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The Great Synaxaristes of the Orthodox Church: December

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Lives of the Saints translated from the Greek -- complete, unabridged, & annotated.

Compilers include Saint Symeon the Metaphrastes, Agapios the Cretan, Nikodemos the Hagiorite, Efthymios Zigabenos, Dositheos of Jerusalem, Church Fathers, and Athonite writers; also cited are Ecclesiastical Histories, together with Neon ParadeisonNeon ThesavronNeon EklogionNeon Martyrologion, and Ephraim.

The Lives of the Saints in English, together with homilies for major feast days, are arranged around the monthly lectionary calendar of the Orthodox Church.

This classic collection, which has inspired generations of Orthodox, is indispensable for all. No Orthodox library can be without this standard and blessed reference work. This should now be the first place to which one turns for information on the saints' struggles, sufferings, and achievements. The hagiographies are furnished with explanatory notes and references. An alphabetical index of the Saints and feast days has been included at the end of each volume.

Lavishly illustrated with icons, commemorating the Saints for each day of the month.

December Volume: 206 icons

Each month contains over a hundred accounts of Saints with full-length Lives and biographical notices, or feasts with homilies. Some major figures and days have received as many as one hundred pages. Thousands of additional names are also given with either simple commemorations or brief information.

121 Full-length Accounts for December

 

December 1

NAUM (NAHUM), PROPHET 1
ANTHONY THE NEW 10
Onesimos, Archbishop of Ephesus 14
PHILARET THE ALMSGIVER 15
ANANIOS THE PERSIAN, MARTYR 30
Ananios and Solochonos, Archbishops of Ephesus 30

December 2

ABBAKOUM (HABAKKUK), PROPHET 31
JOHN, HERAKLAIMON, ANDREW, AND THEOPHILOS, HERMITS 48
Solomon, Archbishop of Ephesus 48
MYROPE, VIRGIN-MARTYR 49
Habib, Martyr 53
KYRIL OF PHILEA, ASCETIC 53
Athanasios of the Lavra of the Kiev Caves, Anchorite 142

December 3

SOPHONIAS (ZEPHANIAH), PROPHET 143
THEODORE, ARCHBISHOP OF ALEXANDRIA, HIEROMARTYR 154
THEODOULOS OF CYPRUS, ASCETIC AND CLAIRVOYANT 155
THEODOULOS THE STYLITE 155
JOHN THE HESYCHAST, BISHOP OF KOLONEIA 157
Agapios, Selefkos, and Mamas, Martyrs 164
GABRIEL, NEW-HIEROMARTYR 164
ANGELIS, NEW-MARTYR 166

December 4

BARBARA, GREAT-MARTYR 179
JOHN OF DAMASCUS, PRESBYTER 188
JOHN, WONDER-WORKER, BISHOP OF POLYVOTOS 203
Juliane, Martyr 204
Christodoulos and Christodoule, Martyrs 204
SERAPHIM, NEW-HIEROMARTYR 204

December 5

SAVVAS THE SANCTIFIED 213
ANASTASIOS, MARTYR 267
Gratos, reposed in peace 268
Diogenes, Martyr 268
Averkios, Martyr 268
Nonnos, reposed in peace 268
NECTARIOS OF ATHOS, ASCETIC 268
Philotheos, Ascetic 274
MONKS AND CONFESSORS OF ATHOS, MARTYRS 275

December 6

NICHOLAS THE WONDER-WORKER, ARCHBISHOP OF MYRA 276
Earthquake, the divine warning of one impending 316
NICHOLAS KARAMANOS, NEW-MARTYR 316
Anthony the New and Neilos, Wonder-workers 317

December 7

AMBROSE, BISHOP OF MILAN 318
ATHENODOROS, MARTYR 369
Neophytos, Martyr 370
Dometios, Martyr 370
Isidore, Akepsimas, and Leo, Martyrs 371
Ammoun of Nitria, reposed in peace 371
Gaios and Gainos, Martyrs 371
300 MARTYRS OF AFRICA 371
Orthodox Martyrs of Africa 373
2 Hieromartyrs of Africa 373
60 Hieromartyrs of Africa 373
WOMAN OF ROME, MARTYR 374
Ignatios, Venerable Father 374
PAUL THE OBEDIENT 374
Gregory the Athonite, Hesychast and Monastery Builder 376
Priskos, Martyr 376
Martin, Martyr 376
Nicholas, Martyr 376
Consecration of the Church of the Theotokos 376
John the Faster 376

