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Today's feastsDecember 3:
Prophet Zephaniah (Sophonias) (635-605 b.c.); Martyrs Agapius, Seleucus, and Mamas, Indus, Domna, Glycerius, and 40 Martyrs, in Sofianá; Venerable Theodoulos (Theodoulus the Stylite), Eparch of Constantinople (440); Venerable Theodoulos the Cypriot, monk; Saint John the Silent (John Hesychastes), Bishop of Colonia (Taxara) in Armenia, and later a monk of St. Sabbas Monastery (558); Hieromartyr Patriarch Theodore I of Alexandria, Archbishop of Alexandria (607-609); Saint Lucius (Lucios) of Britain, British noble who asked that missionaries be sent to Britain, founding the dioceses of London and Llandaff (2nd c.); Martyr Cassian of Tangier (298); Saint Mirocles, Archbishop of Milan and Confessor, helped develop the Ambrosian Liturgy and chanting (318); Martyr Agricola, in Pannonia; Martyrs Claudius, Crispin, Magina, John, and Stephen, in Africa; Saint Ethernan, born in Scotland, became a bishop in Ireland, returned to preach the Gospel in Scotland; Saint Birinus (Birinos), Bishop of Dorchester-on-Thames, "Apostle to the West Saxons", Enlightener of Wessex (649); Saint Eloquius (Eloque), disciple and successor of St Fursey as Abbot of Lagny (660); Saint Attalia (Attala), a niece of St Ottilia, she became a nun and Abbess of St Stephen's in Strasbourg (741); Saint Sola (Sol, Solus, Suolo), Anglo-Saxon missionary priest under St. Boniface (Germany) (794); Saint Abbo of Auxerre, Bishop of Auxerre (860); Saint Sabbas of Storozhev (Sabbas of Zvenigorod), Abbot of Storozhev in Zvenigorod, disciple of St. Sergius of Radonezh (1406) (see also January 19); New Hieromartyr Gabriel II of Constantinople, (previously Bishop of Ganos), at Prusa (1659); Saint Ilarion (Hrihorovish), Native of Chernihiv, Monk of the Kyiv-Bratsky Monastery, Bishop (1759); New Monk-Martyr Cosmas of St. Anne's Skete on Mount Athos (1760); Saint George of Cernica and Caldarushani, Archimandrite, Romania (1806); New Martyr Angelus (Angelos) of Chios, formerly a doctor of Argos (1813); New Hieromartyr Andrew (Kosovky), Protopresbyter of Simferopol-Crimea (1920); Saint Parasceva (Rodimtseva), Abbess of Toplovsky Convent in Simferopol (1928); New Hieromartyr Nicholas (Yershov), Priest of Yaroslavl-Rostov (1930 or 1937); Saint Gregory, Confessor (1960); Other commemorations: Repose of King Magnus II of Sweden and Valaam (Magnus IV), Gregory in schema (1371); Repose of Archimandrite Theophanes of Novoezersk Monastery in Novgorod (1832); Commemoration of Nun Rafaela (Chernetska) of Zhitomir (2005).
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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