Martyrs Augusta (Faustina) the Empress, Porphyrius Stratelates, and 200 soldiers, at Alexandria with Great-martyr Catherine (305-313). St. Mercurius the Faster, of the Far Caves in Kiev (14th c.). St. Simon, founder of Soiga Monastery (Vologda) (1561). St. Luke, steward of the Kiev Caves (13th c.).
New Hieromartyr Eugraphus Yevarestov, archpriest, of Ufa (1919). New Hieromartyrs Mitrophan Kornitsky and Alexander Levitsky, archpriests, of Starodub (Bryansk) (1937).
St. Hermogenes, bishop of Agrigentum (ca. 260). St. Romanus of Bordeaux (382). St. Gregory, founder of the monastery of the Golden Rock in Pontus. St. Portianus of Arthone (Gaul) (527). St. Protasius, hermit, of Auvergne (Gaul) (6th c.). Martyrs Flora and Maria, at Cordoba (851). St. Nicodemus the Younger, of Philokalos Monastery in Thessalonica (ca. 1305). Hieromartyr Clement, pope of Rome (101). Hieromartyr Peter, archbishop of Alexandria (311). St. Malchus of Chalcis in Syria (4th c.).
The Most Holy Virgin—the God-chosen Maiden, by her entrance into the Temple, heralds Christ to all, thereby loudly crying out to all: Behold, the promised and awaited Deliverer of all—the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God is nigh!
The Nativity fast was established so that we would prepare ourselves for day of Christ’s Nativity, purifying ourselves by repentance, prayer, and fasting, so that with a pure heart, soul, and body we might reverently greet the Son of God Who has appeared to the world.
Let us cultivate within ourselves every kind of love and heartfelt attraction to God, to Christ, to His holy Church. Let us give ourselves no rest until Christ, His Church, and the saints are dear to us not only in times of trouble, but also when we have no troubles, when we have nothing to implore, and there remains only to rejoice in the Lord and praise Him.
Behind the seven hills of Istanbul, the hive of activity, commerce and politics, and nestled beyond these hills, there stands a tiny Church of the Apostle Andrew the First Called. Time stands still there.
The wisdom and experience passed down by those who were able to acquire the invaluable wealth of the ability to turn everything for the good can help each of us, because even the smallest kind thought or a kind word can change much in our lives and the lives of those around us.