November 9: Martyrs Onesiphorus and Porphyrius of Ephesus; Saint Matrona, Abbess of Constantinople; Saint Theoctiste of the Isle of Lesbos; Martyr Alexander of Thessaloniki; Martyr Anthony of Apameia; Saint John the Short of Egypt; Saints Eustolia and Sosipatra of Constantinople; Saint Simeon Metaphrastes ("the Translator"); Saint Onesiphorus the Confessor of the Kiev Caves; Saints Euthymius and Neophytus the Serbians of Mount Athos, co-founders of Dochiariou Monastery; Saint Nektarios Kephalas, Metropolitan of Pentapolis, Wonder-worker; Martyrs Narses and Artemonos; Saint Helladius, monk; Saints Christopher and Maura; Saint Benignos, Bishop of Armagh and Hermit of Meare; icon of the Most Holy Theotokos "She Who is Quick to Hear"
The Holy Martyrs Porphyrius and Onesiphorus of Ephesus suffered during the persecution against Christians under the emperor Diocletian (284-305). They beat them and burned them. After this, they tied the saints to wild horses, which dragged them over the stones, after which the Martyrs Onesiphorus and Porphyrius died. Believers gathered the relics of the saints and reverently buried them.