December 26

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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).