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Our Holy Father, the Martyr Dometius

Our Holy Father, the Martyr DometiusBorn a pagan in Persia in the time of the Emperor Constantine, he came to know the Christian faith as a young man, forsook his paganism and received baptism. He was so enchanted with the true Faith that he left all worldly things and became a monk in a monastery near the town of Nisibis. He lived among the brethren for some time, then withdrew into silence, going to Archimandrite Urbel, of whom it is said that, for sixty years, he never ate anything cooked. Urbel made him a deacon, but, when he wanted to make him a priest, Dometian fled to a distant mountain and settled in a cave there. He attained such perfection through fasting, prayer, vigils and meditation that he was able to heal the sick. When Julian the Apostate came to that place, he heard of Dometius and sent men to wall him up alive in the cave, with two of his disciples. Thus died this saint of God, in 363, and went to the Kingdom of God.

Our Holy Father Or (St. Horus)

Our Holy Father Or (St. Horus)A solitary of the Thebaid, he achieved great perfection through very great asceticism. When he had become established in stability and dedicated to solitude, he founded several monasteries one after the other, and was an outstanding spiritual guide and the instructor of many monks. Rufinus, who visited him, writes thus of him: "In appearance, he is like an angel of God; an old man of ninety with a long, snow-white beard. The impression left by his presence is delightful. His gaze is imbued with a more than human radiance." He strove never to tell a lie, saw angels of God many times and also underwent great temptations from demons, but soberly and courageously overcame them all. He received Communion every day. Once, one of his disciples reminded him that Easter had come, and that he must celebrate it. Hearing this, he went outside, raised his hands to heaven and spent three days in unbroken prayer. Then he explained to his disciples: "This is the monk"s celebration of Easter: the lifting up of the mind to unity with God." He entered into rest in great old age in about 390.

The Holy Martyrs Marinus and Asterius

The first was a soldier and the second a Roman senator. In the time of the Emperor Gallienus, holy Marinus was serving as a soldier in Caesarea in Palestine. He was beheaded for his Christian faith. The senator Asterius was watching his suffering, himself being a Christian. He took off his toga, wrapped the martyr"s body in it, took the body on his shoulders and bore it away to give it burial. Pagans who witnessed this beheaded him also. They suffered for honour with Christ in about 260.

Our Holy Father Pimen the Much-Ailing

Our Holy Father Pimen the Much-AilingHe was sickly from his youth, and from his youth desired monasticism. Brought to the Monastery of the Caves for healing, he remained there till his death. He prayed more for sickness than for health. One night, angels appeared to him and tonsured him as a monk, telling him at the same time that he would be sick until his death, and would be healed at that moment. And so it was; he lay sick for twenty years, working wonders even during his lifetime and being possessed of a rare gift of discernment. At the time of his death, he got up from his bed completely healed, immediately prepared his grave and entered into rest in the Lord, in the year 1110.

The Hieromartyr Narcissus, Patriarch of Jerusalem

The Hieromartyr Narcissus, Patriarch of JerusalemHe was beheaded in the time of Antoninus, in the year 211, at the age of a hundred and sixteen.

Venerable Dometius of Philotheou, Mt. Athos (16th c.)

Venerable Dometius of Philotheou, Mt. Athos (16th c.)The Monk Dometios was an Athonite elder. He pursued silence at the Philotheos monastery together with the MonkMartyr Damian the Philotheite (Comm. 23 February), who suffered under cruel tortures by the Turks in the year 1568.

Venerable Hyperechius of The Paradise



Virgin Potamia of Alexandria

The Monastic Martyress Potamia the Wonderworker died under the sword. But sometimes the saint is incorrectly listed as the Monk Potamius the Wonderworker.

Venerable Sozon of Nicomedia



Venerable Theodosius the New, healer of Peloponnesus (862)

Venerable Theodosius the New, healer of Peloponnesus (862)

Holy Ten Thousand Ascetics of Thebes



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)
5
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New Martyr Archimandrite Gregory (Peradze) of Georgia (1942.)
6
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St. Malchus of Chalcis in Syria (5th c.)
7
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Venerable Peter the Silent, of Galata, Syria (429)
8
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St. Silas, bishop of Persidos
9
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Venerable Palladius of Thessalonica (6th-7th c.)
10
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St. Theodore, bishop of Theodosiopolis in Armenia (end of 6th c.)
11
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St. Mardarije of Libertyville
12
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Hierarch Samuel, Second Catholicos of Georgia
13
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St Philaret the Merciful
14
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St Jesse, Bishop of Tsiklan
15
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Our Holy Father Sava of Storozhev
16
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St Gennadius, Archbishop of Novgorod
17
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Our Holy Fathers Karyon and Zachariah
18
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St Theophilus, Bishop of Antioch
19
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Our Holy Father Nilus of Stolobnoye
20
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The Holy Martyrs in Africa
21
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St Sophronius, Archbishop of Cyprus
22
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Our Holy Father Thomas of Bithynia
23
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The Holy Martyr Meirax
24
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The Holy Martyr Synesius
25
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The Hieromartyr Gavrilo, Patriarch of Serbia
26
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The Holy Martyrs Philemon, Apollonius, Arrian and others
27
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Our Holy Father Pardus the Solitary
28
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St Theophano the Empress
29
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Our Holy Fathers, the New Martyrs Paisius and Habakkuk (Avakum)
30
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St Modestus, Patriarch of Jerusalem
31
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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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