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March 22 2017:

St. Drosida, the daughter of the Roman Emperor Trajan
St. Isaac the Confessor

Virgin-confessor Drosida of Antioch (Drosis), daughter of Emperor Trajan, and with her five Virgin-martyrs: Agalida, Apollinaria, Daria, Mamthusa, and Thais (104-117); Martyrs Kalliniki and Vasilissa of Rome (252); Hieromartyr Basil of Ancyra, Priest of Ancyra (362); Saint Isaac the Confessor, founder of the Dalmatian Monastery at Constantinople (383) (see also May 30) Saint Epaphroditus, by tradition the first Bishop of Terracina in Italy (1st century); Saint Paul, Bishop of Narbonne, Brittany (3rd century); Saint Lea of Rome, an aristocrat in Rome who on the death of her husband entered the convent of St Marcella (384); Saint Deogratius, Bishop of Carthage in North Africa (457); Saint Octavian and Companions, Archdeacon of the Church in Carthage in North Africa, martyred with several thousand companions under the Arian Vandal King Hunneric (484); Saint Saturninus and Companions, a group of ten martyrs in North Africa; Saint Trien (Trienan), a disciple of St Patrick and Abbot of Killelga in Ireland (5th century); Saint Darerca of Ireland, sister of St Patrick of Ireland (5th century); Saint Fáilbe mac Pípáin, the eighth Abbot of Iona in Scotland (680); Martyr Basil of Mangazea in Siberia, Wonderworker (1602) (see also June 6 and May 10); New Monk-martyr Euthymius of Dimitsana and Mt. Athos, at Constantinople (1814); Hieromartyr Basil (Zelentsov), Bishop of Prilutsk, Vicar of Poltava (1930); New Confessor Schema-abbess Sophia (Grineva) of Kiev (1941), and her priest Demetrius Ivanov (1934); Other Commemorations: "The Izborsk" Icon of the Mother of God (1657); Commemoration of Maria Berushko of Brazil and eight students who died trying to save people during a fire in their school (1986).

( March 9 2017: Julian Calendar )

Holy Forty Martyrs of Sebaste
St. Constantine of Cornwall and Govan
Albazin Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos

Martyr Urpasianus the Senator, at Nicomedia, by being burned alive (c. 305); The Holy Forty Martyrs of Sebaste (320): Cyrion (Quirio), Candidus, Domnus, Hesychius, Heraclius, Smaragdus, Eunoicus, Valens, Vivianus, Claudius, Priscus, Theodulus, Eutychius, John, Santhias, Helianus, Sisinius, Angius, Aetius, Flavius, Acacius, Ecdicius, Lysimachus, Alexander, Elias, Gorgonius, Theophilus, Dometian, Gaius, Leontius, Athanasius, Cyril, Sacerdon, Nicholas, Valerius, Philoctimon, Severian, Chudion, Aglaius, and Meliton; Saint Caesarius of Nazianzus (Caesarios the Doctor), brother of St. Gregory the Theologian (369); Saint Philoromus the Confessor, of Galatia (4th century); Saint Tarasius the Wonderworker, of Lycaonia; Saint Pacianus, Bishop of Barcelona (390); Saint Constantine of Cornwall and Govan, King of Cornwall, protomartyr of Scotland (576) (see also March 11); Saint Bosa of York, Bishop of York (705); Venerable Vitalis of Castronovo, Sicily (994); Saint Anthony, a monk at Luxeuil in France, became a hermit in Froidemont in Franche-Comté (10th century); Saint Jonah, Archbishop of Novgorod (1470) New Martyrs (two priests and forty students) of Momisici (Montenegro) (1688); Venerable Elder Cleopas of Ostrov-Vvedensky Monastery, disciple of Saint Paisius Velichkovsky (1778); Saint Theodosius Levitsky, priest of Balta, Odessa (1845); Saint Dimitra (Ihorova), nun and foundress of the Vvedensk (Vovedenska) Convent in Kiev (1878); New Hieromartyr Mitrophan Buchnoff, Archpriest, of Voronezh (1931); New Hieromartyr Joasaph (Shakhov), Abbot, of Popovka (Moscow) (1938); New Hieromartyrs Michael Maslov, Alexis Smirnov, Demetrius Glivenko, Sergius Lebedev, and Sergius Zvetkov, Priests, and Nicholas Goryunov, Protodeacon (1938); Virgin-martyrs Natalia Yulianova and Alexandra Samoylovoy (1938); Other commemorations: "Albazin" Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos ("The Word Was Made Flesh") (1666); Repose of Schema-Archimandrite Theophilus (Rossokha) of Kiev (1996).

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