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Today's feastsApril 30:
Holy Apostle James (44), the brother of Saint John the Theologian; Hieromartyr Maximus, at Ephesus, during the persecution of Decius; Hieromartyr Aphrodisius, and 30 martyrs, at Alexandria; Saint Donatus of Euroea, Bishop of Euroea in Epirus (387); Saint Clement the Hymnographer, Abbot of the Studion Monastery (9th c.); Martyr Sophia of Fermo (ca.250); Martyrs Marianus, James and Companions, at Lambaesis, an ancient town in Numidia in North Africa (259); Martyrs Eutropius and Estelle, of Saintes (Gaul) (3rd c.); Saints Quintian and Atticus; Hieromartyr Laurence, at Novara, and some boys whom he was teaching (397); Saint Pomponius of Naples, Bishop of Naples in Italy (508-536) and a strong opponent of Arianism (536); Saint Desideratus of Gourdon, hermit (ca.569); Saint Cynwl of Wales, Hermit, brother of Saint Deiniol and first Bishop of Bangor (6th c.); Saint Erconwald of London, Bishop of London (693); Saint Swithbert the Younger, Bishop of Werden in Westphalia (807); Martyrs Isidore, Elias and Paul of Cordoba, Spain, by the Moors (856); Saint Forannan, Abbot of Waulsort Abbey in Belgium (982); Saint Simon (Symeon), Metropolitan of Moscow (1511); Saint Ignatius (Brianchaninov), Bishop of the Caucasus and Stavropol (1867); Other Commemorations: Uncovering of the relics of Saint Basil of Amasea, bishop (322); Uncovering of the relics (1558) of Saint Nicetas of Novgorod, Bishop (1108); Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos "of the Passion" (1641); Uncovering of the relics (1725) of New martyr Argyra of Prussa (1721); Repose of Schema-Abbess Martha Protasieva, disciple of Saint Paisius Velichkovsky (1813); Miraculous icon of the Mother of God of Sambir, Ukraine; Translation of the relics of St Valentinus the Martyr (3rd c.) (July 6), to Sambir Cathedral (St. Paraskeva Pyatnycya church, Lviv); Translation of the relics of Saint Sabbas of Zvenigorod Monastery (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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