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St Nicephorus, Patriarch of Constantinople (c. 758-829).

St Nicephorus, Patriarch of Constantinople (c. 758-829).He governed the holy Church with wisdom and zeal as the greatest arch-pastor of Constantinople. When Leo the Armenian made his stand against icons, he opposed the Emperor; first counselling him and then denouncing him. For this the accursed Emperor exiled him to the island of Prochonis. There was a monastery on that island, which Nicephorus himself had built in honour of St Theodore. And this confessor of the Orthodox faith spent thirteen years there, then died and went to the Lord in 827. Then all the iconoclast Emperors perished, and Michael, with his mother Theodora, came to the imperial throne in 842, and Methodius became Patriarch. Then, in 846, the relics of St Nicephorus were translated from Prochonnesus to Constantinople and placed first in the Church of St Sophia, from which he had been driven in his lifetime, and then in the Church of the Holy Apostles. The main commemoration of this great hierarch is on June 2nd, but on March 13th is commemorated the finding and translation of his uncorrupt relics. St Nicephorus was driven from Constantinople on March 13th, and on March 13th, nineteen years later, his relics were brought back to his patriarchal seat.

The Holy Martyr Christina of Persia

The Holy Martyr Christina of PersiaShe was harshly tortured in Persia in the 4th century for her unfaltering confession of the Christian faith. The torturers whipped her so terribly that she died from exhaustion. Her soul parted from her martyred body and went to dwell in the eternal joy of Christ her King and Lord.

The Hieromartyr Publius

The Hieromartyr PubliusThis priest and martyr was successor in the episcopate in Athens to the famous Dionysius the Areopagite. As bishop, he was tortured by unbelievers and beheaded in the 2nd century. For a brief time of torture he inherited eternal life.

Martyr Alexander of Macedonia (305)

Martyr Alexander of Macedonia (305)The Holy Martyr Alexander was a presbyter in the city of Pidna, not far from Soluneia (Thessalonika). The saint converted many pagans to Christianity by his preaching. During the time of the persecution against Christians under the emperor Maximian Galerius (305-311), Saint Alexander was subjected to fierce tortures, and then beheaded.

Martyrs Africanus, Publius, and Terence of Carthage (3rd c.)

Martyrs Africanus, Publius, and Terence of Carthage (3rd c.)The Holy Martyrs Africanus, Publius and Terence suffered in the III Century at Petrium. Their memory is celebrated also on 10 April.

Martyr Sabinus (Abibus) of Egypt (303)

Martyr Sabinus (Abibus) of Egypt (303)He was the administrator (we would say mayor) of the city of Hermopolis in Egypt. During a persecution, he and many other Christians fled to the mountains, where Sabinas shut himself in a hut and spent his days in fasting and prayer. But a poor man who brought him food (and whom Sabinas had helped in many ways) betrayed him to the authorities for two pieces of gold. Sabinas and six others were arrested, bound and brought before the governor Arian. After harsh torture, Sabinas was drowned in the Nile.

April 2016
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     New Martyr Nicholas of Karamanos in Smyrna (1657)
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St. martyr Longinus
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oil & wine
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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fish
Martyr Pullius the Reader.
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oil & wine
Prophet Hanani (Ananias)
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oil & wine
Venerable Hilarion, monk, of Gdov (Pskov) (1476)
10
oil & wine
Venerables Jonah (1480) and Mark of the Pskov Caves
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water
Hieromartyr Zacharias, bishop of Corinth (1684)
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St. Stephen the Wonderworker, monk
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oil
Martyrs Geroncius and Basilides (3rd c.)
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Virgin-martyr Theodora of Palestine
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oil & wine
Venerable Nectarius, abbot, of Bezhetsk (1492
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oil & wine
Venerable Zosimas, abbot of Vorbozomsk (1550)
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oil & wine
Five girls martyred at Neanidor of Lesbos
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water
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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oil & wine
+++ Palm Sunday (The Entry of our Lord into Jerusalem) - Cveti
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fish
St. Basil, bishop of Ryazan (1295)
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water
Martyr Eleutherius of Persia (4th c.)
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water
New Martyr Demetrius of the Peloponnesus, who suffered at Tripoli (1803)
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Thursday of Passion Week, Holy Thursday
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oil & wine
+++ Holy Friday, Good Friday
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strict fast
Holy Saturday
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strict fast
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