Saints Celebrated on December 5th

Saints Celebrated on December 5th

Martyr Anastasius A Saint of this name is commemorated on December 5, in the Martyrologies, but neither the place nor the time of his passion is discoverable. When he saw the torments that the Martyrs gloriously endured, he ran into the arena and confessed his faith in Christ. He was...

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Syrian Saints: Barbara of Heliopolis & John of Damascus

Syrian Saints: Barbara of Heliopolis & John of Damascus

James W. Lillie   The Holy Great Martyr Barbara lived and suffered during the reign of the emperor Maximian (305-311). Her father, Dioskoros, was a rich pagan, a prominent citizen in Ilioupolis in Syria. After the death of his wife, he devoted himself to the upbringing of his only daughter....

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Saint Filaretos the Charitable (1 December)

Saint Filaretos the Charitable (1 December)

Saint Filaretos was a fine example of virtue, especially that of performing good works. He lived at the time of Emperor Konstantinos Porfyroyennitos (Constantine Porphyrogenitus) and his mother, Eirini of Attica (joint reign 780-797). Filaretos was born in the village of Amnia in Gangra, Paphlagonia of devout parents. He married...

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Saint Stylianos, The Protector of Children

Saint Stylianos, The Protector of Children

Archimandrite Charalambos Vassilopoulos (†)   Saint Stylianos was born in Paphlagonia, Asia Minor, between 400 and 500. He was blessed even from his mother’s womb. As he grew up, by the grace of God he increasingly became a dwelling-place of the Holy Spirit. From childhood he displayed the rare qualities...

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The life of Saint Arsenios the Cappadocian – 2

The life of Saint Arsenios the Cappadocian – 2

Saint Paisios the Athonite   While he was always charitable towards others, Father Arsenios was very hard on himself, and, out of his great love, made prostrations and fasted for others, who were unable to do so themselves. As a spiritual Father, he did not usually impose a canon on...

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The life of Saint Arsenios the Cappadocian – 1

The life of Saint Arsenios the Cappadocian – 1

Saint Paisios the Athonite   The most Blessed Father Arsenios was born around 1840 in Pharasa or Varasio, the most important of the six Christian villages in the Pharasa region of Cappadocia. His parents were rich in virtues, and rather mod­est in material possessions. His father was a teacher whose...

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Saint Minas, a Brave Martyr and Confessor

Saint Minas, a Brave Martyr and Confessor

Saint Minas lived at the time of the Emperor Maximian and was born in Egypt of pagan parents. According to Coptic sources, Minas was born in Egypt in 285 A.D., in the city of Niceous, naear Memphis. His parents were Christians but did not have any children for a long...

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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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Saint George the Elder, a contemporary Saint

Saint George the Elder, a contemporary Saint

The blessed Elder George came from the Black Sea and was orphaned and left on his own very early in life. After being persecuted and imprisoned by the atheist regime in Georgia, he came to Greece where the humble man lived with such asceticism and zealous faith that he was...

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New Hieromartyr George of Neapolis (Asia Minor, +1797)

New Hieromartyr George of Neapolis (Asia Minor, +1797)

Saint George, the new martyr of Christ, lived in the city of Neapolis of Cappadocia (now Nev-Shekir in Turkey) in the eighteenth century. He was a priest at the Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos and served his flock with righteousness and holiness as a true servant of the...

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