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Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Saints for December 7

Today, besides St. Ambrose and the other big saints, we commemorate:

The Orthodox Lady burnt at Rome
In the years when Western Europe, ravaged by barbarian invasions, was experiencing a revival of Arianism, Old Rome itself partially fell into the hands of the heretics, who sought to catch prominent Christians in their nets. One day they seized a Roman noblewoman and obliged her to receive Arian baptism. On emerging from the font, she contemptuously threw two coppers to the heretical bishop, as if she were paying the attendant at a public bath. The enraged Arians burnt her to death.

The Holy Martyr Neophytus, who was thrown into the sea and drowned

The Holy Martyr Dometius, who was slain by the sword

The Holy Martyrs Isidore, Acepsimas, and Leo, who were burnt to death

The Holy Martyrs Gaius and Gaianus, who were burnt to death

St. Ignatius, who died in peace and whose body was laid to rest near the Church of the Blachernae in Constantinople

The Holy Martyr Priscus, who was starved to death

The Holy Martyr Martin, who was slaughtered with an axe

The Holy Martyr Nicholas, who was burnt to death

The Venerable John the Faster of the Lavra of the Kiev Caves, disciple of St. Antony.

(From "The Synaxarion: The Lives of the Saints of the Orthodox Church, Vol. 2, by Hieromonk Makarios of Simonos Petra)


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