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The Holy Prophet Nahum

The Holy Prophet NahumBorn of the tribe of Simeon in a place called Elkosh, on the further side of the Jordan, he lived seven hundred years before Christ and foretold the fall of Nineveh two hundred years after the Prophet Jonah. The people of Nineveh had repented after hearing Jonah"s preaching, and God had protected them and not destroyed them. But, with the passage of time, they came to forget God"s mercy and turned again to evil. Nahum foretold their doom, warning them that, if they showed no repentance, they would receive no protection. The entire city was so utterly destroyed by earthquake, flood and fire that its location is no longer known. Holy Nahum lived for forty-five years before going to his rest in the Lord, leaving us a small book of his true and genuine prophecies.

St Philaret the Merciful

St Philaret the MercifulFrom the village of Amnia in Paphlagonia, Philaret was at first a man of some substance, but, as a result of his constant almsgiving, he became utterly destitute. He was not afraid of poverty, and went on with his charitable works with trust in the Lord who has said: "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy", paying no attention to the disapproval of his wife and children. Once, when he was ploughing in his meadow, a man came to him with the news of the death of his ox in harness, and of his inability to plough with only one ox, so Philaret unhamessed his own and gave it to him. He gave away his remaining horse to a man who was called away to battle, and the calf from his remaining cow - and, when he saw how the cow pined after her calf, gave the man the cow as well. And so the aged Philaret was left hungry in an empty house. But he prayed to God, entrusting himself to Him. God does not abandon the righteous man, allowing him to be shamed in his hope. At that time, the Empress Irene was on the throne with her young son Constantine and, in accordance with the custom of the time, the Empress sent men through the whole Empire to find the best and most distinguished maiden to wed her son. By divine Providence, these men happened upon Philaret"s home and beheld his very beautiful and modest grand-daughter Maria, the daughter of Hypatia, and they took her to Constantinople. The Emperor was well-pleased with her and took her to wife, and brought Philaret and all his family to the capital, showering honour and wealth upon them. Philaret did not become proud in this change of fortune but, with gratitude to God, performed still greater deeds of charity than before, remaining thus for the rest of his days. At the age of ninety, he called all his children to him and, having blessed them and instructed them to cleave to God and His Law, foretold to each of them how their lives would develop, just as our forefather Jacob did aforetime. When he had done this, he went to a monastery and there gave his soul into God"s hands. At his death, his face shone like the sun and a sweet fragrance arose from his body, and miracles were worked over his relics. This righteous man of God went to his rest in 797. His wife and all his children and grandchildren lived and died in the Lord.

April 2014
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  New Martyr Nicholas of Karamanos in Smyrna (1657)
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St. martyr Longinus
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Martyrs Philemon and Domnina of Rome
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Martyrs Callinica and Basilissa of Rome (2nd c.)
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Saint Ipomoni - holy and right believing Empress Helen Dragas Palaiologos
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Martyrs Stephen and Peter of Kazan (1552)
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St. Senuphius the Wonderworker of Latomos (9th c.)
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Martyr Pullius the Reader.
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Prophet Hanani (Ananias)
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Venerable Hilarion, monk, of Gdov (Pskov) (1476)
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Venerables Jonah (1480) and Mark of the Pskov Caves
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Hieromartyr Zacharias, bishop of Corinth (1684)
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+++ Palm Sunday (The Entry of our Lord into Jerusalem) - Cveti
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Martyrs Geroncius and Basilides (3rd c.)
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Virgin-martyr Theodora of Palestine
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Venerable Nectarius, abbot, of Bezhetsk (1492
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Thursday of Passion Week, Holy Thursday
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+++ Holy Friday, Good Friday
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Holy Saturday
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strict fast
+++ Easter, Holy Pascha
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+++ Bright Monday, Renewal Monday
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+++  Bright Tuesday, Renewal Tuesday
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New Martyr Demos of Smyrna (1763)
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Venerables Euthymius (1456) and Chariton (1509), abbots of Syanzhema
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St. Basil, bishop of Ryazan (1295)
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Martyr Eleutherius of Persia (4th c.)
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New Martyr Demetrius of the Peloponnesus, who suffered at Tripoli (1803)
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St. Leonidas, bishop of Athens
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Monk-martyr Christopher
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Venerable Macarius of Corinth (1805)
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Moon phases for April , 2014 (Serbia)
07 Apr 2014 First Quarter
15 Apr 2014 Full Moon
22 Apr 2014 Third Quarter
29 Apr 2014 New Moon


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