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The Prophet Malachi

The Prophet MalachiHe was chronologically the last of the prophets, born after the return of the Jews from exile in Babylon in 538 B.C. He was unusually fair of face. According to folk-tradition, he was named "the angel", perhaps because of his outward fairness, or because of his purity of spirit, or, again, perhaps, because of his companionship with an angel, with whom he often spoke face to face. At these times, others also heard its voice but were not worthy to look on its face. The young prophet spoke forth that which the angel revealed to him. He cried out against the ingratitude of Israel and the sins of the priests. Five hundred years before Christ, he clearly foretold the coming and work of St John the Baptist (3:7). But he was chiefly the prophet of the Day of Judgment (4:1-3). He went to God young in years, and after him there was no prophet in Israel until John the Baptist.

The Holy Martyr Gordius

The Holy Martyr GordiusBorn in Caesarea of Cappadocia, he was an officer in the Roman army under the Emperor Licinius. At the outbreak of a terrible persecution, he left the army and his former rank and went into the Sinai desert. Alone on Mount Horeb, Gordius spent his time in prayer and in pondering the mysteries of heaven and earth. In particular he pondered on vanity and on the worthlessness of all for which people struggle and strive so on earth. He came finally to the desire to die and so move into that life that is without transience or corruptibility. With this desire, he went down into a town where pagan games were held. He presented himself to the governor as a Christian. The governor attempted in vain to turn him from the Faith with flattery and threats. Gordius remained unyielding and firm as diamond, saying: "qt would obviously be an act of the greatest folly to trade this brief life for eternal torment and spiritual peril." Condemned to death, he hastened joyfully to the place of execution, speaking with the executioners on the way of the wonderful and sweet knowledge of Christ. With the name of Christ onhis lips, he delivered his youthful body to the sword and his righteous soul to God in the year 320.

St Genevieve of Paris

St Genevieve of ParisProtectress of Paris, she became worthy of the Kingdom of God byfasting, prayer and works of mercy. She entered into rest on January 3rd, 512, at the age of 89.

February 2016
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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
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Saint Joseph, Archbishop of Thessalonica
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Venerable Peter of Egypt
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Venerable Theodosius the Abbot of Totma, Vologda
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New Martyr Demetrius of Chios (1802)
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Venerable Zeno the Hermit of Antioch the Disciple of St Basil the Great
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New Martyr Elias (Ardunis) of Mt. Athos
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Sts. David, Symeon and George, confessors of Mitylene
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New Martyr Gabriel at Constantinople (1676)
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Right-Believing Prince Roman of Uglich
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Martyr Theoctistus (1686
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Martyr Evagrius and Macarius in Cilicia
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Venerable John of Thebes, monk
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Martyr Theopemptus
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Saint Pergetus
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Saint Romanus the Wonderworker of Cilicia
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Venerable Longinus of Koryazhemsk, Vologda
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St Vsevolod (in holy baptism Gabriel) the Wonderworker of Pskov
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Hieromartyr Urban us, bishop of Rome (223-230)
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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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Saint Flavian, Archbishop of Antioch
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