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December's Recipe:
Mastiha Flavored Semolina & Yogurt Cake

Custard pies, made with milk and semolina are traditional sweets all over Greece. This recipe differs because it calls for yogurt, and of course for Mastiha.

Ingredients:
  • 3 cups coarse semolina
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 3 cups yogurt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground or commercial Chios Mastiha
  • 100 gr/3 oz blanched sliced almonds
For the Syrup:

  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Rind of 1 lemon
  • Kaimaki or vanilla ice cream
  • Strawberry sauce for garnish

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 170°C (340°F). In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together at medium speed the semolina, sugar, and yogurt. Dissolve the baking soda in the milk and add this to the mixture, beating all the while. Beat in the lemon zest. Add the Chios Mastiha and beat at medium-high for 5 minutes until the mixture is creamy. Lightly butter a large baking pan and pour in the batter. Bake for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until set and lightly golden. If the custard browns before it sets, cover the pan with aluminum foil and continue baking.

To make the syrup, in a medium pot bring all the ingredients to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer until the syrup is viscous but runny, about 12 minutes. Remove and cool immediately in an ice bath. (Alternatively, you can make the syrup first and let it cool while you prepare and bake the pie.) As soon as you remove the pie from the oven, pour over the cooled syrup. Sprinkle with the almond slivers and cut into small pieces. Serve each piece of pie with a ball of kaimaki or vanilla ice cream and drizzle with strawberry sauce.

Makes 8 servings.
 

Excerpts and Photography from: Chios Mastiha: More than 20 Great Recipies for the World's Healthiest Spice
Greek Spice Mastiha ( Mastic ) Net Wt. 0.5 oz
Greek Spice Mastiha

( Mastic ) Net Wt. 0.5 oz
Misko Coarse (Thick) Semolina from Greece
Misko Coarse (Thick) Semolina from Greece

 December's Article
 The Schinos or Mastiha Tree & it's Secrets


The Schinos or Mastiha Tree & it's Secrets


Mastiha is the resin secreted from the trunk and branches of the mastiha tree. This secretion is caused by making incisions in the tree with a sharp tool. The mastiha resin appears like a tear drop at the incisions and flows in drops to the ground. It has a crystallized form and its initial, rather bitter taste, is soon followed by a distinctive aroma that makes it so unique. The degree of hardness of the mastiha resin depends on the atmospheric temperature, time exposed to nature as well as the size of the drop itself. When the flow of mastiha resin is continuous, then the drop is large and relatively soft, while an intermittent flow produces a smaller but harder drop.

The mastiha tree or schinos – scientific name Pistacia Lentiscus var. Chia – is an evergreen shrub, 2-3 meters tall, which grows slowly. It takes 40-50 years to reach its ultimate form, but has the potential to produce mastic five years after it is planted. The mastiha tree is a resilient plant, vulnerable only to frost and mistreatment. New plantations are propagated from the branches of older trees (grafts) and old plantations are renewed with suckers or layering. The shrubs of this family compose the main element of the Maquis vegetation found throughout the Mediterranean region, but only in Chios does the combination of tree and natural environment result in the magic formula that gives us the pleasure, the relief, and the therapeutic benefits obtained from mastiha’s precious tears.

Mastiha has been identified as P.D.O. (Protected Designation of Origin) and is used by pharmaceutical companies, as well as in perfume and cosmetics industries, in beverages, cooking and confectionary. According to scientific research, Chios mastiha has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and healing properties, with beneficial effects for the oral hygiene, the function of the gastrointestinal system and skin care.

Secrets
The French writer Francois Rabelais (1494-1553) has his glutton hero, the giant Gargantua, cleaning his teeth with toothpicks made from the wood of the mastic tree. Gargantua was published in 1534.

Mastiha is used to manufacture surgical thread. Stitches made with this thread are absorbed by the body and do not require cutting.

According to Johann Michael Wansleban, a German theologian and traveler of the mid-17th century, notable Egyptians used to flavor their water vessels with mastiha to give the water a more pleasant taste.

In the weaving and cotton industry it is used as a color stabilizer for starching material and especially silks.

At the end of the 13th century, a physician known as Gilbertus Anglicus flourished in London. In his Compendium Medicinae he mentions "Diacerasus", a remedy for the spleen that contains cherry juice, cinnamon and mastiha.

One of the most famous cathartics of the 19th century, the pills of Lady Webster, was made from aloe, mastiha and rose oil.

