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Afterfeast of the Dormition of the Mother of God
Afterfeast of the Dormition of the Mother of God

On the fourth day of the Afterfeast of the Dormition, the Church continues to honor the passage of the Most Holy Theotokos from death to life. Just as Christ once dwelt in the virginal womb of His Mother, now He takes Her “to dwell in His courts.”

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Martyr Andrew Stratelates, and 2,593 soldiers with him, in Cilicia
Martyr Andrew Stratelates, and 2,593 soldiers with him, in Cilicia

The Martyr Andrew Stratelates was a military commander in the Roman army during the reign of the emperor Maximian (284-305). They loved him in the Roman army because of his bravery, invincibility and sense of fairness. When a large Persian army invaded the Syrian territories, the governor Antiochus…

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Saint Pitirim, Bishop of Perm

Saint Pitirim, Bishop of Great Perm, was chosen and consecrated to the See of Perm after the suffering and death of Saint Gerasimus of Perm (January 24). Before becoming bishop, Archimandrite Pitirim was head of the Chudov monastery. He later became known as the composer of the Canon to Saint…

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Martyrs Timothy, Agapius, and Thekla, of Palestine
Martyrs Timothy, Agapius, and Thekla, of Palestine

The Martyrs Timothy, Agapius and Thekla suffered martyrdom in the year 304. The Martyr Timothy was a native of the city of Caesarea in Palestine. He studied the Holy Scripture, and having received a special gift of eloquence, he became a teacher of the Christian Faith. During the time of…

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Venerable Theophanes of Docheiariou, Mount Athos
Venerable Theophanes of Docheiariou, Mount Athos

Saint Theophanes the New, a native of the city of Ioannina, lived during the sixteenth century. As a young man, he received monastic tonsure on Mount Athos at the Docheiariou monastery. He was later chosen igumen of this monastery because of his lofty virtue. With the help of God, the Saint freed…

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Intercession of the “Don” Icon of the Mother of God against the Tatars Attack
Intercession of the “Don” Icon of the Mother of God against the Tatars Attack

The Don Icon of the Mother of God was painted by Theophanes the Greek. On the day of the Kulikovo Battle (September 8, 1380, the Feast of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos), the Icon was with the Russian army, giving it help, but after the victory it was passed on by the Don Cossacks as a…

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