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+++ Ss Cyril and Methodius, Equal to the Apostles

+++ Ss Cyril and Methodius, Equal to the ApostlesThey were brothers from Salonica, of eminent and wealthy parents, Leo and Maria. The elder brother, Methodius, spent ten years as an officer among the Slavs in Macedonia, and thus learned the Slavic language. After that, Methodius went off to Olympus and gave himself to monastic asceticism, and Cyril (Constantine) later joined him there. When the Khazarite king, Kagan, sought preachers of the Christian faith from the Emperor Michael, the Emperor commanded that these two brothers be found and sent to the Khazars. They converted Kagan to the Christian faith and baptised him, together with a great number of his nobles and an even greater number of the people. After some time, they returned to Constantinople, where they compiled a Slavic alphabet of 38 letters and began to translate the service books from Greek into Slavonic. At the invitation of Prince Rastislav, they went to Moravia, where, with great devotion, they spread and confirmed the Faith, made more copies of the books, brought them priests and taught the young. They went to Rome at the invitation of the Pope, and Cyril fell ill and died there, on February 14th, 869. Then Methodius returned to Moravia and laboured at the confirming of the Faith among the Slavs until his death. After his death - he entered into rest in the Lord on April 6th, 885 - his disciples, the Five Followers, with St Clement as bishop at the beginning, crossed the Danube and moved towards the south, to Macedonia, where, from Ochrid, they continued the work among the Slavs that Cyril and Methodius had begun in the north.

The Hieromartyr Mocius

The Hieromartyr MociusA Roman by birth, and a priest in Amphipolis in Macedonia, he suffered in the time of Diocletian. He destroyed a statue of the god Dionysius by his prayers, which roused some of the pagans to fury against him but brought others to the Faith. He was beheaded for Christ in 295.

St Nicodemus, Archbishop of Pec

St Nicodemus, Archbishop of PecThis great hierarch was a Serb by birth. He lived in asceticism on the Holy Mountain, and was abbot of Hilandar. After the death of Sava the Third, he was chosen as archbishop of 'all the Serbian lands and those bordering the sea', in 1317. He crowned King Milutin in 1321. He also translated the Jerusalem Typikon* into Serbian. In the Preface of this book he says: 'Almighty God, who knows our weaknesses, will give us spiritual strength, but only if we first make an effort.' He sincerely loved the ascetic life, and laboured to deepen it in the land of Serbia. He laboured tirelessly to uproot the Bogomil heresy and confirm the Orthodox faith. He entered into rest in the Lord in 1325 and his wonderworking relics are preserved in the monastery at Pec. *A Typikon is a book of rubrics for the ordering of church services and of monastic life - Translator.

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New Martyr Argyrus of Thessalonica (1808)

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March 2016
SunMonTueWedThuFriSut
  Saint Finan
1
fast-free
St Flavian
2
oil
Our Holy Father Dositheus
3
fast-free
The Hieromartyr Sadok
4
oil
St John III Scholasticus, Patriarch of Constantinople
5
fast-free
St Papius of Hierapolis
6
fast-free
Saint Boisil or Boswell
7
dairy & fish
Saint Cumein, Abbot of Iona
8
dairy & fish
Our Holy Father Paphnutius of Kephala
9
dairy & fish
The Holy Martyr John Calpha (Kalphes)
10
dairy & fish
The Holy Martyr Julian the Gout-Sufferer
11
dairy & fish
Blessed Nicolas, the Fool for Christ of Pskov
12
dairy & fish
Blessed Nicolas, the Fool for Christ of Pskov
13
dairy & fish
Saint David of Wales
14
water
St. Sabbatius, monk, of Tver (1434), and his disciple St. Euphrosynus (1460)
15
water
Sts. Zeno and Zoilus
16
water
Venerable Gerasimus, monk, of Vologda (1178)
17
water
Monk-martyr Adrian, abbot of Poshekhonye and his fellow-ascetic St. Leonidas
18
water
Icon of the Mother of God “Czestochowa”
19
oil
St. Ephraim, Patriarch of Antioch (546)
20
oil
Venerable Lazarus of Murom
21
water
St Caesarius, brother of St Gregory the Theologian
22
oil
Martyr Marcian
23
water
St. Theodora, queen of Arta, wife of Despot Michael II of Epirus (1275)
24
water
Righteous Phineas the grandson of Aaron
25
water
Martyr Sabinus (Abibus) of Egypt (303)
26
oil
St Theognostus, Metropolitan of Kiev
27
oil
Venerable Nicander, monk, of Gorodets (Novgorod) (1603)
28
water
St. Serapion, archbishop of Novgorod (1516)
29
water
Monk-martyr Paul of Crete (767)
30
water
The 10,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia
31
water
  
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