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Martyrs and Passion-Bearers Boris and Gleb
Martyrs and Passion-Bearers Boris and Gleb

Saints Boris and Gleb were sons of Saint Vladimir (July 15). Saint Boris was named Romanus and Saint Gleb was named David at their Baptism. After their father’s death the eldest son Sviatopolk planned to kill his brothers Boris, Gleb, and Yaroslav in order to seize power. He sent a message to…

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Martyr Christina of Tyre
Martyr Christina of Tyre

The Martyr Christina lived during the third century. She was born into a rich family, and her father was governor of Tyre. By the age of 11 the girl was exceptionally beautiful, and many wanted to marry her. Christina’s father, however, envisioned that his daughter should become a pagan…

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Venerable Polycarp, Archimandrite of the Kiev Far Caves

Saint Polycarp the Archimandrite entered the Kiev Caves Monastery, where he received monastic tonsure and struggled for the salvation of his soul. Soon Polycarp (whose name means “much fruit”) began to bear fruits of repentance and virtue. His relative Saint Simon (May 10), who became…

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Saint Hilarion of Tvali
Saint Hilarion of Tvali

Saint Hilarion of Tvali (Tulashvili) served as abbot of Khakhuli Monastery in southwestern Georgia at the beginning of the 11th century. In his work The Life of George of the Holy Mountain, George the Lesser writes that Venerable Hilarion was outstanding in virtue and celebrated for his sermons and…

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Synaxis of the Smolensk Saints

Abramius the wonderworker. + August 21, ca. 1224. Andrew, Prince. October 27(Uncovering of his relics) ca. 1390. Anthony, Bishop of Vologda. + October 26, 1588 & January 17. Arcadius, monk of Vyazma, disciple of Saint Ephraim of Novotorzhok. Ca. 1592. July 11, August 14 (translation of his relics…

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Saint Athenagoras of Athens

Saint Athenogoras was a Christian philosopher and apologist of the second century A.D. He probably came from Athens where he studied Middle Platonism and Stoic philosophy. He flourished during the time of the Roman emperors Marcus Aurelius (161-180) and Commodus (180 - 192). There are some basic…

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