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Today's Saints
Hieromartyr Clement, Bishop of Ancyra, and Martyr Agathangelus
Hieromartyr Clement, Bishop of Ancyra, and Martyr Agathangelus

The Hieromartyr Clement was born in the Galatian city of Ancyra in the year 258, of a pagan father and a Christian mother. He lost his father when he was an infant, and his mother when he was twelve. She predicted a martyr’s death for him because of his belief in Christ. A woman named Sophia…

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Troparion & Kontakion
Venerable Gennadius of Kostroma
Venerable Gennadius of Kostroma

Saint Gennadius of Kostroma and Liubimograd, in the world Gregory, was born in the city of Mogilev into a rich family. He early displayed love for the church, and his frequent visits to monasteries evoked the dismay of his parents. Gregory, however, was firmly resolved to devote himself to God, and…

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Translation of the relics of Saint Theoctistus, Archbishop of Novgorod

The main Feast of Saint Theoctistus is December 23. He was glorified in 1664, because of the miraculous healings which took place at his relics. In 1786, the relics of the saint were transferred to Yuriev, where Archimandrite Photius built a chapel in his honor at the local cathedral.

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Venerable Mausimas the Syrian

Saint Mausimas the Syrian lived in Syria, near the city of Cyrrhus. He voluntarily embraced poverty and devoted his life to the service of his neighbor. The doors of his hut were always open to anyone who had need of him. In his hut there were two vessels: one with bread, and the other with oil.…

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Venerable Salamanes the Silent of the Euphrates

Saint Salamanes the Silent was a native of the city of Kapersana, near the River Euphrates. Having found a cave near the banks of the river, he lived there as a hermit in silence and asceticism. Learning of his exalted life, the Bishop of Kapersana wanted to ordain him to the holy priesthood, but…

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Saint Paulinus the Merciful, Bishop of Nola

Saint Paulinus the Merciful, Bishop of Nola, was descended from an aristocratic and wealthy family of Bordeaux (France). By virtue of his extensive education and upbringing, the twenty-year-old youth was chosen to become a Roman senator, later he became consul and finally, governor of the region of…

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Commemoration of the Holy Fathers of the Sixth Ecumenical Council
Commemoration of the Holy Fathers of the Sixth Ecumenical Council

The Sixth Ecumenical Council was convened by the emperor Constantine Pogonatos (668-685) at Constantinople in the year 681 to combat the Monothelite heresy. At it 171 holy Fathers were present, who affirmed the doctrine of two wills in Jesus Christ, the divine and the human. This Council was…

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Synaxis of the Saints of Kostroma

The saints of Kostroma include Saint Abramius of Galich, or Chukhloma Lake (July 20) Saint Adrian of Monza (May 5) Saint Alexander of Galich, abbot of Voche (March 27) Saint Barnabas abbot of Verluga (June 11) Saint Cyril of New Lake (February 4, November 7) Saint Cyril of White Lake (June 9)…

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