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Saint Michael the Confessor, Bishop of Synnada
Saint Michael the Confessor, Bishop of Synnada

Saint Michael the Confessor From his youth he longed for the monastic life and was sent by Patriarch Tarasius (784-806) to a monastery on the coast of the Black Sea. Saint Theophylactus (March 8), the future Bishop of Nicomedia also entered the monastery together with him. At the monastery both…

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Synaxis of the Saints of Rostov
Synaxis of the Saints of Rostov

The celebration of the Synaxis of the Rostov and Yaroslav Saints on May 23 was established by resolution of His Holiness Patriarch Alexis I (+ 1970) and the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, on March 10, 1964. Archimandrite Abraham the Wonderworker (October 29, 1073-1077) Prince Basil (+…

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Venerable Euphrosyne, Abbess of Polotsk
Venerable Euphrosyne, Abbess of Polotsk

Saint Euphrosyne (EuphrosynÄ“), Abbess of Polotsk, was named Predslava in the world, and was the daughter of Prince George Vseslavich. From her childhood she was noted for her love of prayer and book learning. After turning down a proposal of marriage, Predslava received monastic tonsure with the…

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Venerable Paisius, Abbot of Galich

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Martyr Michael “the Black-Robed” of Saint Savva Monastery

The Venerable Michael lived in the ninth century, and was from the city of Edessa in Mesopotamia, the son of Christian parents. After their death he distributed his inheritance to the poor, then went to Jerusalem to venerate the Holy Places. The Holy Land at that time was under Moslem rule.…

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Saint Damiane (Demetrius), King and Hymnographer
Saint Damiane (Demetrius), King and Hymnographer

Saint Damiane (in the world King Demetre I) was the son of Holy King Davit the Restorer. King Davit proclaimed his son co-ruler of Georgia and crowned him with his own hands. He declared that his son Demetre, through his wisdom, chastity, bravery, and handsome appearance, would rule Georgia better…

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Icon of the Mother of God “You are a Vineyard” (Georgian: Shen khar venakhi)
Icon of the Mother of God “You are a Vineyard” (Georgian: Shen khar venakhi)

The name of this Icon is derived from a poem to the Mother of God which was composed by Saint Damiane (King Demetre I before his monastic tonsure): "You are a vineyard newly-blossomed...." Similar imagery may be found in other liturgical texts, such as the Theotokion of the Third Hour: (Tone 6)…

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Holy Myrrh-bearer Mary, the wife of Cleopas

According to Church Tradition, Saint Mary was the daughter of Saint Joseph the Betrothed by his first wife. She was still very young when the Most Holy Virgin Mary was betrothed to the Righteous Joseph and brought to his house. Thus, Saint Mary became the childhood friend of the Most Holy…

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Saint Leontius, Bishop of Rostov

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