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Martyr Conon of Isauria (1st c.). Translation of the relics of St. Theodore, prince of Smolensk and Yaroslavl, and his children Sts. David and Constantine (1463).
Martyr Onisius of Isauria (1st c.). Martyr Conon the Gardener, of Pamphylia (3rd c.). St. Mark the Faster, of Egypt (5th c.). St. Hesychius the Faster, of Bithynia (ca. 790). Monk-martyr Adrian (1550), founder of Poshekhonye Monastery (Rostov), and his fellow-ascetic St. Leonid (1549). Virgin-martyr Irais (Rhais) of Antinoe in Egypt. Martyr Eulogius of Palestine. Martyr Eulampius of Palestine. Sts. Basil (1249) and Constantine (1257), princes of Yaroslavl.
New Hieromartyrs Theophan (Grafov), hierodeacon of Borisoglebsk Monastery (Vladimir) and Mardarius (Isaev), hieromonk, of Yurievskoe (Yaroslavl) (1938).
St. Theophilus, bishop of Caesarea in Palestine (200). Martyr Archelaus and 152 Martyrs in Egypt (ca. 308). St. Kieran (Ciaran) of Saighir, Munster (5th c.-6th c.). St. Virgil, archbishop of Arles (618). New Martyr John the Bulgarian, at Constantinople (1784). New Hieromartyr Parthenius, bishop of Didymoteichon in Thrace (1805). New Martyr George of Rapsana, at Larissa (1818). St. Nikolai (Velimirovich), bishop of Ochrid and Zhicha, Serbia (1956).
Repose of Metropolitan Cornelius of Novgorod (1698).
Thoughts for Each Day of the Year
Martyr Conon of IsauriaWhen a persecution against Christians broke out in Isauria, one of the first to suffer was Saint Conon. He was subjected to fierce torments for his refusal to offer sacrifice to idols.
Finding of the relics of St Theodore the Prince of Smolensk, and Yaroslavl, and His ChildrenOn March 5, 1463, the relics of holy Prince Theodore and his sons, David and Constantine were uncovered at Yaroslavl .
St. Theodore the Prince of Smolensk and YaroslavTo give his daughter in marriage to a Russian prince meant to acknowledge him as an equal. More importantly, it meant that the khan would acknowledge the primacy of Orthodoxy, since before the wedding, the Tatar princess had to accept holy Baptism.
Sts. David and Constantine of Smolensk and YaroslavlSaint David and his brother Saint Constantine were sons of the holy right-believing Prince Theodore of Smolensk and Yaroslavl. They were born at the Golden Horde.
Martyr Onesimus of IsauriaThe Holy Martyr Onesimus (Onisius) lived in Palestine.
Martyr Conon the Gardener of PamphyliaThe saint suffered for his faith in Christ under the emperor Decius (249-251).
St. Mark the Ascetic of EgyptFrom his youth his fondest pursuit was the reading of Holy Scripture. It is said that he knew the whole Bible by heart.
St. Hesychius the Faster of BithyniaSaint Hesychius the Faster was born in the eighth century in the coastal city of Adrineia in Bithynia.
Monkmartyr Adrian of Poshekhonye, YaroslavlSaint Adrian began to make plans for the construction of a large stone church, and he gathered a sum of money for this purpose. One year after the repose of Elder Leonid, during Great Lent of 1550, on the eve of the commemoration of the 42 Ammoreian Martyrs (March 6), armed robbers burst into the monastery and murdered Saint Adrian after beating him.
Martyr Eulogius of PalestineThe Holy Martyr Eulogius was a native of Palestine.
Martyr Eulampius of PalestineThe Holy Martyr Eulampius lived in Palestine. He was beheaded for his faith in Christ.
Saint Kieran of Saighir
Dmitry LapaKieran in his spiritual labors imitated the feats of the Desert Fathers and especially St. John the Baptist, and, like many of them, he wore animal skins and slept on the ground. Angels were his companions and helpers from childhood throughout his life.
St. John the New Martyr of BulgariaWhen John was still a boy, he fell in with Moslem companions. Through various ways, he was led to renounce Christ and to follow Islam. He came to his senses when he was about sixteen, and was stricken with grief at his denial of Christ.
Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich: Serbia's New ChrysostomWhile the mere facts of Bishop Nikolai's life inspire awe, such a skeletal portrait does not explain his spiritual magnetism and the soul-penetrating power of his writings. These were the fruit of his life-long striving to know and to serve the Truth, which, in turn, kindled a habit of ceaseless prayer and a practiced consciousness of continually abiding in the presence of God.
Repose of St Nikolai of ZhichaHe was a man of compunctionate prayer, and possessesed the gift of tears which purify the soul. He was a true pastor to his flock protecting them from spiritual wolves, and guiding them on the path to salvation. He has left behind many soul-profiting writings which proclaim the truth of Christ to modern man.
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