Saint Joasaph of Meteora

Saint Joasaph of Meteora

Georgios Martzelos   St Joasaph was the son of the pious ruler of Epirus and Thessaly Symeon Sinisi, who was descended from the royal house of Nemanja and was proclaimed “tsar of the Greeks, the Serbs and the Albanians” under the name of “Symeon Uros Palaeologus”. His mother, Thomaïs, was...

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Saints – The Holy Ones of God

Saints – The Holy Ones of God

Dr. James C. Skedros, the Dean of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, a scholar in Early Christian and Byzantine hagiography gives an illuminating talk on what it meant to be a saint for early Christians and for us today. ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN)...

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Praying in All Weather: Honoring the Saints and the 40 Holy Martyrs of Sebaste

Praying in All Weather: Honoring the Saints and the 40 Holy Martyrs of Sebaste

I’ll be honest: I dislike winter. I weary of gunmetal gray skies. The cold exhausts me. No matter how many layers I wear, I can’t seem to get warm. Getting out of bed in the morning is a struggle. As I wait on the bus stop, the wind bites into...

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Icons and Lent: Orthodoxy in Action

Icons and Lent: Orthodoxy in Action

We, the Orthodox, like our processions. The First Sunday of the Great Lent, the Sunday of Orthodoxy, makes no exception, as flocks of priests and faithful carrying icons circle around their churches, singing hymns and proclaiming the victory of the Orthodox and the restoration of the icons. But why is it so important today,...

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Treasure on earth, treasure in heaven

Treasure on earth, treasure in heaven

Do you have a secret hiding place, where you keep some of your special things? Maybe you keep a favorite toy, a diary, or some candy—all because you don’t want your brother or sister to take it! We all want to keep our treasures staying nice, and away from people...

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Saint Photius: The Miracle and the Primacy of Truth

Saint Photius: The Miracle and the Primacy of Truth

Stylianos G. Papadopoulos   The Miracle of Truth Saint Photius was the chosen vessel of God in his times. He was, in other words, the outstanding, genuine bearer of Tradition and for that reason was the most famous and therefore the most significant theologian of the period. His outlook and...

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Saint Maximus the Greek

Saint Maximus the Greek

Georgios Martzelos     St Maximos the Greek was one of the most distinguished monks and theologians of the 16th century, famed for his missionary activities and reforming achievements in the Russia of his time. He was born in Arta in around 1470 of respected and prosperous parents, and his...

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New Martyr George of Ioannina (+1838)

New Martyr George of Ioannina (+1838)

George was born in 1808 in the village Tsourchli in what is now Grevena Prefecture, Greece, the son of a poor farmer Constantine and his wife Vasilo. Orphaned at a young age and without any formal education, George moved to Ioannina and became a servant of the Turks, employed in...

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Venerable George the Chozebite

Venerable George the Chozebite

Saint George the Chozebite was born on the island of Cyprus toward the end of the sixth century. After the death of his parents, he went to Palestine to worship at the holy places. Here he entered into the monastic community of Chozeba between the River Jordan and Jerusalem, and...

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Saint Porphyrios the Mimic

Saint Porphyrios the Mimic

George Poulos   Christianity is the world’s greatest source of joy, but it is no laughing matter. No one would think a clown could make his way to Heaven by playing a joke on the Lord, bu the Lord has the last laugh as well as the greatest mercy. A...

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