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Today's feasts

January 21 2017:

St Maximus the Confessor
St Maximus the Greek of Russia
Panagia Paramythea

Martyrs Eugenios, Candidus, Valerianus, and Aquilas, at Trebizond (303); Virgin-martyr Agnes of Rome (c. 304) (see also January 20); Martyr Neophytus of Nicaea (305); The Holy Four Martyrs of Tyre, by the sword; Venerable Apollonios of the Thebaid, ascetic (4th century) (see also March 31); Venerable Maximus the Confessor (662); Martyr Anastasius (662), disciple of St. Maximus the Confessor; Saint Zosimas, Bishop of Syracuse (662); Martyrs Gabriel and Zionios, and companions, under the Bulgarian ruler Omurtag (c. 814-831); Venerable Neophytus of Vatopedi (Mount Athos); Saint Publius, first Bishop of Malta and later Bishop of Athens (c. 112 or c. 161-180) (see also March 13); Saint Fructuosus, Bishop of Tarragoña in Spain, and Deacons Augurius and Eulogius (259); Martyr Patroclus of Troyes, under Aurelian (ca. 270-275); Saint Epiphanius of Pavia, Bishop of Pavia (496); Saint Brigid (Briga), known as St Brigid of Kilbride, venerated around Lismore in Ireland (6th century); Saint Lawdog (6th century); Saint Vimin (Wynnin, Gwynnin), a Bishop in Scotland, said to have founded the monastery of Holywood (6th century); Saint Meinrad of Einsiedeln, hermit, martyred by robbers (861); Saint Maccallin (Macallan), Abbot of Saint-Michel-en-Thiérache Abbey and Waulsort (978); Venerable Maximus the Greek of Russia (1556); Venerable Timon, monk (desert-dweller) of Nadeyev and Kostroma (1840); Saint George-John (Mkheidze) of Georgia (1960); New Hieromartyr Elias Berezovsky, Priest of Alma-Ata (1938); Other Commemorations: Synaxis of All the Martyred Saints, from Protomartyr Stephen up to the present; Synaxis of the Church of Holy Peace (Saint Irene), by the Sea in Constantinople; Icons: "Paramythia" Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (Vatopedi Mother of Consolation, Mother of God of Vatopedi), at Vatopedi monastery, Mt. Athos (807); Icon of the Mother of God "Stabbed" (Greek: "Esphagmeni", Slavonic: "Zaklannaya"), at Vatopedi monastery (14th century); Icon of the Mother of God "Xenophon Hodigitria" (1730).



( January 8 2017: Julian Calendar )

The Baptism of Christ

Afterfeast of the Theophany of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; Prophet Shemaiah (10th c. BC); Martyrs Julian and his wife Basilissa, and with them Marcionilla and her son Celsus, Anthony, Anastasius, seven children and twenty soldiers, at Antinoe in Egypt (283-305); Hieromartyr Carterius of Caesarea in Cappadocia (304); Saint Elias the Wonderworker, of Egypt (4th c.) - (see also: January 12 - Greek); Hieromartyr Theophilus the Deacon, and Martyr Helladius, in Libya (4th c.); Saint Atticus of Constantinople, Patriarch of Constantinople (425); Righteous Domnica of Constantinople (ca.474); Venerable Agathon of Egypt, monk (5th c.); Venerable Theodore of Constantinople, founder and abbot of the Monastery of Chora (ca. 595); Venerable George the Chozebite, Abbot (7th c.); Saint Cyrus of Constantinople, Patriarch of Constantinople (714); Martyr Abo of Tiflis, the Perfumer, of Baghdad, at Tbilisi, Georgia (786); Saint Emilian the Confessor, Bishop of Cyzicus (820) - (see also: August 8 - Greek); Saint Patiens, fourth Bishop of Metz (2nd c.); Hieromartyr Lucian the "Apostle of Beauvais", and martyrs Maximian and Julian, in Beauvais (290); Hieromartyr Eugenian of Autun, Bishop of Autun, staunch defender of Orthodoxy against Arianism (4th c); Saint Severinus of Noricum, monk of Göttweig Abbey, enlightener of Noricum Ripensis (482); Saint Ergnad (Ercnacta), nun (5th c.); Saint Maximus of Pavia, Bishop of Pavia (511); Saint Frodobert, a monk at Luxeuil in France, founder of the monastery of Moutier-la-Celle near Troyes (673); Saint Erhard of Regensburg, Bishop of Regensburg (Bavaria) (ca.686); Saint Albert of Cashel, English laborer in Ireland and Bavaria (7th c.); Holy Virgin Gudula, patroness of Brussels in Belgium (712); Saint Pega, an anchoress in the ancient Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia (719); Saint Garibaldus (Gaubald), first Bishop of Regensburg (762); Saint Æthelhelm (Athelm), the first Bishop of Wells, and later Archbishop of Canterbury (926); Saint Wulfsige III (Wulsin), monk who became Abbot of Westminster in 980, and Bishop of Sherborne in 993 (1002); Saint Gregory of Ochrid, Bishop of Moesia (1012); Venerable Gregory, Wonderworker of the Kiev Caves (1093); Venerable Gregory the Hermit of the Kiev Caves (14th c.); Venerable Macarius (Makris) of Vatopedi (on Mt. Athos), and of Pantocratoros monastery (in Constantinople), Abbot (1430); Hieromartyr Priest Isidore and 72 companions at Yuriev (Dorpats) in Estonia, slain by the Latins (1472); Saint Paisius of Uglich, Igumen of the Protection monastery, near Uglich (1504); Venerable Elder Isaiah of Valaam Monastery (1914); New Hieromartyr Victor, Priest (1937); New Hieromartyr Demetrius, Priest (1938); New Hieromartyr Vladimir, Priest (1938); Martyr Mikhail Novoselov (1938); New Hieromartyr Michael Rostov, Priest, Confessor, of Yaroslavl-Rostov (1941).



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