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Repose of Saint Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn
Repose of Saint Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn

Saint Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn (+1915) Proclamation on the Glorification of Our Holy Father Bishop RAPHAEL (30-Apr-2000) Our holy Father Raphael was born in Syria in 1860 to pious Orthodox parents, Michael Hawaweeny and his second wife Mariam, the daughter of a priest of Damascus. The exact…

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Venerable Procopius the Confessor of Decapolis
Venerable Procopius the Confessor of Decapolis

Saint Procopius the Dekapolite lived during the eighth century in the region of Decapolis (Mark 7:31), to the east of Lake Galilee. There he labored for his salvation, struggling in asceticism. Saint Procopius, his fellow ascetic Saint Basil (February 28), and others zealous for holy Orthodoxy…

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Venerable Titus the Presbyter of the Kiev Near Caves
Venerable Titus the Presbyter of the Kiev Near Caves

Saint Titus, Presbyter of the Near Caves, lived in great friendship with the deacon Evagrius, which later turned into a strong dislike and hostility. Although Hieromonk Titus tried several times to make peace with his former friend, the deacon Evagrius refused to be reconciled (Compare the story of…

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Venerable Titus the Soldier, of the Kiev Caves
Venerable Titus the Soldier, of the Kiev Caves

Saint Titus was a soldier who was known for his bravery. One day, he was seriously wounded in battle. An illness caused by his wound forced him to leave the military service, so he entered the Kiev Caves Monastery. There he spent the rest of his life in prayer and repentance, and attained the…

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Venerable Thalelaeus the Hermit of Syria
Venerable Thalelaeus the Hermit of Syria

Saint Thalelaeus lived during the fifth century. He was a native of Cilicia (Asia Minor), became a monk at the monastery of Saint Sava the Sanctified, and was ordained presbyter there. Later on, he moved to Syria, not far from the city of Habala, where he found a dilapidated pagan temple surrounded…

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Ss. Asclepius and James of Syria
Ss. Asclepius and James of Syria

Saints Asclepius and James were Syrian ascetics, and lived during the fifth century. Theodoret of Cyrrhus speaks of them. Saint Asclepius led an ascetic life of temperance in his native village and was not hindered by constant association with many people. He had many imitators and followers. One…

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Saint Stephen of Constantinople

Saint Stephen, formerly a courtier under the emperor Mauricius (582-602), left his service, founded a hospice for the elderly at Armatia [Constantinople], and devoted himself totally to taking in strangers. He died peacefully in 614.

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Martyrs Julian, Eunos, Beza, and Mekaro of Alexandria

The Holy Martyrs Julian, Eunos [Kronion] his servant, Beza [Bisos] the soldier and Mekaros suffered at the beginning of the reign of Decius (249-251) at Alexandria. Saint Julian, a very old man, suffered from gout and could neither stand nor get about. He was carried to the trial by his servants,…

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Saint Leandre of Seville
Saint Leandre of Seville

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