Monday, December 08, 2003

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Julian calendar: St Clement, Pope of Rome, the Gregorian calendar (including Roman Rite and Book of Common Prayer) feast-day of 23rd November. He has an indirect, legendary connection to Russia too. It's said he was killed by the Romans in Crimea by being tied to an anchor (his symbol, which was also a disguised form of the cross to early Christians) and thrown into the Black Sea.

Roman Rite: Immaculate Conception. In the Byzantine Rite Churches traditionally Our Lady's conception is celebrated Dec. 9/22 - only the Annunciation is exactly nine months before the birthday feast-day to symbolize that only God is in Himself perfect.

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