October 2008 Newsletter
 This Month 
October's Article: The Secret Granary of Thrace Special Feature: Heritage Walks in Athens #8
What's New: Music, Movies, and Books Featured Destination: Nisyros
Latest Arrivals: Koukla & Leventis Apparel, and More! October's Recipe: Glóssa Sto Foúrno (Baked Sole)
Saint Namedays in October Suggestions, Comments, Subscription Info
October's Recipe:
Glóssa Sto Foúrno
(Baked Sole)


 

Ingredients:

- 2 sole, filleted
- 1 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
-  2 Tbs. fish sauce (Asian style)
- 2/3 c. sweet white wine
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced
- 1 Tbs. coriander leaves, chopped
- 1 Tbs. lovage, chopped
   (or celery leaves)
- 1 Tbs. fresh oregano, chopped
- 2 eggs, beaten
- black peppercorns


Preparation:
Preheat oven to 350º. Place the sole fillets in an ovenproof dish and pour the oil, fish sauce, and wine over them. Sprinkle on the scallions and chopped coriander, and bake for 15 min. Remove from the oven, put the fillets in a warm place, strain the stock and put aside. In a mortar, grind the pepper, and crush the lovage, oregano, and the cooked vegetables from the stock. Stir this mixture into the stock, and mix in the eggs. Cover the fish with this sauce, and return to the oven until sauce thickens. Sprinkle with freshly ground pepper and serve hot.
 

Culinaria Greece by Milona, Marianthi
 

Excerpts and Photography from: Culinaria Greece
by Marianthi Milona

COMING
ATTRACTION:

Children of a Lesser Goddess
A one-woman show written & performed by Dorothy Spirus
Directed by Mike Ross



The Pan Andreas Theatre

5125 Melrose Ave.
(between Van Ness & Western)
Los Angeles, 90038
Fri & Sat nights 8 p.m.
Sep. 26 to Oct. 25
Tickets: $14

For Info: 323.960.7774
Opening Night Benefit Gala
Fri. Sept. 26, 7:30 ($30)
 

Feature:
The Legends of Greek Rock

This month Greekshops.com makes a special
dedication to Greek Rock and its pioneers

Greek rock is traced back to the early seventies when Dionysis Savvopoulos, Vasilis Papakonstantinou, and Pavlos Sidiropoulos released works considered to be the earliest “Greek Rock” representatives. “Nostradamos”, Poll, and Peloma (he early pioneers) were followed by bands such as Socrates Drank the Conium, Spyridoula (featuring Pavlos Sidiropoulos), and Exadaktylos, made popular by their lead singer Dimitris Poulikakos. With the 80’s came more Greek bands including Mousikes Taxiarhies (featuring Jimmy Panousis), Tripes (a Thessaloniki based band), and Mora sti Fotia. Some bands used English lyrics (Sharp Ties, Socrates) but most sang in Greek. The Greek Rock scene peaked in the 90s with the arrival of several new bands including notables such as Pyx Lax, Katshimiha Brothers, Magic De Spell, Xilina Spathia, Domenica, Arnakia, Endelexeia, Panx Romana, and Fota Pou Svinoun. Greek Rock, as the youth’s medium for expressing views and opinions, has been replaced with Greek Hip Hop, yet it still represents a substantial part of Greek Music in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. We proudly make a dedication to Greek Rock by introducing a new section featuring collections and individual albums of Greek Rock singers and bands through the years.

Rock albums new to our store this month...

Mihalis Rakintzis, Energia

Mihalis Rakintzis, Energia
Rock Aggelies - 12 Rock Hits

Rock Aggelies - 12 Rock Hits
 
Magic de Spell, Kokkino

Magic de Spell, Kokkino
Mousika Paketa Tis FM: Elliniko Rock Vol.1 (3CD)

Mousika Paketa Tis FM: Elliniko Rock Vol.1 (3CD)
Fakelos: Rock (2CD) - 32 Megales Epitihies

Fakelos: Rock (2CD) - 32 Megales Epitihies
40 Hronia Rock - 4CD Box Set

40 Hronia Rock - 4CD Box Set
 
To Rock Ston Aera

To Rock Ston Aera
Tzimis Panousis, Mousikes Taxiarhies

Tzimis Panousis, Mousikes Taxiarhies
Haris & Panos Katsimihas, Mousiki Aftoviografia 3CD

