December 5 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)

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December 4 - Eastern Orthodox liturgical calendar - December 6

All fixed commemorations below celebrated on December 18 by Orthodox Churches on the Old Calendar.[note 1]

For December 5th, Orthodox Churches on the Old Calendar commemorate the Saints listed on November 22.


Pre-Schism Western Saints[edit]

Post-Schism Orthodox Saints[edit]

New Martyrs and Confessors[edit]

  • Hieromartyr Elias Chetverukhin, Priest, of Moscow (1932)[8][26][27]
  • Hieromartyr Gennadius Letyuk, Priest-monk of Yaroslavl-Rostov (1941)[26][27][28]
  • Saint Sergius Pravdolyubov, Confessor, Priest (1950)[26][27]

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. ^ Anastasius would visit the martyrs of the faith who were imprisoned, bringing them food and supplies and tending to their wounds. With this fervent faith, he one day witnessed to the local magistrate, who had imprisoned the Christians, that in vain were his attempts to drown the work of God. For this reason he was tortured and ultimately beheaded.[1]
  3. ^ In some Synaxaria he is listed as the Bishop of Ephesus, together with the Venerable Nonnus.
  4. ^ "AT Mutala, in Cappadocia, St. Sabas, abbot, who was renowned in Palestine for admirable examples of sanctity. He labored courageously in defending the Catholic faith against those who attacked the holy Council of Chalcedon."[3]
  5. ^ "At Nicaea, near the river Var, St. Bassus, bishop. In the persecution of Decius and Valerian, he was tortured by the governor Perennius for the faith of Christ, burned with hot plates of metal, beaten with rods and whips garnished with pieces of iron, and thrown into the fire. Having come out of it unhurt, he was transfixed with two spikes, and thus terminated an illustrious martyrdom."[3]
  6. ^ "At Thagura, in Africa, the holy martyrs Julius, Potamia, Crispinus, Felix, Gratus, and seven others."[3]
  7. ^ "At Thebesta, in Africa, during the time of Diocletian and Maximian, St. Chrispina, a woman of the highest nobility, who refused to sacrifice to idols, and was beheaded by order of the proconsul Anolinus. Her praises are often celebrated by St. Augustine."[3]
  8. ^ "At Pelino, in Abruzzo, St. Pelinus, Bishop of Brindisi. Under Julian the Apostate, because by his prayers he caused a temple of Mars to fall to the ground, he was most severely scourged by the idolatrous priests, and being pierced with eighty-five wounds, merited the crown of martyrdom."[3]
  9. ^ "ST. JUSTINIAN appears to have been a native of Continental Brittany, and to have come over to Wales, in order to serve God in detachment from all worldly connections. By his holy conversation he drew many souls to God, but at length feeling himself called to a more complete solitude, he crossed over to the Isle of Ramsey, where he found the holy hermit HONORIUS already settled. The two Saints lived together, helping one another by prayers and good counsels in their unwearied efforts after Christian perfection. Justinian lived in the time of St. David, who had a high veneration for his sanctity, and was accustomed to visit him on his island. At length the holy man was barbarously murdered by some wicked men, whose vices he had severely reproved, or, as some say, by pirates, who had landed on that shore. He died in a holy cause, and has received from the devotion of the faithful the glorious title of Martyr. The body of St. Justinian was taken to the mainland, and buried with honour."[15]
  10. ^ The last of the Gallo-Roman bishops of Trier in Germany, consecrated in 532. He had been a monk and abbot in his native Auvergne in France. As a bishop he withstood the cruelty of the Franks by whom he was exiled for a time. He restored discipline among the clergy, rebuilt the Cathedral and combated heresy.
  11. ^ Born in a noble family, he became Archdeacon of Tours in France, where his father was Bishop. Then he became a monk and founded monasteries at Méobecq and Lonrey (Longoretum). The latter was called Saint-Cyran after him.
  12. ^ They were hagiorites from various cells of the Karyes Skete on Mount Athos, who resisted Emperor Michael VIII Palaiologos and the Latinophile Patriarch John XI Bekkos, and received a martyric end. The first one of these was hanged, while the rest were beheaded.
  13. ^ The Monk Nektarios was raised by his father, who had accepted monasticism at the monastery of the holy Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian in Bitolia (Bulgaria). He himself accepted tonsure on Holy Mount Athos, and did his obedience under experienced spiritual guides – the Monk Philotheos and the spiritual-elder Dionysios. Like Job, the monk experienced being struck down by exceptional bodily afflictions, and he peacefully gave up his soul to the Lord on 5 December 1500. Uncovered four years later, the holy relics of the saint exuded a wondrous fragrance.[23]


