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Ss Joachim and Anna

Ss Joachim and AnnaSt Joachim was of the tribe of Judah, and a descendant of King David. Anna was the daughter of Matthan the priest, of the tribe of Levi as was Aaron the High Priest. This Matthan had three daughters: Mary, Zoia and Anna. Mary was married in Bethlehem and bore Salome; Zoia was also married in Bethlehem and bore Elisabeth, the mother of St John the Forerunner; and Anna was married in Nazareth to Joachim, and in old age gave birth to Mary, the most holy Mother of God. Joachim and Anna had been married for fifty years, and were barren. They lived devoutly and quietly, using only a third of their income for themselves and giving a third to the poor and a third to the Temple, and they were well provided for. Once, when they were already old and were in Jerusalem to offer sacrifice to God, the High Priest, Issachar, upbraided Joachim: "You are not worthy to offer sacrifice with those childless hands." Others who had children jostled Joachim, thrusting him back as unworthy. This caused great grief to the two aged souls, and they went home with very heavy hearts. Then the two of them gave themselves to prayer to God that He would work in them the wonder that He had worked in Abraham and Sarah, and give them a child to comfort their old age. God sent them His angel, who gave them tidings of the birth of "a daughter most blessed, by whom all the nations of the earth will be blessed, and through whom will come the salvation of the world." Anna conceived at once, and in the ninth month gave birth to the holy Virgin Mary. St Joachim lived for eighty years and Anna for seventy-nine, and they both entered into the kingdom of God.

Commemoration of the Third Ecumenical Council

Commemoration of the Third Ecumenical CouncilThis Council met in 431 in Ephesus, in the time of the Emperor Theodosius the Younger. Two hundred fathers gathered at it. The Council condemned Nestorius, Patriarch of Constantinople, for his heretical teaching on the most holy Virgin Mary and the birth of the Lord. Nestorius would not call the holy Virgin the Mother of God, but only the Mother of Christ. The holy fathers, in condemning Nestorius"s teaching, confirmed that the holy Virgin be called the Mother of God. Besides this, it confirmed the decisions of the First and Second Councils, especially the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed, laying down that no-one may add anything to, or take anything from, this Creed.

The Holy Martyr Severian

The Holy Martyr SeverianHe was a nobleman of Sebaste. At the time of the martyrdom of the Forty Martyrs of Sebaste (March 9th), he succoured them in prison, encouraging and serving them. After their glorious death, he was also-arrested, whipped and tortured for Christ, and finally hanged from a tree with a heavy stone round his neck and another hanging from his feet. Praising God for everything, he breathed his last in the reign of the Emperor Licinius, in the year 320.

St Theophanes, Confessor and Faster

St Theophanes, Confessor and FasterAfter a life pleasing to God, in which he underwent much suffering for Christ, he died peacefully in the year 299.

St Nicetas the Man of God

St Nicetas the Man of GodHe lived in Constantinople in the twelfth century. His life was so pleasing to God that the doors of the church opened of themselves before him, and the icon-lamps lit spontaneously. At the desire of Sozon, a deacon, and at Nicetas"s prayers, a priest with whom Sozon had quarrelled and with whom he remained estranged, appeared from the other world. There appeared first a row of priests robed in white, then a row in red vestments. Sozon recognised his adversary among them, and made his peace with him. This happened at night in the church at Blachernae.

Martyr Chariton

Martyr Chariton

Venerable Joseph, abbot of Volokolamsk (or Volotsk) (1515)

Venerable Joseph, abbot of Volokolamsk (or Volotsk) (1515)The Monk Joseph of Volotsk, in the world John (Ioann) Sanin, was born on 14 November 1440 (1439 per another source) in the village of Yazvisch-Pokrov, not far from the city of Volokolamsk. He was born into a pious family with his father named Ioann (in monasticism Ioannikii) and Mother Marina (in schema Maria). The seven year old lad John was given over for education to the pious and enlightened starets (elder) of the Volokolamsk Kresto-Vozdvizhensk (Exaltation of the Cross) monastery, Arsenii...

Martyr Straton



Venerable Joachim, abbot of Opochka Monastery (Pskov) (1550)

The Venerable Joachim, founder and abbot of the now abolished Opochka St. Elias Monastery 20 versts (about 13 miles) from the city of Porkhov (Pskov Government). He was tonsured at the end of the 16th and the beginning of the 17th century. His relics repose under the porch of the church of his abolished monastery.

Uncovering of the relics (1896) of St. Theodosius, archbishop of Chernigov (1696)

Uncovering of the relics (1896) of St. Theodosius, archbishop of Chernigov (1696)Sainted Theodosii (Feodosii), Archbishop of Chernigov, was born at the beginning of the decade of the thirties of the XVII Century in Podol'sk governance. He was descended from an old court-nobility lineage, the Polonitsky-Uglitsky's. His parents were the priest Nikita and Maria. The piety prevailing within the family of the future saint contributed greatly to the spiritual growth of the boy. From childhood he distinguished himself with his gentleness and disposition towards prayer. The innate abilities of the youth came to light in the Kievo-Bratsk college at the Kiev Theophany monastery...

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
14
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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
21
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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
27
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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


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