November 4 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)

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Nov. 3 - Eastern Orthodox Church calendar - Nov. 5

All fixed commemorations below celebrated on November 17 by Orthodox Churches on the Old Calendar.[note 1]

For November 4th, Orthodox Churches on the Old Calendar commemorate the Saints listed on October 22.


Pre-Schism Western Saints

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. Philologus and Patrobas - Orthodox in Rome greeted by the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans (16:14-18).[5]
  3. "The same day, the birthday of the Saints Philologus and Patrobas, disciples of the apostle St. Paul."[6]
  4. Vitalis suffered martyrdom with such courage that Agricola was inspired by him to face a shameful death - probably crucifixion - for Christ's sake. The basilica in Ravenna is dedicated to St Vitalis.
  5. "At Bologna, the holy martyrs Vitalis and Agricola. The former was first the servant of the latter, and afterwards his partner and colleague in martyrdom. He was subjected by the persecutors to all kinds of torments, so that there was no part of his body without wounds. After having suffered with constancy, he yielded up his soul to God in prayer. Agricola was put to death by being fastened to a cross with many nails. St. Ambrose relates that being present at their translation, he took the martyr's nails, his glorious blood, and the wood of his cross, and deposited them under the consecrated altars."[6]
  6. Born in Rochester in England, he went to France, where he lived as a hermit near Rouen. He was murdered in the village of Saint-Clair-sur-Epte where he lived and which is named after him. His relics are venerated there to this day.
  7. "ST. CLARUS was an Englishman of high birth, who, in order to separate himself more completely from the world, left his own country, and settled in Neustria, or Normandy. It appears that he was then ordained priest, and by the sanctity of his life attracted many persons to his cell, to whom he would speak of the truths of salvation with great efficacy and benefit to their souls. Having fled to a forest to avoid the pursuits of a wicked and powerful woman, he was by her order tracked and murdered by two assassins, and so died a Martyr of chastity. St. Clarus was greatly venerated, not only in the province of Normandy, where his shrine was richly adorned, but also in the neighbourhood of Paris, whither his head has been translated."[15]
    • The date of St. Clarus is variously placed in the seventh and in the ninth centuries, and there seem to be no means of determining which is the true one. It appears that there was another St. Clarus, a Martyr, in the diocese of Rouen, in the neighbourhood of Vexin. He is supposed to have lived in the third century, and is probably the one mentioned in the Roman Martyrology on this day.
  8. "ST. BlRSTAN (also called BRISTAN and BRINSTAN) was consecrated by St. Frithestane, A.D. 932, the year before he died, to succeed him as Bishop of Winchester. He was a man of spotless holiness of life, and most remarkable for his charity towards the faithful departed and the suffering poor on earth. It was his custom daily to celebrate a Mass of Requiem for the holy souls, and at night to visit the cemeteries, and recite many psalms on their behalf. On one occasion, as he concluded these devotions with the words Requiescant in pace, he had the consolation of hearing the Amen in response, uttered by a host of voices, as of the dead speaking from their graves. It was also his practice each day to assemble a number of poor persons, to wash their feet, and to serve them at table, without assistance and without witnesses. When this charitable office was ended, he would retire to his chamber, and pass hours in solitary prayer. One day he did not reappear at the usual hour; but it caused little surprise, as his prolonged devotions were well known to his household ; but on the next morning his attendants forced open the door, and found that the Saint had tranquilly expired, without any previous illness. He was buried in his church, without any signs of unusual reverence on the part of the people, in whom this sudden death seemed to have cancelled the impression they had of his sanctity. Many years after this event, as St. Ethelwold, then Bishop of Winchester, was praying before the relics of the Saints, St. Birstan appeared to him, in company with St. Birinus and St. Swithin, and told him that, as he enjoyed equal glory with them in heaven, it was the will of God that he should receive equal honour on earth. His translation was accordingly celebrated with great triumph, and thus reparation was made for the neglect with which he had been treated for some time."[15]
  9. He fled from the Saracens and met Emperor Otto III in Rome. The latter befriended him, invited him to Germany and built for him the monastery of Burtscheid near Aachen.
  10. It is believed that Holy John, Steven, and Isaiah lived in Jerusalem and guarded the Tomb of our Lord. It is probable that the Georgian Orthodox Church proclaimed them deserving of exceptional honor in recognition of their dedicated service at the Tomb of the Savior. For several centuries the Georgian Church has glorified the Righteous John, Steven, and Isaiah and asked for their intercessions before the Lord.
  11. See: (Russian) Симон Блаженный. Википедии. (Russian Wikipedia).
  12. See: (Russian) Павел (Конюскевич). Википедии. (Russian Wikipedia).
  13. See: (Ukrainian) Едлінський Михайло. Вікіпедії. (Ukrainian Wikipedia).
  14. See: (Russian) Исмаил (Базилевский). Википедии. (Russian Wikipedia).
  15. Saint Nicodemus the Hagiorite writes about this event.[24]


