November 1/14 Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of the Zaporizhia Eparchy: Hieromartyr Archpriest St. Serhij (Zverev); Hieroconfessor Priest St Alexander Ilyenkiv; Hieroconfessor Protopresbyter St Victor Kiraniv; Hieroconfessor Protopresbyter St Michael Bohoslovsky; Hieromartyr Priest St Mathew Alexandriv; Hieromartyr Priest St Michael Shafaniv and his Presbytera, St Sofia; Hieroconfessor Priest St Alexius Usenko; Hieroconfessor Protopresbyter St Dmitri Ihnatenko; Martyr Stefan Nalyvayko.
November 3/16 St Anna, daughter of Prince Vsevolod I Yaroslavich (1112). Commemoration of Venerable Ihumena Smarahda (Onyschenko - 1935). Miraculous Icon of the Mother of God of St George's Monastery in Kryvo, Zakarpattia.
November 4/17 St Mercurius the Faster of the Kyiv Caves (14th c.). St Paul (Koniushkevich) Wonderworker of the Kyiv Caves, Metropolitan of Tobolsk and Patron of Sambir (1768). Commemoration of Hieromartyr Protopresbyter Michael Edlinsky of Kyiv (1937).
November 5/18 St Dositheus, Monk of Hlinsk Hermitage (1874).
November 6/19 St Luke, Steward of the Kyiv Caves (13th c.). St Barlaam of Khutyn (1192).
November 8/21 Synaxis of the Holy Archangels Sts Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Salaphiel, Jegudiel, Barachiel, Jeremiel and the other Bodiless Powers.
St Michael the Archangel is the patron of Kyivan Rus’-Ukraine and St Volodymyr the Great publicly wore the icon of the Archangel on his royal robes. For a period of time, the icon of St Michael was the coat of arms of Ukraine and flags with his icon were carried into battle by the Kozaks as the Archangel was their patron during land battles. His patronage is especially celebrated in Kyiv at his Cathedral.
New Martyr St Michael the Blessed of Chernihiv (1922).
November 9/22 St Onesiphorus the Confessor of the Kyiv Caves (1148). Holy Hieromartyr Parthenius (Bryansky) Bishop of Ananevsk (1937).
November 10/23 New Hieromartyr Procopius, archbishop of Cherson (1937). Commemoration of Sche-Ihumen Adrian of the Kozelschansk Monastery (1953).
November 11/24 Commemoration of Victor Sadkovsky, Archbishop of Chernihiv (1803). Commemoration of the Hieromartyr Pakhomy (Kedriv) Archbishop of Chernihiv (1937).
November 12/25 St John the Merciful, Patriarch of Alexandria (620 – the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is the guardian of a portion of his relics at Kyiv). St Filaret (Humilivsky) Archbishop of Chernihiv.
November 14/27 Repose of St Alexander Nevsky, Great Prince of Novhorod (1263). Martyrdom of Saint Vasili Lypkivsky, Metropolitan of Kyiv. All Holy New Hieromartyrs and Confessors of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.
November15/28 Repose of St Herman of Alaska (1836). St Paisius Velichkovsky, native of Poltava (1794).
St Paisius was one of the greatest teachers of the spirituality of the Jesus Prayer and translator of Patristic texts on prayer, St Paisius renewed monastic life in several Orthodox lands and had disciples from ten nationalities. His disciples prayed up to 14 hours per day as they united prayer with reading and physical work.
November 16/29 Saint Margaret, Queen of Scotland (1093), grand-daughter of St Yaroslav the Wise (by St Yaroslav's daughter, Princess Agatha of Kyiv and Prince Edgar the Exile-Atheling of England).
November 18/December 1 Commemoration of Schearchimandrite Vitaly Sidorenko (1992).
November 19/December 2 St Barlaam, Ihumen of the Kyiv Caves (1065). St Ioannicius, schema-archimandrite of Hlinsk Hermitage (1914). New Hieromartyr St Porphyrij (Hulevich) Bishop of Simferopil (1937). Venerable Martyr Hennadij of Odessa and the Martyr Leonida.
Hierodeacon-martyr St Anthony Korz; Priest-Martyr St Volodymyr Pischulin; Priest-martyr St John Blumovich; Priest-martyr St Timothy Izotiv; Hieromonk-martyr St Bartholomew (Ratnik); Protopresbyter-martyr St Nicholas Mezentsiv; Protopresbyter-martyr St Dmitry Kiraniv; (1938).
St Joasaph, Bishop of Volodymyr-Volyn (1229).
November 20/December 3 Holy New Hieromartyr Macarij, Bishop of Dnipropetrivsk (1937).
November 21/December 4 Entrance of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple.
