December 31 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)

December 30 - Eastern Orthodox liturgical calendar - January 1

All fixed commemorations below are observed on January 13 by Eastern Orthodox Churches on the Old Calendar.

For December 31st, Orthodox Churches on the Old Calendar commemorate the Saints listed on December 18.



  • Holy Ten Virgin-martyrs of Nicomedia (c. 286 - 305)
  • Martyr Olympiodora, by fire.
  • Martyr Busiris, martyred by women with knitting needles.
  • Martyr Nemi (Nemo), by the sword.
  • Saint Gaudentius.
  • Hieromartyr Zoticus the Priest, of Constantinople, Guardian of Orphans (c. 340) (see also December 30)
  • Saint Anysius, Bishop of Thessaloniki (c. 407) (see also December 30)
  • Venerable Melania the Younger, Nun of Rome (439)
  • Venerable Gelasius, Monk (Abba), of Palestine.
  • Venerable Gaius.
  • Saint George the Wonderworker, "the stabbed".
  • Venerable Sabiana, Abbess of Samtskhe (11th century)

Pre-Schism Western saints

Post-Schism Orthodox saints

New martyrs and confessors

  • New Hieromartyr Michael Berezin, Priest (1937)
  • Martyr Peter Troitsky (1938)
  • New Hiero-Confessor Dositheus (Vasich), Metropolitan of Zagreb (1945)

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  • December 31/January 13. Orthodox Calendar (PRAVOSLAVIE.RU).
  • January 13 / December 31. HOLY TRINITY RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH (A parish of the Patriarchate of Moscow).
  • December 31. OCA - The Lives of the Saints.
  • The Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of Western Europe and the Americas (ROCOR). St. Hilarion Calendar of Saints for the year of our Lord 2004. St. Hilarion Press (Austin, TX). p. 4.
  • December 31. Latin Saints of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Rome.
  • 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. 402–403.
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