Rhazes (868-932 AD), a Persian philosopher and physician, considered himself as the Islamic version of Hippocrates. He recommends a mixture of clay and mastiha as a material for filling rotten teeth, and chewing mastiha for pregnant women to regain their appetite. Too good to be true?

Read the facts and science here.
Get beauty advice including how to make your own home beauty products.
Cook and be healthier with these recipes... and a bit of history
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MASTIHA BEAUTY CARE RECIPE:
Chios Mastiha Oil Mouthwash

50ml green tea, 2 drops Chios Mastiha oil

Mix ingredients well and use to rinse your mouth after meals or brushing your teeth. Do not swallow. The fluoride contained in the green tea, combines with the Chios Mastiha oil's antibacterial action strengthen the gums, help prevent tooth decay and leave your breath fresh and fragrant.

 

Without a doubt Greek Honey is considered one of the best in the world. The reason lies simply in Greece's temperate climate and rich flora. Its supreme quality reflects the country's long sunshine periods and the abrupt changes in the landscape which includes thyme, lavender, rosemary, lime and orange trees. That is the explanation why certain varieties of honey (e.g. Thyme Honey) found in Greece, do not exist anywhere else in the world. Greekshops.com is proud to offer a variety of Greek Honey brands which are certified to be pure flower or Forest Honey. We wanted to emphasize the difference since a recent study by the Food Safety News reveals that most Honey sold in US stores is not real honey.

According to the report quoted from CNN:

One of the nation's leading melissopalynologists analyzed more than 60 jugs, jars and plastic bears of honey in 10 states and the District of Columbia for pollen content, Food Safety News said. He found that pollen was frequently filtered out of products labeled "honey."

"The removal of these microscopic particles from deep within a flower would make the nectar flunk the quality standards set by most of the world's food safety agencies," the report says. "Without pollen there is no way to determine whether the honey came from legitimate and safe sources."

Among the findings:

- No pollen was found in 76 percent of samples from grocery stores including TOP Food, Safeway, Giant Eagle, QFC, Kroger, Metro Market, Harris Teeter, A&P, Stop & Shop and King Soopers.

- No pollen was found in 100 percent of samples from drugstores including Walgreens, Rite-Aid and CVS Pharmacy.

- The anticipated amount of pollen was found in samples bought at farmers markets, co-ops and stores like PCC and Trader Joe's.

Why does it matter where your honey comes from? An earlier Food Safety News investigation found that at least a third of all the honey consumed in the United States was likely smuggled from China and could be tainted with illegal antibiotics and heavy metals.

Foreign honey also puts a squeeze on American beekeepers, who have been lobbying for years for an enforceable national standard to prevent foreign honey from flooding the market.

The Food and Drug Administration does not have a standard of identity for honey like it does for milk or other products, a spokesman said.

The lack of regulation is what enables potentially unsafe honey to make its way into the country, Andrew Schneider, author of the Food and Safety News report.

"Where there's no pollen, there's no way for authorities to confirm where the honey came from, so it's easy to smuggle illicit honey into the country," he said.


Greekshops.com is committed to selling pure Greek Honey which is ISO certified and guaranteed to be 100% Greek. Shop with confidence for real Honey at Greekshops.com!


 Special Feature: Regional Greek Wines
 Part IV - Chalkidiki: The Holy Vintner
     
  In view of their self-sufficiency, it goes without saying that the monks of Athos cultivate their own wine, particularly as they need an enormous quantity of sacramental wine for the evening liturgy. The wine of the Athos peninsula is a fair wine indeed. The winegrowing area is situated on the eastern side, more or less halfway along the finger protruding out into the sea. The climatic conditions are good for winegrowing: frequent brief showers of rain, humidity from the sea, and strong sun on the southeastern slopes provide excellent conditions for the vines to flourish. The Limnio and Agiorgitiko grape varieties are best suited to the dry soil of these hot and windy areas. The wines also carry the label “ecologically harmless” as there is no industry on Athos, no vehicle traffic, and as far as pesticides go, it is as if they never existed. The soil has been treated well for 1000 years; there have been no opportunities to do otherwise. Ten years ago, Pater Epiphanios took matters into his own hands by reactivating the traditional vineyard of Milopotamos. This is a skites, a small monastic village that belongs to the Megisti Lavra monastery. Milopotamos., founded in 963 B.C. by Athanasios the Athonite, one of the first monks to settle on Athos. According to historical sources, vines have been systematically cultivated in Milopotamos since that time with an estimated production of 59-78 US tons (60-80 tons) of wine per year! The outbreak of phylloxera from America after World War II put an abrupt end to wine cultivation on Mount Athos until 1990, when Pater Epiphanios took matters in hand. Born into a family of winegrowers, he requested permission to start developing the old vineyards again. In 1992, he planted Merlot, Limnio, Muscat of Alexandria, and Rhoditis vines over an area of about 12 Acres (5 hectares). Today, the organic wine business is thriving and annual wine production is back to 39-44 US tons (40-45 tons), some of which is exported to the United States.
 
