St. John the Baptist Parish, A Parish of the Russian Orthodox Church, Canberra, Australia

28 May / 10 June

St Nicetas the Confessor, Bishop of Chalcedon

He renounced the world in his youth and withdrew to follow the path of monastic asceticism. He shone like the sun with virtue and came to the attention of the ecclesiastical authorities, being raised to the episcopal throne of Chalcedon. He was, as a hierarch, particularly compassionate to the poor and cared for many orphans, widows and beggars. When the wicked Emperor Leo the Armenian made his stand against the icons, St Nicetas came courageously to their defence, denouncing the Emperor and expounding their meaning. He was finally driven into exile for his confession of the Faith, and, after much hardship and suffering, went to the Lord to receive a wreath of glory in the Kingdom of God..

St Ignatius, Bishop of Rostov

As a hierarch, he governed the flock of Christ for twenty-six years with great love and compassion. When he died and as his body was being placed in church, some of those who were present witnessed as his body rose from the coffin into the air above the church and from the heights, he blessed the people and the to the Lord on May 28, 1288 A.D..

On the same day: St. Germanus, bishop of Paris, St. William of Toulouse; The Holy Martyr Heliconis

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