New Martyr Damascene of Mt. Athos (1681)

Commemorated on November 13

Born in Constantinopolitan Galatia, he in youth without understanding accepted Islam, but then he sincerely repented and left for Mount Athos, where for over 12 years he mourned his denial of Christ. After this, he showed up in Constantinople, and began publicly to accuse Mohamed and confess Christ, for which the Turks beheaded him in 1681. Note that November 15 begins the Christmas Lent, and the 14th should be the last day before Lent; but if the 14th falls on a Wednesday or a Friday, the last day before Lent should be the 13th, because on a Wednesday or a Friday before the Christmas fast one does not eat meat.

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