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St Eutychius, Patriarch of Constantinople

St Eutychius, Patriarch of ConstantinopleBorn in Phrygia of devout parents, he was the son of an officer. Once, Eutychius was playing with some other children of his own age, their game being to write their names on a wall and put beside them the rank that they reckoned they would have in life. When Eutychius' turn came, he wrote: 'Eutychius - Patriarch!' He became abbot of a monastery in Amasea at the age of thirty, and ten years later the Metropolitan of Amasea sent him to the Fifth Ecumenical Council in 553 as his representative. At the Council, he shone like a bright star among the Church fathers, both for his learning and his devotion. When a quarrel arose about whether heretics could be anathernatised after their deaths or not, he supported his belief that they could by citing III Kings (A.V. I Kings) 13:1-8, and IV Kings (AN. II Kings) 23:16. He became greatly liked by both Emperor Justinian and Patriarch Menas. The Emperor very frequently turned to him for advice, and Menas (at that time very rich) designated him his heir and asked the Emperor to ensure that this happened. And so it came to pass. Eutychius governed the Church in peace for twelve years. But then the devil raised a storm against him. This storm reached the Emperor Justinian himself. The Emperor was deluded and fell into the Monophysite heresy of Aphthartodocetism, which taught the falsehood that the Lord Jesus, before the Resurrection, had a divine and uncorrupting body, not feeling hunger or thirst or pain. Eutychius stood firmly against this heresy, for which the Emperor sent him into exile to his first monastery. There Eutychius lived for twelve years and eight months, being shown to be a great wonder-worker, healing people of various diseases by his prayers and by anointing with holy oil. Justinian repented and died, and his successor, Justin 11, called Eutychius back to the patriarchal throne, on which this saint remained till his death, governing the Church of God in peace. In 582. at the age of seventy, he went to the Kingdom of Christ the Lord; the Lord whom he had served so faithfully and courageously all his life.

The 120 Holy Martyrs in Persia

When the Persian King Sapor plundered the Byzantine lands, he took 120 Christians into slavery. He put pressure on them to deny Christ and worship fire, but in vain. He then threw them into the fire and burned them alive. Among these martyrs were nine virgins, consecrated to God. They all suffered with honour between 344 and 347, and went to the courts of Christ the King.

St Platonida (Platonis) of Nisibis, Syria

St Platonida (Platonis) of Nisibis, SyriaSaint Platonida was at first a deaconess, but afterwards withdrew into the Nisibis desert, where she organized a women’s monastery. The Rule of her monastery was distinguished for its strictness. The sisters partook of food only once a day. When they were not praying, they spent their time in monastic labors and various obediences...

Venerable Gregory the Sinaite (1346)

Venerable Gregory the Sinaite (1346)

Venerable Gregory the Byzantine

Venerable Gregory the ByzantineSaint Gregory was a native of Constantinople, and pursued an ascetic life on Mt. Athos in the Lavra of St Athanasius (July 5). He was the spiritual guide of St Gregory Palamas (November 14).

Martyrs Jeremiah and Archilias the Presbyter

The Holy Martyrs Jeremiah and the Priest Archilius (Alchimius) accepted martyr's death in the III Century. Sainted Gregory Dialogos (+ 604; Comm. 12 March) has an account about them.

New Monk-martyr Gennadius of Dionysiou (1818)

Dionysiou, Mt. Athos, who suffered at Constantinople (1818)

2 Martyrs from Ascalon

On this day are commemorated 2 Martyrs from Ascalon, buried up to their loins.

New Martyrs Manuel, Theodore, George, Michael, and another George, of Samothrace (1835)

New Martyrs Manuel, Theodore, George, Michael, and another George, of Samothrace (1835)

February 2015
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Venerable Cosmas, of the Monastery of St. John Chrysostom, at Koutsovendis, Cyprus
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Saint Leo the Great (Leo Marcellus)
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Saint Zosimas, Bishop of Syracuse (662)
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St. Joseph Samakus the Sanctified of Crete (1511)
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The Holy Two Martyrs of Parium
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Martyr John of Kazan
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St. Castinus, bishop of Byzantium
7
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Saint Joseph, Archbishop of Thessalonica
8
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Venerable Peter of Egypt
9
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Venerable Theodosius the Abbot of Totma, Vologda
10
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New Martyr Demetrius of Chios (1802)
11
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Venerable Zeno the Hermit of Antioch the Disciple of St Basil the Great
12
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New Martyr Elias (Ardunis) of Mt. Athos
13
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Sts. David, Symeon and George, confessors of Mitylene
14
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New Martyr Gabriel at Constantinople (1676)
15
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Right-Believing Prince Roman of Uglich
16
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Martyr Theoctistus (1686
17
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Martyr Evagrius and Macarius in Cilicia
18
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Venerable John of Thebes, monk
19
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Martyr Theopemptus
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Saint Pergetus
21
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Saint Romanus the Wonderworker of Cilicia
22
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Venerable Longinus of Koryazhemsk, Vologda
23
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St Vsevolod (in holy baptism Gabriel) the Wonderworker of Pskov
24
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Hieromartyr Urban us, bishop of Rome (223-230)
25
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Apostle and Martyr Aquila, and Priscilla
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New Martyr George the Tailor of Mitylene, at Constantinople (1693)
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Synaxis of Saint John the Theologian at Diaconissa
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Moon phases for February , 2015 (Serbia)
03 Feb 2015 Full Moon
11 Feb 2015 Third Quarter
18 Feb 2015 New Moon
25 Feb 2015 First Quarter