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Hieromartyr Theodotus, Bishop of Ancyra
Hieromartyr Theodotus, Bishop of Ancyra

The Holy Martyr Theodotus lived in Ancyra of Galatia in the third century. He was distinguished by his kindliness and concern. At the height of the persecution under Diocletian (284-305) he provided Christians with everything they needed, and gave them shelter in his home. There they secretly…

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Hieromartyr Marcellinus, Pope of Rome, and those with him

Saint Marcellinus was Pope of Rome during the height of the persecution against Christians under Diocletian and Maximian (284-305), when 17,000 men were martyred a single month. During this time Saint Marcellinus was also arrested. Afraid of the fierce tortures, he burned incense and offered…

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Hieromartyr Sisinius the Deacon of Rome and those with him

Saint Sisinius the deacon suffered at Rome along with the hieromartyr Marcellinus, Bishop of Rome, the holy deacon Cyriacus; also Smaragdus, Largus, Apronian, Saturninus, Crescentian, Papias and Maurus and the holy women martyrs Priscilla, Lucy and the Emperor’s daughter Artemia during the…

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Martyrs Kyriake, Kaleria, and Mary of Caesarea, in Palestine
Martyrs Kyriake, Kaleria, and Mary of Caesarea, in Palestine

The holy women martyrs Kyriake, Kaleria (Valeria), and Mary lived in Palestinian Caesarea during the persecution under Diocletian (284-305). Having received instruction in the Christian Faith, they abandoned paganism, settled in a solitary place and spent their lives in prayer, beseeching the Lord…

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Martyr Zēnaίda (Zenais) of Caesarea in Palestine
Martyr Zēnaίda (Zenais) of Caesarea in Palestine

There is very little information about Saint Zēnaίda, except that she was born in 284, in Caesarea of Palestine, and that she was found worthy of the charism of working miracles. She ended the course of her life with a martyric death. The Byzantine Synaxarion mentions that Saint Zēnaίda's…

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Venerable Daniel of Sketis

Abba Daniel lived in the sixth century, becoming a monk at Sketis when he was a young boy. He was taken prisoner when Sketis was attacked by barbarians, who held him captive for two years. Saint Daniel was was bought by a devout Christian, but then he was recaptured. After six months, while…

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