Rom. 16:7). These relics were discovered by a revelation from God to a certain cleric, Nicolas Calligraphus. "God alone knows their names, and He has written them in the Book of Life in heaven." The Emperor Andronicus the First built a fine church over the relics of his namesake in the 12th century.

Our Holy Fathers Thalassius and Limnaeus

Our Holy Fathers Thalassius and LimnaeusSyrian hermits, one of their especial ascetic practices was of silence. After the death of St Thalassius in 440, Limnaeus joined St Maron and lived with him on a mountain top beneath the open sky.

St Papius of Hierapolis

He was a disciple of the holy apostles and a Patristic writer. From him we have testimony concerning the Gospels of Matthew and Mark, the four Maries and the Lord"s brothers, as well as one incomplete manuscript: "A Commentary on the Words of the Lord." He died in about 130.

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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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