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May 2 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)

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May 1 - Eastern Orthodox Church calendar - May 3

All fixed commemorations below celebrated on May 15 by Orthodox Churches on the Old Calendar.[note 1]

For May 2nd, Orthodox Churches on the Old Calendar commemorate the Saints listed on April 19.


Pre-Schism Western saints

Post-Schism Orthodox saints

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. ^ "Also the holy martyrs Exuperius and Zoe, his wife, with their sons, Cyriacus and Theodulus, who suffered under the emperor Adrian."[2]
  3. ^ "The same day, St. Vindemial, bishop and martyr, who with the holy bishops Eugenius and Longinus, combated the Arians by his teaching and miracles, and was decapitated by order of king Hunneric."[2]
  4. ^ "ST. ULTAN was one of the brothers of St. Fursey and followed him from Ireland, and lived with him for some time in his Monastery of Burghcastle, in Suffolk. Afterwards, feeling himself called to a life of solitude, he retired to a hermitage in the same kingdom of East Anglia, whither he was followed somewhat later by St. Fursey himself. These holy brothers lived together in great austerity, continual prayer, and the labour of their hands, until their tranquillity was disturbed by the outbreak of fresh wars. St. Fursey then retired to France, but St. Ultan appears to have remained in England until after the death of his brother, when he, with his other brother, St. Foilan, went abroad and was received by St. Gertrude of Nievelles, who gave him land to build the Abbey of Fosse, in the diocese of Liege. After the martyrdom of his brother St. Foilan, he passed to Peronne, where the relics of St. Fursey were preserved. He was there chosen Abbot, and continued to govern the two houses of Fosse and Peronne until the time of his death. He was buried at Fosse, and greatly venerated as a Saint, especially in these two monasteries."[7]
  5. ^ Also commemorated on January 18.[10]
  6. ^ Also known as "Afanassiy Lubensky - Sidyachey," he was the chief patron of Poltava. He died in Ukraine on his way to Constantinople and was buried in the sitting position, enthroned, thus "Athanasius the Sitting." He was glorified by the Metropolitan of Kyiv as a Wonderworker.[12]
  7. ^ On February 15, 2018, the Holy Synod of the Romanian Patriarchate resolved that the Blessed Matrona of Moscow also be included in the Calendar of the Romanian Orthodox Church for veneration.[15]
  8. ^ "AT Alexandria, the birthday of St. Athanasius, bishop of that city and Doctor of the Church, most celebrated for sanctity and learning. Although almost all the world had formed a conspiracy to persecute him, he courageously defended the Catholic faith, from the reign of Constantine to that of Valens, against emperors, governors, and a multitude of Arian bishops, whose perfidious attacks forced him to wander as an exile over the whole earth without finding a place of security. At length, however, he was restored to his church, and after fighting many combats, and winning many crowns by his patience, he departed for heaven in the forty-sixth year of his priesthood, in the time of the emperors Valentinian and Valens."[2]


  1. ^ Οἱ Ἅγιοι Ἕσπερος καὶ Ζωὴ οἱ Μάρτυρες καὶ τὰ τέκνα αὐτῶν Κυριάκος καὶ Θεόδουλος. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  2. ^ a b c d 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. pp. 124-125.
  3. ^ Ὁ Ὅσιος Ἰορδάνης ὁ Θαυματουργός. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  4. ^ Ὁ Ἅγιος Σάββας Ἐπίσκοπος Δαφνουσίας. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  5. ^ Ὁ Ἅγιος Βόρις – Μιχαὴλ ὁ Ἱσαπόστολος ὁ πρίγκιπας καὶ Φωτιστῆς τοῦ Βουλγαρικοῦ λαοῦ. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i May 2. Latin Saints of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Rome.
  7. ^ 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. 192-193.
  8. ^ a b c d May 2/15, Orthodox Calendar (PRAVOSLAVIE.RU).
  9. ^ Ὁ Ὅσιος Ἀθανάσιος ἐκ Ρωσίας. 2 Μαΐου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  10. ^ Ὁ Ὅσιος Ἀθανάσιος ἐκ Ρωσίας. 18 Ιανουαρίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  11. ^ Ὁ Ἅγιος Ἀθανάσιος ὁ Πατελλάριος. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  12. ^ Dr. Alexander Roman. May. Calendar of Ukrainian Orthodox Saints (Ukrainian Orthodoxy - Українське Православ'я).
  13. ^ Ὁ Ἅγιος Βασίλειος ὁ διὰ Χριστὸν Σαλός. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  14. ^ Ἡ Ὁσία Ματρώνα ἐκ Ρωσίας. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  15. ^ Blessed Matrona of Moscow Included in Romanian Orthodox Church Calendar. PRAVMIR.COM. 26 APRIL 2018.
  16. ^ Ἀνακομιδὴ Τιμίων Λειψάνων Ἁγίου Ἀθανασίου τοῦ Μεγάλου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  17. ^ Translation of the relics of the Holy Passionbearer Boris, in Holy Baptism Roman. OCA - Feasts and Saints.
  18. ^ Σύναξις Ὑπεραγίας Θεοτόκου ἐν Πουτίβλ Ρωσίας. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  19. ^ May 15, 2011 / May 2, HOLY TRINITY RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH (A parish of the Patriarchate of Moscow)


Greek Sources

  • Great Synaxaristes: (in Greek) 2 ΜΑΪΟΥ, ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  • (in Greek) Συναξαριστής. 2 Μαΐου. ECCLESIA.GR. (H ΕΚΚΛΗΣΙΑ ΤΗΣ ΕΛΛΑΔΟΣ).

Russian Sources

  • (in Russian) 15 мая (2 мая). Православная Энциклопедия под редакцией Патриарха Московского и всея Руси Кирилла (электронная версия). (Orthodox Encyclopedia -
  • (in Russian) 2 мая (ст.ст.) 15 мая 2013 (нов. ст.). Русская Православная Церковь Отдел внешних церковных связей. (DECR).
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