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St James, Bishop and Confessor

St James, Bishop and ConfessorNeither his birthplace nor the place of his episcopate are known. It is known only that he fulfilled the Law of Christ, living in strict asceticism, in fasting and prayer and that, in the time of Copronymos, he endured much hardship and suffering at the hands of the iconoclasts: hunger, imprisonment and ridicule of every sort. He finally gave his soul to God, whom he had faithfully served in this life. He lived and suffered in the eighth century.

Our Holy Father Cyril (Beryllus), Bishop of Catania in Sicily

Our Holy Father Cyril (Beryllus), Bishop of Catania in SicilyBorn in Antioch and a pupil of the Apostle Peter, he governed Christ's flock well. He had the gift of working wonders by prayer: for example, he turned some bitter and undrinkable water - in a place where there was no other water in summer - into sweet, drinkable water by his prayers. He entered peacefully into rest.

St Thomas, Patriarch of Constantinople

St Thomas, Patriarch of ConstantinopleHe lived in the reigns of the Emperors Maurice and Phocas, and in the time of the Patriarchs John the Faster and Cyriac. Singled-out by St John for his great devotion and zeal, he was made patriarchal vicar by that saint, and after the death of Cyriac, was chosen as Patriarch. In his time an unusual event occurred: once when there was a procession with crosses carried, they began to sway and to hit against each other. The people marvelled at this; and when the Patriarch heard it attested, he asked Theodore the Sykeote, a famous ascetic and seer, to explain what it forebode. Theodore prayed to God and revealed to the Patriarch that it indicated a great misfortune that would come on the Church and on the Greek state through internal religious and political discord. Christians would fight and would exterminate each other. And all this came quickly to pass. Thomas begged Theodore to pray to God for him, that God would take him before this happened. 'Do you command me to come to you, or shall we meet in the other world before God?' So wrote Theodore to the Patriarch Indication by this that both he and the Patriarch would die soon. And that same day the Patriarch fell ill and died, and St Theodore died very soon after. St Thomas died and went to the Lord in 610.

Our Holy Father Serapion

Our Holy Father SerapionA companion of St Antony the Great, he lived in the Nitrian desert, in charge of the monastery of Arsina which contained 11,000 monks. Palladius and Sozomenes gave him the title 'the Great'. He entered into rest in about 366. St Serapion wrote: 'Do not think that sickness is grave; only sin is grave... sickness leads us only to the tomb, but sin follows the sinner beyond it'.

St. Serapion, bishop of Thmuis in Lower Egypt (358)

St. Serapion, bishop of Thmuis in Lower Egypt (358)'A companion of St Antony the Great, he lived in the Nitrian desert, in charge of the monastery of Arsina which contained 11,000 monks. Palladius and Sozomenes gave him the title "the Great". He entered into rest in about 366. St Serapion wrote: "Do not think that sickness is grave; only sin is grave... Sickness leads us only to the tomb, but sin follows the sinner beyond it".' (Prologue)

St. Serapion the Sindonite, monk of Egypt (542)

St. Serapion the Sindonite, monk of Egypt (542)

Martyrs Philemon and Domnina of Rome



April 2013
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 New Martyr Nicholas of Karamanos in Smyrna (1657)
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St. martyr Longinus
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Martyrs Philemon and Domnina of Rome
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Martyrs Callinica and Basilissa of Rome (2nd c.)
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Saint Ipomoni - holy and right believing Empress Helen Dragas Palaiologos
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Martyrs Stephen and Peter of Kazan (1552)
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St. Senuphius the Wonderworker of Latomos (9th c.)
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Martyr Pullius the Reader.
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Prophet Hanani (Ananias)
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Venerable Hilarion, monk, of Gdov (Pskov) (1476)
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Venerables Jonah (1480) and Mark of the Pskov Caves
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Hieromartyr Zacharias, bishop of Corinth (1684)
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St. Stephen the Wonderworker, monk
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Martyrs Geroncius and Basilides (3rd c.)
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Virgin-martyr Theodora of Palestine
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Venerable Nectarius, abbot, of Bezhetsk (1492
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Venerable Zosimas, abbot of Vorbozomsk (1550)
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Five girls martyred at Neanidor of Lesbos
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New Martyrs Manuel, Theodore, George, Michael, and another George, of Samothrace (1835)
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Venerable Leucius, abbot of Volokolamsk (1492)
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New Martyr John Naukliros ("the Navigator") in Thessaly (1699
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Newly revealed Martyrs Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene of Lesbos (1463)
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New Martyr Demos of Smyrna (1763)
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Venerables Euthymius (1456) and Chariton (1509), abbots of Syanzhema
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St. Basil, bishop of Ryazan (1295)
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Martyr Eleutherius of Persia (4th c.)
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New Martyr Demetrius of the Peloponnesus, who suffered at Tripoli (1803)
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+++ Palm Sunday (The Entry of our Lord into Jerusalem) - Cveti
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Monk-martyr Christopher
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Venerable Macarius of Corinth (1805)
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