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The Holy Martyr Codratus of Corinth, and others with him

The Holy Martyr Codratus of Corinth, and others with himIn a time of persecution of Christians, many of the faithful fled to the mountains and caves. The mother of this Codratus did so. She was pregnant just at that time, and gave birth to Codratus in a forest, dying almost at once. He was kept safe and fed by the providence of God and his guardian angel. Codratus grew up in solitude with nature. He who gave manna from heaven to the Israelites in the wilderness released a sweet dew from a cloud onto the mouth of the child Codratus. When he was twelve years old, he went down to the town, and there some good people took a fancy to him and educated him. He studied medicine and then began to heal the sick, using both natural medicines and, more importantly, the spiritual power and prayer which had been with him from childhood. When a new persecution arose under Decius, Codratus was taken for trial and thrown into prison. Five of his friends stood beside him and confessed the name of Christ. They were: Cyprian, Dionysius, Anectus, Paul and Crescens. They were all dragged through the streets and struck with sticks and stones by the unbelievers, especially by the children, until they arrived at the scaffold. Here the martyrs prayed to God and were beheaded with the sword. A spring of water gushed out onto the earth at the spot, which to this day is called by Codratus"s name and commemorates the heroic death for Christ of the holy six. They suffered with honour for the truth in Corinth in the year 250, in the time of the Emperor Decius and his governor Jason.

The Holy Martyr Codratus of Nicomedia

The Holy Martyr Codratus of NicomediaHe was a rich nobleman and also a convinced and baptised Christian. In a time of persecution, when Valerian shut up many Christians in jail, Codratus bribed the warder and went into the prison to bring the captives food and uphold them in their faith. When they were brought before the judge and questioned about their names, place of origin and status, they were silent. Then Codratus appeared behind them and shouted at the top of his voice: "By name, we are Christians; servants of Jesus Christ the Lord by office and birth, and our city and place of origin is heaven." After this declaration he was brought to trial, and after long and harsh torture was beheaded along with the others.

Our Holy Mother Anastasia

Our Holy Mother AnastasiaA patrician, she was a lady-in-waiting at the court of the Emperor Justinian. When she was widowed, and saw that the Empress Theodora could not abide her, she suddenly disappeared from Constantinople and took herself off to the Egyptian desert. A famous spiritual guide, Abba Daniel, tonsured her and presented her as the castrated monk Anastasius, by her wish, so that she might, as a woman under a man"s name, more easily evade the imperial searchers. Anastasia shut herself in a narrow cell, where she spent 28 years and where she entered into rest in the year 563. Before her death, the elder Daniel saw her face shining like the sun.

The Holy Martyr Michael (Maurudisos) of Soluneia

The Holy Martyr Michael (Maurudisos) of SoluneiaThe New Martyr Michael of Agrapha, Thessalonica was by occupation a bread merchant. For his refusal to accept Islam he was burned by the Turks in the year 1544.

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March 2017
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   Saint Flavian, Archbishop of Antioch
1
water
Saint Finan
2
oil & wine
St Flavian
3
water
Our Holy Father Dositheus
4
oil & wine
The Hieromartyr Sadok
5
oil & wine
St John III Scholasticus, Patriarch of Constantinople
6
water
St Papius of Hierapolis
7
water
Saint Boisil or Boswell
8
water
Saint Cumein, Abbot of Iona
9
oil & wine
Our Holy Father Paphnutius of Kephala
10
water
The Holy Martyr John Calpha (Kalphes)
11
oil & wine
The Holy Martyr Julian the Gout-Sufferer
12
oil & wine
Blessed Nicolas, the Fool for Christ of Pskov
13
water
Saint David of Wales
14
water
St. Sabbatius, monk, of Tver (1434), and his disciple St. Euphrosynus (1460)
15
water
Sts. Zeno and Zoilus
16
water
Venerable Gerasimus, monk, of Vologda (1178)
17
water
Monk-martyr Adrian, abbot of Poshekhonye and his fellow-ascetic St. Leonidas
18
oil & wine
Icon of the Mother of God “Czestochowa”
19
oil & wine
St. Ephraim, Patriarch of Antioch (546)
20
water
Venerable Lazarus of Murom
21
water
St Caesarius, brother of St Gregory the Theologian
22
oil & wine
Martyr Marcian
23
water
St. Theodora, queen of Arta, wife of Despot Michael II of Epirus (1275)
24
water
Righteous Phineas the grandson of Aaron
25
oil & wine
Martyr Sabinus (Abibus) of Egypt (303)
26
oil & wine
St Theognostus, Metropolitan of Kiev
27
water
Venerable Nicander, monk, of Gorodets (Novgorod) (1603)
28
water
St. Serapion, archbishop of Novgorod (1516)
29
oil
Monk-martyr Paul of Crete (767)
30
oil
The 10,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia
31
oil & wine
 
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05 Mar 2017 First Quarter
12 Mar 2017 Full Moon
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