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Today's feastsMarch 24:
Forefeast of the Annunciation; Saint Artemon, Bishop of Seleucia in Pisidia (1st century); Hieromartyr Artemon, presbyter of Laodicea (284-305); Martyr Timolaus and 7 Companions with him (8 Martyrs) in Caesarea Palaestina, by beheading (305); Venerable Zachariah the Recluse, of Egypt (4th century); Venerable Martin of the Thebaid, monk; Venerable Abraham of Mount Latros, ascetic; Saint Thomas, Abbot of the monastery of St. Euthymius (542); Venerable Jacob of Catania (James the Confessor), Bishop of Catania (c. 730); Saint Severus of Catania, Bishop of Catania (c. 812); Saint Flavius Latinus of Brescia, third Bishop of Brescia in Italy (84-115); Martyrs Romulus and Secundus, brothers, in Mauritania (Barbary), who suffered for the faith of Christ; Saint Pigmenius, a priest in Rome thrown into the Tiber under Julian the Apostate (362); Saint Domangard (Donard), patron of Maghera in Co. Down in Ireland, who lived as a hermit on the mountain now called Slieve-Donard after him (c. 500); Saint Macartan (Macartin, Maccarthen, Mac Cairthinn of Clogher), an early disciple and companion of St Patrick of Ireland, Bishop of Clogher (c. 505); Saint Cairlon (Caorlan, Carláen), an abbot in Ireland who became Archbishop of Cashel (6th century); Saint Caimin of Inis Cealtra (of Holy Island on Lough Derg), Bishop-Abbot of Inis Cealtra and possibly the first Bishop of Killaloe (653) (see also March 25); Saint Hildelith, Abbess of Barking Abbey (c. 712) Venerable Zachariah, Faster of the Kiev Caves Monastery (12th century); Martyrs Stephen and Peter of Kazan (1552); New Hieromartyr Parthenius III, Patriarch of Constantinople (1657); Venerable Savvas the New of Kalymnos (1947) (see also [March 25]]; April 7-Greek; and the fifth Sunday of Great Lent); New Hieromartyr Vladimir Pankin, Priest, of Chimkent (1920); Other Commemorations: Synaxis of the Icon of the Theotokos "The Clouded Mountain" (also "the Uncut Mount" or "Smoky Mountain"), in Tver; Commemoration of the miracle at the Kiev Caves Lavra.
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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