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The Holy Apostles Herodion, Agabus, Rufus, Asyncritus, Phlegon and Hermas

The Holy Apostles Herodion, Agabus, Rufus, Asyncritus, Phlegon and 
HermasThey were all among the Seventy, and are all mentioned by St Paul in his Epistles. Herodion was a kinsman of Paul's: 'Salute Herodion my kinsman', he writes to the Romans (16:11). Herodion suffered greatly at the hands of the Jews as Bishop of Neoparthia; he was beaten about the head, stoned on the mouth and stabbed in the legs. When they had left him for dead, St Herodion arose and continued to serve the apostles. He helped the Apostle Peter in Rome, and was beheaded along with many other Christians on the same day that Peter was crucified. St Agabus had a spirit of prophecy. Two of his prophecies are recorded in the Acts of the Apostles. First, he prophesied a great famine throughout the world, which came to pass in the time of Claudius Caesar (Acts 11:28). The second was when he met the Apostle Paul in Caesarea. Paul was on his way to Jerusalem, and Agabus took Paul's girdle and bound himself hand and foot, saying: 'Thus saith the Holy Spirit: so shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle' (21:11). St Rufus was Bishop of Thebes in Greece. The Apostle Paul mentions him also: 'Salute Rufus, chosen in the Lord' (Rom. 16:13). St Asyncritus (Rom. 16:14) was Bishop of Hyrcania in Asia, St Phlegon, who is mentioned in the same place as St Rufus, was bishop in the Thracian city of Marathon. St Hermas, mentioned with the others, was bishop in Dalmatia. All these, with bee-like industry, spread the Gospel, suffering greatly for the love of Christ. They all went to the eternal Kingdom of their beloved Christ.

St Niphon, Bishop of Novgorod

St Niphon, Bishop of NovgorodHe was adorned with zeal in the building and repairing of churches and with great courage in opposing tyrannical princes. Thirteen days before his death, St Theodosius appeared to him and predicted his imminent departure to the other world. He entered into rest in 1156.

St Celestine, Bishop of Rome

St Celestine, Bishop of RomeA great zealot for the Orthodox faith, he wrote an epistle against the Nestorian heresy at the time of the Third Ecumenical Council. He entered peacefully into rest in 432.

Martyr Pausilippus of Heraclea in Thrace (117-138)

Martyr Pausilippus of Heraclea in Thrace (117-138)The Holy Martyr Pausilipos suffered under the emperor Adrian (117-138). Through denunciation by pagans he was led to trial before the emperor and staunchly declared himself a Christian. They beat him with iron rods and handed over to the governor named Precius, who for a long time attempted to make the martyr offer sacrifice to idols. The martyr remained steadfast, and finally the governor gave orders to fetter him and take him off to execution...

New Martyr John Naukliros ("the Navigator") in Thessaly (1699

New Martyr John Naukliros (The Holy Martyr John the Shipmaster (Naukleros) suffered a psychological sickness. One time, when he was found in an unconscious state, the Turks made over him the rite of conversion to their religion. Coming to his senses, the saint angrily threw from his head the symbol of Islam – the turban. He bitterly bewailed the indignity that had occurred and continued to live as a Christian. The Turks then threw the martyr into prison. Neither lecturings, nor beatings, nor threats could bend the will of the saint, and he repeatedly replied: "I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and I refuse your faith". After many torments they burnt the martyr in the city of Koe on 8 April 1669.

April 2017
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      New Martyr Nicholas of Karamanos in Smyrna (1657)
1
oil & wine
St. martyr Longinus
2
oil & wine
Martyrs Philemon and Domnina of Rome
3
water
Martyrs Callinica and Basilissa of Rome (2nd c.)
4
water
Saint Ipomoni - holy and right believing Empress Helen Dragas Palaiologos
5
water
Martyrs Stephen and Peter of Kazan (1552)
6
water
St. Senuphius the Wonderworker of Latomos (9th c.)
7
fish
Martyr Pullius the Reader.
8
oil & wine
+++ Palm Sunday (The Entry of our Lord into Jerusalem) - Cveti
9
fish
Venerable Hilarion, monk, of Gdov (Pskov) (1476)
10
water
Venerables Jonah (1480) and Mark of the Pskov Caves
11
water
Hieromartyr Zacharias, bishop of Corinth (1684)
12
water
Thursday of Passion Week, Holy Thursday
13
oil & wine
+++ Holy Friday, Good Friday
14
strict fast
Holy Saturday
15
strict fast
+++ Easter, Holy Pascha
16
fast-free
+++ Bright Monday, Renewal Monday
17
fast-free
+++  Bright Tuesday, Renewal Tuesday
18
fast-free
New Martyrs Manuel, Theodore, George, Michael, and another George, of Samothrace (1835)
19
fast-free
Venerable Leucius, abbot of Volokolamsk (1492)
20
fast-free
New Martyr John Naukliros ("the Navigator") in Thessaly (1699
21
fast-free
Newly revealed Martyrs Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene of Lesbos (1463)
22
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New Martyr Demos of Smyrna (1763)
23
fast-free
Venerables Euthymius (1456) and Chariton (1509), abbots of Syanzhema
24
fast-free
St. Basil, bishop of Ryazan (1295)
25
fast-free
Martyr Eleutherius of Persia (4th c.)
26
oil
New Martyr Demetrius of the Peloponnesus, who suffered at Tripoli (1803)
27
fast-free
St. Leonidas, bishop of Athens
28
oil
Monk-martyr Christopher
29
fast-free
Venerable Macarius of Corinth (1805)
30
fast-free
      
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