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The Holy Prophet Ezekiel

The Holy Prophet EzekielThe son of a priest from the city of Sarir, he was taken into captivity in Babylon with King Jehoiachin and many other Israelites. Living in captivity, Ezekiel prophesied for twenty-seven years. He was a contemporary of the Prophet Jeremiah. As Jeremiah taught and prophesied in Jerusalem, so Ezekiel taught and prophesied in Babylon. Jeremiah"s prophecies were known in Babylon, as were Ezekiel"s in Jerusalem. Both these holy men were in agreement in their prophecy, and they were both ill-treated and tormented by the faithless Jewish people. Ezekiel had vivid and indescribable visions. By the river Chebar, he saw the heavens open, and a cloud like fire and lightning, and four living creatures like molten copper. One of the living creatures had the face of a man, the second that of a lion, the third that of a calf and the fourth that of an eagle. The human face signified God incarnate as man, the lion"s face His divinity, the calf s His sacrifice and the eagle"s His Resurrection and Ascension. In another image, he was shown the resurrection of the dead. The prophet saw a valley filled with the dry bones of the dead, and when the Spirit of God came upon them, they came to life and stood on their feet. He also saw the terrible destruction of Jerusalem, when the wrath of God cut down all except those who had earlier been marked with the mark, that of the Greek Tav, our letter "T", which is also the sign of the Cross. The malice of the Jews did not spare this holy man. Embittered against him for having denounced them, the Jews bound him to the tails of horses and he was torn asunder. He was buried in the self-same place in which Shem the son of Noah was buried.

Our Holy Fathers Simeon and John

Our Holy Fathers Simeon and JohnThese two young men left their homes and kinsfolk: Simeon his old mother and John his wife, and were made monks in the community of St Gerasim, at the hands of Abbot Nikon. They went off into the desert, where they spent many years in the strictest asceticism. They mortified their bodies with this ascesis until they were like two pieces of dry wood. One day, Simeon said to John that, at God"s command, he must leave the desert and return to the company of men, there to serve God. John gave him this advice: "Keep your heart from all that you see in the world. Whatever there may be that touches your hand, let it not take hold of your heart. When food passes your lips, let not your heart be sweetened by it. If your feet have to move, let there be peace within you. Whatever you do outwardly, let your mind remain tranquil. Pray for me, that God may not part us from each other in the world to come." Holy Simeon accepted his friend"s advice, embraced him and then left the desert and went among men, to teach them through folly and turn them to the Christian faith. He made himself appear mad to men, but his heart was a temple of the Holy Spirit, a temple of unceasing prayer. He had abundant gifts from God, having discernment into all men"s secrets, both close at hand and afar off, and healed men of evil spirits and other infirmities. Dancing through the streets like a madman, he drew near to people and whispered their sins in their ears, calling them to repentance. He appeared to sinners in dreams, reprimanding them for their sins and calling them also to repentance. Thus St Simeon appeared in a dream to a pagan actor, Bali, who publicly mocked the holy things of the Christians. He rebuked him and threatened him, and Bali repented and became a good Christian. A dissolute youth went out of his mind with lust. Seeing him, St Simeon, feigning madness, struck him a blow on the face, and said: "Do not commit adultery!" At that moment, the unclean spirit left the young man and he was healed.

Martyrs Trophimus and Theophilus (305) and others with him

St. Parthenius of Radovizlios, bishop

St. Parthenius of Radovizlios, bishop

Martyrs Justus and Matthew

Martyr Eugene

Venerable Onuphrius the Silent of the Kiev Caves (12th c.)

Venerable Onuphrius the Silent of the Kiev Caves (12th c.)The Monk Onuphrii the Silent, of Pechersk, pursued asceticism in the nearer Antoniev Caves in the XII Century. A second commemoration is done 28 September in the Sobor (Assemblage) of the Monastic Fathers of the Kievo-Pechersk Nearer Caves.

Icon of the Mother of God of Armatia

Icon of the Mother of God of ArmatiaThe Armatia Icon of the Mother of God was in Constantinople at the Armatian monastery. The place where the monastery was located, was called “Armation” or “of the Armatians” and received its name from the military magister Armatias, nephew of the tyrant Basiliscus, and a contemporary of the emperor Zeno (474-491)...

New Hieromartyrs Simo Banjac and Milan Stojisavljevic and his son Martyr Milan of Glamoc, Serbia (1941-1945)

Protopresbyter Simo Baniac was born in 1871 in Gorny Rybnik. He finished seminary in Relievo in 1893 and was ordained priest in 1897. He was butchered by the Ustashi in 1941. Protopresbyter Mirko Stoisavlevich was born in Otishiche in 1885. He finished seminary in Zadar in 1908 and was ordained deacon and priest in 1909. He was captured by the Ustashi on 30 June 1941, tortured and murdered.

August 2013
    Blessed Romanus, prince of Ryazan (1270)
St. Ilia the Righteous
New Hieromartyrs Simo Banjac and Milan Stojisavljevic and his son Martyr Milan of Glamoc, Serbia (1941-1945)
The Holy Martyr Marcella
Hieromartyr Apollinaris, bishop of Ravenna (75)
Holy Martyrs and Passion-bearers Boris and Gleb of Russia
New Hieromartyrs Vukosav Milanovic and Rodoljub Samardzic of Kulen Bakufa, Serbia (1941-1945)
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Venerable Ignatius, monk, of Mt. Stirion
St. Ioasaph, metropolitan of Moscow (1555)
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Venerable George of Mt. Athos, the Builder (1029)
Venerables Constantine and Cosmas, abbots of Kosinsk (Pskov) (13th c.)
Prince Tsotne Dadiani, the Confessor of Mingrelia (13th c.)
St Arsenius the Bishop of Ninotsminda
Martyr Elessa of Cythera
New Martyr Theodore of the Dardanelles (1690)
Nine Kherkheulidze brothers, their mother and sister, and 9,000 others, who suffered on the field of Marabde, Georgia (1625)
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)
Holy Ten Thousand Ascetics of Thebes
Venerable Gregory, iconographer of the Kiev Caves (12th c.)
Venerable Macarius, abbot of Oredezh (1532)
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Blessed Laurence, fool-for-Christ at Kaluga (1515)
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
Translation of the relics of Venerable Theodosius of the Kiev Caves (1091)
Reverence list of the Dormition Icon of the Mother of God
Holy Martyr Kristepore Guruli
St. Tbeli Abuseridze of Khikhuni, Adjara (13th c.)
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
28 Aug 2013 Third Quarter