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Today's feastsDecember 16:
Prophet Haggai (Aggaeus) (500 BC); Martyr Marinus of Rome (283); Martyrs Promus (Probus) and Hilarion, by the sword; Saint Memnon, Archbishop of Ephesus (ca.440); Saint Modestus II, Patriarch of Jerusalem (634) (see also December 18); Saint Simeon, Archbishop of Antioch (834-840); Blessed Empress Theophania of Byzantium (893), wife of Byzantine Emperor Leo VI the Wise; Saint Nicholas Chrysoberges, Patriarch of Constantinople (995); Martyrs Valentine, Concordius, Navalis and Agricola, martyrs venerated in Ravenna in Italy. (ca.305); Women Martyrs of North-West Africa, a great number of women martyred under Hunneric, Arian King of the Vandals (482); Saint Dabheog (Beoc, Beanus, Mobeoc), founder of a monastery on an island in Lough Derg in Donegal in Ireland (5th c.); Saint Ado of Vienne (875); Saint Adelaide of Italy, daughter of the King of Burgundy, she was married to Lothair II of Italy, became a nun (999); Saint Sophia of Suzdal, nun (in the world Solomonia Saburova), wife of Grand Duke Basil III of Moscow (1542); New Hieromartyr Vladimir Alexeyev, Priest, of Okhansk (1918); New Hieromartyr Arcadius (Ostalsky), Bishop of Bezhetsk (1937); New Hieromartyr Alexander Kolokolov, Protopresbyter of Tver (1937); New Hieromartyr Paul Favoritov, Priest of Tver (1937); New Hieromartyr Macarius, Priest-monk of Tver (1937); New Hieromartyr Peter Zinoviev, Priest of Tver (1937); New Hieromartyr Theodosius Boldiriev, Priest of Tver (1937); New Hieromartyrs Priests Elias, and Vladimir (1937). Other events: Dedication of the Church of St. Christopher near St. Polyeuctos.
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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