December 8

PATAPIOS, ASCETIC 377
SOSTHENES, APOLLOS, KEPHAS, AND OTHER APOSTLES 382
SOPHRONIOS, BISHOP OF CYPRUS 385

December 9

CONCEPTION BY RIGHTEOUS ANNA OF THE VIRGIN MARY 386
HANNAH, PROPHETESS 398
STEPHEN THE NEW LIGHT, ASCETIC 404
Sositheos the Persian, Martyr 406
Narses the Persian, Martyr 406
Isaac, Martyr 406

December 10

MENAS, HERMOGENES, AND EVGRAPHOS, MARTYRS 407
GEMELLOS, MARTYR 435
THOMAS THE DEFOURKINOS, ASCETIC 437
Theoteknos, Hieromartyr 442
Marianos, Martyr 442
Evgenios, Martyr 442

December 11

DANIEL, STYLITE 443
LUKE, STYLITE 489
AEITHALAS AND AKEPSEES, MARTYRS 493
MEIRAX OF EGYPT, MARTYR 494
VARSAVAS OF PERSIA, MARTYR 497
Terence, Vincent, Emilian, and Vevaia, Martyrs 497
LEONTIOS IN ACHAIA, ASCETIC 498
Nikon the Dry of the Kiev Caves, Ascetic 501

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FOREFATHERS, SUNDAY OF THE HOLY 502

 

December 12

SPYRIDON, WONDER-WORKER, BISHOP OF TRIMYTHOUS 506
SYNETUS, READER, MARTYR 544
ALEXANDER, ARCHBISHOP OF JERUSALEM, HIEROMARTYR 546
Amonathas of Pelusium, Hermit 547
Anthos of Palestine, Hermit 547
JOHN OF ZICHNE, METROPOLITAN, MONASTERY BUILDER 547

December 13

EFSTRATIOS, AFXENTIOS, EVGENIOS, AND OTHER MARTYRS 551
LUCIA OF SYRACUSE, MARTYR 578
ARES, MONK 579
ARSENIOS OF LATROS, MONK 580
GABRIEL, ARCHBISHOP OF SERBIA, NEW-HIEROMARTYR 582

December 14

THYRSOS, LEFKIOS, AND KALLINIKOS OF BITHYNIA, MARTYRS 584
PHILEMON, APOLLONIOS, ARRIANOS, AND OTHER MARTYRS 600
Earthquake, miraculous deliverance 610

December 15

ELEUTHERIUS OF ILLYRICUM, HIEROMARTYR 611
Anthia, Martyr 621
Koremon the Prefect, Martyr 621
2 Executioners, Martyrs 621
ELEFTHERIOS OF CONSTANTINOPLE, CHAMBERLAIN, MARTYR 621
SUSANNA OF PALESTINE, DEACONESS 623
BACCHOS THE NEW OF PALESTINE, MONK-MARTYR 624
PARDOS THE SOLITARY, ASCETIC 626
PAUL THE NEW OF MOUNT LATROS, ASCETIC 626
John Chrysostom, Consecration to Patriarchate of Constantinople 652
Stephen of Cappadocia, Iconophile, Archbishop of Sourozh 652

December 16

AGGAEOS (HAGGAI), PROPHET 653
MARINUS OF ROME, MARTYR 669
Promos and Hilarion, Martyrs 670
MEMNON, ARCHBISHOP OF EPHESUS 670
MODESTOS II, ARCHBISHOP OF JERUSALEM 671
Consecration of the Church of Saint Christopher 673
THEOPHANO, EMPRESS, WONDER-WORKER 673
Nicholas, Patriarch of Constantinople 680

December 17

3 HOLY CHILDREN AND PROPHET DANIEL 681
PATERMOUTHIOS, KOPRIS, AND ALEXANDER, MARTYRS 767
STEPHEN, CONFESSOR 767
Iakhos, Martyr 769
DIONYSIOS THE NEW OF ZAKYNTHOS, WONDER-WORKER 769
Niketas, New-martyr 786

December 18

SEBASTIAN, ZOE, AND OTHER MARTYRS 787
EVIOTOS, MARTYR 804
FLOROS, BISHOP OF AMISOS 806
Phokas and Hermylos, Martyrs 807
ZACCHAEOS AND ALPHAEOS, MARTYRS 807
Sophia, Wonder-worker 807
Consecration of the Theotokos Church in Chalkoprateia 807
MICHAEL, SYNKELLOS AND CONFESSOR 808
MODESTOS I, ARCHBISHOP OF JERUSALEM, HIEROMARTYR 811

