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+++ The Nativity of St John, the Forerunner and Baptist of Christ

+++ The Nativity of St John, the Forerunner and Baptist of ChristSix months before his appearing to the most holy Virgin Mary in Nazareth, the great Gabriel, archangel of the Lord, appeared to Zacharias the High Priest in the Temple in Jerusalem. Before he revealed the miraculous conception by a virgin who had not known a man, the archangel revealed the wondrous conceiving by an old and barren woman. Zacharias was unable at once to believe the words of God"s herald, and for this his tongue was bound in dumbness and remained thus until the eighth day after John"s birth. The kinsfolk of Zacharias and Elisabeth gathered together on that day for the infant"s circumcision and naming. When they enquired of the father how lie wished the child to be called, he, being still dumb, wrote on a slate: "John". At that moment his tongue was loosed and he began to speak. Zacharias"s house was on the heights between Bethlehem and Hebron. The news of the angel"s appearing to Zacharias, of his dumbness and of the loosening of his tongue at the exact moment that he wrote "John", was carried throughout all Israel, coming to Herod"s ears. So. when he sent men to kill all the infants around Bethlehem, he sent men off to Zacharias"s family house in the hills. to slay John also. But Elisabeth hid " the child in good time. The king was enraged at this, and sent an executioner to the Temple to kill Zacharias (for it was then his turn to serve in the Temple again). Zacharias was killed between the court and the Temple, and his blood clotted and solidified on the paving slabs, and remained as an enduring witness against Herod. Elisabeth hid herself and the child in a cave, where she soon died. The young John remained in the wilderness alone. in the care of God and His angels.

St Nikita, Bishop of Remesiana

A friend and contemporary of St Paulinus of Nola (see January 23rd), he was probably a Slav* and he preached the Gospel among the Slavs in the region around Nis and Pirot. The great impression that Nikita made on the Slavs is best shown by the hymn that St Paulinus composed in his honour: 'Oh, what a happy change! The hilly, impassable haunts of bloodthirsty robbers now shelter peace-loving dwellers, bandits-turned-monk. Where once the rule of the wild beast held sway, the choir of angels is now to be heard. The righteous now dwell in the caves where before were infamous men.' St Nikita's capital was the city of Remesiana, which some people reckon to be Pirot. He wrote several books, six of them on the Faith and one on a fallen woman who awoke many to repentance. St Nikita entered into rest in the Lord in about 414. *Author's Note: Philaret says in his book: 'The Saints of the Southern Slavs', that Nikita was a Slav and lived in Pirot.

The Holy Martyrs Orentius, Pharnacius, Eros, Firmus, Firminus, Cyriacus and Longinus

They were all brothers, Roman soldiers during the reign of the Emperor Maximian. When the Romans were waging war against the Scythians beyond the Danube, St Orentius fought a duel with Marathom, the Goliath of the Scythians, and killed him. In thanksgiving, the Roman army offered sacrifice to idols, but Orentius and his brothers declared themselves to be Christians and therefore unable to offer sacrifice to deaf and dumb idols. With no consideration for their military valour, they were tried and sentenced to exile in the Caspian region, but all of them died on the way, one after the other, from hunger and torture, and they went to their rest in the Kingdom of Christ.

Synaxis of the Righteous Zacharias and Elizabeth

Synaxis of the Righteous Zacharias and Elizabeth

New Martyr Panagiotes of Caesarea in Cappadocia (1765)

New Martyr Panagiotes of Caesarea in Cappadocia (1765) The Holy Martyr Panagiotes of Caesarea suffered under the Turks at Constantinople in the year 1765. He was buried at the cemetery "the Life-Bearing Fount".

Righteous Youths John (1566) and James (1569) of Meniugi

Righteous Youths John (1566) and James (1569) of MeniugiThe Righteous Lads James (Iakov) and John of Meniuzsk were brothers by birth – children of the pious couple Isidor and Barbara. James at three years of age, and John at five years of age – were killed by miscreants. Between the years 1682-1689 their relics were found undecayed and placed in a reliquary at the Trinity church in Meniuzh village – Novgorod diocese, at the locale of the former Trinity monastery there.

July 2013
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 St Michael of Ulompo, Georgia
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Saint John Maximovitch
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Holy Prince Gleb Andreyevich of Vladimir (1175)
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New Martyr Nicetas of Nisyros, near Rhodes (1732)
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Martyrs Juliana and Saturninus of Constantinople
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Venerables Joseph of Zaonikievsk (1612)
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Righteous Youths John (1566) and James (1569) of Meniugi
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Prince Peter (1228) and Princess Febronia, Murom Wonderworkers
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St. Anthion, monk
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Venerable Serapion of Kozha Lake (1611)
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Serbian Orthodox New Martyrs of the Second World War
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Saint Paisios of Mount Athos
12
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Holy Queen Dinar
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25 Martyrs in Nicomedia
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New Martyr Lampros of Makri (1835)
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St George the God-Bearer
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St Sava of Gornji Karlovac hieromartyr
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Uncovering of the relics (1422) of Venerable Sergius of Radonezh (1392)
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New monk-martyr Cyril of Hilandar, Mt. Athos, who suffered at Thessalonica
19
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Venerable Eudocia, in monasticism Euphrosyne, grand-duchess of Moscow (1407)
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Royal Martyr Mirdat, King of Kartli
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Martyrs Andrew and Probus
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10,000 Fathers of the desert and caves
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Venerable Leo, monk, of Mandra
24
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Translation of the relics (2004) of New Hieromartyr Momcilo Grgurevic of Serbia (1940s)
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Martyr Marcian of Iconium (258)
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Martyr Heraclius
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Finding of the head of St. Matrona of Chios (1462)
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Martyrs Paul, Aleutina and Chionea (308)
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St. Euphrasius of Ionopolis, bishop
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Hieromartyr Kozman (1630)
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Moon phases for July , 2013 (Serbia)
08 Jul 2013 New Moon
15 Jul 2013 First Quarter
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