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Dec. 29th. The Feast Day of the 14,000 Holy Infants killed by King Herod in Bethlehem. He thought that the divine Infant, whom he considered a rival, would be among the dead children. The murdered infants thus became the first martyrs for Christ.

A faithful servant of Holy Martyr Demetrius of Thessalonica (Oct 26), Holy Martyr Lupus (3-4th cent) witnessed his master's martyrdom. He then soaked his own clothing with the blood of Saint Demetrius and took a ring from his hand. With the name of Holy Great Martyr Demetrius, Saint Lupus worked many miracles. He destroyed pagan idols and was persecuted, but the Lord preserved him. He voluntarily delivered himself to the authorities, confessed Christ, and was beheaded. He deserved it.

July 22nd - Feast Day of St. Mary Magdalene From the link: "This icon depicts Christ's appearance to Mary Magdalene outside the tomb after His resurrection from the dead. by the hand of Deacon Matthew Garrett 6" x 8" holy-icons.com"

The Holy Martyr Haifal the Deacon by order of the Persian emperor Sapor II was killed by stoning in the year 380, for confessing the Name of Christ.

The Dead Christ Artist: Italian, Venetian Date made: 1350-1400 Source: www.nationalgalleryimages.co.uk/ Contact: picture.library@nationalgallery.co.uk

Adoration of the Magi from Seven Scenes from the Life of Christ, ca. 1390. Austrian. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Cloisters Collection, 1986 (1986.285.2) | These panels were commissioned for the private chapel in the castle of Ebreichsdorf, south of Vienna. #Cloisters

The Holy Great Martyr Euphemia the All-Praised was the daughter of Christians, the senator Philophronos and Theodosia. She suffered for Christ in the year 304 in the city of Chalcedon, on the banks of the Bosphorus opposite Constantinople. http://molonlabe70.blogspot.com/2010/09/greatmartyr-euphemia-all-praised.html

Christ Bearing the Cross, ca. 1489–1500 Nicolaos Tzafouris (active by 1489, d. 1500) Greek (Crete) Oil and tempera on wood, gold ground

Η εικόνα του Χριστού του Αντιφωνητή στο χωριό Έμπα της Πάφου - The icon of Christ Antiphonitis at the village of Emba in Paphos

[Crucifixion icon, by Ann Chapin.] "Look, look on Jesus, poor and crucified, look on this Holy One, who for _your love_ has died, and remember as you contemplate the sacred Mysteries, this Jesus whom you gaze upon loves you most tenderly." ~ Saint Clare of Assisi