November 29:Venerable Nicholas, Archbishop of Thessaloniki (c. 160); Hieromartyr Dionysius, Bishop of Corinth (182); Martyr Paramon and 370 others, at Bithynia (250); Martyr Philoumenos of Ancyra (274); Martyr Valerian, by the sword (274); Martyr Phaedrus, by pouring hot resin over him (274); Hieromartyr John, in Persia (4th century); Holy 6 Martyrs; Venerable Pitirim of Egypt (4th century), disciple of St. Anthony the Great; Saint Tiridates, King of Armenia (4th century); Saint Acacius of Sinai (6th century), mentioned in The Ladder (see also November 26); Hieromartyr Abibus, Bishop of Nekresi, Georgia (6th century); Saint Urban, Bishop of Macedonia; Venerable Pankosmios, monk; Venerable Mark; Hieromartyr Saturninus, venerated as the first Bishop of Toulouse (c. 257); Saint Blaise and Demetrius, martyrs in Veroli in central Italy; Hieromartyrs Saturninus and Sisinius (c. 309); Saint Illuminata, a virgin in Todi in Italy (c. 320); Saint Brendan of Birr (571); Saint Sadwrn (Sadwen), hermit, brother of St Illtyd and disciple of St Cadfan (6th century); Saint Hardoin, Bishop of St Pol-de-Léon in Brittany (7th century); Saint Æthelwine of Athelney (Egelwine, Aylwine), a prince of the house of Wessex who lived as a hermit at Athelney in Somerset (7th century); Saint Walderic, founder of the monastery of Murrhardt in Germany (c. 817); Saint Radboud of Utrecht, Bishop of Utrecht (917); Saint Gulstan (Gustan, Constans), a monk at St Gildas of Rhuys in Brittany (c. 1010); Saint Nectarius the Obedient, of the Kiev Caves (12th century); New Hieromartyr Sergius Kochurov, Priest (1941); New Hieromartyr Philoumenos (Hasapis) of Jacob's Well (1979) (see also November 16); Other Commemorations: Consecration of the Church of the Holy Martyrs Sergius and Bacchus; Repose of Blessed Abel "the Prophet", of Valaam Monastery (1831).
Saint Paramonus contested for piety's sake during the reign of Decius, in the year 250. A ruler named Aquilinus, seeking relief from a bodily malady, visited a certain therapeutic hot spring. He brought with him captive Christians from Nicomedia, and commanded them to offer sacrifice in the temple of Isis. When they refused, he had them all slaughtered, to the number of 370. Saint Paramonus, beholding their murder, boldly cried out against such an act of ungodliness. When Aquilinus heard this, he sent men to take the Saint. Some smote him with spears, others pierced his tongue and body with sharp reeds, until he died.
Saint Philumenus' contest in martyrdom took place during the reign of Aurelian, in the year 270. Coming from Lycaonia, he was conveying a load of wheat into Galatia when he was denounced as a Christian to Felix, Governor of Ancyra. Nails were driven into his hands, feet, and head, and he was commanded to run. While running in the road, he fell and gave up his holy soul into the hands of God.