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Holy Pentecost
Holy Pentecost

In the Church’s annual liturgical cycle, Pentecost is “the last and great day.” It is the celebration by the Church of the coming of the Holy Spirit as the end—the achievement and fulfillment—of the entire history of salvation. For the same reason, however, it is also…

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Hieromartyr Methodius, Bishop of Patara
Hieromartyr Methodius, Bishop of Patara

The Hieromartyr Methodius, Bishop of Patara (Lycia in Asia Minor), was distinguished for his genuine monastic humility. Calmly and with mildness he instructed his flock, but he firmly defended the purity of Orthodoxy and he energetically contended against heresies, especially the widespread heresy…

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Blessed Prince Gleb Andreevich, son of Saint Andrew Bogoliubsky
Blessed Prince Gleb Andreevich, son of Saint Andrew Bogoliubsky

Holy Prince Gleb of Vladimir, named George in holy Baptism, was a younger son of the holy Prince Andrew Bogoliubsky (July 4). Under the influence of his pious parents he grew up with a deep faith, and from twelve years of age he led a solitary spiritual life. The parents did not hinder their son…

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Translation of the relics of Saint Gurias, Archbishop of Kazan
Translation of the relics of Saint Gurias, Archbishop of Kazan

The Transfer of Relics of Saint Gurias, Archbishop of Kazan, from the Savior-Transfiguration monastery to the cathedral church of the city of Kazan occurred in the year 1630. His Life is recorded under December 5, the day of his repose.

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Martyrs Inna, Pinna, and Rimma, disciples of Apostle Andrew in Scythia
Martyrs Inna, Pinna, and Rimma, disciples of Apostle Andrew in Scythia

The transfer of the relics of Saints Inna, Pinna, and Rimma to Alushta took place during the first-second centuries. These holy martyrs are also commemorated on January 20.

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Martyrs Aristocles the Presbyter, Demetrian the Deacon, and Athanasius the Reader, of Cyprus
Martyrs Aristocles the Presbyter, Demetrian the Deacon, and Athanasius the Reader, of Cyprus

The Holy Martyrs Aristocles the Presbyter, Demetrian, and Athanasius suffered for the Christian Faith during the persecution under the emperor Maximian Galerius (305-311). The presbyter Aristocles, a native of the Cypriot city of Tamasa, served in the cathedral church during the time of the…

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Saint Leucius, Bishop of Brindisi

Saint Leucius the Confessor was born in the city of Alexandria of pious parents named Eudykius and Euphrosynē. They gave their son the name Eutropius. The mother died when the lad was 11 years old, and his father took monastic tonsure at the monastery of Saint Hermias, taking along his son with…

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Saint Callistus, Patriarch of Constantinople
Saint Callistus, Patriarch of Constantinople

Saint Callistus I, Patriarch of Constantinople, at first struggled on Athos under the spiritual guidance of Saint Gregory of Sinai (August 8), whose Life he wrote. In 1350, he was elected as Patriarch of Constantinople, serving in that position during the reign of the emperors John Kantakuzenos…

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Saint Menas, Bishop of Polotsk
Saint Menas, Bishop of Polotsk

Saint Menas, Bishop of Polotsk led an ascetical life at the Kiev Caves monastery. On December 13, 1105 he was consecrated Bishop of Polotsk. The name of Saint Menas is mentioned in the service of the Holy Fathers of the Kiev Caves, since prior to his elevation to the episcopate, he was a monk at…

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Venerable Nicholas Cabasilas

The Venerable (Ὅσιος) Nicholas Cabasilas was born in Thessaloniki in 1322, and was the nephew of Neilos Cabasilas, who was the Archbishop of Thessaloniki. His father's surname was Khamaetos, but he preferred to use his uncle's name - Cabasilas. Saint Nicholas received an excellent education,…

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Saint Nahum of Ochrid, disciple of Saints Cyril and Methodius, Equals of the Apostles
Saint Nahum of Ochrid, disciple of Saints Cyril and Methodius, Equals of the Apostles

Saint Naum of Ochrid, a Bulgarian by descent, was one of the disciples of the holy Equals of the Apostles Cyril and Methodius (May 11), and he accompanied Saint Clement of Ochrid (July 27) when he preached the Gospel in Bulgaria. When Saint Clement set off to the southwestern regions, Saint Naum…

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Hodēgḗtria Icon of the Mother of God (Παναγία Οδηγήτρια)

The Most Holy Hodēgḗtria Icon is one of the earliest Icons in the Church's history. The Mother of God holds her Divine Child with her left hand, and with her right hand she indicates that the way we must follow on our earthly pilgrimage is that which leads us to Christ, Who said: "I am the way…

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Icon of the Mother of God “the Directress” from the Monastery of Xenophontos on Mount Athos
Icon of the Mother of God “the Directress” from the Monastery of Xenophontos on Mount Athos

This icon of the Mother of God is of the Hodēgḗtria type, and is found in the Xenophontos Monastery on Mount Athos.

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