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Commemoration of the First Ecumenical Council

Commemoration of the First Ecumenical CouncilThe Commemoration and eulogy of the holy fathers of the First Ecumenical Council, which was held in Nicaea in 325 in the reign of Constantine the Great - held during the week before Pentecost, or the seventh week after Easter. It was summoned to remove the confusion which Arius, an Alexandrian priest, had created by his false teaching. He had been spreading the teaching that Christ was created from God in time, and that He is not the pre-eternal Son of God, equal in being with God the Father. Three hundred and eighteen holy fathers took part in this Council. It condemned the Arian teaching, and anathematised Arius when he would not repent. This Council also definitively confirmed the Symbol of Faith (the Creed) which was later amplified at the Second Ecumenical Council. Many bishops were present at the First Ecumenical Council, among whom the following stood out: St Nicolas of Myra in Lycia, St Spiridon, St Athanasius, St Acillius, St Paphnutius, St James of Nisibis, Macarius of Jerusalem, Alexander of Alexandria, Eustathius of Antioch, Eusebius of Caesarea, Mitrophanes of Constantinople, John of Persia, Aristarchus of Armenia and many others from the East. And from the West: Hosius of Cordova, Theophilus the Goth, Cecilianus of Carthage, and others. The most important work of this Council was the confirmation of the Symbol of Faith. The Council also confirmed the time of the celebration of Easter, and prescribed twenty Canons.

The Holy Martyr Theodosia of Tyre

The Holy Martyr Theodosia of TyreOne day during the reign of the Emperor Maximian, many Christians were standing bound before the Praetor in Palestinian Caesarea. The pious virgin Theodosia came to comfort them and encourage them in their death by martyrdom. The soldiers heard her words and brought her also before the judge. The enraged judge ordered that a stone be tied round her neck and that she be cast into the deep. But angels carried her up onto the shore alive. When she appeared before the judge again, he gave orders to have her beheaded. The following night, Theodosia appeared to her parents in the brightest heavenly light, surrounded by many other virgins, and said: "Do you see how great is the glory and grace of my Christ, of which you wished to deprive me?" She spoke thus to her parents because they had turned back from confessing Christ and from martyrdom. She suffered with honour and was glorified in the year 308.

Our Holy Mother, the Martyr Theodosia

Our Holy Mother, the Martyr TheodosiaShe was born after her mother"s prayers to the holy martyr Anastasia, who appeared to her and told her that she would give birth to a child. Her parents dedicated her to God and gave her very early to a women"s monastery. At her parents" death, she received a vast estate. She ordered three icons from a goldsmith: the Saviour, the Mother of God and St Anastasia, and gave the rest away to the poor. She suffered in the time of the Emperor Leo the Isaurian, the iconoclast, and received a twofold crown: of virginity and martyrdom, in the year 730.

St Alexander, Bishop of Alexandria

St Alexander, Bishop of AlexandriaHe was the first to take up the struggle against Arius, and entered into rest in the year 328.

St John the Fool for Christ, the Wonderworker of Ustiug

St John the Fool for Christ, the Wonderworker of UstiugBlessed John, Fool-for-Christ, Ustiug Wonderworker, was born in the village of Pukhovo, near Old Ustiug, of pious parents Sava and Maria. From his youth he distinguished himself by a strict life of fasting. On Wednesdays and Fridays he ate nothing, and on other days he ate only bread and water. His parents moved to the city of Orlets along the River Iug, forty versts from Ustiug. Left widowed, the saint's mother took monastic tonsure at the Orletsk Trinity monastery. The young John started by keeping silence, and then he embraced the struggle of foolishness for the sake of Christ.

The Holy Martyr Nannus (John) of Salonica

He suffered for the Faith at the hands of the Turks in Smyrna in 1802.

The Holy Martyr Andrew of Chios

He suffered for the Faith at the hands of the Turks in Constantinople in 1465.

The Fall of Constantinople

Because of the sins of men, God sent great calamity on the capitol city of the Christian word on may 29th 1453. Sultan Mohammed II sacked Constantinople and murdered the Emperor Constantine XI.

Hieromartyr Olbian, bishop of Aneus, and his disciples



June 2013
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      Saints 13 monk-martyrs and confessors of Cyprus
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St. Dovmont-Timothy, prince of Pskov (1299)
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Venerable Agapitus, abbot of Markushev (Vologda) (1578)
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Martyr Sophia the Healer
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Evgeny Rodionov, the New Martyr of Chechnya
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12 Martyred Tribunes who suffered in Galatia
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St. Olbian, monk
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Martyrs Abercius and Helen (1st c.)
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Venerable Therapontes, abbot of Byelozersk (1426)
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St. Andrew the fool-for-Christ of Constantinople (911)
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Hieromartyr Olbian, bishop of Aneus, and his disciples
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Martyr Euplos
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+++ The Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ
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Holy Martyrs Shio the New, David, Gabriel and Paul of Gareji (1696)
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20,000 Martyrs with saint Erasmus (303)
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Venerable Athanasius, the wonderworker of Cilicia
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Hieromartyr Ioannicus, metropolitan of Montenegro and Littoral (1945)
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Martyrs Marcian, Nicander, Hyperechius, Apollonius, Leonides, Arius, Gorgias, Selenias, Irenaeus, and Pambo, of Egypt (305-311)
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Venerable Jonah, abbot of Klimetz (1534)
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St. Sebastian the Wonderworker
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Holy Hieromartyr Tevdore of Kvelta (1609)
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St. John of Shavtel-Gaenati, Georgia (13th c.)
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+++ Тhe descent of the Holy Ghost - Pentecost - Trinity Sunday
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+++ Monday of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost Monday
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+++ Tuesday of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost Tuesday
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St. Anthimus, Metropolitan of Wallachia (1716)
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St. Mstislav-George, prince of Novgorod (1180)
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Venerables Gregory and Kassian of Avnezh
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St. Kaikhosro the Georgian (1612)
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Martyr Shalva of Akhaltsikhe (1227)
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