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The Holy Apostle Matthias

The Holy Apostle MatthiasBorn in Bethlehem of the tribe of Judah, he was a pupil of St Simeon the Host of God in Jerusalem. When the Lord began preaching the Kingdom of God, Matthias was among those who loved the Lord with all their hearts, heard His words and saw His works with delight. Matthias was at first included among the seventy, lesser apostles of Christ, but, after the Lord"s Resurrection, because the place of Judas the betrayer fell vacant, the apostles chose this Matthias by lot in Judas"s place as one of the twelve Great Apostles (Acts 1:23). Receiving the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, Matthias began to preach the Gospel, first in Judea then in Ethiopia, where he suffered greatly for the sake of Christ. It is held that he preached also in Macedonia, where they tried to bind him, but he became invisible to his tormentors and thus escaped danger. When he was imprisoned, the Lord appeared to him, gave him courage and set him free. He finally returned to work in Judea. There he was arrested and taken for trial before Ananias the High Priest, before whom he fearlessly witnessed to Christ. Ananias (the same who had earlier killed the Apostle James) condemed Matthias to death. They took Matthias out and stoned him to death, then cut off his head with an axe (the Roman way of executing those condemned to death. The hypocritical Jews used this method on the dead man, to prove to the Romans that he had opposed Rome). So died this great apostle of Christ, and went to the eternal joy of his Lord.

The Holy Martyr Antony

He was a citizen of Alexandria. Brought before the pagan governor, he freely declared his faith and was tortured -whipped and flogged - but would not deny Christ. He was finally cast into the flames, from the midst of which he said to the people: "My beloved brethren, do not be enslaved by your bodies, but give thought to your souls, given to you by God and kin to God and to the heavenly powers." He thus instructed the people and, being burned in the fire, gave his holy soul to God.

The Holy Martyrs Julian and Marcian, and others with them

The Holy Martyrs Julian and Marcian, and others with themThey suffered at the hands of the iconoclasts under the wicked Emperor Leo the Isaurian, in 726, and were crowned with unfading glory.

Martyrs Julian, Marcian, John, James, Alexius, Demetrius, Photius (Phocas), Peter, Leontius, and Mary, of Constantinople (726)

The Martyrs Julian, Marcian, John, James, Alexis, Demetrios, Photios, Peter, Leontios, Maria the Patrician, the Protospatharion ("Sword-Captain") Gregory and Others suffered for holy icons in the year 730 under the Iconoclast emperor Leo the Isaurian (717-741). The emperor deposed the holy Patriarch Germanos (715-730) from the patriarchal throne and sent him off to prison, raising up onto the patriarchal throne the iconoclast Athanasias (730-753). By decree of the emperor, all icons were to be confiscated from homes and churches and then destroyed...

Venerable Psoes of Egypt (4th c.)

The Monk Psoe was a disciple of the Monk Pakhomios the Great (Comm. 15 May) and lived during the IV Century in the Egyptian wilderness.

Venerable Macarius, abbot of Oredezh (1532)

Venerable Macarius, abbot of Oredezh (1532)The Monk Makarii of Oredezhsk was a student of the Monk Alexander of Svirsk (+ 30 August 1533). He pursued asceticism at the River Oredezha at Lake Ladoga, where he founded a monastery. He died in the year 1532.

August 2013
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    Blessed Romanus, prince of Ryazan (1270)
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St. Ilia the Righteous
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New Hieromartyrs Simo Banjac and Milan Stojisavljevic and his son Martyr Milan of Glamoc, Serbia (1941-1945)
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The Holy Martyr Marcella
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Hieromartyr Apollinaris, bishop of Ravenna (75)
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Holy Martyrs and Passion-bearers Boris and Gleb of Russia
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New Hieromartyrs Vukosav Milanovic and Rodoljub Samardzic of Kulen Bakufa, Serbia (1941-1945)
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Venerable Ignatius, monk, of Mt. Stirion
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St. Ioasaph, metropolitan of Moscow (1555)
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Venerable George of Mt. Athos, the Builder (1029)
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Venerables Constantine and Cosmas, abbots of Kosinsk (Pskov) (13th c.)
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Prince Tsotne Dadiani, the Confessor of Mingrelia (13th c.)
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St Arsenius the Bishop of Ninotsminda
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Martyr Elessa of Cythera
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New Martyr Theodore of the Dardanelles (1690)
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Nine Kherkheulidze brothers, their mother and sister, and 9,000 others, who suffered on the field of Marabde, Georgia (1625)
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New Martyr Chrestos of Preveza (1668)
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Martyrs Cantidius, Cantidian and Sibelius (Sobel), of Egypt
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New Martyr Abbacum of Thessalonica (1628)
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Holy Ten Thousand Ascetics of Thebes
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Venerable Gregory, iconographer of the Kiev Caves (12th c.)
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Venerable Macarius, abbot of Oredezh (1532)
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Blessed Laurence, fool-for-Christ at Kaluga (1515)
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New Martyrs Anastasius of Asomaton in Asia Minor and Demetrius of Lesbos (1816)
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Monk-martyrs Gerontius, Serapion, Germanus, Bessarion, Michael, and Simeon of Garesja, slain by the Lekians (1851)
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Venerable Abba Dorotheos of Gaza
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Translation of the relics of Venerable Theodosius of the Kiev Caves (1091)
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Reverence list of the Dormition Icon of the Mother of God
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Holy Martyr Kristepore Guruli
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St. Tbeli Abuseridze of Khikhuni, Adjara (13th c.)
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St. Christodoulos the Philosopher, called the Ossetian, of Georgia (12th c.)
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Moon phases for August , 2013 (Serbia)
06 Aug 2013 New Moon
14 Aug 2013 First Quarter
21 Aug 2013 Full Moon
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