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Saint Epiphanius, Bishop of Cyprus
Saint Epiphanius, Bishop of Cyprus

Saint Epiphanius, Bishop of Cyprus, “a last relic of ancient piety,” as Saint Jerome calls him, lived during the fourth century in Phoenicia. The Roman empress Honoria was his sister. He was of Jewish descent, and in his youth he received a fine education. He was converted to…

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Saint Germanus, Patriarch of Constantinople
Saint Germanus, Patriarch of Constantinople

Saint Germanus, Patriarch of Constantinople, was born at Constantinople in the seventh century. His father, a prominent senator, was killed by order of the emperor Constantine Pogonatos (668-685). The young Germanus was emasculated and sent to a monastery, where he studied Holy Scripture. Because…

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Hieromartyr Hermogenes, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia
Hieromartyr Hermogenes, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

The Hieromartyr Hermogenes, Patriarch of Moscow and All Rus, was glorified on May 12, 1913. The memory of Patriarch Hermogenes as a holy martyr was passed on from generation to generation for three centuries, and people increasingly regarded him as an intercessor and supplicant for the Russian land…

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Venerable Dionysius, Archimandrite of Saint Sergius’ Monastery
Venerable Dionysius, Archimandrite of Saint Sergius’ Monastery

Saint Dionysius of Radonezh, in the world David Zobninovsky, was born about 1570 in the city of Rzhev. A novice, and then head of the Staritsky Dormition monastery, during the Time of Troubles he was the foremost helper of Saint Hermogenes, Patriarch of Moscow. From 1611, Saint Dionysius was…

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Saint Sabinus, Archbishop of Cyprus

Saint Sabinus, Bishop of Cyprus, was born in the Phoenician city of Lycia. Hearing of the renowned ascetic, Saint Epiphanius of Cyprus, Sabinus went to him and received monastic tonsure. For five years he lived in asceticism with Saint Epiphanius in the wilderness. Afterwards, he wrote about the…

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Saint Polybius, Bishop in Cyprus

Saint Polybius was a disciple of Saint Epiphanius of Cyprus. He accompanied him on all his journeys and he wrote about the life and miracles of his teacher. Saint Polybius accompanied Saint Epiphanius when he was returning from Constantinople, unwilling to take part in the council condemning Saint…

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Martyr John of Vlachia, Romania
Martyr John of Vlachia, Romania

The Holy New Martyr John of Vlachia was born in 1644 in Oltenia. He received a good upbringing from his parents, who raised him in the fear of God, the love of country, and in their ancestral faith. At that time the Ţara Românească (the former name for Vlahia) was ruled by princes…

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Martyr Pancratius

The Holy Martyr Pancratius was a native of Phrygia, but lived in Rome with his uncle Dionysius after his parents died. They heard Bishop Cornelius preach, and were later baptized. The fourteen-year-old youth suffered martyrdom at Rome during the persecution under Diocletian (284-305). He was buried…

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