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Calendar of Ukrainian Orthodox Saints
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April
The first date is according to the Julian calendar, while the second is according to the Gregorian calendar.
    Compiled by Dr. Alexander Roman

The feast of All Saints of Ukraine and All New Martyrs and Confessors of Ukraine in the 20th century is celebrated on the Second Sunday after Pentecost.

The feast of All Saints of Odessa and of All New Martyrs of the Turkish Yoke is celebrated on the Third Sunday after Pentecost.

Also on the Third Sunday after Pentecost, the Feast of All Saints of Halychyna/Galicia:

Sts. Cyril and Methodius, St Yaropolk, Prince of Volodymyr-Volynsky, St Peter (Ratensky), Metropolitan of Kyiv and Halych, St Meletiy (Pigas) Patriarch of Alexandria, St Iov Boretsky, Metropolitan  of Kyiv and Halych, St Peter Mohyla, Metropolitan of Kyiv and Halych, St Dosithey (Barile) Metropolitan of Suchava and all Moldavia, St Paul (Koniuskevych) Metropolitan of Tobolsk, St Iov, Ihumen of Pochaiv, the Venerable Fathers Iov and Feodosij of Manjava Skete, Hieromartyr Archdeacon Nikiphor, Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Hieromartyr St Maksym Sandovich, Hieromartyr St Pavlo Shvayka and Presbytera Martyr St Yoanna,  Martyr St Partheny, Martyr St Valenti, Great-Martyr St John of Suchava.   

April 1/14  St Gerontius, canonarch of the Kyiv Caves (14th c.)  Hierarch St Pachomius Romansky of the Kyiv Caves (1724).  St Pachomius was a Romanian bishop who was very devoted to the spirituality of St Paisius Velichkovsky and to the Saints of the Kyiv Caves Lavra where he asked to spend his final days and as entombed at the Holy Dormition Lavra.  He was glorified by the Romanian Orthodox Church in 2006 and his name was then added to the Ukrainian Orthodox Calendar.

Hieromartyr St Joachim (Levitsky) of Kyiv, Archbishop of Nizhny-Novhorod, crucified upside down at Sevastopil (1921).

April 2/15  St Sava, archbishop of Crimea (11th c.). 

April 3/16  New Martyr Paul the Ukrainian at Constantinople (1683)  Icons of the Most Holy Theotokos “The Unfading Bloom” and of Iveron.

April 4/17 St Joseph the Much-Ailing of the Kyiv Caves (14th c.). St Joseph the Hymnographer, exiled to Kherson (883).  St Pakhomy the Kozak of Patmos (18th c.).  St Constantine-Cassian, Prince of Mangoup in Crimea.   Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos “the Life-Giving Spring.” Venerable Saint Ilya (Hanzha) of the Kyiv Caves Lavra and Mt Athos at Kharkiv.

April 6/19  St Martyrius, monk of Hlinsk Hermitage (1865). St Paul the Ukrainian New Martyr (1683)

April 7/20  St Daniel, abbot of Pereyaslavl – Zalisski (1540).  St George of Mitilene, exiled to Kherson (820).

April 8/21  St Niphont, Bishop of Novhorod (1156).  St Rufus the Recluse of the Kyiv Caves (14th c.). 

April 10/23  New Hieromartyr St Gregory V, Patriarch of Constantinople (1821)  The holy patriarch-martyr was hanged over the door to the Phanarion and later his body was thrown into the Bosphoros.  Ukrainian sailors retrieved his body, thinking him to have been a priest martyred by the Turks.  At Odessa, he was positively identified as the patriarch and enshrined there until his glorification as a sainted hieromartyr and return to Athens where he is now enshrined.  The Ukrainian Orthodox Church has placed his name in its own calendar, especially owing to his great veneration by Ukrainians.

April 11/24  St Callinicus of Cernica, Bishop of Rimnic in Romania (1868)  He was a devoted disciple of St Paisius Velichkovsky who brought the spirituality and veneration of St Paisius to Romania.  Bizhevska Icon of the Mother of God at Zhitomyr.

April 12/25 Murom Icon of the Mother of God. St Sylvester, Bishop of Pereyaslav and Vydubytsky Ihumen (1123).

April 13/26  St Anastasia, nun and foundress of the Pokrovsky Convent in Kyiv (1900).  Holy New Martyrs of Vasiliisk in St Nicholas’ Eparchy in Ukraine:  The New Hieromartyr St Sergius Shtenko, the Martyrs St Prochor Bunchuk and St Cyril Preymak (1937).

April 14/27  St Martin the Confessor, pope of Rome (655) – banished to Crimea.  Martyrs Sts. Anthony, John and Eustace of Vilnius in Lithuania (1347) These were Lithuanian Slavs who were martyred under the pagan prince Olgerde and were glorified as martyr-saints by the Kyivan Metropolitan under whose omophorion they were). 

