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Who are celebrating today, Friday, September 23?


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Today, Friday, September 23, is the feast day of the Saints Xanthippi and Polyxeni and of Agia Raida the Virgin.

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Those named Xanthippi, Xanthi, Xanthoula, Xanthippos, Polyxeni, Xeni, Xenia, Rais, Raida, Iris, Iris are celebrating.

Arrest of Saint John the Forerunner and Baptist

Today Orthodoxy honors the conception of Saint John the Forerunner and Baptist.

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He was called the Forerunner, because with his word he prepared the way of Jesus Christ, and the Baptist, because he baptized the Christians in the Jordan River.

He was a relative of Christ and lived an ascetic life in the desert. He passionately preached the Word of God and blasted the immorality and phariseeism of the time. In fact, he did not hesitate to harshly criticize the ruler of Judea, Herod Antipas, who was having an illicit relationship with Herodias, his brother’s wife.

Saint John was imprisoned for his action by Herod Antipas and at the urging of Salome, daughter of Herodias, his beheading was ordered. The Forerunner was buried in the city of Sebasti, and the Holy Hand of the Baptist was taken by the deacon Job to Constantinople, where it was placed in the imperial palaces.


Ἦhos d’. He understood quickly.
The former did not tickle, barren rejoice, for behold you have conceived, Helios lamp clearly, they illuminate the future, all the world, they were sick with blindness, danced Zacharias, ecstatically; He is a prophet of the most high, the future is ticked.


Ἦhos a’. Angelic Dance
Rejoice brightly, Zacharias the great and all-pleading, Elizabeth the spouse, worthily conceiving, John the Forerunner, whom the Archangel heralds of joy, and men, we worthily honor, as the mystery of grace.

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