Haris & Panos Katsimihas, Mousiki Aftoviografia 3CD
 
Afto Ine Rock 2

Afto Ine Rock 2
 
30 Hronia Elliniko Rok (4CD)

30 Hronia Elliniko Rok (4CD)
 
Ta Rock Tou Polis - 16 Light Rock Hits

Ta Rock Tou Polis - 16 Light Rock Hits
 
Magic de Spell, O Telefteos Epizon

Magic de Spell, O Telefteos Epizon
Pavlos Sidiropoulos, Ta Tragoudia Tou Pavlou - 20 Greatest Hits

Pavlos Sidiropoulos, Ta Tragoudia Tou Pavlou - 20 Greatest Hits
 
Greek Rock Visit our Greek Rock section to view other great titles!
 The Secret Granary of Thrace

Thrace is known as the secret granary of Greece. Even connoisseurs of Greece are largely ignorant of the fact that large areas of land here are used for growing all the common grains, so-called soft or seed wheat, as well as hard or spring wheat, and also rye, barley, and oats. The cultivation of grains, that is grasses with seeds that represent an important food for people, is the basis of all farming. It is not just in the earliest written evidence of the Greek world that grains are recognized as the start of any kind of civilization. But if there are few detailed descriptions of the way grains were used and prepared in ancient times, the reason must lie precisely in the fact that something as generally well known as grains did not seem to require detailed discussion. It is certain that the primitive grain varieties of emmer (zeiai, olyra, and einkorn (tiphe), which were later developed into the wheat we know today, reached Greece from the Near East, probably from Syria, where some forms of civilization were already in existence around 7000 B.C. As the climatic conditions were not always suitable for wheat growing, barley (krithe) was often preferred, and was probably found in Greece before wheat. Finds made in caves inhabited before 7000 B.C. provide evidence that wild forms were at least being gathered. Barley grew better in Greece and probably continued to be the basic food for quite some time.

 
Soft Wheat
(Triticum aestivum)
used for making all kinds of bread
Rye
(Secale cereale)
used for cattle food in Greece
Barley
(Hordeum vulgare)
one of the oldest cultivated plants in Greece
Oats
(Avena sativa)
made into flakes and oatmeal or used to feed horses
Durum Wheat
(Triticum durum)
used for making semolina and pasta

The use of grains in cooking quickly became established in ancient times. While Homer offers no clear evidence of how grains were prepared, Hesiod seems to have been very impressed with wheat meal and barley porridge. According to him, ametiskos, a kind of milk cake, was served as an accompaniment to game and poultry. In the 5th-4th centuries B.C., wheat bread and barley cakes were already part of the diet. Oats (bromos) do not seem to have been very popular, as they were used mainly for cattle food. Pyros, a kind of grain related to emmer - sometimes also described as a hard wheat - which had spread into eastern Europe in the early historic period, reached Greece via southern Russia. Today, most kinds of hard wheat in Greece are made into cattle food, whereas the soft wheats are used to make bread and sweet cakes. In a few towns in the Evros Valley in eastern

Thrace is inhabited by the Pomaks traditions and farming methods reminiscent of centuries long past have been maintained. (Pomaks are an ethnic group of Slavonic, Bulgarian-speaking Muslims.) The fields are still plowed using a hand plow and a team of oxen; corn is sown, reaped, threshed, and ground by hand, and made into bread to be used in dishes that are almost unknown, even in Greece. Pomaks make up some 20 percent of the population of the villages lying at the foot of the Rhodope Mountains, and they are almost self-sufficient.
 

In Greek mythology, Demeter is an ancient, possibly pre-Greek, mother goddess. As goddess of the earth, fruitfulness, growth, and especially crops, she was not so much interested in the "Olympian society" but instead wandered the earth, taking care that the seeds flourished. As a result, she was greatly venerated, especially by women. Her daughter Persephone was once abducted by Hades, god of the underworld. When Demeter learned that her daughter was no longer living in the light of the sun, she withdrew from the earth, so no more seeds sprouted. Zeus, concerned at the lack of sacrificial offerings, succeeded in making a bargain with Hades, which allowed Persephone to leave the underworld for two thirds of the year to dwell on Mount Olympus. So Persephone's annual release from and return to the underworld have become a metaphor for the annual growth and death of the seeds and plants on the earth.

