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Afterfeast of the Transfiguration of our Lord
Afterfeast of the Transfiguration of our Lord

On the first day of the Afterfeast of the Transfiguration, the hymns of Vespers speak of the amazement of the Apostles when they saw Christ transfigured before them. The Savior’s equality with the Father is also stressed, for He who covers Himself with light as with a garment is now…

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Martyr Dometius of Persia and his two disciples
Martyr Dometius of Persia and his two disciples

Saint Dometius lived in Persia during the fourth century. In his youth he was converted to the Faith by a Christian named Uaros. Forsaking Persia, he withdrew to the frontier city of Nisibis (in Mesopotamia), where he was baptized in one of the monasteries, and also received the monastic tonsure.…

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First finding of the relics of Saint Metrophanes, first Bishop of Voronezh
First finding of the relics of Saint Metrophanes, first Bishop of Voronezh

The Uncovering of the Relics of Saint Metrophanes, Bishop of Voronezh (1832): The memory of the deep piety and pastoral virtues of Saint Metrophanes (Macarius, in the schema) was revered at Voronezh from the time of his death (November 23, 1703). His successors, the Voronezh hierarchs, considered…

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Venerable Pimen the Much-Ailing of the Kiev Near Caves
Venerable Pimen the Much-Ailing of the Kiev Near Caves

Saint Pimen the Much-ailing attained the Kingdom of Heaven by enduring grievous illness. This Russian ascetic was both born and grew up sickly, but his illness preserved him from illness of the soul. For a long time he besought his parents to send him to the Kiev Caves monastery. When they brought…

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Venerable Pimen the Faster of the Kiev Caves
Venerable Pimen the Faster of the Kiev Caves

Saint Pimen, Faster of the Caves, labored in the Far Caves. His abstinence was such that he ate food only once a day, and only in the most necessary quantity. His outward fasting corresponded to an inward abstemiousness from any actions, thoughts or feelings, displeasing to God. Saint Pimen was…

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Saint Mercurius, Bishop of Smolensk, Kiev Near Caves

Saint Mercurius of Kiev Caves pursued asceticism in the Farther Caves in the fourteenth century, and was strict in fasting. During his lifetime Saint Mercurius had a deep spiritual friendship with Saint Paisius, and when they died, they were buried in the same grave. The November 24 commemoration…

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Martyr Marinus the Soldier at Caesarea in Palestine
Martyr Marinus the Soldier at Caesarea in Palestine

The Holy Martyr Marinus (December 16) was a soldier during the reign of the pagan emperors Valerian (253-259) and his son Gallienus (260-268). When he was about to be promoted to centurion, Marinus refused to swear the customary oath invoking the pagan gods, or to offer sacrifice to idols. Saint…

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Martyr Asterius the Senator at Caesarea, in Palestine
Martyr Asterius the Senator at Caesarea, in Palestine

The Holy Martyr Asterius the Senator lived during the reign of the pagan emperors Valerian (253-259) and his son Gallienus (260-268). Although he was a Roman senator, Asterius nonetheless held firmly to the Christian Faith, in spite of the persecutions occurring during those times. Once, while in…

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Venerable Horus of the Thebaid, Egypt

Saint Horus in his youth withdrew into the Thebaid desert and struggled in complete solitude for many years, leading the life of a strict hermit. Having advanced in years, Saint Horus was granted to see an angel, who announced that the Lord had destined him for the salvation of the many people who…

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Virginmartyr Potamia the Wonderworker

The Holy Martyr Potamia the Wonderworker died under the sword. Sometimes the saint is incorrectly listed as Saint Potamius the Wonderworker.

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Venerable Dometius of Philotheou, Mount Athos

Saint Dometius was an Athonite Elder. He pursued silence at the Philotheou monastery together with the Hieromartyr Damian of Philotheou (February 23), who suffered under cruel tortures by the Turks in the year 1568.

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Valaam Icon of the Mother of God
Valaam Icon of the Mother of God

One of the greatest treasures in the possession of the Monastery of New Valamo in Heinävesi, Finland is the wonderworking icon of the Mother of God of Valaam. Painted on lime wood, the 132 x 79.5 cm icon depicts the Virgin Mary as a full-length figure standing on a cloud with lowered gaze,…

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Venerable Anthony of Optina

Saint Anthony (Putilov) was born on March 9, 1795 in the town of Romanov in the Yaroslavl province, and was baptized with the name Alexander. His siblings were called Timothy, Jonah, Basil, Cyril, and Anysia. John Putilov named all his children after the saint commemorated on the eighth day after…

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Saint Theodora of Sihla
Saint Theodora of Sihla

Saint Theodora of Sihla, who is one of the greatest of Romania’s women ascetics, was born in the village of Vânatori in Neamts County in the first half of the seventeenth century, and was one of the two daughters of Stephen Joldea and his wife. In her youth, Saint Theodora experienced…

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Saint Nicanor, Wonderworker of Mount Calistratus
Saint Nicanor, Wonderworker of Mount Calistratus

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Saint Theodosius the New, Healer of Peloponnesus
Saint Theodosius the New, Healer of Peloponnesus

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