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Saints and Feasts of February 17

Monday, February 17, 2020

Ecumenical Patriarchate Canonizes Seven New Martyrs of Kastoria

On Friday 14 February 2020 the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate listed among the saints of the Orthodox Church seven New Martyrs of Kastoria. This was done at the proposal of Metropolitan Seraphim of Kastoria. Though this canonization was announced by the Holy Synod on October 3, 2019, the Act itself was not signed until now.

Saint Auxibios, Bishop of Soli in Cyprus

St. Auxibios of Soli (Feast Day - February 17)


Auxibios was not overlooked by the Word,
Appearing at the end of his life in His presence.

Saint Auxibius was born in Rome to a wealthy family. He was raised with his brother Themistagoras, and from an early age he displayed remarkable talents. In the schools of Rome he easily learned the secular sciences. His parents wanted their son to marry. Learning of this, the youth secretly left Rome and arrived in the village of Limnites, not far from the city of Soli in Cyprus.

Saint Barnabas of Gethsemane (+ 1906)

St. Barnabas of Gethsemene (Feast Day - February 17)

Saint Barnabas was born on January 24, 1831 in the village of Prudishchi of the Venevsky district of the Tula province. His name in the world was Vasily Ilyich Merkulov, the last of seven children born to pious peasant parents Ilya and Daria Merkulov.

On December 23, 1857 he became a novice of the Gethsemane Monastery of the Trinity-Sergius Lavra, and only after almost ten years, on November 20, 1866, he took monastic tonsure under the name of Barnabas.

Saint Theodosius of Trnovo (+ 1363)

St. Theodosius of Trnovo (Feast Day - November 27)

Saint Theodosius began his exploit in the Bulgarian city of Vidin, at the Nikolaev Monastery. After the death of the abbot Job he settled near Trnovo, then the capital city of Bulgaria, at the Holy Mountain Monastery of the Most Holy Theotokos in search of a spiritual guide.

He left the Holy Mountain Monastery and for a long time went from monastery to monastery. Finally, he learned about the monastery called Paroria, so named because it was on the border between Bulgaria and Byazantium, where in pursuit of asceticism Saint Gregory of Sinai had moved from Athos. Saint Theodosius found in him an experienced guide of the hesychastic life.

Saint Theodore the Silent of the Kiev Caves

St. Theodore the Silent of the Kiev Caves (Feast Day - February 17)

Venerable Theodore the Silent of the Kiev Caves Lavra lived in the thirteenth century and was particularly noted for his silence, which he kept in order to dwell constantly in the remembrance of God, and to safeguard himself from temptation even by a word and not sin with his tongue. By this life he pleased the Lord and received from him the gift of wonderworking. According to the results of anthropological research, he died at the age of 40-45 years. His relics rest in the Far Caves.

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