  1. ^ a b Great Synaxaristes: (in Greek) Ὁ Ἅγιος Ἀναστάσιος ὁ Μάρτυρας. 5 Δεκεμβρίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  2. ^ Martyr Anastasius the Fuller of Salona in Dalmatia. OCA - Feasts and Saints.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h 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. 374-375.
  4. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (in Greek) Ὁ Ὅσιος Γράτος. 5 Δεκεμβρίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  5. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (in Greek) Ὁ Ὅσιος Νόννος. 5 Δεκεμβρίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  6. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (in Greek) Ὁ Ἅγιος Διογένης ὁ Μάρτυρας. 5 Δεκεμβρίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  7. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (in Greek) Ὁ Ἅγιος Ἀβέρκιος ὁ Μάρτυρας. 5 Δεκεμβρίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h December 5/18. Orthodox Calendar (PRAVOSLAVIE.RU).
  9. ^ The Monastics Karion and his son Zachariah. HOLY TRINITY RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH (A parish of the Patriarchate of Moscow).
  10. ^ Venerable Karion (Cyrion) and his son in Egypt. OCA - Feasts and Saints.
  11. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (in Greek) Ὁ Ὅσιος Σάββας ὁ Ἡγιασμένος. 5 Δεκεμβρίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  12. ^ Venerable Sava the Sanctified. OCA - Feasts and Saints.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m December 5. Latin Saints of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Rome.
  14. ^ St Crispina. OCA - Feasts and Saints.
  15. ^ Rev. Richard Stanton. A Menology of England and Wales, or, Brief Memorials of the Ancient British and English Saints Arranged According to the Calendar, Together with the Martyrs of the 16th and 17th Centuries. London: Burns & Oates, 1892. pp.585-586.
  16. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (in Greek) Ὁ Ἅγιος Νιζέριος (Λουξεμβούργιος). 5 Δεκεμβρίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  17. ^ Άγιος Κοσμάς ο Πρώτος ο Βατοπαιδινός ο Οσιομάρτυρας και οι συν αυτώ Οσιομάρτυρες του Αγίου Όρους // Ορθόδοξος Συναξαριστής
  18. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (in Greek) Οἱ Ἅγιοι Ὁσιομάρτυρες τοῦ Ἁγίου Ὄρους. 5 Δεκεμβρίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  19. ^ Monastic Martyrs of Karyes. OCA - Feasts and Saints.
  20. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (in Greek) Ὁ Ὅσιος Φιλόθεος ὁ Καρεώτης. 5 Δεκεμβρίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  21. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (in Greek) Ὁ Ὅσιος Νεκτάριος ὁ Ἀθωνίτης. 5 Δεκεμβρίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  22. ^ Venerable Nectarius of Bitolya and Mt Athos. OCA - Feasts and Saints.
  23. ^ The Monk Nektarios. HOLY TRINITY RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH (A parish of the Patriarchate of Moscow).
  24. ^ Sainted Gurii, Archbishop of Kazan. HOLY TRINITY RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH (A parish of the Patriarchate of Moscow).
  25. ^ St Gurias the Archbishop of Kazan. OCA - Feasts and Saints.
  26. ^ a b c December 18 / December 5. HOLY TRINITY RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH (A parish of the Patriarchate of Moscow).
  27. ^ a b c (in Russian) 5 декабря (ст.ст.) 18 декабря 2013 (нов. ст.). Русская Православная Церковь Отдел внешних церковных связей. (DECR).
  28. ^ 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.91.


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