New Hieromartyr Protopresbyter St Alexander Khotovitsky of New York (1937). Hieromartyr St Joasaph (Zhevakhiv) of Poltava, Bishop of Mohilevsk, Monk of the Kyiv-Zverynetsky Skete (who also began the archaeological work on the Zverynetsky Monastery), direct descendant of St Joasaph (Horlenko) Bishop of Bilhorod (1937).
Chumal Icon of the Theotokos.
November 22/December 5 St Yaropolk-Petro, Prince of Vladimir in Volyn (1086). Martyrdom of St Michael, Prince of Tver (1318). Holy Hieromartyr St Joasaph (Zhevakhiv) Bishop of Mohyliv (1937).
November 23/December 6 St Amphilokhy of the Kyiv Caves, Bishop of Volodymyr-Volynsky (1122). Burial of St Alexander Nevsky. New Hieromartyr St Eleazar of Crimea (1937).
November 23/December 6 Priest-martyr St Eleazar Spiridoniv (1937).
November 24/December 7 Great Martyr St Catherine of Alexandria (313). St Mercurius the Martyr of Smolensk (1238). St Luke, steward of the Kyiv Caves (13th c.). St Mercurius the Faster of the Kyiv Caves (14th c.). St Nikita Lekhan, Hieroconfessor, (1985). Commemoration of Hieroconfessor Nikita (Lekhan) of Poltava and Kharkiv (1985). November 3/16 Miraculous Icon of the Mother of God of St George's Monastery in Kryvo, Zakarpattia
St Mercurius (Brihinetsky)) of the Kyiv Caves (1956 – glorified by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Kyivan Patriarchate).
November 25/December 8 Hieromartyr St Clement, Pope of Rome (101). St Clement, Ihumen of the Kyiv Zverynetsky Caves )1092).
Pope St Clement built up the first Christian community on the shores of the Black Sea in the area of Tauria and Kherson. He was martyred by being thrown into the sea with an anchor tied around his neck. His disciples Sts Phoebus and Cornelius led the Christian community in prayer for three days when the miracle of the receding waters of the Black Sea occurred, revealing a sunken Greek town where the relics of St Clement, together with his anchor, came to rest. This miracle occurred annually on this day for many years and St Clement’s anchor proved to be a wonderworking relic as well.
Upon his baptism at Kherson, St Volodymyr the Great retrieved the holy relics of the Head of St Clement, those of his disciple St Phoebus and the miraculous anchor of St Clement and returned to Kyiv with these.
What St Volodymyr saw was that the anchor had, in and of itself, become the symbol of Christianity at Kherson. He adapted it along the lines of the Byzantine emblem with the Cyrillic “B’s” facing one another to signify “the King of Kings” with the middle vertical bar completed with a Cross. This has been extensively researched by modern Ukrainian scholars who have published their findings and have concluded that the Ukrainian Cross-Trident is derived from the venerated anchor of St Clement, pope of Rome. St Clement’s skull is kept with the 61 myrrh-bearing skulls of the Kyiv Caves Lavra in a silver chalice into which it drips Holy Myrrh.
St Volodymyr the Great dedicated his Royal Chapel to St Clement and St Clement’s icon is included on the wall of the St Sophia Cathedral. Sts Cyril and Methodius took other relics of St Clement to Rome where they are today enshrined in the San Clemente Basilica.
November 26/December 9 Repose of St Innocent (Kulchitsky) first bishop of Irkutsk (1731). Dedication of the Church of St Yurij at Kyiv (1054).
Built by St Yaroslav the Wise in honour of his baptismal patron saint, the Church of St Yurij marks the end of the agricultural season in Ukraine before winter
(which began on April 23/May 6 the feast of St Yurij/George), St Daniel Bratkovsky, martyred by the Poles.
November 27/December 10 Uncovering of the relics of St Vsevolod (Gabriel) Prince and Wonderworker of Pskov (1138). Icons of the Most Holy Theotokos “Kursk-Root” and of Abalak in Siberia (patronal icon of the Ukrainian Metropolitans of Tobolsk).
November 28/December 11 Hieromartyr St Seraphim, Metropolitan of Petrograd (of Odessa).
November 29/December 12 St Nektarius the Obedient of the Kyiv Caves (12th c.).
November 30/December 13 Holy All-Praised Apostle Andrew the First-called, Apostolic Founder of the Holy Kyivan Church.
St Andrew’s Cathedral in Kyiv (Rastrelli) keeps the cross which he is said to have planted on the Kyivan hills as he blessed them and foretold that the city would have many churches.
It is on this basis that Kyiv in Ukraine lays claim to both Apostolic founding and to the right to autocephalous/patriarchal status (a claim taken over by the Moscow patriarchate).
The slanted foot-rest of the Orthodox three-bar Cross, called the “National Cross of Ukraine,” has sometimes been seen as a symbolic hearkening to the Cross of St Andrew (“X”) to underscore the connection to Ukraine’s Apostle, St Andrew.