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August 6 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)

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All fixed commemorations below are observed on August 19 by Eastern Orthodox Churches on the Old Calendar.[note 1]

For August 6, Orthodox Churches on the Old Calendar commemorate the Saints listed on July 24.


Pre-Schism Western saints

  • Saints Justus and Pastor, two brothers, aged respectively thirteen and nine, scourged and beheaded at Alcalá in Spain under Diocletian (c. 304)[4][note 4]
  • Saint Hormisdas, Pope of Rome and Confessor, author of the Formula of Hormisdas (523)[4][5][note 5]
  • Saint Hardulf, a hermit at Breedon in Leicestershire in England where the church is dedicated to him (7th century)[4]
  • Saint Gezelin (Ghislain, Gisle, Joscelin), a hermit honoured in Slebusrode (Schlebuschrath) near Cologne in Germany.[4]
  • Saint Stephen of Cardeña and Companions, Abbot of the Castilian monastery of Cardeña near Burgos in Spain, where there were over two hundred monks, martyred by the Saracens (872)[4][note 6][note 7]

Post-Schism Orthodox saints

New martyrs and confessors

Other commemorations

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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. ^ Name days celebrated today include:
    • Sotirios (Σωτήριος);
    • Sotiria (Σωτηρία).
  3. ^ Blessings of grapes and fruit, which are brought to church to be blessed on this day.
  4. ^ "At Alcala, in Spain, the holy martyrs Justus and Pastor, brothers. While they were yet schoolboys, they threw aside their books in school, and spontaneously ran to martyrdom. By order of the governor Dacian, they were arrested, beaten with rods, and as they exhorted each other to constancy, were led out of the city, and had their throats cut by the executioner."[5]
  5. ^ Born in Frosinone in Latium in Italy, he succeeded St Symmachus as Pope of Rome in 514. He is best remembered for the confession of Faith called the Formula of Hormisdas, which helped end Monophysitism. His son, St Silverius, became Pope of Rome in 536.
  6. ^ "At Burgos, in Spain, in the monastery of St. Peter of Cardegna, of the Order of St. Benedict, two hundred monks, with their abbot Stephen, who were put to death for the faith of Christ by the Saracens, and buried in the monastery by the Christians."[5]
  7. ^ See also:(in Spanish) Monasterio de San Pedro de Cardeña. Wikipedia. (Spanish Wikipedia).
  8. ^ In the Small Euchologion he is commemorated on August 6th. However, since his feast day coincides with the Feast of the Transfiguration, he is commemorated sometimes on August 5th and sometimes on August 7th.
  9. ^ He was executed on Sunday, August 6th, 1914.[8] He is also commemorated on:
  10. ^ See also: (in Russian) Прозоров, Николай Фёдорович. Википедии. (Russian Wikipedia).
  11. ^ See also: (in Russian) Димитрий (Любимов). Википедии. (Russian Wikipedia).


  1. ^ a b c d e f August 6 / August 19. Orthodox Calendar (PRAVOSLAVIE.RU).
  2. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (in Greek) Ἡ Μεταμόρφωση τοῦ Σωτῆρος Χριστοῦ. 6 Αυγούστου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  3. ^ The Holy Transfiguration of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ (the Second “Feast of the Savior” in August). OCA - Lives of the Saints.
  4. ^ a b c d e August 6. Latin Saints of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Rome.
  5. ^ 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. 234.
  6. ^ a b c d August 19 / August 6. HOLY TRINITY RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH (A parish of the Patriarchate of Moscow).
  7. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (in Greek) Ὁ Ἅγιος Ἀββακοὺμ ὁ Νεομάρτυρας. 6 Αυγούστου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  8. ^ Small Synaxarion of The Saints Who Shone Forth In The Lands of Carpatho-Rus Archived 2014-10-30 at the Wayback Machine. American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the U.S.A. Retrieved 26 May, 2014.
  9. ^ 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.
  11. ^ (in Russian) ЖУРНАЛЫ заседания Священного Синода от 4 апреля 2019 года. Русская Православная Церковь, Официальный сайт Московского Патриархата (Патриархия.ru). 4 апреля 2019 г. 15:00.
  12. ^ Ivan Andreyev. Archbishop Dimitry of Gdov. Russia's Catacomb Saints. Retrieved 2011-07-06.


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