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Today's feastsFebruary 11:
Hieromartyr Blaise (Vlassios), Bishop of Sebaste, and the two children and seven women martyred with him (316); Hieromartyr Lucius of Adrianople (348); Righteous Theodora the Iconodule, wife of Emperor Theophilus the Iconoclast; Saint Blaise the Hieromartyr of Acarnania (1006); Saint Calocerus, disciple of St Apollinaris, whom he succeeded as Bishop of Ravenna, Confessor (c. 130); Martyrs of North-West Africa, the 'Guardians of the Holy Scriptures' (303); Martyrs Saturninus, Dativus, Felix, Ampelius, Victoria and Companions (304) (see also February 12); Saint Lazarus of Milan, Archbishop, who defended his flock from the Ostrogoths (449); Saints Priscus the Bishop, with Castrensis, Tammarus, Rosius, Heraclius, Secundinus, Adjutor, Mark, Augustus, Elpidius, Canion and Vindonius, priests (5th century); Saint Severinus, Abbot of Agaunum in Switzerland (507); Saint Desideratus (Désiré), successor of St Avitus as Bishop of Clermont in Auvergne (6th century); Saint Desiderius, Bishop of Vienne and martyr (608); Saint Cædmon of Whitby, monk of Whitby, Yorkshire, father of English poetry (c. 680); Saint Gobnait, Abbess of Ballyvourney, Cork, Ireland (7th century); Saint Gregory II, Pope of Rome (731); Saint Benedict of Aniane, monastic reformer (821); Saint Gabriel of Pskov (Prince Vsevolod of Pskov), Prince and wonderworker of Pskov (1138); Venerable Demetrius, monk and wonderworker of Priluki Monastery in Vologda (1392); New Martyr George of Kratovo, Serbia, at Sofia, burned at the stake (1515) Venerable Cassian the Barefoot (in the world 'Kosmas'), ascetic of the Joseph-Volokolamsk Monastery (1532); Other Commemorations: Uncovering of the relics of Saint Zechariah the Prophet, the father of St. John the Baptist (415) Repose of Archbishop Simon of Shanghai and Peking (1933).
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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