April15/28
  St Sava the Goth in Bessarabia (372)  Sava was martyred by pagan Goths.  St Basil the Great asked for his relics, which he received, and wrote a panegyric in St Sava’s honour.  He is especially venerated throughout Bessarabia, Moldavia, Wallachia and Romania.   

St Mstislav, Sovereign of Kyiv (1132).  A son of St Volodymyr Monomach and his English wife, Gytha (daughter of King Harold of England), Mstislav received a second name in Baptism, that of his royal English grandfather, “Harold.”  In fact, the Norse sagas mention him only as “Harald”.

St Daniel of Achinsk in Siberia (1843).  A Ukrainian whose veneration was promoted by the Ukrainian Metropolitans of Tobilsk – the then capital city of Siberia).

April16/29  Weeping icon of the Mother of God “Illyinska-Chernihivska.”

April 17/30  St Paisius, Fool for Christ of Kyiv (1893).

April 18/May 1 St Arkady Dorohobuzhsky, disciple of St Harasym of Pereyaslavl-Zalisski (16th c.).

 

April 20/May 3  Child-martyr St Gabriel of Slutsk (1690)

April 21/May 4 New Hieromartyr Protopresbyter St Basil Martysz of Teratyn, Cholm and Pidlassia (1945).

April 22/May 5  Translation of the relics in 1834 of St Vsevolod-Gabriel, Prince and Wonderworker of Pskov (1138). 

April 23/May 6  Holy Glorious Great-Martyr, Victory-Bearer and Wonderworker Saint George (303).  One of the most celebrated martyrs, St George was the patron, along with St Michael and St Nicholas,  of the Kozak Host and of the armies of Kyivan Rus’ including the Ukrainian Underground of the 20th century.  The Ukrainian agricultural years begins with blessings of the fields on this day – and ends on the feast of the consecration of the Cathedral of St George in Kyiv built by St Yaroslav-Yurij the Wise.  In Georgia, which is named after St George, there are 365 shrines to him so he is honoured liturgically there each day of the year). 

New Hieromartyr St Serhiy Zakharchuk, Priest of Nabroz, Kholm and Pidlassia (1943).  Commemoration of Protopresbyter John Labunsky of Prilutsk (1945).

April 24/May 7  St Sava Stratelates (“the General”) and 70 soldiers with him (272). Sts Sava and Alexius the Hermit of the Kyiv Caves (13th c.).  St Joseph (Stoyka) the Confessor, Bishop of Marmarosh in Romania (1711 – a Ukrainian glorified by the Romanian Orthodox Church).  St Alexis Toth of Wilkes-Barre in Pennsylvania (1909 – St Alexis was a convert to Orthodoxy and worked among the new immigrants to North America, especially those who, like himself, were becoming Orthodox in their new homeland). Molchansk Icon of the Mother of God.

April 25/May 8  St Mark the Evangelist (on this day a special Liturgy of St Mark was served in some areas of Ukraine and he was otherwise one of our most popular saints). 
Commemoration of the Blessed Monk Bassian the Blind of the Kyiv Caves (1827).

April 27/May 10  St Stephen, Ihumen of the Kyiv Caves and Bishop of Volodymyr in Volyn (1094).

April 28/May 11  St Cyril, Bishop of Turiv (1183, of the Kyiv Caves).  St Basil Hieroschemamonk of Hlinsk and Ploschansky Hermitages (1831). Martyr Saint Dionysij of Turiv (1005).

April 29/May 12  St Amphilokhy, schema-ihumen of Pochaiv (1970).

St Amphilokhy was a Ukrainian patriot who supported an independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church.  He was arrested and incarcerated under Stalin in a mental asylum.  He told the director of the asylum that he could cure everyone there within a couple of weeks.  When he was told to do so, he asked for Holy Water, his Cross and his Gospel.  “No,” the atheist director told him. “You do the healing without those things.”  “Well,” said the Venerable Amphilokhy, “Would you send out a soldier to fight without his weapons?”  St Amphilokhy also tended to wounded members of the UPA, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army. 

Three wounded insurgents were brought to him and a woman who witnessed their healing said, “I wondered about the kinds of herbs he used to heal them so quickly so that they were soon back on their feet . . .”  When some students came to St Amphilokhy to tell them they were very “nervous, “  the holy monk told them, “You are nervous?  Here, do 300 prostrations with the Jesus Prayer daily etc.”  Somehow, their nervousness ended . . .

April 30/May13  Uncovering of the relics in 1558 of St Nikita, Recluse of the Kyiv Caves, bishop of Novhorod (1108).  Icon of the Most Holy Mother of God of the Passion (known in the West as “Our Lady of Perpetual Help”). Translations of the relics of St Valentius the Martyr to Sambir Cathedral (3rd c.). Miraculous icon of the Mother of God of Sambir.

Thursday in the 3rd Week of Pascha:  New Martyrs of Berdyansk

Tenth Friday after Pascha:  Holy Icons of the Mother of God “Dubovitska” at Krolevets and the “Varholska” Mother of God at Putyvl.

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