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December 26 2014:

The Nativity of Christ
The Holy Family in Egypt

Second Day of the Feast of the Nativity; Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos; Commemoration of the Flight into Egypt of the Most Blessed Theotokos; The holy righteous ones: Joseph the Betrothed, David the King, and James the Brother of the Lord; Saint Archelaus, Bishop of Harran in Northern Mesopotamia (ca.280); Saint Zeno (Zenon), Bishop of Majuma (the port of Gaza), in Palestine (4th c.); Hieromartyr Euthymius of Sardis (Euthymios the Confessor), Bishop of Sardis (840); Venerable Evaristus (Evarestos), Monk of the Studion Monastery (825); Saint Dionysius of Rome, Pope of Rome (268); Saint Marinus, the son of a senator in Rome, he was martyred by beheading under Numerian (283); Saint Zosimus of Rome, a Greek Pope of Rome (418); Saint Tathai (Tathan, Tathaeus, Athaeus), Abbot of Llantathan (early 6th c.); Saint Jarlath, first Bishop of Tuam, founder of the monastery of Cluain Fois, near Tuam (Ireland) (ca. 540); Saint Theodore the Sacrist, a holy man and contemporary of St Gregory the Great in Rome (6th c.); Saint Amaethlu (Maethlu) (6th c.); Saint Nicodemus of Tismana, Romania (1406); New Hieromartyr Constantius the Russian, Priest at Constantinople, by beheading (1743); New Hieromartyrs Alexander and Demetrius, Priests (1918); New Hieromartyrs Nicholas, and Nicholas, Priests, and Michael, Deacon (1930); New Hieromartyr Leonidas (Antoshchenko), Bishop of Mariisk (1937); New Hieromartyr Basil (Mazurenko), Hieromonk (1937); New Martyr Augusta (Zashchuk), Schema-Nun (1937); Virgin-martyrs Anthisa and Makaria (1937); New Hieromartyr Andrew, Bishop of Ufa (1937); New Martyr, Valentina, (1937); Hieromartyr Alexander, Priest (1937); Venerable New Hieromartyr Isaac II (Bobrikov), Archimandrite of Optina Monastery (1938); New Hieromartyr Gregory, Priest (1938); Virgin-martyrs Augusta and Mary (1938); Martyr Agrippina (1938); Other Commemorations: Repose of Abbot Barlaam the Righteous of Valaam and Optina Monasteries (1849); Repose of Archimandrite Irenarchus (Rosetti) of Mt. Tabor (1859); Icons: Icon of the "Mother of God of "Vilna" ("Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn"); Icon of the Mother of God "the Three Joys"; Icon of the Mother of God "Merciful" (Greek: Eleousa); Icon of the Mother of God "the Blessed Womb" or "Barlovsk" (1392); Icon of the Mother of God "Baibuzsk" (Baibuskaya) (1852).

( December 13 2014: Julian Calendar )

The martyrdom of Eustratius, Auxentius, Eugene, Mardarius and Orestes.
St. Lucy of Syracuse.
St. Herman of Alaska
New Hieromartyr Protopresbyter Vladimir Lozina-Lozinsky.

Martyrs Eustratius, Auxentius, Eugene, Mardarius, and Orestes, at Sebaste (284-305); Venerable Ares, monk in the Egyptian desert; Venerable Arsenius the Ascetic of Mt. Latros (ca.8th-10th c.); Martyr Antiochus of Sulcis, under Emperor Hadrian (ca.110); Virgin-Martyr Lucy of Syracuse (Lucia) (304); Saint Columba of Terryglass and Holy Island on Lough Derg, Ireland (549) (see also December 12); Saint Judoc (Judocus, Judganoc, Josse), a Priest, brother of King Judicäel of Brittany, became a hermit in Villiers-Saint-Josse (Ponthieu) (ca.668); Saint Aubert, Bishop of Cambrai-Arras in France, founded monasteries including Saint Vaast Abbey in Arras (669); Saint Odilia of Alsace (Otilia, Othilia) (ca.720); Saint Edburga of Minster-in-Thanet, a disciple of St Mildred, whom she probably succeeded as Abbess of Minster-in-Thanet in 716 (751); Saint Tassio, Duke of Bavaria and a great monastic benefactor, became a monk at Jumièges Abbey, reposed at Lorsch Abbey (ca.794); Saints Einhildis and Roswinda, nuns at Hohenburg Abbey in Alsace in France with St Ottilia (8th c.); Saint Wilfrid (Wiffred), a monk and Abbot of the Monastery of St Victor in Marseilles, France (1021); Venerable Arcadius of Novy Torg, Monk of Novotorzhok, disciple of St. Ephrem (1077); Saints Neophytos, Ignatius, Procopius and Neilos, founders of the Holy Monastery of Machaira, Cyprus (1145, 1172); Saint Mardarius, Recluse of the Kiev Caves (13th c.); Hieromartyr Gabriel I of Pec, Archbishop of Serbia (1659); Saint Dositheus, Metropolitan of Moldavia (Romania) (1693); Venerable Nicodemus of Romania; Repose of Venerable Herman of Alaska, Wonder-worker of All America (1836) (see also December 12 - Service sung; and August 9 - feast day); New Hieromartyr Alexander, Priest, and Martyr John (1920); New Hieromartyr Vladimir Lozina-Lozinsky, Protopresbyter of St. Petersburg (1937); New Hieromartyrs Alexander and Jacob, Priests (1937); New Hieromartyr Nicholas (Amasisky), Priest of Alma-Ata (1938); New Hieromartyrs Emilian and Basil, Priests (1941); Other Commemorations: Synaxis of the First Martyrs of the American land: Hieromartyr Juvenaly (1796) and Peter the Aleut (ca.1815) (see also September 24 - Synaxis of All Saints of Alaska); Repose of Schemamonk Panteleimon “the Resurrected,” of Glinsk Hermitage (1895); Repose of Blessed Maximus of Ustiug (1906); Repose of Bishop Theodore, Wonderworker of Trolov Convent in Kiev (1924); Repose of Hieromonk Joel of Valaam (1937).

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