Saint Athanasios the Athonite

Saint Athanasios the Athonite

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   According to his biography, St Athanasios hailed from the east, from Trapezounta. After concluding his education- as a teacher of literature- while still very young he was touched by the Divine Grace. He forsaken the world and espoused monasticism under the guidance of his uncle...

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The Lives of the Saints and Us

The Lives of the Saints and Us

Fr. Andreas Agathokleous   The lives of the saints are the ‘Gospel in action’, according to the modern Serbian saint, Justin Popović. Through them, we see their struggles and strivings, their longing and their love, their blessings and grace. We realize that the Word of God is attainable, though applying...

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The Recently-Revealed New Martyr, Saint Efraim

The Recently-Revealed New Martyr, Saint Efraim

Hieromonk Makarios Simonopetrites   We knew nothing about this New Martyr Saint until January 3 1950, when he revealed the location of his burial, at the ancient Monastery of the Annunciation, in Pendelis, in Nea Makri, Attica. Since 1965, the Saint has appeared often to nuns in the monastery or...

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The New Martyr Nannos (Ioannis) the Thessalonian (+1802)

The New Martyr Nannos (Ioannis) the Thessalonian (+1802)

Thanasis Hatzimitakos   The new martyr Nannos/Ioannis belongs to the Macedonian new martyrs. He was martyred in Smyrna in 1802 when he was only 17 years old. He was born in Thessaloniki of Macedonian parents. His father came from the village of Avret-Issar, nowadays old Yinaikokastro in the prefecture of...

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Saint Memnon the Μiracle Maker

Saint Memnon the Μiracle Maker

Saint Memnon the Μiracle Maker is not mentioned by any chronicler. By local tradition, this Saint was one of the “three hundred” Palestinian refugees who arrived in Cyprus during their expulsion from there by the Saracens. After arriving in Cyprus, Saint Memnon became a hermit at the site known as...

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The winner of the trophy of love (In memory of the great Martyr, St George, the Trophy bearer)

The winner of the trophy of love (In memory of the great Martyr, St George, the Trophy bearer)

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   Our Church today celebrates the feast of a martyr. If we try to pay any tribute to the celebrated martyr, we will demean him. This particular Saint is the glory of all martyrs, the boast of the Saints and the prestige of the Heavens and...

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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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