Excerpts and Photography from: Culinaria Greece by Marianthi Milona

 Special Feature: Heritage Walks in Athens
 8th Heritage Walk: The High Point of Athenian Neoclassicism
 

(Continued from September's Issue)

STARTING POINT: Panepistimiou Station
TERMINUS:
Acropolis Station

The 8th heritage walk includes some significant buildings, starting with the best of the neoclassical period, and ending, like all our heritage walks, in the narrow alleys of Plaka, a constant reminder of ancient and medieval Athens.

Click here to read the full
article on additional page

 


Heritage Walk #8 Walking Map
Items featured in this FINAL article...

THE TRILOGY: The renowned "Trilogy" on Panepistimiou St. consists of the National Library, the University, and the Academy. All three were designed and built by the creators of Athenian...

ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH OF ST. DIONYSIOS THE AREOPAGITE: The foundations were laid in 1853, following the design by the Bavarian architect Leo Von Klenze. The original design was...

SCARLATOS SOUTSOS-DEMETRIOS RALLIS MANSION: Situated on the corner of Korai St and Panepistimiou. A plain yet elegant neoclassical building, that dates from the decade of...

CHURCH OF AGHIOI THEODOROI: A simple two-columned cross-in-square church with cloisonne masonry, built in the 11th century. It is noted for the inscribed plaques over the...

EUTAXIA-VOUROU MANSION, MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF ATHENS: Built in 1833 by the German architects G. Luders and J. Hoffer, it was the former residence of...

OLD PARLIAMENT - NATIONAL HISTORICAL MUSEUM: The mansion of the banker the banker Alexandros Kontostavlos from the island of Chios, was built in 1832 by Stamatis Kleanthis on the...

"ILIOU MELATHRON" - NUMISMATIC MUSEUM: This building represents the finest synthesis of neoclassicism and romanticism in nineteenth century Athenian architecture. It was also...

HOTEL GRANDE BRETAGNE: Originally built in 1842 by the Danish architect Theofilos Hansen for the family of Antonios Dimitriou, it was purchased in 1874 by...

Click here to read the full
article on additional page

Excerpt from: "Heritage Walks in Athens" by the Municipality of Athens Cultural Organization,
and by the Elliniki Etairia Hellenic Society for the Protection of the Environment and the Cultural Heritage
 

 What's New!
 CDs
Fresca 2 : The Chart Hits of 2007 and 2008 (2CD)

Fresca 2 : The Chart Hits of 2007 and 2008 (2CD)
Paola, Perasame Me Kokkino

Paola, Perasame Me Kokkino
 
Katerina Stanisi, Na Kaoune Ta Krevatia

Katerina Stanisi, Na Kaoune Ta Krevatia
Yiannis Tassios, Glossa Epikinonias

Yiannis Tassios, Glossa Epikinonias
Antonis Remos, Antonis Remos in Concert (Live)

Antonis Remos, Antonis Remos in Concert (Live)
 
Yiannis Kotsiras, Ke Pali Pedi

Yiannis Kotsiras, Ke Pali Pedi
 
Rallia Hristidou, Mono Mia Nihta Live + Bonus DVD

Rallia Hristidou, Mono Mia Nihta Live + Bonus DVD
Ston P - Tribute to Pavlo Sidiropoulo

Ston P - Tribute to Pavlo Sidiropoulo
 
Vaggelis Perpiniadis, Paron Ston Vageli Perpiniad

Vaggelis Perpiniadis, Paron Ston Vageli Perpiniad
Marios Tokas, Anthology 1954-2008 (4CD) - 80 Classic Hits

Marios Tokas, Anthology 1954-2008 (4CD) - 80 Classic Hits
Vaggelis Perpiniadis, Megales Epitihies (2CD)

Vaggelis Perpiniadis, Megales Epitihies (2CD)
 
Manolis Lidakis, Apo Ti Siopi Tou Hronou

Manolis Lidakis, Apo Ti Siopi Tou Hronou
Ta Tragoudia Tou Gamou (2CD) 29 Traditional Wedding Songs

Ta Tragoudia Tou Gamou (2CD) 29 Traditional Wedding Songs
Peggy Zina, The Best of Peggy Zina (2CD)

Peggy Zina, The Best of Peggy Zina (2CD)
 
Sarbel, Kati San Esena

Sarbel, Kati San Esena
 
Hristos Dantis, Ektos Trohias

Hristos Dantis, Ektos Trohias
The Greek Company, In Good Company - Live

The Greek Company, In Good Company - Live
Yiannis Ploutarhos, Oti Genniete Stin Psisi - SPECIAL EDITION

