November 17:Saint Gregory the Wonder-worker of Neo-Caesarea; Saint Nikon, Abbot of Radonezh, disciple of St. Sergius of Radonezh (see also September 25 and July 5); Saint Lazarus the Iconographer of Constantinople; Saint Longinus of Egypt; Saint Gennadius of Vatopedi (Mount Athos); Martyr Gobron (Michael) and 133 soldiers of Georgia; Saint Maximus (Maximian), Patriarch of Constantinople (see also April 21); Saint Gregory, Bishop of Tours, and with him Saints Patroclus of Bourges, Ursus, and Leobatius, brother-abbots, and Nicetius of Lyons (Gaul); Saint Zachariah the Skete-dweller and Saint John, monk; Saint Justin, monk; Saint Gennadius I, Patriarch of Constantinople; Righteous Mother Hilda of Whitby; Saint Paisios Velichkovsky (see also November 15)
Saint Gregory was born in Neocaesarea of Pontus to parents who were not Christians. He studied in Athens, in Alexandria, in Beirut, and finally for five years in Caesarea of Palestine under Origen, by whom he was also instructed in the Faith of Christ. Then, in the year 240, he became bishop of his own city, wherein he found only seventeen Christians. By the time the Saint reposed about the year 265, there were only seventeen unbelievers left there. Virtually the whole duration of his episcopacy was a time of continual, marvellous wonders worked by him. Because of this, he received the surname "Wonderworker"; even the enemies of the truth called him a second Moses (see Saint Basil the Great's On the Holy Spirit, ch. 29).