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Today's feastsDecember 21:
Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ; Martyr Theomistocles of Myra in Lycia (251); Virgin-Martyr Juliana of Nicomedia, and with her 500 men by the sword, and 130 women by beheading (304); Venerable Macarius the Faster, Abbot of Khakhuli Monastery (ca.1034); Saint Honoratus of Toulouse, Bishop of Toulouse in France (3rd c.); Saint Severinus of Trier, Bishop of Trier in Germany (ca.300); Martyrs John and Festus, martyrs honoured in Tuscany in Italy; Saint Baudacarius, a monk at Bobbio Abbey in the north of Italy (650); Saint Beornwald of Bampton (Bernwald), a righteous priest in Bampton in Oxfordshire in England (10th c.); Saint John Vincent, a monk at St. Michael in Chiusa, then a hermit on Monte Caprario, finally a Bishop nearby (1012); Saint Peter of Kiev, Metropolitan of Kiev and Moscow, Wonderworker of All Russia (1326); Saint Juliana, Princess of Vyazma (Novotorzhok) (1406); Blessed Procopius of Vyatka, Fool-for-Christ (1627); Saint Philaret (Theodosius in schema), metropolitan of Kiev (1857); New Hieromartyr Michael Kiselev, Priest, at Perm (1918); New Hieromartyr Sergius, Deacon (1937); New Hieromartyr Nicetas (Pribytkov), Bishop of Belev (Belevsk) (1937); New Hieromartyr Leontius, Deacon (1940); Other commemorations: Repose of Blessed Peter “the Nose,” of Kama (ca. 1938); Repose of Schemamonk Michael of Harbin (1939); Finding of the relics (1950) of New Monk-martyr Ephraim of Nea Makri (1426); Repose of Mother Stavritsa the Missionary, missionary in Kenya (2000).
The Episcopal Assembly of North and Central America, founded in 2010, consists of all the active Orthodox bishops of North and Central America, representing multiple jurisdictions. It is the successor to SCOBA, and it is not, properly speaking, a synod. The Episcopal Assembly of North and Central America is one of several such bodies around the world which operate in the so-called "diaspora."
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