  1. Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Ὁ Ἅγιος Ἀβιμέλεχ ὁ Δίκαιος. 4 Νοεμβρίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 (Greek) Συναξαριστής. 4 Νοεμβρίου. ECCLESIA.GR. (H ΕΚΚΛΗΣΙΑ ΤΗΣ ΕΛΛΑΔΟΣ).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 (Greek) 04/11/2015. Ορθόδοξος Συναξαριστής.
  4. Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Οἱ Ἅγιοι Ἐρμᾶς, Πατρόβας, Λίνος, Γάϊος καὶ Φιλόλογος οἱ Ἀπόστολοι ἐκ τῶν 70. 4 Νοεμβρίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 November 3. Latin Saints of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Rome.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 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. 340-341.
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 November 4/November 17. Orthodox Calendar (PRAVOSLAVIE.RU).
  8. Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Οἱ Ἅγιοι Νίκανδρος καὶ Ἑρμαῖος. 4 Νοεμβρίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  9. Hieromartyr Nicander the Bishop of Myra. OCA - Lives of the Saints.
  10. Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Ὁ Ἅγιος Πορφύριος ὁ Μῖμος. 4 Νοεμβρίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  11. 11.00 11.01 11.02 11.03 11.04 11.05 11.06 11.07 11.08 11.09 11.10 November 17 / November 4. HOLY TRINITY RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH (A parish of the Patriarchate of Moscow).
  12. Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Ὁ Ὅσιος Ἰωαννίκιος ὁ Μέγας ὁ ἐν Ὀλύμπῳ. 4 Νοεμβρίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  13. Venerable Joannicius the Great. OCA - Lives of the Saints.
  14. Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Ὁ Ἅγιος Βιτάλιος ὁ Δοῦλος. 4 Νοεμβρίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 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. 524-526.
  16. St John of Georgia. OCA - Lives of the Saints.
  17. Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Ὁ Ἅγιος Ἰωάννης ὁ Βατατζὴς ὁ ἐλεήμονας βασιλιὰς. 4 Νοεμβρίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Dr. Alexander Roman. November. Calendar of Ukrainian Orthodox Saints (Ukrainian Orthodoxy - Українське Православ'я).
  19. Blessed Simon of Yurievets. OCA - Lives of the Saints.
  20. Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Ὁ Ὅσιος Γεώργιος Καρσλίδης. 4 Νοεμβρίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 (Russian) 4 ноября по старому стилю / 17 ноября по новому стилю. Русская Православная Церковь - Православный церковный календарь на 2015 год.
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 (Russian) 17 ноября (4 ноября). Православная Энциклопедия под редакцией Патриарха Московского и всея Руси Кирилла (электронная версия). (Orthodox Encyclopedia -
  23. 23.0 23.1 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). pp. 82-83.
  24. (Greek) Διήγησις εις τον θρήνον του Προφήτου Iερεμίου περί της Iερουσαλήμ, και εις την άλωσιν ταύτης, και περί της εκστάσεως Aβιμέλεχ. Ορθόδοξος Συναξαριστής.
  25. A.A. Vasiliev. History of the Byzantine Empire. Vol. 2. University of Wisconsin Press, 1971. pp.531–534.


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