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Our Holy Father Paul of Thebes

Our Holy Father Paul of ThebesBorn of wealthy parents in Lower Thebes in Egypt in the reign of the Emperor Decius, he and a sister of his together inherited all their parents" property. But his brother-,in-law, an idol-worshipper, plotted to seize Paul"s half of the inheritance. He therefore threatened Paul that he would betray him to the authorities as a Christian if he did not hand over his share of the property. This misfortune, coupled with the examples of self-sacrifice by the Christian martyrs that Paul saw with his own eyes, induced him to give his half of the property to his sister and go of into the desert, where he lived in asceticism until his death. The spiritual heights attained by this giant of a monk are testified to by no less a person than St Antony the Great, who once visited Paul and saw how the wild animals and birds of the air ministered to him. Returning from this visit, Antony said to his monks: "Woe is me, my children, a sinful and false monk, who am a monk in name only. I have seen Elias, I have seen John in the desert, and I have seen Paul - in Paradise!" St Paul lived 113 years, and entered peacefully into rest in the Lord in the year 342.

Our Holy Father John (The Hut-Dweller)

Our Holy Father John (The Hut-Dweller)He was born in Constantinople in the early part of the 5th century, of rich and eminent parents whose only child he was. Drawn by inclination to the spiritual life, the young John fled with a monk to a monastery in Asia Minor. He spent six years in this monastery in the greatest restraint, prayer and obedience to the superior. Then the devil attacked him with the temptation to leave the monastery and return to his parents, to live with them as a nobleman. He indeed returned to his parents" home, but dressed as a beggar. He saw his parents, but, not wishing to reveal himself to them as their son, remained as a beggar in their courtyard, living off the crumbs that the servants threw him and enduring much ridicule from all. He lived thus for three years, praying God that He would save the souls of his father and mother. When he fell ill and felt death approaching, he revealed himself to his parents. They recognised him by a precious Gospel-book which they had given him in childhood and which he had kept with him as his sole possession. And so this young man, albeit so rich, saved his soul and those of his parents, overcame the devil and entered into rest in the Lord in about the year 450.

Our Holy Father Gabriel of Lesnov

Our Holy Father Gabriel of LesnovA Slav and a friend of St Prochorus of Pchinja and St John of Rila, he lived a life of asceticism in the 10th century at Kratov on the mountain of Lesnov, where he built a church to the Archangel Michael. He was a wonder-worker both during his life-time and after his death. The present beautiful church in this place was built by King Dugan"s commander-in-chief, Jovan Oliver. St Gabriel entered into rest in the Lord at the end of the tenth century.

The Holy Martyr Pansophius

The son of the Alexandrian proconsul, Nilus, he laid aside worldly honour and riches as a young man and embraced the monastic state. He lived in great asceticism for 27 years, lifting up his soul to the higher world. In the reign of Decius, he was dragged before the judge, where he was flogged for the name of Christ until, under great torture, he delivered his soul to God.

January 2017
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Our Holy Father Elias of Murom
1
oil
St Danilo, Archbishop of Serbia
2
oil & wine
The Holy Martyr Themistocies
3
oil
The Holy Martyr Theodota with her three Children
4
water
Our Holy Father Nahum, the Wonderworker of Ochrid
5
oil
Our Holy Father Nicolas the Soldier
6
water
+++ The Nativity of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ
7
fast-free
Our Holy Father Constantine of Synnada
8
fast-free
Our Holy Fathers, the Martyrs Theodore and Theophanes the Branded
9
fast-free
The Holy Martyr Domna
10
fast-free
Our Holy Fathers Mark the Gravedigger and Theophilus the Weeper
11
fast-free
Our Holy Father, the Martyr Gideon
12
fast-free
Saint Dositej of Zagreb
13
fast-free
New Martyr Peter  of the Peloponnesos
14
fast-free
Venerable Sylvester of the Kiev Caves
15
fast-free
St Genevieve of Paris
16
fast-free
Venerable Euthymius the New of Thessalonica, monk
17
fast-free
Martyr Theoidus
18
strict fast
+++ The Theophany
19
fast-free
The Holy Martyr Athanasius
20
fish
St. Theodore of Constantinople
21
fast-free
St. Peter, bishop of Sebaste in Armenia
22
fast-free
Blessed Theosebia the Deaconess
23
fast-free
Saint Maire martyr
24
fast-free
Virgin Martyr Euthasia
25
water
Venerable Eleazar of Anzersk Island at Solovki (1656)
26
fast-free
Martyr Agnes
27
fish
The Holy Martyr Pansophius
28
fast-free
Martyrs Neon, Turbo, and the woman Jonilla (Jovilla), in Cappadocia
29
fast-free
St Anthony of Krasny Kholm
30
fast-free
Venerable Marcian of Cyrrhus in Syria
31
fast-free
    
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Moon phases for January , 2017 (Serbia)
05 Jan 2017 First Quarter
12 Jan 2017 Full Moon
20 Jan 2017 Third Quarter
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