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NATIVITY OF THE CHRIST, THE SUNDAY BEFORE 819

 

December 19

BONIFACE, MARTYR, AND AGLAIS OF ROME 869
ELIAS, PROVOS, AND ARES OF EGYPT, MARTYRS 878
TIMOTHY AND POLYEFKTOS, MARTYRS 878
Eftychios, Thessalonike, and Other Martyrs 878
GREGENTIUS, ARCHBISHOP OF ZAFAR 879
Tryphon, Martyr 900
Elias of Murom, Wonder-worker 900

December 20

IGNATIOS THE GOD-BEARER, HIEROMARTYR 901
PHILOGONIOS, ARCHBISHOP OF ANTIOCH, CONFESSOR 914
JOHN THE TAILOR OF THASOS, NEW-MARTYR 916

December 21

JULIANE OF NIKOMEDIA AND OTHER MARTYRS 918
THEMISTOCLES OF MYRA, MARTYR 924
Peter, Metropolitan of Moscow 925

December 22

ANASTASIA, CHRYSOGONUS, AND OTHER MARTYRS 926
Hagia Sophia, the Great Church, door opening 934
Hagia Sophia, the Great Church, running of lights 934

December 23

10 MARTYRS AT CRETE 935
PAUL, ARCHBISHOP OF NEOCAESAREA 939
NAUM THE WONDER-WORKER, ENLIGHTENER OF BULGARIA 941
Hagia Sophia, the Great Church, Consecration 944
Schinon, Martyr 944

December 24

EUGENIA, PHILIP, PROTUS, HYACINTH, AND VASILLA, MARTYRS 945
NICHOLAS THE SOLDIER, NARRATION 962
Achaikos, Martyr 964
ANTIOCHOS, MONK AND AUTHOR 964
VITIMIOS, ASCETIC 964
Aphrodisios, Monk 965
Ahmet, New-martyr 965

December 25

NATIVITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST 966

December 26

THEOTOKOS, SYNAXIS 1030
EFTHYMIOS, BISHOP OF SARDIS, CONFESSOR, HIEROMARTYR 1052
CONSTANTINE, THE FORMER JEW, PRIEST-MONK 1057
EVARESTOS, VENERABLE FATHER 1061
CONSTANTIOS THE RUSSIAN, NEW HIEROMARTYR 1063

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NATIVITY OF THE CHRIST, THE SUNDAY AFTER 1065

 

December 27

STEPHEN, APOSTLE, PROTOMARTYR, ARCHDEACON 1091
THEODORE THE BRANDED 1096
THEODORE, ARCHBISHOP OF CONSTANTINOPLE 1097
Luke of Trigleia, Ascetic 1098
MAURICE AND THE SEVENTY MARTYRS 1098

December 28

20,000 MARTYRS AT NIKOMEDIA 1100
Sekoundos, Martyr 1118
Babylas of Tarsus, Venerable Father 1118
SIMON OF SIMONOPETRA, MYRRH-GUSHER 1118

December 29

14,000 HOLY INFANTS MASSACRED BY HEROD 1131
All Saints, Synaxis 1139
MARKELLOS, HEGUMEN OF THE AKOIMETOI (UNSLEEPING) 1140
THADDAIOS, MONK, CONFESSOR 1159
Consecration of the Church of the Holy Forty Martyrs 1161
BENJAMIN OF NITRIA, ASCETIC, PHYSICIAN 1161
Athenodoros, Venerable Father 1161
GEORGE, BISHOP OF NIKOMEDIA, POET AND COMPOSER 1161

December 30

ANYSIA OF THESSALONIKE, MARTYR 1163
THEODORA OF CAESAREA, VENERABLE MOTHER 1164
PHILETAIROS OF NIKOMEDIA, MARTYR, AND OTHERS 1167
Leo, Archimandrite 1169
GEDEON, VENERABLE NEW-MARTYR 1169

December 31

MELANIE THE YOUNGER OF ROME, VENERABLE MOTHER 1181
ZOTICUS, FEEDER OF ORPHANS 1194
GELASIOS, VENERABLE FATHER 1198
Gaios, Venerable Father 1199
10 Virgins of Nikomedia, Martyrs 1199
Olympiodora, Martyr 1199
Vousiris, Martyr 1199
Neme, Martyr 1199
Gaudentios, Martyr 1199

Bibliography 1201

 

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