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Today's feastsNovember 29:
Venerable Nicholas, Archbishop of Thessaloniki (c. 160); Hieromartyr Dionysius, Bishop of Corinth (182); Martyr Paramon and 370 others, at Bithynia (250); Martyr Philoumenos of Ancyra (274); Martyr Valerian, by the sword (274); Martyr Phaedrus, by pouring hot resin over him (274); Hieromartyr John, in Persia (4th century); Holy 6 Martyrs; Venerable Pitirim of Egypt (4th century), disciple of St. Anthony the Great; Saint Tiridates, King of Armenia (4th century); Saint Acacius of Sinai (6th century), mentioned in The Ladder (see also November 26); Hieromartyr Abibus, Bishop of Nekresi, Georgia (6th century); Saint Urban, Bishop of Macedonia; Venerable Pankosmios, monk; Venerable Mark; Hieromartyr Saturninus, venerated as the first Bishop of Toulouse (c. 257); Saint Blaise and Demetrius, martyrs in Veroli in central Italy; Hieromartyrs Saturninus and Sisinius (c. 309); Saint Illuminata, a virgin in Todi in Italy (c. 320); Saint Brendan of Birr (571); Saint Sadwrn (Sadwen), hermit, brother of St Illtyd and disciple of St Cadfan (6th century); Saint Hardoin, Bishop of St Pol-de-Léon in Brittany (7th century); Saint Æthelwine of Athelney (Egelwine, Aylwine), a prince of the house of Wessex who lived as a hermit at Athelney in Somerset (7th century); Saint Walderic, founder of the monastery of Murrhardt in Germany (c. 817); Saint Radboud of Utrecht, Bishop of Utrecht (917); Saint Gulstan (Gustan, Constans), a monk at St Gildas of Rhuys in Brittany (c. 1010); Saint Nectarius the Obedient, of the Kiev Caves (12th century); New Hieromartyr Sergius Kochurov, Priest (1941); New Hieromartyr Philoumenos (Hasapis) of Jacob's Well (1979) (see also November 16); Other Commemorations: Consecration of the Church of the Holy Martyrs Sergius and Bacchus; Repose of Blessed Abel "the Prophet", of Valaam Monastery (1831).
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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