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The Hieromartyr Clement, Bishop of Rome

The Hieromartyr Clement, Bishop of RomeBorn in Rome and of royal blood, he was a contemporary of the apostles. His mother and two brothers were caught by a storm on a voyage and driven to different places. His father then went off to find his wife and sons, and himself disappeared. Clement, being then twenty-four years old, set off eastwards to look for his parents and brothers. In Alexandria, he made the acquaintance of the Apostle Bamabas, and afterwards became a friend of the Apostle Peter, who was already being followed by his two brothers, Faustinus and Faustinian. By God"s providence, the Apostle Peter found Clement"s aged mother, who was living as a beggar-woman, and then his father also. Thus the whole family was reunited, and they all returned to Rome as Christians. Clement remained linked with the great apostles, who made him bishop before their death. After Peter"s death by martyrdom, Linus was bishop in Rome, then Cletus - both of them only for a short time - and then Clement. He governed the Church of God with burning zeal and, from day to day, brought large numbers of unbelievers to the Faith. He set seven scribes to record the lives of the Christian martyrs who were at that time suffering for their Lord. The Emperor Trajan drove him out to Cherson, where Clement found about two thousand exiled Christians, who were all put to the hard toil of cutting stone in an and region. The Christians welcomed Clement with great joy, and he was to them a living source of comfort. By his prayers, he brought water from the dry ground and converted so many of the pagan inhabitants to Christianity that there were seventy-five churches built in that place in one year. To prevent the further spreading of the Christian faith, Clement was condemned to death, and drowned in the sea with a stone round his neck in the year 101. His wonderworking relics were taken out of the sea only in the time of Ss Cyril and Methodius.

The Hieromartyr Peter, Archbishop of Alexandria

The Hieromartyr Peter, Archbishop of AlexandriaHe was the disciple and successor of St Theonas, Archbishop of Alexandria, and was for a time a teacher at Ofigen"s famous school of philosophy. He came to the archiepiscopal throne in 299, and died a martyr by the grave of the holy Apostle Mark in 311. He governed the Church in an acutely difficult period, when unbelievers were attacking the faithful from without and heretics from within. Six hundred and seventy Christians suffered in Alexandria in his time; whole families often perishing on the scaffold. At this time, Afius was troubling the faithful with his false teaching. St Peter drove him from the Church and anathematised him both in this world and the next. The Lord Himself appeared to this great and wonderful saint in prison.

Our Holy Father Paphnutius

He never drank wine. He was once seized by robbers, and the chief of the band forced him to drink a cup of wine. Seeing Paphnutius"s goodness, the robber chief repented and forsook his brigandage.

St Clement, Bishop of Ochrid and Enlightener of the Bulgarians

St Clement, Bishop of Ochrid and Enlightener of the Bulgarians

Venerable Peter the Silent, of Galata, Syria (429)

Venerable Peter the Silent, of Galata, Syria (429)About the Monk Peter of Galatia is known, that at nine years of age and yearning for the spiritual life, he left his parental abode, and set off first to Jerusalem, and then to Antioch. There he enclosed himself in a cave, devoted himself to deeds of prayer and strict abstinence, taking bread and water only after the daytime. In these exploits he was granted from God the gift of wonderworking, healing infirmities and expelling devils. The monk died in about the year 429 at the age of ninety-nine, of which he served God incessantly for ninety years.

December 2017
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     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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03 Dec 2017 Full Moon
10 Dec 2017 Third Quarter
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