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Today's feastsFebruary 23:
Hieromartyr Polycarp of Smyrna, Bishop of Smyrna (167); Holy 73 Martyrs of Sirmium, under Diocletian (303); Martyr Clement, by the sword; Martyr Thea, by the sword; Venerable Gorgonia the Righteous (375), sister of St. Gregory the Theologian; Saint Alexander, founder of the Monastery of the "Unsleeping Ones", Constantinople (430); Saints John, Antioch, Antoninus, Moses, Zebinas, Polychronius, Moses (another), and Damian, ascetics near Cyrrhus in the Syrian desert (5th century); Saint John Theristes ("the Harvester") of Stylos in Calabria (9th or 11th century) (see also February 24); Saint Martha, virgin-martyr beheaded in Astorga in Spain under Decius (251); Saint Polycarp, a priest in Rome noted for ministering to those in prison for their faith (c. 300); Saint Romana, a virgin born in Rome who reposed at the age of eighteen while living as an anchoress in a cave on the banks of the Tiber (324); Saints Syncrotas, Antigonus, Rutilus, Libius, Senerotas and Rogatianus, martyrs at Sirmium in Pannonia (4th century); Saint Florentius of Seville, Confessor, a saint much venerated in Seville in Spain (c. 485); Saint Felix of Brescia, twentieth Bishop of Brescia (c. 650); Saint Jurmin, an East Anglian prince, son or nephew of King Anna of East Anglia, Confessor (653); Saint Boswell (Boisil), Abbot of Melrose Abbey in Scotland (c. 661) (see also February 24); Saint Mildburga (Milburgh), Abbess of Wenlock Priory (715); Saint Medrald (Mérald, Méraut), a monk at Saint-Evroult (Ebrulfus) of Ouche in France, who later became Abbot of Vendôme (c. 850); Saint Willigis, Archbishop of Mainz (1011); Venerable Damian of Esphigmenou Monastery, on Mount Athos (1280); Saint Cosmas of Zographou Monastery, Mount Athos (1281); Saint Moses of White Lake Monastery (Byelozersk), monk (1480); New Monk-martyr Damian of Philotheou and Kissavos, at Larissa (1586); New Hieromartyr Lazarus of the Peloponnese (c. 1618); Venerable Polycarp of Bryansk, monk of Bryansk (1620-1621)p; Saint Nazarius, Abbot of Valaam Monastery (1809); Saint Seraphim (Zenobius), Schema-Metropolitan of Tetritskaro, Georgia, monk of Glinsk Monastery (1985); New Hieromartyr Michael Edlinsky, Archpriest, of Kiev (1937) (see also November 17); New Hieromartyr Alexis Nikolsky, Priest (1938); New Hieromartyr Nicholas Dimitrov, Priest (1938); New Hieromartyr Michael Razhkin, Priest (1938); Martyr Sergius Borodavkin (1938); New Hieromartyr Sergius (Bukashkin), Hieromonk, of Novo-Alexandrovka, Moscow (1938); New Hieromartyr Antipas (Kyrillov), Hieromonk, of Tatarintsevo, Moscow (1938); New Hieromartyr Philaret (Pryakhin), Abbot, of Trubino, Tver (1942); Other Commemorations: Repose of Archimandrite Agapit (Belovidov) of Optina Monastery (1922); Uncovering of the relics of Blessed Matrona of Moscow (1998).
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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