May 17 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)

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May 16 - Eastern Orthodox Church calendar - May 18

All fixed commemorations below celebrated on May 30 by Orthodox Churches on the Old Calendar.[note 1]

For May 17th, Orthodox Churches on the Old Calendar commemorate the Saints listed on May 4.


Pre-Schism Western saints[edit]

  • Saint Restituta the martyr, in Carthage (255 or 304)[4][10]
  • Martyrs Heradius, Paul, and Aquilinus, near Lake Geneva (284-305)[4][11][12]
  • Saint Maden (Madern, Madron, Madrona) (c. 545)[12][13]
  • Saint Cathán (Catan, Chattan, Cadan), Bishop in the Isle of Bute in Scotland (6th century)[12]
  • Saint Mailduf (Maidulph, Maelduib), founder of Malmesbury Abbey (673)[12][14]
  • Saint Gerebernus (Gerebern, Gerebrand), Hieromartyr, priest from Ireland who accompanied St Dymphna to Belgium and shared in her martyrdom (7th century)[12]
  • Saint Rasso (Ratho), ascetic, founder of a Benedictine abbey at Wörth, later named Grafrath after him (953)[12]

Post-Schism Orthodox saints[edit]

Other commemorations[edit]

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  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. ^ The Synaxis of the Seventy Apostles in celebrated on January 4.[2]
  3. ^ Two other sources list the feast day of Saint Dodo (disciple of Saint David of Georgia) as May 20:
    But both sources are not Orthodox: first is the site of non-canonical dissident schism, second is the site of non-Chalcedon Syriac Church
  4. ^ She is also commemorated on July 7, the day of her repose.
  5. ^ The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate formally canonized Nicolas Basdanis as a saint of the Universal Church on November 28, 1988. He is commemorated on that date, and on that of his martyrdom - May 17.
  6. ^ Fr. Jonah, a married priest, did his all-night Akathist vigils daily from midnight to daybreak. His prayers cured the blind and cast out demons from the possessed. When Moscow doctors told an Odessa mother they could do nothing for her son who was born blind, St. Jonah prayed over his bed all night for nine days and on the morning of the tenth day, the boy could see with 20/20 vision. St. Jonah was taken to court by the Bolsheviks but the chief ophthalmologist of Moscow came to his defence. A great man of prayer, he is also highly venerated in Romania and elsewhere.[15]
  7. ^ Following the Sassanid King Khosrau II's early 7th-century push into the Byzantine Empire, advancing through Syria, the Sassanid Generals Shahrbaraz and Shahin attacked the Byzantine-controlled city of Jerusalem. They were aided by the Jews of Palestine, who had risen up against the Byzantines.[27] According to the account by the 7th-century monk Antiochus Strategos, Abbott of the Great Lavra of St. Sabbas the Sanctified, the total number of Christian martyrs "was 66,509 souls";[27] according to the account in the Great Synaxaristes of the Orthodox Church the total was "80,000" Christian martyrs.[26]


  1. ^ Οἱ Ἅγιοι Ἀνδρόνικος καὶ Ἰουνία οἱ Ἀπόστολοι. 17 Μαΐου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  2. ^ Σύναξις τῶν Ἁγίων Ἑβδομήκοντα Ἀποστόλων. 4 Ιανουαρίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  3. ^ Οἱ Ἅγιοι Παμφαμήρ, Παμφυλῶν καὶ Σολόχων οἱ Μάρτυρες. 17 Μαΐου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  4. ^ a b c d May 17. The Roman Martyrology.
  5. ^ Οἱ Ἅγιοι Ἄνδριος, Βίκτωρ καὶ Βασίλλα οἱ Μάρτυρες. 17 Μαΐου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  6. ^ Ὁ Ἅγιος Θεοδώρητος ὁ Ἱερομάρτυρας. 17 Μαΐου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  7. ^ Venerable Dodo of the St David-Gareji Monastery, Georgia. OCA - Feasts and Saints.
  8. ^ a b c d May 17/30. Orthodox Calendar (ORTHOCHRISTIAN.COM).
  9. ^ St Stephen the Archbishop of Constantinople. OCA - Feasts and Saints.
  10. ^ Ἡ Ἁγία Ρεστιτούτα ἡ Μάρτυς. 17 Μαΐου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  11. ^ Οἱ Ἅγιοι Ἐράδιος, Παῦλος καὶ Ἀκυλίνος οἱ Μάρτυρες καὶ οἱ σὺν αὐτοῖς μαρτυρήσαντες. 17 Μαΐου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  12. ^ a b c d e f May 17. Latin Saints of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Rome.
  13. ^ Ὁ Ὅσιος Ματρῶνος. 17 Μαΐου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  14. ^ Ὁ Ὅσιος Μαϊδοῦλφος. 17 Μαΐου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  15. ^ a b Dr. Alexander Roman. May. Calendar of Ukrainian Orthodox Saints (Ukrainian Orthodoxy - Українське Православ'я).
  16. ^ Ἡ Ὁσία Εὐδοκία. 17 Μαΐου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  17. ^ Ἡ Ὁσία Εὐφροσύνη ἡ ἐν Μόσχᾳ. 17 Μαΐου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  18. ^ The Nun Evphrosynia. HOLY TRINITY RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH (A parish of the Patriarchate of Moscow).
  19. ^ (in Russian) 17 мая (ст.ст.) 30 мая 2013 (нов. ст.). Русская Православная Церковь Отдел внешних церковных связей. (DECR).
  20. ^ Οἱ Ὅσιοι Νεκτάριος καὶ Θεοφάνης οἱ Ἀψαράδες. 17 Μαΐου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  21. ^ Ὁ Ἅγιος Νικόλαος ὁ Μεγαλομάρτυρας. 17 Μαΐου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  22. ^ Ὁ Ἅγιος Νικόλαος ὁ Νεομάρτυρας ὁ Νέος. 17 Μαΐου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  23. ^ David Melling and Dimitri Brady. St. Nicolas Basdanis the New Martyr. The Society Farsarotul.
  24. ^ Ὁ Ἅγιος Ἀθανάσιος Ἀρχιεπίσκοπος Χριστιανουπόλεως. 17 Μαΐου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  25. ^ Ὁ Ὅσιος Ἰωνᾶς τῆς Ὀδησσοῦ. 17 Μαΐου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  26. ^ a b Μνήμη ἁλώσεως τῆς Ἱερουσαλὴμ. 17 Μαΐου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  27. ^ a b c Prof. F.C. Conybeare. Antiochus Strategos, The Capture of Jerusalem by the Persians in 614 AD. English Historical Review 25 (1910). pp. 502-517.
  28. ^ Μετακομιδὴ Τιμίων Λειψάνων Ὁσίου Ἀδριανοῦ. 17 Μαΐου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.


Greek Sources

  • Great Synaxaristes: (in Greek) 17 ΜΑΪΟΥ. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  • (in Greek) Συναξαριστής. 17 Μαΐου. ECCLESIA.GR. (H ΕΚΚΛΗΣΙΑ ΤΗΣ ΕΛΛΑΔΟΣ).

Russian Sources

  • (in Russian) 30 мая (17 мая). Православная Энциклопедия под редакцией Патриарха Московского и всея Руси Кирилла (электронная версия). (Orthodox Encyclopedia -
  • (in Russian) 17 мая (ст.ст.) 30 мая 2013 (нов. ст.). Русская Православная Церковь Отдел внешних церковных связей. (DECR).