March 12 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)

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March 11 - Eastern Orthodox Church calendar - March 13

All fixed commemorations below are observed on March 25 by Orthodox Churches on the Old Calendar.[note 1]

For March 12th, Orthodox Churches on the Old Calendar commemorate the Saints listed on February 27 (February 28 on leap years).


Pre-Schism Western Saints[edit]

Post-Schism Orthodox Saints[edit]

New Martyrs and Confessors[edit]

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. ^ He is also commemorated on the Sunday of the Holy Forefathers (two Sundays before the Great Feast of the Nativity of the Lord).
  3. ^ These are likely the same martyrs as those commemorated on May 16, together with Bishops Abda (Audas) and Abdjesus (Audiesus), Benjamin, and 38 other martyrs at Beth-Kashkar in the Persian Empire, under Ardashir II (375), including:
    • 16 priests, 9 deacons, 6 monks, and 7 unnamed virgins.
  4. ^ "AT Rome, St. Gregory, pope and eminent doctor of the Church, who on account of his illustrious deeds, and the conversion of the English to the faith of Christ, was surnamed the Great, and called the Apostle of England."[10]
  5. ^ A Romano-Briton by origin, he was born in Wales and became a monk with Sts Illtyd, David, Samson and Gildas. He lived for a time on Caldey Island, from where he went to Brittany. He established a monastery at Porz-Pol on the Isle of Ouessant and finally went to Ouismor (now Saint-Pol-de-Léon) where he became bishop.
  6. ^ He became Bishop of Winchester in England in 935. He encouraged many to become monks, notably his relative St Dunstan, whom he ordained priest.
  7. ^ 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
    • 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.[20][21]
  8. ^ See: (Russian) Державин, Александр Сергеевич. Википедии. (Russian Wikipedia).
  9. ^ See also: (Russian) Прмч. Владимир (Волков). Православная Энциклопедия. Russian Orthodox Encyclopedia.
  10. ^ Following the overthrow of the Tsar Nicholas II in March 1917, Georgia's Bishops unilaterally restored the autocephaly of the Georgian Orthodox Church. Thus, by the grace of God, on March 12, 1917, the Georgian clergy finally succeeded in restoring the autocephaly of the Church. In the same year they enthroned Kirion II, a leader in the autocephaly movement, as Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia. St. Kirion was later martyred at Martqopi Monastery. He was canonized on October 17, 2002, and his feast day is on June 27.[27]


  1. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Ὁ Ἅγιος Ἀαρών. 12 Μαρτίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n March 12/March 25. Orthodox Calendar (PRAVOSLAVIE.RU).
  3. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Ὁ Ἅγιος Φινεὲς ὁ Δίκαιος. 12 Μαρτίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  4. ^ Righteous Phineas the grandson of Aaron. OCA - Lives of the Saints.
  5. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Οἱ Ἅγιοι Ἐννέα Μάρτυρες οἱ ἐν Περσίδι. 12 Μαρτίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  6. ^ (Greek) Συναξαριστής. 12 Μαρτίου. ECCLESIA.GR. (H ΕΚΚΛΗΣΙΑ ΤΗΣ ΕΛΛΑΔΟΣ).
  7. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Ὁ Ἅγιος Γρηγόριος ὁ Διάλογος πάπας Ρώμης. 12 Μαρτίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  8. ^ St Gregory Dialogus, the Pope of Rome. OCA - Lives of the Saints.
  9. ^ a b c 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. 112-116.
  10. ^ a b 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. 73–74.
  11. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Ὁ Ὅσιος Θεοφάνης ὁ Ὁμολογητής Ἐπίσκοπος Σιγριανής. 12 Μαρτίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  12. ^ Venerable Theophanes the Confessor of Sigriane. OCA - Lives of the Saints.
  13. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Ὁ Ὅσιος Συμεὼν ὁ Νέος Θεολόγος. 12 Μαρτίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  14. ^ Venerable Simeon the New Theologian. OCA - Lives of the Saints.
  15. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Ὁ Ὅσιος Συμεὼν ὁ Εὐλαβής. 12 Μαρτίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  16. ^ 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. 21.
  17. ^ a b c d e f March 12. Latin Saints of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Rome.
  18. ^ a b c d e f g March 25 / March 12. HOLY TRINITY RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH (A parish of the Patriarchate of Moscow).
  19. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Ὁ Ἅγιος Λαυρέντιος ὁ Μάρτυρας. 12 Μαρτίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  20. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Ὁ Ὅσιος Ἀναστάσιος ὁ Θαυματουργός ὁ ἐν Κύπρῳ. 17 Σεπτεμβρίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  21. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Ὁ Ὅσιος Ἀββακοὺμ ὁ ἀσκητὴς. 2 Δεκεμβρίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  22. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Ὁ Ἅγιος Δημήτριος βασιλεὺς τῆς Γεωργίας. 2 Δεκεμβρίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  23. ^ St. Demetre the Devoted, King of Georgia. HOLY TRINITY RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH (A parish of the Patriarchate of Moscow).
  24. ^ a b c (Russian) 12 марта (ст.ст.) 25 марта 2013 (нов. ст.). Русская Православная Церковь Отдел внешних церковных связей. (DECR).
  25. ^ Icon “Not Made by Hands” from Lydda. OCA - Lives of the Saints.
  26. ^ Restoration of the Autocephaly of the Georgian Apostolic Church. HOLY TRINITY RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH (A parish of the Patriarchate of Moscow).
  27. ^ Hieromartyr Kirion II, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia. OCA - Lives of the Saints.


Greek Sources

Russian Sources

  • (Russian) 25 марта (12 марта). Православная Энциклопедия под редакцией Патриарха Московского и всея Руси Кирилла (электронная версия). (Orthodox Encyclopedia -
  • (Russian) 12 марта (ст.ст.) 25 марта 2013 (нов. ст.). Русская Православная Церковь Отдел внешних церковных связей. (DECR).