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Today's feasts

May 23 2018:

Our Lord Jesus Christ

Holy Myrrh-bearer Mary, the wife of Cleopas, aunt of Jesus (1st c.); Saint Manaen (Manahen), prophet and teacher of the Church of Antioch (Acts 13:1) (1st c.); Martyr Seleucus (Selefkos), by sawing; Saint Michael the Confessor, Bishop of Synnada in Phrygia Salutaris (826); Hieromartyr Michael "the black-robed", monk of St. Sabbas Monastery (9th century); Hieromartyrs Epitacius, first Bishop of Tui in Galicia (Spain), and Basileus, second Bishop of Braga in Portugal ca.60-95 (1st c.); Saint Euphebius, Bishop of Naples in Italy; Martyr Salonas the Roman, by the sword; Martyrs Donatianus and Rogatianus of Nantes, brothers (ca.284-305) (see also May 24); Saint Merculialis of Forli (Mercurialis), Bishop of Forlì, zealous opponent of paganism and Arianism (406); Saint Desiderius of Langres, Bishop of Langres in Gaul (407); Martyrs Quintianus, Lucius and Julianus, with 19 other Christians in North Africa during the persecution of the Arian Vandals (430); Saint Patricius (Patrice), Bishop of Bayeux in Normandy 464-469 AD (469); Saints Eutychius and Florentius, two monks who governed a monastery in Valcastoria near Nursia, Italy (540); Saint Goban (Gobhnena), Abbot of the monastery of Old Leighlin, from where he went to Tascaffin in Co. Limerick, Ireland (6th/7th c.); Hieromartyr Desiderius, Bishop of Vienne (608); Saint Syagrius (Siacre) of Nice, a monk at Lérins Abbey, who later founded the monastery of St Pons, at Cimiez, after which he became Bishop of Nice 777-787 (787) Saint Guibertus, a hermit on his own estate of Gembloux in Brabant, Belgium, who retired to the monastery of Gorze in France (962); Saint Damian (Damianos in monasticm), (King Demetrius of Georgia) (1125-1156), Hymnographer (1156); Saint Euphrosyne of Polatsk, princess and Abbess of Polotsk (1173); Saint Simon, Bishop of Suzdal (ca.12th c.); Saint Abramios of Yaroslavl, monk and abbot of the Savior Monastery in Yaroslavl (1219); Saint Ioannicius I of Peć, Metropolitan of Peć and Archbishop of Serbia 1272-1276 A.D. (1279); Saint Anthony, Bishop of Rostov (1336); Saint Cyril, Bishop of Rostov (1384); Saint Paisius of Galich, Abbot (1460); Saints Adrian and Bogolep of Uglich, monks of St. Paisius of Uglich Monastery (late 15th c.) (see also August 22 for Monk Bogolep); Saints Anthony and Joannicius of Zaonikiev Monastery (Vologda) (16th c.); Saint Dorotheus of Pskov Lavra, monk and hermit (1622), and Monk Hilarion of the Dormition of the Theotokos monastery near Podolsk (17th-18th c.); Saint Alexander, Bishop and Wonderworker of Pereyaslav (17th c.); Saint Joachim, monk of St. Nicholas monastery of Sartoma (17th c.); Synaxis of All Saints of Rostov and Yaroslavl (established on March 10, 1964): Rostov Wonderworkers, Yaroslav Wonderworkers, Pereslavl Wonderworkers, Uglich Wonderworkers, Poshekhonsk Wonderworkers; Other Commemorations: Icon of the Theotokos 'Thou Art the True Vine' ; Uncovering of the relics (1164) of St. Leontius, Bishop and Wonderworker of Rostov (1073); Saint Athanasius of Novolotsk, fool-for-Christ (16th/17th c.); Hieromartyr Daniel with 30 monks and 200 laymen of Uglich, during the Polish–Muscovite War (1608) (see May 14); Repose of Hieromonk Damascene of Valaam (1825); Repose of Hieroschemamonk Meletius of Svir, disciple of Elder Theodore of Svir (1877); Repose of Nun Euphrosyne, disciple of St. Barsanuphius of Optina (1934); Restitution of the holy relics of Saint Joachim of Ithaca (1868) (see March 2).

( May 10 2018: Julian Calendar )

Apostle Simon the Zealot

Apostle Simon the Zealot; Martyr Hesychius the Palatine of Antioch (ca.304); Saint Isidora the Fool-for-Christ, of Tabennisi, Egypt (ca. 365); Saint Isidore of Alexandria (319-404), Hieromonk and Hospitaller (hospital administrator) (404); Venerable Passarion the Presbyter (Passarion of Palestine), Agapius and Philemon (mid 5th c.); Blessed Thais (Taisia) of Egypt (5th c.) (see also October 8); Saint Laurence of Egypt, monk (6th c.); Martyrs Calepodius, Palmatius, Simplicius, Felix, Blanda and Companions (ca.222-232); Martyrs Alphius, Philadelphus, Cyprian, at Lentini in Sicily (251); Martyrs Erasmus, Onesimus, and 14 other martyrs, in Sicily (251); Saint Aurelian of Limoges, Disciple of St Martial of Limoges in France (3rd c.); Martyrs Quartus and Quintus, two citizens of Capua who were condemned and executed in Rome; Saint Comgall, founder and abbot of Bangor (602); Saint Cataldus, born in Munster in Ireland, became a monk at Lismore, then Bishop of Taranto; renowned for miracles (7th c.); Virgin-martyr Solangia (Solange) (880); Saint Simeon the Bishop of Vladimir and Suzdal of the Kiev Near Caves (1226); Saint Laurence, monastic founder at Mt. Pelion in Volos (late 14th c.); Blessed Simon of Yurievits and Zharki, Fool-for-Christ (1584); Saint Eustathios of Crimea (1745-1759), martyred in Theodosia, Crimea (1759); Saint Synesius of Irkutsk (1787); Other Commemorations: Passage of the relics (1087) of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker through the island of Zakynthos, while on their way to Bari; Translation of the relics (1670) of the Blessed martyr Basil of Mangazea in Siberia (1602); "Kiev-Bratskaya" Icon of the Mother of God (1654); Repose of Eldress Taisia (Thaisia) of Voronezh (1840); Repose of Hieromonk Andrew (in schema Abramius) of Whitehoof Convent (1902).

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