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St Tarasius, Patriarch of Constantinople

St Tarasius, Patriarch of ConstantinopleHis predecessor, Patriarch Paul, secretly left the patriarchal throne, retired to a monastery and received the Great Habit. This was during the reign of Irene and Constantine. By Paul"s advice, Tarasius, a senator and advisor to the Emperor, was chosen as Patriarch in 784. He quickly passed through all the stages of ordination and became Patriarch. A man of great physical stature and great zeal for Orthodoxy, Tarasius accepted this undesired state in order to help in the struggle of Orthodoxy against heresy, especially that of Iconoclasm. He was responsible for the summoning of the 7th Ecumenical Council in Nicaea in 787, where the iconoclasts were condemned and the veneration of the holy icons was restored and confirmed. Tarasius was very compassionate to the poor and indigent, building them shelters and feeding them, but he was decisive with those in power in the defence of faith and morals. When the Emperor Constantine divorced his lawful wife, Maria, and took a kinswoman to live with him, seeking the Patriarch"s blessing to remarry, Tarasius not only withheld his blessing, but first counselled and then reproached him, and finally excommunicated him, As death approached, those round him saw him answering the demons: "I am not guilty of that sin, nor of that one", until he was incapable of speech. He then began defending himself with his arms, driving them away from him. As he breathed his last, his face shone as with the light of the sun. This truly great hierarch entered into rest in 806. He had governed the Church for 22 years and four months.

Our Holy Father Paphnutius of Kephala

This saint was a contemporary of St Antony the Great. It is said of him that he wore the same habit for eighty years. St Antony valued him highly and said to all that he was a true ascetic, able to heal and to save souls.

March 2017
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   Saint Flavian, Archbishop of Antioch
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Saint Finan
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St Flavian
3
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Our Holy Father Dositheus
4
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The Hieromartyr Sadok
5
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St John III Scholasticus, Patriarch of Constantinople
6
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St Papius of Hierapolis
7
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Saint Boisil or Boswell
8
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Saint Cumein, Abbot of Iona
9
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Our Holy Father Paphnutius of Kephala
10
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The Holy Martyr John Calpha (Kalphes)
11
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The Holy Martyr Julian the Gout-Sufferer
12
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Blessed Nicolas, the Fool for Christ of Pskov
13
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Saint David of Wales
14
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St. Sabbatius, monk, of Tver (1434), and his disciple St. Euphrosynus (1460)
15
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Sts. Zeno and Zoilus
16
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Venerable Gerasimus, monk, of Vologda (1178)
17
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Monk-martyr Adrian, abbot of Poshekhonye and his fellow-ascetic St. Leonidas
18
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Icon of the Mother of God “Czestochowa”
19
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St. Ephraim, Patriarch of Antioch (546)
20
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Venerable Lazarus of Murom
21
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St Caesarius, brother of St Gregory the Theologian
22
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Martyr Marcian
23
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St. Theodora, queen of Arta, wife of Despot Michael II of Epirus (1275)
24
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Righteous Phineas the grandson of Aaron
25
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Martyr Sabinus (Abibus) of Egypt (303)
26
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St Theognostus, Metropolitan of Kiev
27
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Venerable Nicander, monk, of Gorodets (Novgorod) (1603)
28
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St. Serapion, archbishop of Novgorod (1516)
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Monk-martyr Paul of Crete (767)
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The 10,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia
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Moon phases for March , 2017 (Serbia)
05 Mar 2017 First Quarter
12 Mar 2017 Full Moon
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