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Today's feastsMay 1:
Prophet Jeremiah (7th-6th c. b.c.); Saint Philosophos the Martyr, at Alexandria (252); Martyr Batas of Nisibis (Bata the Persian) (ca. 364); Saint Isidora the Fool-for-Christ, of Tabennisi, Egypt (ca. 365); Monk-martyr Romanus of Raqqa (780); St. Michael, ascetic of Chalcedon (8th-9th c.); Saint Symeon of Syracuse (or of Mount Sinai or Trier) (1035); Martyr Andeolus of Smyrna, a subdeacon from Smyrna sent to France by St Polycarp, martyred near Viviers on the Rhône (208); Martyrs Orentius and Patientia, husband and wife who lived at Loret near Huesca in Spain, parents of St. Laurence the Martyr (240); Martyrs Acius (Ache) the Deacon, and Aceolus (Acheul) the Sub-deacon, martyred near Amiens in France under Diocletian (303); Saint Grata of Bergamo, a holy woman from Bergamo, zealous in securing Christian burial for the bodies of the martyrs (ca.307); Saint Agapetos (Amator), bishop of Auxerre (418); Saint Orentius of Auch (Orientius), a hermit in the Lavendan valley near Tarbes in France, Bishop of Auch (Augusta Ausciorum) for over 40 years (ca.439); Saint Corentin, Bishop of Quimper (460); Saint Brioc, Abbot of St. Brieuc (ca. 502); Martyr Sigismund, king of Burgundy (524); Saint Marcul, Hieromonk of Corbeny, founder of a monastery on the Egyptian model in Nanteuil in France (ca.558); Saint Ceallach (Kellach), a disciple of St Kieran of Clonmacnoise, became Bishop of Killala in Ireland, ended his life as a hermit (6th c.); Saint Asaph, Bishop in North Wales (6th-7th c.) Saint Aredius of Gap (Arigius, Arey), Bishop of Gap in France for twenty years (604); Saint Ultan, Irish missionary monk of Burgh Castle (East Anglia), Fosse and Peronne (Gaul) (657); Saint Bertha of Val d'Or, martyr, founder and abbess of Avenay in the diocese of Châlons-sur-Marne (680); Martyr Evermarus of Tongres, pilgrim murdered by robbers at Rousson, near Tongres, Belgium (ca.700); Saint Théodard, Archbishop of Narbonne (893); Saint Benedict of Szkalka, a hermit on Mount Zobor in Hungary, renowned for his asceticism, murdered by robbers (1012); Saint Tamara the Great, Queen of Georgia (1213); Saint Paphnutius of Borovsk, Abbot (1477); Hieromartyr Macarius, Metropolitan of Kiev (1497); St. Zosimas, bishop of Kumurdo (15th c.); Saint Gerasimus of Boldinsk, Abbot (1554); Saint Panaretos of Cyprus, Archbishop (1791); New Martyrs Euthymius, Ignatius (1814), and Acacius (1815) of Mount Athos; Archbishop Martyr Sabbas (1821); Venerable Nikephoros of Chios, monk (1821); New Martyr Mary of Mirambelos (Mary of Crete) (1826); Schemamonk Saint Luke of Glinsk Hermitage (1898); Virgin-martyr Nina (Kuznyetsova), new martyr of Vologda (1938); Other Commemorations: Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos "Unexpected Joy" (“Neochikuvana Radist”) from Andronikov Monastery; "Myrrh-Bearing" Icon of the Mother of God of Tsarevokokshaisk (in the province of Kazan) (1647); Translation of the relics of Saint Walburga, Abbess of Heidenheim.
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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