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The Holy Apostle Philip

The Holy Apostle PhilipBorn in Palestinian Caesarea, he was married and had four daughters, all four endowed by God with the gift of discernment and all four vowed virgins for the sake of Christ (Acts 21:8-9). When the holy apostles chose deacons, Philip was chosen along with Stephen and the others (6:5). Philip served the poor and the widows with great fervour. When persecution fell on the Christians in Jerusalem, he fled to Samaria and there preached the Gospel and witnessed to it by many miracles, driving out demons, healing the sick and so forth. Seeing the miracles of the holy apostle, Simon the Magician was baptised. St Philip also baptised the eunuch of Queen Candace. After that, an angel of God suddenly and invisibly bore him away to Azotus, where he taught and preached, bringing many to Christ (Acts 8). He was later made bishop in Tralles. He died peacefully in great old age, and entered into the joy of his Lord.

Commemoration of the Seventh Ecumenical Council

This Council was held in 787 in Nicaea, in the reign of the devout Empress Irene and her son Constantine, and in the time of Patriarch Tarasius. This Council finally upheld the veneration of icons, expounding it from Holy Scripture, the witness of the holy fathers and the examples of miracles in connection with the holy icons. Among other examples cited, the Cypriot bishop, Constantine, brought forward this one: A herdsman from the city of Constantia, driving his flock out to pasture one day, saw an icon of the Mother of God adorned with flowers by the devout. 'Why give so much honour to a rock?', said the herdsman, obviously brought up in iconoclasm, and threw his iron stave at the icon, damaging the right eye of the Mother of God. As soon as he had left that spot, he stumbled over the same stave and put out his own right eye. Returning blinded to the city, he cried out tearfully that it was a punishment from the Mother of God. This Council also decided that the relics of the martyrs be placed in the antimins.* Three hundred and sixty-seven fathers took part in the Council. May the Lord have mercy on us and save us by their prayers. *Antimins: a cloth containing relics of the saints that is spread on the Holy Table for the celebration of the Liturgy - Tr.

Our Holy Father Theophanes the Hymnographer (the Branded)

Our Holy Father Theophanes the Hymnographer (the Branded)A confessor and writer of Canons, he was born in Arabia of wealthy and devout parents. With his brother Theodore (see Dec. 27th), he became a monk in the monastery of St Sava the Sanctified. Being very well-educated monks, they were sent by Patriarch Thomas of Jerusalem to Leo the Armenian, to explain things to the Emperor and defend the veneration of icons. The wicked Emperor inflicted harsh torture on these two holy brothers and threw them into prison. Later, the iconoclast Emperor Theophilus continued their torture, and, to expose them to the world"s ridicule, commanded that derisory words be branded on their faces. At the end of the iconoclast controversy, Theophanes was freed and quickly made bishop. He suffered for the holy icons for twenty-five years, writing a hundred and forty-five Canons in that time. He died peacefully in 847, and entered into the joy of his Lord.

St Nectarius, Patriarch of Constantinople

St Nectarius, Patriarch of ConstantinopleAs a layman and a high-ranking court official, he was chosen as Patriarch after St Gregory the Theologian, in 381. He was distinguished by a deep understanding, tact and zeal for the Church. He entered peacefully into rest in 397.

The Holy Martyrs Zinais and Philonilla

The Holy Martyrs Zinais and PhilonillaThey were sisters, born in Tarsus, kinswomen of Paul the Apostle. As virgins, they scorned the world for the sake of Christ and withdrew to a cave to leave in asceticism. They were skilled in medicine, and helped many of the sick. Philonilla especially, for her great fasting, was made worthy of the gift of wonderworking. But unbelievers fell on them one night and stoned them to death.

Commemoration of the miracle from the Icon of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Beirut of Phonecia

Remembrance of the Miracle from an Icon of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Beirut: At the fourth session of the Seventh OEcumenical Council (year 787) Sainted Peter, Bishop of Nicomedia, in evidence of the necessity of icon-veneration, presented an account of Saint Athanasias and about a miracle, which occurred in the city of Berit (now Beirut)...

Sts. Nectarius (397), Arcadius (405), and Sinisius (427), patriarchs of Constantinople

Sts. Nectarius (397), Arcadius (405), and Sinisius (427), patriarchs of ConstantinopleSt. Nectarius was patriarch from 381 to 397. St. Arsacius was patriarch after St. John Chrysostom from 404 to 405. St. Sisinius was patriarch from 426 to 427.

Venerable Theophanes, faster of the Kiev Caves (12th c.)

The Venerable Theophanes, Faster of the Kievan Caves, was tonsured in the Kievan Monasteries of the Caves in the Twelfth Century. His relics openly repose in the St. Anthony Cave.

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)
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
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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
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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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