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December 18 2018:

Our Holy Lady Theotokos

Martyr Eubotius, at Cyzicus (320); Saint Florus, Bishop of Amisus (7th c.); Martyrs Phocas and Hermilas, by the sword; Hieromartyrs Zacchaeus the Deacon, and Alphaeus the Reader, at Caesarea (see also November 18); Saint Sophia the Wonderworker; Saint Modestus, Archbishop of Jerusalem (634) (see also December 16); Saint Michael Syngellon the Confessor, at Constantinople (845); Venerable Nomon; Martyrs Rufus and Zosimus, at Philippi in Macedonia (ca.107); Martyr Moses (Moysetes), a martyr in North Africa who probably suffered under Decius (ca.250); Martyrs Quintus, Simplicius and Companions, in North Africa under the Emperors Decius and Valerian (ca.255); Martyrs Victurus, Victor, Victorinus, Adjutor, Quartus and 30 other companions, in North Africa; Martyr Sebastian, at Rome, and his companions: Martyrs Nicostratus, Zoe, Castorius, Tranquillinus, Marcellinus, Mark, Claudius, Symphorian, Victorinus, Tiburtius, and Castulus (287); Saint Gatianus of Tours, first Bishop of Tours (3rd c.); Saint Bodagisil, founded and was the first Abbot of a monastery on the Meuse in Belgium (588); Saint Samthann, foundress and Abbess of Clonbroney in Co. Longford in Ireland (6th c.); Saint Flannán, first Bishop of Killaloe in Ireland (7th c.)[ Saint Desiderius of Fontenelle (Desideratus), son of St Waningus (700); Saint Winebald (Winibald), Abbot of Heidenheim and Bishop of Eichstatt (Germany) (761); Venerable Daniel the Hesychast (Daniil Sihastrul), of Voronet (Romania) (15th c.); Venerable Sebastian, Abbot of Poshekhonye Monastery (Vologda) (1500); Martyr Victor (1936); New Hieromartyr Thaddeus (Uspensky), Archbishop of Tver (1937); New Hieromartyr Nicholas (Klementiev), Archbishop of Great Ustiug (Velikoustiuzh) (1937); New Hieromartyrs (1937): Andrew Voskresensky of Moscow, John Mironsky of Chimkent, Vladimir Preobrazhensky of Chimkent, and Elias Benemansky of Tver, Priests (1937); New Hieromartyr Sergius, Deacon (1942); Virgin-martyr Vera Truks of Zhitomir (1942); Other commemorations: Consecration of the Church of the Theotokos in Halkoprateia-Constantinople; Glorification (1694) of Righteous Symeon, Wonderworker of Verkhoturye (1642); Repose of Schemanun Nazaria, Eldress of Varatec Monastery (Romania) (1814); Repose of Metropolitan Benjamin (Costachi) of Moldavia (1846); Slaying of Hieromonk Nestor of Zharki (Ivanovo) (1993)

( December 5 2018: Julian Calendar )

Sabbas the Sanctified

Martyr Anastasios, the Fuller of Salona in Dalmatia (see also October 25); Venerable Gratus, monk; Venerable Nonnus, monk; Martyr Diogenes, by stoning; Martyr Abercius, by the sword; Venerable Karion (Cyrion) and his son Saint Zachariah of Egypt (4th c.); Saint Sabbas the Sanctified (532); Saint Bassus of Nice, Bishop of Nice, martyred under Decius (ca.250); Martyrs Julius, Potamia, Crispin, Felix, Gratus and Companions - 12 martyrs who suffered in Thagura in Numidia in North Africa under Diocletian (302); Saint Crispina, a wealthy matron in Thebeste in Numidia in North Africa, horribly tortured and ultimately beheaded (304); Saint Dalmatius of Pavia, Bishop of Pavia, martyred under Maximianus Herculius (304); Hieromartyr Pelinus, Bishop of Brindisi, martyred in Confinium in the south of Italy, under Julian the Apostate (361); Monk-martyr Justinian of Ramsey Island (Iestin), South Wales (560); Saint Nicetius (Nizerius), Bishop of Trier, Gaul (566); Saint Friminus, the seventh Bishop of Verdun in France (6th c.); Saint Cawrdaf, a noble in Wales, ended his life as a monk with St Illtyd (6th c.); Saint Sigiranus (Cyran, Siran, Sigram), Abbot and Confessor (ca.655); Saint Gerbold, monk at Ebriciacum in France, later founded the monastery of Livray, became Bishop of Bayeux (690); Saint Basilissa, Abbess of Oehren near Trier in Germany (ca.780); Saint John Gradenigo, a monk in Cuxa Abbey in the Catalonian Pyrenees in Spain, reposed as a hermit near Montecassino (1025); Saint Cosmas of Vatopedi (1276) and the Venerable monks of Karyes Skete on Mount Athos, martyred by the Latins (1283); Saint Philotheos the Righteous, of Karyes Skete on Mount Athos, the Elder of St. Nectarius the Athonite (late 15th c.); Saint Nectarios the Athonite (Nectarios the Bulgarian of Bitol, Bulgaria) (1500); Saint Gurias, Archbishop of Kazan (1563); Saint Anthony (Zheretiyenko), Schema-Archimandrite of the Kiev Caves; Saint Macarius (Velichko), Archimandrite of the Kiev Caves; Hieromartyr Elias (Chetverukhin), Priest, of Moscow (1932); Hieromartyr Gennadius, Priest-monk of Yaroslavl-Rostov (1941); Saint Sergius, Confessor, Priest (1950).

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