Yiannis Ploutarhos, Oti Genniete Stin Psisi
Athens Bar 2 - An Exquisite Selection of Songs from Today

Athens Bar 2 - Songs from Today's Greek Music
Minos Kalokeri 2008 16 Summer Hits

Minos Kalokeri 2008 16 Summer Hits
 
 Books

Literature & Fiction

Siopili Petra, by Evrydiki Amanatidou (in Greek)

Siopili Petra, by Evrydiki Amanatidou (in Greek)
 
Apo tin Anatoli sti Dysi, by Giannis & Marina Alexandrou (in Greek)

Apo tin Anatoli sti Dysi, by Giannis & Marina Alexandrou (in Greek)
Palatia tou Vosporou, by Giannis & Marina Alexandrou (in Greek)

Palatia tou Vosporou, by Giannis & Marina Alexandrou (in Greek)
Gennithika Ellinas..., by Nikos Aliagas (in Greek)

Gennithika Ellinas..., by Nikos Aliagas (in Greek)
 
Ithela Mono Ena Antio, by Paschalia Travlou (in Greek)

Ithela Mono Ena Antio, by Paschalia Travlou
(in Greek)

 
Smyrni, by Tony Maniatis (in Greek)

Smyrni, by Tony Maniatis
(in Greek)

 
Oi Gennaioi tis Samothrakis, by Stamatis Tsarouhas (in Greek)

Oi Gennaioi tis Samothrakis, by Stamatis Tsarouhas (in Greek)
 
Ftera Apo Metaxi, by Paschalia Travlou (in Greek)

Ftera Apo Metaxi, by Paschalia Travlou
(in Greek)

 
Efta Feggaria, by Panagiota Smyrli-Stratopoulou (in Greek)

Efta Feggaria, by Panagiota Smyrli-Stratopoulou (in Greek)
 
Agapimeno Mou Aivali, by Ntinos Koumpatis (in Greek)

Agapimeno Mou Aivali, by Ntinos Koumpatis
(in Greek)

Biographies

Osa Thymamai I Osa Agapisa (in Greek)

Osa Thymamai I Osa Agapisa (in Greek)
 
Echo Ena Mystiko, by Giannis Papamichaïl (in Greek)

Echo Ena Mystiko, by Giannis Papamichaïl (in Greek)
 
To Onoma Mou Einai Nana, by Nana Mouskouri (in Greek)

To Onoma Mou Einai Nana, by Nana Mouskouri (in Greek)
En Archi In O Kazantzidis, by Lefteris Papadopoulos (in Greek)

En Archi In O Kazantzidis, by Lefteris Papadopoulos (in Greek)
 
Mikis Theodorakis - Se Proto Prosopo, by Yorgos Archimandritis (in Greek)

Mikis Theodorakis - Se Proto Prosopo, by Yorgos Archimandritis (in Greek)

History & Culture

In Sfakia, by Peter Trudgill (in English)

In Sfakia, by Peter Trudgill (in English)
 
Pos na se Xehaso, Smyrni Agapimeni, by Giorgos Katramopoulos (in Greek)

Pos na se Xehaso, Smyrni Agapimeni, by Giorgos Katramopoulos (in Greek)
 
Pyramida 67. To Vivlio tou Emfyliou, by Renos Apostolidis (in Greek)

Pyramida 67. To Vivlio tou Emfyliou, by Renos Apostolidis (in Greek)
En Thessaloniki, by Eleftheria Drosaki (in Greek)

En Thessaloniki, by Eleftheria Drosaki (in Greek)
 
Enas Aionas Dyo Patrides, by Giorgos Katramopoulos (in Greek)

Enas Aionas Dyo Patrides, by Giorgos Katramopoulos (in Greek)
 
O Ellinismos tis Konstantinoupolis, by Soula Mpozi (in Greek)

O Ellinismos tis Konstantinoupolis, by Soula Mpozi (in Greek)
To Aristero Cheri tis Afroditis, by Takis Théodoropoulos (in Greek)

To Aristero Cheri tis Afroditis, by Takis Théodoropoulos (in Greek)
Theano, I Lykaina tis Polis, by Lena Manta (in Greek)

Theano, I Lykaina tis Polis, by Lena Manta (in Greek)
Ston Iskio tou Leukou Pyrgou, by Roula Papadimitriou (in Greek)

