December 29

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The Nativity of Christ

Afterfeast of the Nativity of Christ; the 14,000 infants (Holy Innocents) slain by Herod at Bethlehem, the first Christian martyrs; Venerable Athenodorus, disciple of St. Pachomius the Great (4th c.) Venerable Benjamin, monk of Nitria in Egyptn (392); Venerable Marcellus, Abbot of the Monastery of the Unsleeping Ones ("the Ever-Vigilant"), Constantinople (485); Venerable Thaddeus, Confessor, of the Studion Monastery (818); Venerble Saint George, Bishop of Nicomedia, composer of Canons and Troparia (ca.857-891) Saint Trophimus, first Bishop of Arles in France (ca.280); Martyrs Callistus, Felix and Boniface, martyrs in Rome; Martyrs Dominic, Victor, Primian, Lybosus, Saturninus, Crescentius, Secundus and Honoratus, martyrs in North Africa; Saint Albert of Gambron, a courtier who became a hermit, later founding the small monastery of Gambron-sur-l'Authion in France (7th c.)' Saint Ebrulfus (Evroult), Abbot, born in Bayeux, monk at the monastery of Deux-Jumeaux, later founding a monastery at Pays d'Ouche in Normany, and other smaller monasteries (596); Saint Girald (Girard, Giraud), monk at Lagny in France, later Abbot of Saint-Arnoul, and of Fontenelle Abbey, where he was murdered (1031); Saint Mark the Grave-digger, of the Kiev Caves (11th c.); Saints Theophilus and John, of the Kiev Caves (11th-12th c.); Saint Theophilus, Abbot, of Luga and Omutch (Pskov) (1412), disciple of St. Arsenius of Konevits. Saint Basiliscus, Elder, the Hesychast of Siberia (Turinsk) (1824); Venerable Laurence of Chernigov (1950); New Hieromartyr Arcadius, Bishop of Tver (1937); New Hieromartyr Theodosius Belenky, Priest, at Chimkent (1938); Virgin-martyrs: Natalia, Natalia, Eudokia, Anna, Matrona, Barbara, Anna, Eudokia, Ephrosia, Agrippina and Natalia (1942); Other Commemorations: Commemoration of the consecration of the Church of the Holy Forty Martyrs, near the Copper Tetrapyle (four-way arch); Commemoration of all Orthodox Christians who have died from hunger, thirst, the sword, and freezing.