Holy Great Martyr Katherine, the Wise Virgin

During the reign of the impious and pagan Roman emperor Maxentius, there lived in the city of Alexandria a maiden named Katherine. She was of royal lineage, very beautiful and tall, and had reached the age of eighteen. She was also most learned, having studied all the writings of the Hellenes (Greeks), and had acquainted herself with the authors of antiquity: Homer, Virgin, Aristotle, Plato, and others. It was not, however, only the philosophers that she had read: she knew well the books of the physicians Asclepius, (Asclepius was the Greek god of medicine), Hippocrates, and Galen. Moreover, she has entirely mastered the arts of rhetoric and dialectic and knew many languages, so that all were amazed at her learning. Numerous rich men of noble birth came to ask her hand of her mother, who held the Christian faith secretly because of the great persecution raised up against the faithful at the time by Maxentius.

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The Miracles of the Great Martyr Menas

After the death of the impious Roman pagan emperors Diocletian and Maximian, who hated Christ, the pious Emperor Constantine came to the throne, and the faith which is in our Lord Jesus Christ spread throughout every land. At that time, certain men, citizens of Alexandria and lovers of Christ, found the place where the holy relics of the holy and glorious martyr of Christ, Menas were laid and built a church dedicated to him.

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Holy Apostle Philip (Nov. 14) and Holy Apostle Matthew the Evangelist (Nov. 16)

He was born in Bethsaida near the Seas of Galilee, as were Saint Peter and Saint Andrew the First-Called. Instructed in the Holy Scripture from his youth, Philip immediately responded to the call of Christ and followed Him (St. John 1:43). After the descent of the Holy Spirit, Philip preached the Gospel with zeal in many regions of Asia and in Greece, where the Jews sought to kill him but the Lord saved him by the might of His wonders (miracles).

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Saint John Chrysostomos (the Golden-Tongued), Patriarch of Constantinople (Part II)

God bestowed upon Saint John Chrysostomos the gift of teaching and the grace of the Holy Spirit, which worked in him even as it had in the Apostles. This was revealed to one of the monks living in that monastery, an ascetic named Hesychius was also clairvoyant. One night, while keeping vigil and praying, he beheld in a vision two men of a magnificent appearance, clad in white garments and shining like the sun, who came down from heaven and entered the cell (kellion) of the blessed John as he stood in prayer. One of them held a scroll covered with writing and the other held keys. When St. John saw them, he was afraid and hastened to fall down to the ground before them. But they took him by the hands, and raising him up, said, "Take heart and have no fear."

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Saint John Chrysostomos (the Golden-Tongued), Patriarch of Constantinople

He was born in Antioch in the year 347 A.D., his father's name being Secundus and his mother's Anthusa. Studying Greek philosophy, St. John became disgusted with Hellenic paganism and turned to the Christian faith as the one and all-embracing Truth. St. John was baptized by Meletius, Patriarch of Antioch, and, after that, his parents were also baptized. After their death, St. John became a monk and began to live in strict asceticism. He wrote a book: On the Priesthood, after which the Holy Apostles John and Peter appeared to him, prophesying for him great service, great grace and also great suffering.

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