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Commemoration of the Appearing of the Precious Cross over Jerusalem

Commemoration of the Appearing of the Precious Cross over JerusalemIn the time of the Emperor Constantius, St Constantine's son, and Patriarch Cyril of Jerusalem, the Precious Cross appeared one day at nine o'clock in the morning above Golgotha, and spread as far as the Mount of Olives. This Cross was brighter than the sun and more beautiful than the loveliest rainbow. The whole people - believers and unbelievers - left their work and watched this heavenly sign in fear and wonder. Many unbelievers were converted to faith in Christ, and also many Arians abandoned their wicked heresy and returned to Orthodoxy. Patriarch Cyril wrote a letter to the Emperor Constantius about this sign, the Emperor himself being inclined towards Arianism. This took place on May 7th, 357. Thus was it demonstrated by this means that the Christian faith does not lie in the worldly theorising of the sensual understanding of men, but in the power of God, shown forth through wonders and signs without number (See also Homily for March 19th).

The Holy Martyr Acacius

The Holy Martyr AcaciusThis saint was an officer in the Roman army in the time of the Emperor Maximian. Answering at judgement for his faith in Christ, he said that he had inherited a devout faith from his parents, and that he would be steadfast in it, seeing the many miracles of healing that came from the relics of the Christian saints. After harsh torture endured courageously in the Thracian city of Pyrrinthus, Acacius was taken to Byzantium, where he underwent further torture and was finally beheaded with the sword. He suffered with honour and went to the Kingdom of eternal joy in the year 303.

Our Holy Fathers of Georgia

Our Holy Fathers of GeorgiaIn the sixth century, two hundred years after St Nina had preached the Gospel in Georgia, the most holy Mother of God appeared to John, an ascetic of Antioch, and commanded him to choose twelve of his disciples and go to Georgia, to strengthen the Orthodox faith there. John did so. Reaching Georgia, these twelve missionaries were formally welcomed by the prince of that country and the Catholicos, Eulalius, and immediately began their work with great zeal. The people gathered around them in hordes, and they strengthened them in the Faith with great wisdom and many miracles. The chief of these Christ-loving missionaries was St John of Zedan, and the names of the others were: Abidus, Antony, David, Zeno, Thaddeus, Jesse, lsderius, Joseph, Michael, Pyrrus, Stephen and Shio. With apostolic zeal, they all strengthened the Christian faith in Georgia, founded many monasteries and left many disciples to follow them. Thus they became worthy of glory in heaven and power on earth.

Venerables 12 disciples

Venerables 12 disciplesVenerables Shio Mgvime, David of Gareji, Anthony of Martq'ophi, Thaddeus of Urbnisi or Stepantsminda, Stephen of Khirsa, Isidore of Samtavisi, Michael of Ulumbo, Pyrrhus of Breta, Zenon of Iqalto, Jesse (Ise) of Tsilkani, Joseph of Alaverdi, and Abibus of Nekressi (6th c.)...

Martyr Quadratus and his companions

Martyr Quadratus and his companions

Uncovering of the relics (1815) of Venerable Nilus the Myrrh-gusher of Mt. Athos

Uncovering of the relics (1815) of Venerable Nilus the Myrrh-gusher of Mt. AthosToday we commemorate the uncovering of the relics of St Nilus in 1815. On his deathbed, St Nilus told his disciples to bury his body in a small cave beneath the cave where he lived, sternly forbidding anyone to disturb his body. Although the saint did not seek human glory during his life or after his death, the Lord glorified him in the following way. From his grave, a fragrant myrrh began to flow through a small opening in the cave and down the side of the cliff into the sea. Soon this miracle became widely known, and ships would come to collect the myrrh. The myrrh had curative properties, and many people were healed of their illnesses...

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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Moon phases for March , 2016 (Serbia)
01 Mar 2016 Third Quarter
09 Mar 2016 New Moon
15 Mar 2016 First Quarter
23 Mar 2016 Full Moon
31 Mar 2016 Third Quarter