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February 12 2016:

The Holy Trinity

Holy martyrs Prima, Ampelius, Dativus, Plotinus, Saturninus, Fabius, Felix and their companions, in Carthage, by the sword (see also: February 11); Saint Meletius, Archbishop of Antioch (381); Saint Mary, nun (called Marinus), and her father Saint Eugene, monk, at Alexandria (6th century); Saint Antony II of Constantinople, Patriarch (901); Saint Sisinnios, 'Bishop of God', in the region of the Metropolis of Ephesus (c. 919-944); Martyrs Modestus and Julian, at Carthage (2nd century?); Saint Modestus, a deacon, born in Sardinia and martyred under Diocletian (c. 304); Saint Eulalia of Barcelona, virgin-martyr under Diocletian (c. 304) (see also December 10 and August 22); Saint Damian, a martyr in Rome whose relics were found in the Catacombs of St Callistus; Saint Gaudentius of Verona, Bishop of Verona in Italy, Confessor (c. 465); Saint Æthelwold of Lindisfarne (740); Saint Benedict Revelli, monk, who became Bishop of Albenga in 870 (c. 900); Saint Julian the Hospitaller; Saint Prochorus of Georgia, builder of Holy Cross Monastery near Jerusalem (1066); Venebrable hieromartyr John the Sinaite (1091); New Monk-martyrs Luke (Mukhaidze) (1277) and Nicholas (Dvali) (1314), of Jerusalem, and the holy fathers of the Georgian monasteries in Jerusalem; Saint Alexis, Metropolitan of Moscow and Wonder-worker of All Russia (1378); Saint Bassian, founder and Abbot of Ryabovsky Forest Monastery in Uglich (1509) New Martyr Christos the Gardener, at Constantinople (1748) Saint Meletius, Archbishop of Kharkov (1840); Venerable Meletios of Ypseni (Meletios of Lardos), founder of the Monastery of Panagia Ypseni, Rhodes, in 1855 (19th century); New Hieromartyr Alexius (Buy), Bishop of Voronezh (1930) New Martyr Mitrophan, Archpriest (1931); Other Commemorations: Appearance of the Iveron Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos ("Panagia Portaitissa" or "Gate-Keeper"), Mt. Athos (9th century) (see also March 31); Repose of the cave-dweller Anastasia (Logacheva) of Ardatov (1875).

( January 30 2016: Julian Calendar )

The Three Holy Hierarchs

Synaxis of the Three Holy Hierarchs: Saints Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom; Hieromartyr Hippolytus, priest, of Antioch, martyred in the period of the heretical Novatianists; Hieromartyr Hippolytus of Rome, Bishop of Rome, and those with him (269): Martyrs Censorinus, Sabinus, Ares, the virgin Chryse (Chryse of Rome), Felix, Maximus, Herculianus, Venerius, Styracius, Mennas, Commodus, Hermes, Maurus, Eusebius, Rusticus, Monagrius, Amandinus, Olympius, Cyprus, Theodore the Tribune, Maximus the Presbyter, Archelaus the deacon, and Cyriacus the bishop – all beheaded at Ostia under Roman Emperor Claudius Gothicus and a vicarius named Ulpius Romulus; Venerable Zeno the Hermit, of Antioch (414), disciple of St. Basil the Great; Martyr Theophilus the New, in Cyprus (784); Venerable Kyriakos, ascetic of the Great Lavra of St. Sabbas the Sanctified (7th-8th centuries); Saint Peter I of Bulgaria, King of Bulgaria (969); Saint Martina of Rome, a martyr in Rome under Alexander Severus (228); Saint Savina of Milan (Sabina), who ministered to martyrs in prison and buried their bodies during the persecution of Diocletian (311); Saint Armentarius of Antibes, first Bishop of Antibes in Provence in France (c. 451); Martyrs Felician, Philippian and Companions, a group of 126 martyrs in North Africa; Saint Tudy (Tudclyd, Tybie), a virgin in Wales; Llandydie church in Dyfed is named after her (5th century); Saint Adelgonda, foundress of Maubeuge Abbey (680); Saint Balthildes, Queen of France and nun of Chelles (680); Saint Armentarius of Pavia, Bishop of Pavia (c. 711); Saint Amnichad (Amnuchad), a monk and then a hermit at Fulda monastery (1043); Venerable Zeno the Faster, of the Kiev Caves Monastery (14th century); New Martyr Hadji-Theodore of Mytilene (Mt. Athos) (1784); New Martyr Demetrius of Sliven (1841); Saint Theophil, fool-for-Christ, of Svyatogorsk Monastery (1868); Blessed Pelagia of Diveyevo Monastery, fool-for-Christ (1884); New Hieromartyr Vladimir Kristenovich, Priest (1933); New Martyr Stephen Nalivayko (1945). Other Commemorations: Commemoration of the deliverance of the island of Zakynthos from the plague by Saint George the Great-Martyr (1688); Finding of the Wonderworking Icon of Panagia Evangelistria of Tinos (1823); Day of Letters / Greek Letters Day (Greek Orthodox Church).

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