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+++ Our Holy Mother Petka (Paraskeva)

+++ Our Holy Mother Petka (Paraskeva)This glorious saint was of Serbian birth, from the town of Epibata, between Silinaurius and Constantinople. St Petka's parents were wealthy and devout Christians, and had one son, Euthymius, who became a monk during his parents' lifetime and later became Bishop of Madytos. After her parents' death, the maiden Petka, always desirous of the ascetic life for the sake of Christ, left her home and went first to Constantinople and then to the Jordan wilderness, where she lived to old age in asceticism. Who can describe all the labours, the sufferings, the temptations from demons that Petka endured for many years? In her old age, an angel of God appeared to her and said: 'Leave the wilderness and go back to your home.' St Petka obeyed the voice from heaven, left her beloved wilderness and returned to Epibata. She lived a further two years there, still in ceaseless fasting and prayer, and then gave her spirit into God's hands and went to join the company of Paradise. She entered into rest in the eleventh century. Her wonderworking relics were, in the course of time, taken to Constantinople, Trnovo, Constantinople again and Belgrade. They are now in Romania, in the town of Jassy. St Petka's spring is to be found in Belgrade. The waters miraculously heal all the sick who, with faith in God and love for this saint, hasten to ask her aid. Author's note: In the Greek Synaxarion, there is recorded this miraculous happening with St Petka's help on the island of Chios in 1442: A hieromonk, Ambrose, was celebrating Vespers in the church of St Petka. No-one else was in the church. At the end of the service, rain suddenly began to pour down in torrents with a great roar, and this continued all night. Ambrose was unable to leave the church. Thinking that the island would be completely flooded by the storm, he began to pray to St Petka to save his homeland and soothe God's righteous anger. He had a dream at dawn and saw the church roofless, and, in the heights, a cloud of light within which stood the form of a beautiful woman in prayer to God. After her prayer, she said to the priest: 'Ambrose, don't be afraid; your homeland is saved.' And the rain stopped at once. From that time, the island of Chios has celebrated St Petka's day with great solemnity.

The Holy Martyrs Nazarius, Gervasius and Protasius

The Holy Martyrs Nazarius, Gervasius and ProtasiusNazarius was born in Rome of a Jewish father and a Christian mother. His mother, Perpetua, was baptised by the Apostle Peter himself. Receiving his mother's faith, Nazarius of his own volition gave himself to the fulfilling of all the Church's precepts. Fearlessly preaching the Gospel, he went to Milan. There he found Gervasius and Protasius in prison, and ministered to them with great love. Discovering this, the local governor ordered that Nazarius be whipped and driven out of the city. His mother appeared to him in a vision and told him that he must go to Gaul (France) and preach the Gospel there, and Nazarius did so. After several years, Nazarius came again to Milan, now with the young Celsus, his disciple, whom he had baptised in Gaul. The brothers Gervasius and Protasius were still in prison, and Anulius the governor soon had Nazarius thrown in with them. Christ's martyrs rejoiced greatly at the providence of God that had brought them together again. The Emperor Nero ordered that Nazarius be killed, and the governor took him and Celsus out of prison and beheaded them. Gervasius and Protasius were also beheaded very soon after that by a General Astacius, who was passing through Milan to wage war against the Moravians. The general heard that these two brothers would not offer sacrifice to idols, and, being afraid that he might lose the war because of this, he ordered that they be beheaded at once. Gervasius and Protasius were twins, the sons of godly parents Vitalius and Valeria, who were also martyred for the Faith. The relics of St Nazarius were taken from a garden outside the city to the Church of the Holy Apostles by St Ambrose, and those of St Gervasius and St Protasius were revealed to him in a strange vision.

Venerable Nikola Sviatosha, prince of Chernigov and wonderworker of the Kiev Caves (1143)

Venerable Nikola Sviatosha, prince of Chernigov and wonderworker of the Kiev Caves (1143)The Monk Nikola Svyatosha (Svyatoslav), Prince of Chernigov, Pechersk Wonderworker, in the Nearer Caves (+ 1143), was a great-grandson of Great-prince Yaroslav the Wise and son of prince David Svyatoslavich of Chernigov (+ 1123), and in certain sources the father of the monk is named a saint. Svyatosha was the Lutsk prince, and he had a wife and children (his daughter was afterwards married to the Novgorod prince Saint Vsevolod-Gavriil (+ 1138, Comm. 11 February)...

Hieromartyr Silvanus of Gaza (311)

Hieromartyr Silvanus of Gaza (311)The Holy PriestMartyr Siluan, Presbyter of Gaza (IV), was a native of the city of Gaza, where he as presbyter. For his zeal in preaching the faith of Christ, he was banished to work at digging in the Palestinian city of Phena. In spite of many a tribulation, the saint did not renounce Christ. He later received a martyr's end: he was beheaded together with forty Christian soldiers.

Martyr Peter Apselamus of Eleutheropolis in Palestine (309)

St. Ignatius, metropolitan of Mithymna (1566)

St. Ignatius, metropolitan of Mithymna (1566)

March 2019
     Saint Flavian, Archbishop of Antioch
Saint Finan
St Flavian
Our Holy Father Dositheus
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The Hieromartyr Sadok
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St John III Scholasticus, Patriarch of Constantinople
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St Papius of Hierapolis
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Saint Boisil or Boswell
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Saint Cumein, Abbot of Iona
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Our Holy Father Paphnutius of Kephala
dairy & fish
The Holy Martyr John Calpha (Kalphes)
The Holy Martyr Julian the Gout-Sufferer
Blessed Nicolas, the Fool for Christ of Pskov
Saint David of Wales
St. Sabbatius, monk, of Tver (1434), and his disciple St. Euphrosynus (1460)
Sts. Zeno and Zoilus
Venerable Gerasimus, monk, of Vologda (1178)
Monk-martyr Adrian, abbot of Poshekhonye and his fellow-ascetic St. Leonidas
Icon of the Mother of God “Czestochowa”
St. Ephraim, Patriarch of Antioch (546)
Venerable Lazarus of Murom
St Caesarius, brother of St Gregory the Theologian
Martyr Marcian
St. Theodora, queen of Arta, wife of Despot Michael II of Epirus (1275)
Righteous Phineas the grandson of Aaron
Martyr Sabinus (Abibus) of Egypt (303)
St Theognostus, Metropolitan of Kiev
Venerable Nicander, monk, of Gorodets (Novgorod) (1603)
St. Serapion, archbishop of Novgorod (1516)
Monk-martyr Paul of Crete (767)
The 10,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia
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Moon phases for March , 2019 (Serbia)
06 Mar 2019 New Moon
14 Mar 2019 First Quarter
21 Mar 2019 Full Moon
28 Mar 2019 Third Quarter