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August 1, 2023



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Protodeacon Andrei Psarev

527 – August (date unknown)

Emperor Justin dies, clearing a path to the throne for his nephew Justinian. Justinian was crowned this month together with his wife Theodora, thus marking the ascension of the most dynamic duo in Byzantine history. (See my lecture on Byzantium in the Fifth Century: Leading to Justinian.)



786 – August 1

Soldiers dispersed bishops from gathering for a council for the restoration of icon veneration in the church of Holy Apostles in Constantinople. (For the military iconoclasm related to victorious soldier type Byzantine emperors.) Only year later Empress Irene succeeded in assembling the council in Nicaea, which became known as the seventh ecumenical one.

1096 – August (no date)

Emperor Alexios Komnenos’ wish of military deployment from the West was granted. The first crusaders arrived in Constantinople. However, the “people’s crusade” led by Peter the Hermit was not what Alexios had in mind.



2000 – August 1

+ Archimandrite Nektary (Chernobyl). The future Fr. Nektary became a confessor of the faith in the USSR and was imprisoned in the 1930s. During World War II, he joined the Russian Liberation Army and then became a monk in the St. Job of Pochaev Brotherhood during its time in Geneva. With part of this Brotherhood, he came to Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville in 1946. In 1968, he was assigned to the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem, where he served for many years as a spiritual father.



  • Venning, T., Harris, J. eds. A Chronology of the Byzantine Empire. London: Palgrave MacMillan. 2006.
  • St. Herman of Alaska Calendar 2023. St. Herman of Alaska Press, Platina, CA

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