 
  Recommendations for Winemaking  
  Monks of the Iviron monastery who are in charge of the winemaking just follow a few basic rules. They know:

- The grapes do not ripen before August 6, the festival of St. Sotiris, when a mass is said for the wine and the vineyard are blessed.
- All the grapes are picked during the harvest.
- They should only be harvested in dry weather.
- Pressed grapes must be left to ferment longer in cool weather than in warm for the same result to be achieved.
– Dry red wines must be kept for up to 40 days in the vat before being transferred into barrels.
- Sweet red wine is only drunk at Holy Communion.
- Wine should only be stored in places where there are no other predominant smells.
 
     
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Onirefome Akoma... Mama, by Efridiki
Tragoudia apo ta Ellinika Nisia, Nana Moushouri

Tragoudia apo ta Ellinika Nisia, Nana Moushouri
Back to the Future, by Mihalis Rakintzis

Back to the Future, by Mihalis Rakintzis
Xtes, Simera, avrio..., Megaliteres Epitihies by Pashalis Terzis (2 CD)

Xtes, Simera, avrio..., Megaliteres Epitihies by Pashalis Terzis (2 CD)
I kiria giota lidia, Lidia Giota (5CD)

I kiria giota lidia, Lidia Giota (5CD)
Anekdota Tragoudia Stis 33 Strofes, Stelios Kazandzidis

Anekdota Tragoudia Stis 33 Strofes, Stelios Kazandzidis
A Non Stop Party Vol 1-5 Megamix by Nikos Halkousis - 172 hits on 5 CDs REDUCED

A Non Stop Party Vol 1-5 Megamix by Nikos Halkousis - 172 hits on 5 CDs REDUCED
Hit Collection, Various Artists

Hit Collection, Various Artists
LYRA4732 The New Wave (Neo Kima) of Greek Music Vol 4

LYRA4732 The New Wave (Neo Kima) of Greek Music Vol 4
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LYRA4732 The New Wave (Neo Kima) of Greek Music Vol 2
Sarakatsanika No. 2 CD

Sarakatsanika No. 2 CD
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Sarakatsanika No. 3 CD
Ta sirta ton Sarakatsanika No. 4 CD

Ta sirta ton Sarakatsanika No. 4 CD
Sarakatsanika - Andreas Peteinos CD

Sarakatsanika - Andreas Peteinos CD
Sarakatsanika CD

Sarakatsanika CD
 Adult Books in Greek
Elliniki Glossa: Parelthon, Paron, Mellon, by G. Babiniotis, In Greek

Elliniki Glossa: Parelthon, Paron, Mellon, by G. Babiniotis, In Greek
  Orthographico Lexico tis Neas Ellinikis Glossas – by Giorgos Babiniotis

Orthographico Lexico tis Neas Ellinikis Glossas – by Giorgos Babiniotis
Skirtimata Kardias, Fterougismata tou Nou: Poems for children & adults... by Amphitrite Manuel

Skirtimata Kardias, Fterougismata tou Nou: Poems for children & adults... by Amphitrite Manuel
Mastiha Cuisine by Diane Kochilas, in Greek & English

Mastiha Cuisine by Diane Kochilas, in Greek & English
Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste!: Family Recipes, In English

Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste!: Family Recipes, In English
Gia tin Agapi ton Allon, By Ioustini Frangouli-Argyri, In Greek

Gia tin Agapi ton Allon, By Ioustini Frangouli-Argyri, In Greek
Erotas stin Omihli by Ioustini Frangouli-Argyri, In Greek

Erotas stin Omihli by Ioustini Frangouli-Argyri, In Greek
To Nima by Victoria Hislop, In Greek

To Nima by Victoria Hislop, In Greek
To paidi tis agapis by Maria Tzirita, In Greek

To paidi tis agapis by Maria Tzirita, In Greek
An den ipirhe avrio, by Maria Tzirita, In Greek