Ston Iskio tou Leukou Pyrgou, by Roula Papadimitriou (in Greek)
Taxideuontas Sta Kymata Tou Omirou, by H. N. Turteltaub (in Greek)

Taxideuontas Sta Kymata Tou Omirou, by H. N. Turteltaub (in Greek)
 

Children's Books

To Proto Mou Vivlio Gia Ta Hristougenna, by Dawn Sirett (in Greek)

To Proto Mou Vivlio Gia
Ta Hristougenna, by Dawn Sirett (in Greek)

 
To Proto mou Vivlio Gia to Perivallon, by Elena Eleni (in Greek)

To Proto mou Vivlio Gia to Perivallon, by Elena Eleni (in Greek)
 
O Polemos Stin Troia, by Eleni Dikaiou (in Greek)

O Polemos Stin Troia, by Eleni Dikaiou (in Greek)
Enas Deinosavros Sto Balkoni Mou, by Sakis Serefas (in Greek)

Enas Deinosavros Sto Balkoni Mou, by Sakis Serefas (in Greek)
Oi Peripeteies tou Odyssea, by Hugh Lupton (in Greek)

Oi Peripeteies tou Odyssea, by Hugh Lupton (in Greek)
 
Oi Magikes Maskes tou Koutsoflevarou, by Filippos Mandilaras (in Greek)

Oi Magikes Maskes tou Koutsoflevarou, by Filippos Mandilaras (in Greek)

 
Epistrofi Sto Scholeio, by Maria Papagianni (in Greek)

Epistrofi Sto Scholeio, by Maria Papagianni (in Greek)
Christougenniatikes Istories tou Dasous, by Eleni Dikaiou (in Greek)

Christougenniatikes Istories tou Dasous, by Eleni Dikaiou (in Greek)
 
H Tosodoula ( Thumbelina ) - Fairy Tale Book in Greek w/ CD

H Tosodoula
( Thumbelina ) - Fairy Tale Book in Greek w/ CD
O Voskos I Ti Metrane Ta Provata Prin Koimithoun

O Voskos I Ti Metrane Ta Provata Prin Koimithoun
 

Food & Wine

Mikrasiatiki Kouzina, by Soula Mpozi (in Greek)

Mikrasiatiki Kouzina, by Soula
Mpozi (in Greek)

 
Gefseis Tis Lakonikis Gis, by Maria Karampela (in Greek)

Gefseis Tis Lakonikis Gis, by
Maria Karampela (in Greek)

 
Syntages Tis Tasias, by Tasia Dendrinou (in Greek)

Syntages Tis Tasias, by Tasia Dendrinou (in Greek)
 
Athinaiko Trapezi, by Valentini Voulgari (in Greek)

Athinaiko Trapezi, by Valentini Voulgari (in Greek)

Entertainment (Mature)

Doc, I

Doc, I've got to get something
off my chest..., by Arkas
(in English)

 
Crazy Combinations, by Arkas (in English)

Crazy Combinations, by Arkas
(in English)

 
To Fylo Ton Aggelon, by Arkas (in Greek)

To Fylo Ton Aggelon, by Arkas
(in Greek)
 
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Koukla Swarovski Rhinestone Baseball Cap - Pink
Girl

Girl's Koukla U-Neck Rhinestone Tank Top
Girl

Girl's Koukla Rhinestone Black Racerback Tank
 
Koukla Swarovski Rhinestone Infant T-Shirt

Koukla Swarovski Rhinestone Infant T-Shirt
Girls

Girls' Koukla Black Leggings with Rhinestone Trim
Women

Women's Koukla Fitted Rhinestone Swirl Pattern Crew Top
Women

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(strong and brave)
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Infant's Leventis
(strong and brave) T-Shirt
in White or Baby Blue

 
Blue Boy


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  Featured Destination: Nisyros

GEOGRAPHY: Nisyros, between Kos and Telos, is a quiet island off the tourist track, dominated by its white houses, blue sea and now extinct volcano. Area 41 sq. km., length of coastline 28 km., population 916 and distance from Piraeus 200 nautical miles. There is a boat from Piraeus three times a week all year round, with the other islands of the Dodecanese and Crete. A local connection operates with Telos, Symi, Rhodes, Kos, Kalymnos, Patmos, Leros and Samos. During the summer there is a hydrofoil once a week to Rhodes and Kos. With its tranquil atmosphere and picturesque appearance, Nisyros is just the place for a vacation away from it all, though there is little tourist development and only rudimentary facilities.

