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Virgin-martyr Glyceria and her jailer Martyr Laodicius, at Heraclea (138).
Martyr Alexander of Rome (ca. 284-305). St. Pausicacius, bishop of Synnada (ca. 606). Sts. George the Confessor, his wife Irene and children, of Constantinople (ca. 842). St. Euthymius the New (1028), founder of Iveron Monastery, and his fellow Georgian saints of Mt. Athos: his father John (998), his cousin George (1065), and Gabriel (10th c.). Righteous Virgin Glyceria of Novgorod (1522). Translation of the relics of Hieromartyr Macarius of Kanev, archimandrite, of Ovruch and Pinsk (1688). St. Macarius, abbot, of Glushitsa Monastery (Vologda) (1480).
New Hieromartyrs Basil Sokolov, Christopher Nadezhdin, and Alexander Zaozersky, archpriests, and Macarius (Telegin), hieromonk, and Martyr Sergius Tikhomirov, of Moscow (1922). Synaxis of the 103 New Martyrs of Cherkassy (20th c.).
Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos of Pec.
St. Servatius, first bishop of Maastricht (384). St. Euthymius, patriarch of Jerusalem (1084). Commemoration of the monks of Iveron Monastery martyred by the Latins in the 13th century. St. Euphrosynus of Iveron (18th c.). St. Nicephorus, priest, of the monastery of Ephapsios.
Repose of Ryassaphore-monk John of St. Nilus of Sora Monastery (1863) and Eldress Sepfora of Klykovo (1997).
Thoughts for Each Day of the Year
Virgin-martyr Glyceria and her jailer Martyr Laodicius, at HeracleaSaint Glyceria suffered as a martyr for her faith in Christ in the second century, during a persecution against Christians under the emperor Antoninus (138-161).
Martyr Alexander of RomeThe Holy Martyr Alexander suffered for Christ at the beginning of the fourth century.
St. Pausicacus the Bishop of SynnadaSaint Pausicacus, Bishop of Synnada, lived at the end of the sixth century in the Syrian city of Apamea.
St. George the Confessor, with his wife and children of ConstantinopleThe Holy Confessor George suffered for the veneration of holy icons at Constantinople in the first half of the ninth century.
St. Euthymius the New, Founder of the Iveron Monastery and His Fellow Georgian Saints of Mt. AthosOur holy Father Euthymius was from the town of Tao in Georgia . He was the son of pious, noble and wealthy parents.
Righteous Virgin Glyceria of NovgorodRighteous Virgin Glyceria of Novgorod, was the daughter of Panteleimon, a starosta of Legoscha Street in Novgorod.
Martyr Macarius the Archimandrite of Kanev and PereyaslavlThe Hieromartyr Macarius of Kanev lived in the seventeenth century. This was a most terrible time for Orthodox Christians in western Rus.
Hieromartyr Basil Sokolov. Part 1. "Her Prayer Was Granted!"
Igumen Damascene (Orlovsky)Fr. Basil recognized that life cannot go so smoothly. This is not natural, he thought. It is written: In the world ye shall have tribulations, and of course it was not said in vain. One cannot avoid tribulations, just as a calm sea cannot escape storms. A storm is dangerous and terrifying after a long, pleasant calm. So are tribulations difficult for those who are not accustomed to them, especially after a long, unruffled, happy life. "Would that the Lord would send us a cross to try us," Batiushka secretly prayed, "not too heavy, but just so that we would not be forgetful of man's earthly lot.
Hieromartyr Basil Sokolov. "To all who love and remember me!"
Igumen Damascene (Orlovsky)One day after another dragged on in death row--from the sentence to martyric end. From prison he wrote to his natural and spiritual children. These letters were written over the course of the two weeks preceding the executions of the priests sentenced to be shot, and are a priceless monument of Christian epistemology of latter times, proceeding from the pen of a great pastor and holy martyr.
For the 100th Anniversary of the Shooting of the Radonezh MartyrsOn April 3, 1922, a commission came to the St. Sergius Church of the Lavra’s Holy Trinity dependency in Moscow, behaving deliberately rudely and blasphemously.
Holy Martyrs Killed by the Latins at the Iveron Monastery on Mt. Athos (13th century)
Archpriest Zakaria MachitadzeGeorgian monks began to settle on Mt. Athos in the middle of the 10th century, and a Georgian monastery, Iveron, was founded there not long after. At that time foreign armies were constantly invading Mt. Athos. In the 13th century the Crusaders stormed through the region, and between 1259 and 1306 the pope’s private army devastated Mt. Athos several times.