An den ipirhe avrio, by Maria Tzirita, In Greek
To Louloudi tou Thermokipiou by Lousinda Reilly, In Greek

To Louloudi tou Thermokipiou by Lousinda Reilly, In Greek
I Sklava by Gioul Irepoglou, In Greek

I Sklava by Gioul Irepoglou, In Greekk
Unbinding the Heart: A Dose of Greek Wisdom, Generosity, and Unconditional Love, In English

Unbinding the Heart: A Dose of Greek Wisdom, Generosity, and Unconditional Love, In English
Nourmbanou, I Sklava tis Ipsilis Pilis, In Greek

Nourmbanou, I Sklava tis Ipsilis Pilis, In Greek
Tis Zois kai tis Agapis, by Eleni Tsamadou, In Greek

Tis Zois kai tis Agapis, by Eleni Tsamadou, In Greek
  Echoes from the Dead Zone: Across the Cyprus Divide, by Yiannis Papadakis, In English

Echoes from the Dead Zone: Across the Cyprus Divide, by Yiannis Papadakis, In English
Athens: A Cultural and Literary History (Cities of the Imagination), by Michael Llewellyn Smith

Athens: A Cultural and Literary History (Cities of the Imagination), by Michael Llewellyn Smith
The Cyprus Problem: What Everyone Needs to Know, by James Ker-Lindsay, In English

The Cyprus Problem: What Everyone Needs to Know, by James Ker-Lindsay, In English
The Lost Capital of Byzantium: The History of Mistra and the Peloponnese, by Steven Runciman

The Lost Capital of Byzantium: The History of Mistra and the Peloponnese, by Steven Runciman
American Influence in Greece, 1917-1929, by Louis P. Cassimatis, In English

American Influence in Greece, 1917-1929, by Louis P. Cassimatis, In English
Children of Achilles: The Greeks in Asia Minor since the Days of Troy, by John Freely

Children of Achilles: The Greeks in Asia Minor since the Days of Troy, by John Freely
The Cyprus Conspiracy: America, Espionage and the Turkish Invasion, by Brendan O'Malley

The Cyprus Conspiracy: America, Espionage and the Turkish Invasion, by Brendan O'Malley
 Constantinople: City of the World's Desire, 1453-1924, by Philip Mansel

Constantinople: City of the World's Desire, 1453-1924, by Philip Mansel
Levant: Splendour and Catastrophe on the Mediterranean, by Philip Mansel

Levant: Splendour and Catastrophe on the Mediterranean, by Philip Mansel
As apofasisi o hronos, by Elsi Tsoukaraki, In Greek

As apofasisi o hronos, by Elsi Tsoukaraki, In Greek
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Mastihashop Chios Mastiha Essential Oil 50g
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Toothpaste with Chios Mastiha, 80 mll
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Traditional Caramels with Chios Mastiha

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Bag of Chios Mastiha Candies 250 gr

Bag of Chios Mastiha Candies 250 gr
Mastiha and Lemon Gum, 10 Pieces

Mastiha and Lemon Gum, 10 Piecess
Mastic and Mandarin Gum, 10 Pieces

Mastic and Mandarin Gum, 10 Pieces
Traditional Halvadopita - Wafer nougat pie - 80gr

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Greek Cuisine Recipes, Volume 1, LIVE! (DVD NTSC)
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Greek 2012 Calendar Refill with Cooking Anecdotes (in Greek)
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Orthodox Saint - Agios Ioannis ( Saint John the Baptist ) - 8x14cm

Orthodox Saint - Agios Ioannis

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Crete Region - Chania
Crete Region - Herakleion
Cyclades Island Region - Amorgos
Cyclades Island Region - Andros
Cyclades Island Region - Ios
Cyclades Island Region - Keaa
Cyclades Island Region - Kimolos
Cyclades Island Region - Kithnos
Cyclades Island Region - Meloss
Cyclades Island Region - Mykonos
Cyclades Island Region - Naxos
Cyclades Island Region - Paros
Cyclades Island Region - Santorini
Cyclades Island Region - Siphnos
Cyclades Island Region - Siross

NEW!   Cyclades Island Region - Tinos
Dodecanese Region - Kalimnos
Dodecanese Region - Kos

Dodecanese Region - Patmos
Dodecanese Region - Rhodes
Dodecanese Region - Symi
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Greece Mainland - Karditsa
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Ionian Islands Region - Kefalonia - Argostoli
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 Cyclades - Delos (part 14 of 22)

In ancient times a sacred isle, birthplace of Apollo, Delos now attracts myriads of visitors, all coming to marvel at its monuments. Nowadays uninhabited and very close to Mykonos (3.5 nautical miles from its westernmost headland) there is a daily boat service with it. In the summer caiques making excursions from other Cycladic islands also call here. A small canal separates it from the island of Rheneia.