HISTORY: Inhabited since antiquity, the island was then known as Porphyris and myth relates that it was joined with Kos, being rent asunder by Poseidon while pursuing the giant Polybetes who is said to have created its volcano. Homer mentions that the island took part in the Trojan War. During historical times its fate was the same as that of the rest of the Dodecanese. In the 14th century it was captured by the Knights of St. John who built a castle there in 1315. Afterwards it was taken by the Turks and occupied by the Italians in 1912. It became part of the Greek state in 1948.

SIGHTS and MONUMENTS: The island's main town and port is Mandraki on its northwest side. Its medley of stark white and brightly colored houses contrasts markedly with dark, somber volcanic rock on which they built. Sections of the ancient harbor wall preserved at Mandraki, as well as the are the ancient cemetery. The town is dominated by its castle from where there is a superb out to sea. Perched at the very edge of rock is the church of the Virgin Spili founded in 1600 and associated Venetian castle at Emboreio (8 km. southeast of Mandraki), a village surrounded by greenery and mineral springs. The quaint fishing village of Paloi is 4 northeast of Mandraki. Without doubt the most impressive feature of Nisyros is the crater of its extinct volcano on the Lakki plateau. It is 260 m. in diameter and has a maximum depth of 30 m., steps lead down to its heart. The soil here is soft, the a lingering odor of sulfur and hot vapors issue from the ground. Close to the volcano the upland village of Nikia with a handful inhabitants. Loutra (1.5 km. east of Mandraki) was renowned in antiquity as a spa with therapy sulfuric springs. The island's shores suitable for fishing and swimming. There lovely sandy beach at Mandraki. East of is the large black pebble beach at Choki the result of volcanic activity. Other delightful beaches are at Paloi and Aghia Irini. The at Avlaki is crystal clear. The beaches can reached on foot or by bus. One can take caique to the tiny islet of Yali, 4 nautical m from Nisyros. There are small hotels rooms to let at Mandraki and a hostel at Paloi. Yachts can moor in the harbor but there no refueling facilities.

 October 2008 Greek Orthodox Calendar

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
      1
Holy Protection of the Theotokos

Ananias of the 70
2
Martyrs Cyprian and Justina

Martyrs Rusticus and Eleutherius
3
Dionysios the Areopagite

John the Chozebite of Caesaria
 
4
Hierotheos, Bp. of Athens

Domnina the Martyr
5
2nd Sunday of Luke


Martyr Charitina

Methodia of Cimolus
 
6
Apostle Thomas

Martyr Erotidus
7
Martyrs Sergius and Bacchus

Hieromartyr Polychronus
8
Righteous Pelagia

Virgin Pelagia
9
Apostle James, Son of Alphaeus

Andronicus and Athanasia
10
Martyrs Eulamios & Eulampia

Righteous Theophilus
11
Philip of the 7 Deacons

Theophanes the Confessor
12
Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council

Simeon the New Theologian

Martyrs Provos, Andronicus, & Tarachos
 
13
Carpos, Papylos, Agathodoros, & Agathoniki
14
Martyrs Nazarios, Gervasios, Protasios, & Celsius

Kosmas the Hagiopolite
 
15
Hieromartyr Loukianos

Righteous Sabinus
16
Longinos the Centurion
 

17
Prophet Hosea

Martyrs Cosmas and Damian of Arabia

18
Luke the Evangelist

Martyr Marinus the Elder
19
3rd Sunday of Luke

Prophet Joel

Martyr Varys
 
20
Great Martyr Artemios

Gerasimos of Cephalonia
21
Hilarion the Great

Christodoulus, Wonderworker of Patmos
22
Averkios of Hieropolis

7 Youths of Ephesus
23
James, the Brother of the Lord

Patriarch Ignatius
24
Great Martyr Arethas

Martyr Sebastian
25
Martyrs Marcianos & Martyrios

Tabitha the Merciful
 
26
6th Sunday of Luke

Commemoration of the Earthquake

Demetrios the Myrrh-streamer
 
27
Great Martyr Nestor

Cyriacus, Abp. Of Constanstinople
28
Holy Protection of the Theotokos

Martyrs Terrence & Eunice
29
Martyr Anastasia

Avramios the Recluse
30
Cleopas & Artemas of the 70

Martyrs Zenobios & Zenobia
31
Stachos and Companions of the 70

New Martyr Nicholas

 


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