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St Leo the First, Pope of Rome

St Leo the First, Pope of RomeBorn in Italy of devout parents, he was first archdeacon with Pope Sixtus the Third, then elected against his own will to the papal throne after Sixtus's death. When Attila drew near to Rome with his Huns and prepared to ravage and bum the city, Leo went out to him in his episcopal vestments, tamed the wrath of the Hun leader and averted the fall of Rome. Attila was willing to be guided by Leo both because of his holiness and because of a vision he had of the Apostles Peter and Paul, standing behind Leo and threatening Attila with a flaming sword. Leo not only saved Rome, he also contributed greatly to the safeguarding of Orthodoxy against the heresy of Eutyches and Dioscorus. This heresy consisted in the merging of the divine and human natures of Christ into one, and, following from this, the denial of the existence of two wills in the Person of our Lord and Saviour. This led to the summoning of the Fourth Ecumenical Council at Chalcedon, at which St Leo's Epistle was read - a letter which St Leo, after writing it, had placed on the tomb of St Peter, and which St Peter had corrected. As death drew near, he spent forty days in fasting and prayer by the tomb of the Apostle Peter, begging him to tell him if his sins were forgiven. The Apostle appeared to him and assured him that they were, except for his sins in the ordaining of priests (from which it is seen how grave a sin it is to ordain an unworthy man). The saint fell to prayer again, until he was told that these also were wiped out. Then he gave his soul to the Lord in peace. St Leo entered into rest in the year 461.

St Flavian

St FlavianHe was Patriarch of Constantinople after St Proclus, in 446, and was a contemporary of Pope Leo. He battled firmly against Eutyches and Dioscorus, but did not live to see the triumph of Orthodoxy at the Fourth Council, for, before that, he was so mercilessly thrashed and trampled on at a heretical council in Ephesus that he died there. He was a faithful soldier of Christ and a courageous defender and confessor of the Orthodox faith. He entered into rest in 449.

December 2016
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    New Martyrs Anastasius of Epirus and Daniel (1750)
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Martyres 150 soldiers (284)
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Martyrs Azades, Sasonius, Thecla, and Anna (343)
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St. Yaropolk-Peter, prince of Vladimir in Volhynia (1086)
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Martyr Agapion of Greece (304)
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New Martyr Archimandrite Gregory (Peradze) of Georgia (1942.)
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St. Malchus of Chalcis in Syria (5th c.)
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Venerable Peter the Silent, of Galata, Syria (429)
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St. Silas, bishop of Persidos
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Venerable Palladius of Thessalonica (6th-7th c.)
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St. Theodore, bishop of Theodosiopolis in Armenia (end of 6th c.)
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St. Mardarije of Libertyville
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Hierarch Samuel, Second Catholicos of Georgia
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St Philaret the Merciful
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St Jesse, Bishop of Tsiklan
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Our Holy Father Sava of Storozhev
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St Gennadius, Archbishop of Novgorod
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Our Holy Fathers Karyon and Zachariah
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St Theophilus, Bishop of Antioch
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Our Holy Father Nilus of Stolobnoye
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The Holy Martyrs in Africa
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St Sophronius, Archbishop of Cyprus
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Our Holy Father Thomas of Bithynia
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The Holy Martyr Meirax
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The Holy Martyr Synesius
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The Hieromartyr Gavrilo, Patriarch of Serbia
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The Holy Martyrs Philemon, Apollonius, Arrian and others
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Our Holy Father Pardus the Solitary
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St Theophano the Empress
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Our Holy Fathers, the New Martyrs Paisius and Habakkuk (Avakum)
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St Modestus, Patriarch of Jerusalem
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Moon phases for December , 2016 (Serbia)
07 Dec 2016 First Quarter
14 Dec 2016 Full Moon
21 Dec 2016 Third Quarter
29 Dec 2016 New Moon