Delos was known as Ortygia in antiquity and, according to myth, Leto sought refuge here, escaping the wrath of Hera, and gave birth to Apollo and Artemis. Archaeological evidence attests that the island was inhabited as early as 3000 B.C. In Mycenaean times a settlement existed on the west side where there was also a shrine to a female deity. It seems that the Ionian colonizers who arrived in around 1000 BC introduced the cult of Apollo, god of light and music. From the 9th century BC Delos became the centre (political and religious) of an Amphictyony of Ionians living in the Aegean islands, under the hegemony of Naxos. In the 6th century BC the Athenians joined this Amphictyony, on the pretext of their Ionian provenance. After the end of the Persian Wars (478 BC) Delos became the center of the Athenian/Delian League and it was here that the representatives of the League's members met annually to confer. The common treasury of theirr contributions was also kept here until 454 BC when it was transferred to Athens. In 426 BC the island was cleanse( or purified, the bones of the dead remove( from their graves and deposited on the neighboring island of Rheneia. Thence forth it was forbidden to give birth or die on Delos. When the successors of Alexander the Great cam( into the ascendancy Athenian influence on the island was displaced and it became independent, the centre of diverse alliances under the Macedonians, Egyptians and Rhodians. In 16( BC the Roman Senate passed a decree placing Delos once again under the aegis of Athens. In 88 BC it was laid waste by Mithnidates, it: monuments destroyed and its population o' some 20,000 souls decimated. Close on it,, heels, in 69 BC, came a new disaster from which the island never recovered, remaining deserted, a haven for corsairs. In 1872 the French Archaeological School began systematic excavations there, which still continue today.

Delos is a vast archaeological site extending from its west side, which was the sacred harbour in ancient times. On the northwest side are the Propylaea and Agora of the Competaliasts or Hermaists, founded in the 2nd century BC and used by Roman merchants and freed slaves. Immediately beyond is the Sacred Way with bases for "ex votos". To the west stood the large Stoa of Philip, built in around 210 BC and opposite this is the so-called South Stoa (3rd century BC) and South Agora or Agora of the Delians. The Sanctuary of Apollo was located northeast of the Stoa of Philip, consisting of three temples dedicated to the god, of which the foundations of the third, the "temple of the Athenians", are nowadays visible. A little before the temple of Apollo stood the Oikos of the Naxians (6th century BC) and the Stoa of the Naxians (mid-6th century BC), to the north the Horn Altar (Keratinos) and northeast the temple of Artemis, built in the 2nd century BC upon the ruins of a previous temple of the 7th century BC. On the north side of the temple of Apollo were the so-called Treasuries and east of these the Prytaneion (mid-5th century BC). Southeast of this was the altar of Zeus Soter, protector of seafarers and, on the north side the temple of Dionysos (early 3rd century BC) and the Stoa reputedly founded by Antigonos Gonatas at the end of the 3rd century BC. To the west were diverse buildings, the Ekkiesiasterion where the Boule of the Deme of the Delians met and the Thesmophoreion, a 5th century edifice associated with the cult of Demeter. Situated on the north side of the sanctuary, in the quarter of the lake, was the Agora of Theophrastus, the Sanctuary of the Twelve Gods of Olympus, the Temple of Leto and the Agora of the Italians. A road led from the temple of Leto and north of the Sacred Lake to the famous Avenue of the Lions, votive of the Naxians in the 7th century BC. Only five of the original seven lions are still extant. At a slightly lower level lay the Sacred Lake on which the swans of Apollo swam in antiquity and which was filled in with earth following an outbreak of malaria in 1926. Northwest of the Avenue of the Lions was the Koine of the Poseidonists of Beirut, centre of merchants who worshipped Poseidon, two palaestrae, the sanctuary of Archegetes, the Gymnasium and the Stadium. The quarter of the Theatre, to the south of the Sanctuary was the major residential area and the houses of the Hellenistic and Roman periods were decorated with mosaics. From here one can easily reach the museum in which finds from the excavations on the island are housed. To the east of the Theatre quarter are remnants of various structures, while a road leads to the eminence of Kynthos, on the summit of which Zeus and Athena were worshipped. Northwest of the House of the Masks are remnants of the ancient Theatre (17 to 26 tiers of seats), which had a capacity of 5,500 spectators and was built in the 2nd century BC.

