April 3 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)

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Apr. 2 - Eastern Orthodox Church calendar - Apr. 4

All fixed commemorations below are observed on April 16 by Orthodox Churches on the Old Calendar.[note 1]

For April 3rd, Orthodox Churches on the Old Calendar commemorate the Saints listed on March 21.


Pre-Schism Western Saints[edit]

  • Saint Pancras of Taormina (Pancratius), born in Antioch, consecrated by the Apostle Peter and sent to Taormina in Sicily where he was stoned to death (ca. 40)[16][note 3]
  • Saint Sixtus I (Xystus), Pope of Rome from 117 to c 125, sometimes referred to as a martyr (ca. 125)[16]
  • Saint Fara (Burgundofara) of Eboriac (now Faremoutiers) (657)[4][14][16][note 4]
  • Saint Attala (Attalus), a monk and abbot of a monastery in Taormina in Sicily (ca. 800)[16]

Post-Schism Orthodox Saints[edit]

Other Commemorations[edit]

  • Synaxis of the Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos "The Unfading Rose" ("The Unfading Blossom, The Flower of Incorruption").[4][18][19][21][22]
  • Repose of Elder Amphilochios (Makris) of Patmos (1970)[4]

Icon Gallery[edit]


  1. ^ The notation Old Style or (OS) is sometimes used to indicate a date in the Julian Calendar (which is used by churches on the "Old Calendar").
    The notation New Style or (NS), indicates a date in the Revised Julian calendar (which is used by churches on the "New Calendar").
  2. ^ "In the monastery of Medicion, in the East, the abbot St. Nicetas, who suffered much for the worship of holy images, in the time of Leo the Armenian."[14]
  3. ^ "AT Taormina, in Sicily, the bishop St. Pancratius, who sealed, with a martyr's blood, the gospel of Christ which the apostle St. Peter had sent him thither to preach."[14]
  4. ^ Blessed by St Columbanus as a child, she became a nun despite her father's opposition, and so began the convent of Brige in France. This was later called Faremoutiers, i.e. Fara's Monastery, where she was abbess for thirty-seven years.


  1. ^ Martyr Dius. OCA - Lives of the Saints.
  2. ^ Martyr Bithonius. OCA - Lives of the Saints.
  3. ^ Martyr Galycus. OCA - Lives of the Saints.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m April 3 / April 16. Orthodox Calendar (PRAVOSLAVIE.RU).
  5. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (in Greek) Οἱ Ἅγιοι Βιθύνιος, Γάλυκος καὶ Δίος οἱ Μάρτυρες. 3 Απριλίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  6. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (in Greek) Ὁ Ἅγιος Ἐλπιδοφόρος ὁ Μάρτυρας. 3 Απριλίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  7. ^ Martyr Elpidephorus. OCA - Lives of the Saints.
  8. ^ Virginmartyr Theodosia of Tyre. OCA - Lives of the Saints.
  9. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (in Greek) Ὁ Ὅσιος Ἱλλυριός. 3 Απριλίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  10. ^ St Illyricus the Monk of Mt. Myrsinon in the Peloponnesus. OCA - Lives of the Saints.
  11. ^ a b c d (in Greek) Συναξαριστής. 3 Απριλίου. ECCLESIA.GR. (H ΕΚΚΛΗΣΙΑ ΤΗΣ ΕΛΛΑΔΟΣ).
  12. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (in Greek) Ὁ Ὅσιος Νικήτας ὁ Ὁμολογητής. 3 Απριλίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  13. ^ Venerable Nicetas the Confessor the Abbot of Medikion. OCA - Lives of the Saints.
  14. ^ a b c The Roman Martyrology. Transl. by the Archbishop of Baltimore. Last Edition, According to the Copy Printed at Rome in 1914. Revised Edition, with the Imprimatur of His Eminence Cardinal Gibbons. Baltimore: John Murphy Company, 1916. p. 95.
  15. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (in Greek) Ὁ Ὅσιος Ἰωσὴφ ὁ Ὑμνογράφος. 3 Απριλίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  16. ^ a b c d April 3. Latin Saints of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Rome.
  17. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (in Greek) Ὁ Ὅσιος Νεκτάριος τοῦ Μπεζέτσκ. 3 Απριλίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  18. ^ a b c April 16 / April 3. HOLY TRINITY RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH (A parish of the Patriarchate of Moscow).
  19. ^ a b Dr. Alexander Roman. April. Calendar of Ukrainian Orthodox Saints (Ukrainian Orthodoxy - Українське Православ'я).
  20. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (in Greek) Ὁ Ἅγιος Παῦλος ὁ Νεομάρτυρας ὁ Ἀπελεύθερος. 3 Απριλίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  21. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (in Greek) Σύναξις Ὑπεραγίας Θεοτόκου τοῦ Ἀμαράντου Ρόδου. 3 Απριλίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  22. ^ Icon of the Mother of God “the Unfading Bloom”. OCA - Lives of the Saints.


Greek Sources

Russian Sources

  • (in Russian) 16 апреля (3 апреля). Православная Энциклопедия под редакцией Патриарха Московского и всея Руси Кирилла (электронная версия). (Orthodox Encyclopedia - Pravenc.ru).
  • (in Russian) 3 апреля (ст.ст.) 16 апреля 2013 (нов. ст.). Русская Православная Церковь Отдел внешних церковных связей. (DECR).