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The Conception by St Anna of the Most Holy Mother of God

The Conception by St Anna of the Most Holy Mother of GodRighteous Joachim and Anna were childless for fifty years of their married life. In their old age, the Archangel Gabriel appeared to them, to each one separately, and told them that God had heard their prayer and that a daughter would be born to them. Then St Anna conceived by her husband and, after nine months, bore a daughter blessed by God and all generations of men: the most holy Virgin Mary and Mother of God. There is a fuller account of all this on September 9th.

St Hannah, Mother of the Prophet Samuel

St Hannah, Mother of the Prophet SamuelHannah was the wife of Elkanah from Ramathaim-Zophim, or Arimathea (I Sam. 1). She had had no child, being barren, and she wept and grieved bitterly for this. But God in His mercy took pity on her, and removed her barrenness in response to her ceaseless prayers and sighs. Hannah bore a son, Samuel, and dedicated him to God from his childhood. Samuel was a great leader of the nation of Israel, and a prophet who anointed two kings, Saul and David. St Hannah sang a hymn of thanksgiving to God, a hymn wonderful in its wisdom and beauty, which is used to this day in church services (I Sam. 2:1).

Our Holy Father Stephen the New Light

This godly man was born and brought up in Constantinople in the house of his parents Zacharias and Theophano, his father being a priest at the Great Church in the time of Patriarch Methodius. When she was carrying him in her womb, his mother fed only on bread and water, and, when the child was born, a cross of light shone on his breast. Because of this, and because of his pure and godly way of life, he is named "the New Light". At the age of eighteen, Stephen shut himself up in a cell attached to the church of St Peter the Apostle, and devoted himself to prayer and fasting. Once St Peter appeared to him, and said: "Peace be to thee, my child; thou hast made a good beginning. May the Lord strengthen thee." After that, he spent many years in a cell by the church of the holy martyr Antipas. This saint also appeared to him, encouraging him: "Know that I will not abandon thee." Stephen took greater and greater labours upon himself. He ate only twice a week, and that unsalted cabbage. In all, this holy man spent fifty-five years in asceticism for the sake of the kingdom of Christ, and went to his rest in the Lord in 879, at the age of seventy-three.

St Sophronius, Archbishop of Cyprus

St Sophronius, Archbishop of CyprusHe was born and brought up in Cyprus. Because of his great spiritual erudition and his many virtues, in particular his compassion, he was made archbishop after St Damian. Having faithfully served the Church and led a life pleasing to God, he died peacefully in the sixth century.

December 2017
SunMonTueWedThuFriSut
     New Martyrs Anastasius of Epirus and Daniel (1750)
1
water
Martyres 150 soldiers (284)
2
fish
Martyrs Azades, Sasonius, Thecla, and Anna (343)
3
fish
St. Yaropolk-Peter, prince of Vladimir in Volhynia (1086)
4
fish
Martyr Agapion of Greece (304)
5
oil
New Martyr Archimandrite Gregory (Peradze) of Georgia (1942.)
6
water
St. Malchus of Chalcis in Syria (5th c.)
7
oil
Venerable Peter the Silent, of Galata, Syria (429)
8
water
St. Silas, bishop of Persidos
9
fish
Venerable Palladius of Thessalonica (6th-7th c.)
10
fish
St. Theodore, bishop of Theodosiopolis in Armenia (end of 6th c.)
11
water
St. Mardarije of Libertyville
12
oil
Hierarch Samuel, Second Catholicos of Georgia
13
water
St Philaret the Merciful
14
oil
St Jesse, Bishop of Tsiklan
15
oil & wine
Our Holy Father Sava of Storozhev
16
fish
St Gennadius, Archbishop of Novgorod
17
oil & wine
Our Holy Fathers Karyon and Zachariah
18
oil & wine
St Theophilus, Bishop of Antioch
19
fish
Our Holy Father Nilus of Stolobnoye
20
water
The Holy Martyrs in Africa
21
oil
St Sophronius, Archbishop of Cyprus
22
oil & wine
Our Holy Father Thomas of Bithynia
23
oil & wine
The Holy Martyr Meirax
24
fish
The Holy Martyr Synesius
25
oil & wine
The Hieromartyr Gavrilo, Patriarch of Serbia
26
oil & wine
The Holy Martyrs Philemon, Apollonius, Arrian and others
27
water
Our Holy Father Pardus the Solitary
28
oil
St Theophano the Empress
29
water
Our Holy Fathers, the New Martyrs Paisius and Habakkuk (Avakum)
30
oil & wine
St Modestus, Patriarch of Jerusalem
31
oil
      
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Moon phases for December , 2017 (Serbia)
03 Dec 2017 Full Moon
10 Dec 2017 Third Quarter
18 Dec 2017 New Moon
26 Dec 2017 First Quarter


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