Next month: The Islands of the Cyclades - Ios, Part 15 of 22


 December 2011 Greek Orthodox Calendar
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
        1
Thursday of the 11th Week

Nahum the Prophet

Philaret the Merciful of Amnia
2
Friday of the 11th Week

Habakkuk the Prophet

Our Righteous Father Cyril of Phileus
3
Saturday of the 11th Week

Zephaniah the Prophet

Our Righteous Father John, Bishop and Hesychast
4
10th Sunday of Luke

Barbara the Great Martyr

John the Righteous of Damascus
5
Savas the Sanctified

Holy Martyr Diogenes

Philotheos the Righteous of Mount Athos
6
Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra

Nicholas the New Martyr of Asia Minor
7
Wednesday of the 12th Week

Ambrose, Bishop of Milan

Athenodoros the Martyr of Mesopotamia
8
Thursday of the 12th Week

Forefeast of the Conception by St. Anna of the Most Holy Theotokos

Patapios the Righteous of Thebes
9
The Conception by St. Anna of the Most Holy Theotokos

Hanna the Prophetess

Narses the Martyr of Persia
10
Saturday of the 12th Week

Menas, Hermogenes, & Eugraphos, Martyrs of Alexandria

Thomas the Righteous of Bithynia
11
11th Sunday of Luke

Daniel the Stylite of Constantinople

Luke the New Stylite of Chalcedon
12
Spyridon the Wonderworker of Trymithous

Holy New Martyr Peter the Aleut
13
Tuesday of the 13th Week

Herman the Wonderworker of Alaska & First Saint of America

Auxentios, Eugene, Mardarios, Orestes, & Eustratios, Martyrs of Sebaste
14
Wednesday of the 13th Week

Thyrsos, Leucius, & Callinicos, Martyrs of Apollonia
15
Eleutherios the Holy Martyr, Bishop Illyria and his mother Anthia

The Martyr Susannah the Deaconess
16
Friday of the 13th Week

Haggai the Prophet

Modestos, Archbishop of Jerusalem
17
Saturday of the 13th Week

Daniel the Prophet & Ananias, Azarias, & Misail, the Three Holy Youths

Dionysios of Zakynthos
18
Sunday before Nativity

Sebastian the Martyr & his Companions

Our Righteous Father Michael Syngellon the Confessor
19
Monday of the 14th Week

Boniface the Merciful of Tarsus, Eutychios the Martyr of Thessaloniki

Our Righteous Father Gregentius, Bishop of Ethiopia
20
Ignatius the God-Bearer, Bishop of Antioch

Forefeast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ

Our Righteous Father Philogonius, Bishop of Antioch
21
Wednesday of the 14th Week

Forefeast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ

Juliana of Nicomedia & her 630 Companion Martyrs
22
Thursday of the 14th Week

Anastasia the Great Martyr

Chrysogonos, Theodota, Evodias, & Eutychianus, the Martyrs
23
Friday of the 14th Week

Ten Martyrs of Crete

Rememberance of the Founding of the Holy and Great Church of Christ, Hagia Sophia in Constantinople
24
Saturday before Nativity

Eugenia the Righteous Nun-martyr of Rome

Eve of the Nativity of Christ
25
The Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ

The Adoration of the Magi: Melchior, Gaspar, & Balthasar

The Commemoration of the Shepherds in Bethlehem who were watching their flocks and came to see the Lord
26
Fast Free

Sunday after Nativity

Synaxis of the Holy Theotokos

Euthemios the Confessor, Bishop of Sardis
27
Fast Free

Stephen, Archdeacon & First Martyr

Theodore the Confessor

Brothers Theophanes and Poietus
28
Fast Free

Wednesday of the 15th Week

20,000 Martyrs burned in Nicomedia

Holy Martyr Glycerus
29
Fast Free

14,000 infants (Holy Innocents) slain by Herod in Bethlehem

Our Righteous Father Marcellus, Abbot of the Monastery of the Unsleeping Ones

Our Righteous Father Thaddeus the Confessor
30
Fast Free

Friday of the 15th Week

Anysia the Virgin-martyr of Thessaloniki

Gideon the New Martyr of Mount Athos
31
Fast Free

Saturday before Epiphany

Apodosis of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ

Melania the Younger, Nun of Rome

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