August 7 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)

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Aug. 6 - Eastern Orthodox liturgical calendar - Aug. 8

All fixed commemorations below are observed on August 20 by Orthodox Churches on the Old Calendar.[note 1]

For August 7, Orthodox Churches on the Old Calendar commemorate the Saints listed on July 25.



Pre-Schism Western saints[edit]

  • Saint Faustus, a soldier martyred in Milan in Italy under Commodus (c. 190)[20][21]
  • Hieromartyr Sixtus II (Xystus), Pope of Rome, martyred with his deacons (258)[20][note 7] (see also: August 10 - in the East)
  • Saints Peter, Julian (Juliana) and Companions, a group of twenty or more martyrs in Rome under Valerian and Gallienus (c. 260)[20][21]
  • Saint Carpophorus, Exanthus, Cassius, Severinus, Secundus and Licinius, soldiers martyred in Como in the north of Italy under Maximian Herculius (c. 295)[20][21]
  • Saint Donatian, second Bishop of Châlons-sur-Marne in France (4th century)[20]
  • Saints Donatus, second Bishop of Arezzo in Italy, and Hilarinus, a martyr in Ostia (4th century)[20][note 8]
  • Saint Victricius of Rouen, former army officer, became missionary in the north of France, and Bishop of Rouen, Confessor (407)[1][20][note 9]
  • Saint Donatus, Bishop of Besançon (c. 660)[20][note 10]
  • Saint Donat (Dunwyd), patron saint of St Donat's or Llandunwyd in Glamorgan in Wales.[20]

Post-Schism Orthodox saints[edit]

New martyrs and confessors[edit]

  • New Hieromartyr Alexander Khotovitsky, Protopresbyter, of New York and Moscow (1937)[1][29][39]
  • New Hieromartyrs Peter Tokarev, Michael Plyshevsky, John Vorontsov, Demetrius Milovidov, and Alexei Vorobyov, Priests (1937)[29][39]
  • New Hieromartyr Athanasius (Yegorov), Abbot, of Izmailovo (Moscow) (1937)[1][29][39]
  • New Hieromartyr Elisha Schtolder, Deacon (1937)[29][39]
  • New Hieromartyr Basil Amenitsky, Priest (1938)[29][39]

Other commemorations[edit]

