December 20

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The Nativity of Christ

Hieromartyr Ignatius, God-bearer of Antioch

Forefeast of the Nativity of our Lord; Hieromartyr Ignatius of Antioch, the God-bearer, Bishop of Antioch (107) (see also January 29); Saint Philogonius, Bishop of Antioch, Confessor (323); Martyrs Liberatus and Bajulus, at Rome; Saint Ursicinus of Cahors, Bishop of Cahors in France (ca.585); Saint Dominic of Brescia, successor of St Anastasius as Bishop of Brescia in Italy (ca.612); Saint Ursicinus of Saint-Ursanne, a disciple of St Columbanus, founded the monastery of St Ursanne (ca.625); Saint Daniel II, Archbishop of Serbia (1338); Venerable Ignatius the Archimandrite of the Kiev Caves (1435); New-Martyr John of the island of Thasos, at Constantinople, by beheading (1652); Saint Anthony (Smirnitsky), Archbishop of Voronezh (1846); Repose of Righteous John of Kronstadt, Wonderworker (1908); Other commemorations: Novgorod Icon of the Theotokos, "Deliverance of the Drowning" ("Rescuer of the Drowning").