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. ^ On the first day of the Afterfeast of the Transfiguration, the hymns of Vespers speak of the amazement of the Apostles when they saw Christ transfigured before them. The Savior’s equality with the Father is also stressed, for He who covers Himself with light as with a garment is now transfigured before His disciples, "shining more brightly than the sun."[2]
  3. ^ He reposed in peace at the age of 116 years.
  4. ^ In most sources he is referred to as a "martyr and senator (palatine), killed by the sword". In the Synaxarion of Saint Nicodemus he is referred to as a "Venerable Martyr and Wonderworker." Name days celebrated today include:
    • Asterios (Ἀστέριος);
    • Astero (Ἀστέρω),
  5. ^ His commemoration day in the official Armenian Church calendar is a moving feast day, usually in the month of February.
  6. ^ He was cast into the fire to be martyred, but he emerged miraculously unharmed. Subsequently he reposed in peace.
  7. ^ Born in Athens in Greece, this Pope was martyred. While celebrating the liturgy in the catacomb of Praetextatus in Rome, he was arrested together with his deacons Felicissimus, Agapitus, Januarius, Magnus, Vincent and Stephen. All of them were martyred and later the seventh deacon St Laurence followed them.
  8. ^ "At Arezzo, in Tuscany, the birthday of St. Donatus, bishop and martyr, who among other miraculous deeds, made whole again by his prayers (as is related by the blessed pope Gregory), a sacred chalice which had been broken by Pagans. Being apprehended by the imperial officer Quadratian, in the persecution of Julian the Apostate, and refusing to sacrifice to idols, he was struck with the sword, and thus consummated his martyrdom. With him suffered also the blessed monk Hilarinus, whose feast is celebrated on the 16th of July, when his body was taken to Ostia."[21]
  9. ^ "At Rouen, the holy bishop St. Victricius. Whilst he was yet a soldier under Julian, he threw away his military belt for Christ, and after being subjected by the tribune to many torments, was condemned to capital punishment. But the executioner who had been sent to put him to death being struck blind, and the confessor's chains being loosened, he made his escape. Afterwards being made bishop, by preaching the word of God, he brought to the faith of Christ the barbarous people of Belgic Gaul, and finally died a confessor in peace."[21]
  10. ^ A monk at Luxeuil in France, he became Bishop of Besançon in 624. He did much to encourage monasticism and founded a monastery dedicated to St Paul in Besançon.
  11. ^ The "300 Allemagne Saints" ((Greek): τριακοσίων Μαρτύρων καὶ Ὁσίων τῆς Κύπρου; or, ἐκ Παλαιστίνης ἐλθόντων εἰς Κύπρον τριακοσίων) came to Cyprus from Palestine, and lived as ascetics in various parts of the island. Included among the "300 Allemagne Saints" are:
    • Venerable Anastasios the Wonderwoker of Cyprus, September 17
    • Venerable Abbacum the Ascetic of Cyprus, Wonderworker, December 2
    • Venerable Cassian the Martyr (Kassianos), December 4
    • Venerable Calantius of Tamassos (Kalandios), April 26
    • Martyr Constantine of Cyprus (Constantine of Allemagne), Wonderworker, July 1
    According to some of their lives in the Great Synaxaristes, after the dissolution of the Second Crusade (1147 - 1149), they decided to live the monastic life in the Jordan desert. However since the Latins there disturbed them, they relocated to Cyprus and dispersed over the island.[27][28]
  12. ^ His feast day falls on August 6th, but since it coincides with the Feast of the Transfiguration, he is usually commemorated on August 7th. He is also commemorated on November 1st.
  13. ^ His relics were translated on May 7, 1982.
  14. ^ Ioannis Vintsentzos was born at the village of Lithines, Sitia, at the chapel of Kapsa in 1799, when his parents, Emmauel and Zambia Vintsentzos had gone there to pay their respects to St. John the Baptist. The boy was baptised a few years later in the same chapel and was given the name Ioannis. As soon as he reached adulthood, he married a pious young maiden from his village. Their marriage was officiated at the Monastery of St. John the Baptist, which was in ruins. The surname 'Gerontogiannis' was attributed to the Saint by the family of his wife. Ioannis and his wife lived happily at the village of Lithines and devoted themselves to the upbringing of their children. On Easter Friday 1841 Ioannis fell in a deep sleep and all efforts to wake him up failed. Forty-three hours later Ioannis woke up to find his family and a number of friends at his bed side. He then related to them his experience during his short hibernation. He said that he had been taken up to heaven where he saw and heard things wonderful which cannot be put into words. Later Ioannis shared his experience with the bishop of Ierapetra and with the local commander. Taking his vision as a sign from God, Ioannis decided to leave his family and village and devote himself completely to God. As a place of asceticism, he chose his birthplace, where he was also baptized and got married. He was ordained monk and named Joseph. He practiced abstinence and penance. At the same time, he refurbished two cells of the local monastery to accommodate visitors, while he lived in a cave located over the monastery, on a steep slope in the gorge of Pervolakia. He lived there for 17 years, during which time novice monks and laymen consulted him. Owing to his fame and virtuous life he received an invitation by the head of the Monastery of Agia Sophia at Armenous to reconstruct of the monastic complex, which he rebuilt entirely from the ruins. The reconstruction work lasted five years (1866-1870). In 1870, the Saint returned to his hermitage where he died four years later, on August 6, 1874, at the age of 75. On May 7, 1982 there was a panegyric removal of the Saint's relics following an all-night vigil celebrated by the Metropolitan of Ierapythis and Siteias Kyros Filotheos, with Bishop Methodios Petrakis and clerics and a large congregation.[38]
  15. ^ This commemoration is preserved in several codices, in particular the Lavriotiko Codex I 73. Note, that the Akathist Hymn (Chairetismoi) to the Virgin Mary was written after Constantinople was liberated from this siege of 80,000 Avars, Slavs and the Persian fleet.[41][42]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa August 7 / August 20. Orthodox Calendar (PRAVOSLAVIE.RU).
  2. ^ Afterfeast of the Transfiguration of our Lord. OCA - Lives of the Saints.
  3. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Ἡ Ὁσία Κάνδιδα ἡ Βυζαντία. 7 Αυγούστου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m (Greek) Συναξαριστής. 7 Αυγούστου. ECCLESIA.GR. (H ΕΚΚΛΗΣΙΑ ΤΗΣ ΕΛΛΑΔΟΣ).
  5. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Ὁ Ἅγιος Νάρκισσος ὁ Ἱερομάρτυρας Πατριάρχης Ἱεροσολύμων. 7 Αυγούστου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  6. ^ Martyr Marinus the Soldier at Caesarea in Palestine. OCA - Lives of the Saints.
  7. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Ὁ Ἅγιος Ἀστέριος ὁ Ὁσιομάρτυρας καὶ Θαυματουργὸς. 7 Αυγούστου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  8. ^ Martyr Asterius the Senator at Caesarea, in Palestine. OCA - Lives of the Saints.
  9. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Ὁ Ἅγιος Δομέτιος ὁ Μάρτυρας ὁ Πέρσης καὶ οἱ δυὸ μαθητές του. 7 Αυγούστου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  10. ^ Martyr Dometius of Persia. OCA - Lives of the Saints.
  11. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Ὁ Ὅσιος Ὢρ. 7 Αυγούστου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  12. ^ Venerable Horus of the Thebaid, Egypt. OCA - Lives of the Saints.
  13. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Ἡ Ὁσία Ποταμία ἡ Θαυματουργός. 7 Αυγούστου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  14. ^ Virginmartyr Potamia the Wonderworker. OCA - Lives of the Saints.
  15. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Ὁ Ὅσιος Ὑπερέχιος. 7 Αυγούστου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  16. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Ὁ Ἅγιος Βάρταν ὁ Μάρτυρας ἐξ Ἀρμενίας. 7 Αυγούστου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  17. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Ὁ Ὅσιος Θεοδόσιος ὁ νέος, ὁ Ἰαματικὸς. 7 Αυγούστου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  18. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Οἱ Ὅσιοι Μύριοι (10.000) Ἀσκητὲς Θηβαῖοι. 7 Αυγούστου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  19. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Ὁ Ἅγιος Σῴζων ἀπὸ τὴ Νικομήδεια. 7 Αυγούστου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  20. ^ a b c d e f g h i August 7. Latin Saints of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Rome.
  21. ^ a b c d e 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. pp. 235-236.
  22. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Ὁ Ὅσιος Ποίμην ὁ ἐν τῷ σπηλαίῳ († 1110) ὁ Πολύπαθης (Ρῶσος). 7 Αυγούστου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  23. ^ Venerable Pimen the Much-Ailing of the Kiev Near Caves. OCA - Lives of the Saints.
  24. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Ὁ Ὅσιος Ποίμην ὁ Νηστευτὴς (Ρῶσος, 14ος αἰ.). 7 Αυγούστου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  25. ^ Venerable Pimen the Faster of the Kiev Caves. OCA - Lives of the Saints.
  26. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Ὁ Ἅγιος Μίκαλλος. 7 Αυγούστου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  27. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Ὁ Ὅσιος Ἀναστάσιος ὁ Θαυματουργός ὁ ἐν Κύπρῳ. 17 Σεπτεμβρίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  28. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Ὁ Ὅσιος Ἀββακοὺμ ὁ ἀσκητὴς. 2 Δεκεμβρίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  29. ^ a b c d e f g h i August 20 / August 7. HOLY TRINITY RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH (A parish of the Patriarchate of Moscow).
  30. ^ St Mercurius the Bishop of Smolensk, Kiev Near Caves. OCA - Lives of the Saints.
  31. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Ὁ Ὅσιος Νικάνωρ ὁ Θαυματουργός. 7 Αυγούστου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  32. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Ὁ Ὅσιος Δομέτιος ὁ σημειοφόρος. 7 Αυγούστου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  33. ^ Venerable Dometius of Philotheou of Mt Athos. OCA - Lives of the Saints.
  34. ^ St Theodora of Sihla. OCA - Lives of the Saints.
  35. ^ Venerable Anthony of Optina. OCA - Lives of the Saints.
  36. ^ a b c The Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of Western Europe and the Americas (ROCOR). St. Hilarion Calendar of Saints for the year of our Lord 2004. St. Hilarion Press (Austin, TX). p. 58.
  37. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Ὁ Ὅσιος Ἰωσὴφ ὁ Γεροντόγιαννης. 7 Αυγούστου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  38. ^ Saint Joseph Gerontogiannis in the Kapsa monastery. MeetCrete. Retrieved: 31 August, 2015.
  39. ^ a b c d e (Russian) 7 августа (ст.ст.) 20 августа 2013 (нов. ст.). Русская Православная Церковь Отдел внешних церковных связей. (DECR).
  40. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Μνήμη Βαρβαρικῆς Ἐπιδρομῆς. 7 Αυγούστου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  41. ^ John Julius Norwich. A Short History of Byzantium. New York, New York: Alfred A. Knoff, 1997. p. 92. ISBN 0-679-45088-2.
  42. ^ (Greek) Ακάθιστος Ύμνος. Ορθόδοξος Συναξαριστής. 19 April 2013. – (Εορτάζει 16 ημέρες πριν το Άγιο Πάσχα).
  43. ^ First finding of the relics of St Metrophanes the First Bishop of Voronezh. OCA - Lives of the Saints.
  44. ^ Valaam Icon of the Mother of God. OCA - Lives of the Saints.


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