Who is the newly-proclaimed Saint Meletios?

Who is the newly-proclaimed Saint Meletios?

Evagoras Makhaira   On 27 November, 2013, the Ecumenical Patriarchate entered two new names into the Calendar of Saints of the Church: Porfyrios Kavsokalyvitis and Hieromonk Meletios, from Ypseni, Rhodes. Many Orthodox will already know about Saint Porfyrios, who lived recently (1906-1991). But who was Saint Meletios? He was born...

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The Holy Martyr Tryphon of Apamea

The Holy Martyr Tryphon of Apamea

Saint Tryphon was born in Lampsakos, in Phrygia during the reign of the Emperor Gordian. From a young age, his task was to be a goose-herd. The ignominy of his work, however, did not deprive him of, but actually increased his spiritual knowledge through his exalting humility and his overwhelming...

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Saints Sabbas, Archbishop of Serbia, and Symeon, his father

Saints Sabbas, Archbishop of Serbia, and Symeon, his father

Georgios Martzelos   St Sabbas, the first Archbishop of Serbia, and his father, St Symeon the ‘Myrrhobletes’, are two of the greatest saints of the Serbian Church. They lived in the second half of the 12th and the first half of the 13th centuries. St Sabbas was the youngest son...

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The man who ended a cruel custom

The man who ended a cruel custom

The festal nature of this time of year makes it difficult for us to recollect an impressive act which is an integral part of the history of the Church. This act was one that brought to an end a cruel custom, which, in the Roman world, had for centuries been...

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The Hieromartyr Saint Eleftherios, a Young Bishop

The Hieromartyr Saint Eleftherios, a Young Bishop

This wonderful saint was the son of noble and prominent parents. He was born in Rome, where his father was an official in the imperial service, though he died in the saint’s childhood. His mother, Anthia, had heard the Gospel from Saint Paul and was, in fact, baptized by him....

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The Saints Stand By Us

The Saints Stand By Us

Dr Petros Panayiotopoulos When we refer to the life of a saint, we tend to extol their actions and promote them mostly on the basis of the wonderful things they performed. From very ancient times, it was thought that this elevation and emphasis, sometimes even exaggeration, in the narrative of...

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Saint Catherine and the Smart Impious

Saint Catherine and the Smart Impious

James W. Lillie What are we to make of Saint Catherine? We know really very little about her. Even her name is a mystery. According to some, she was originally called Damiani (by a happy coincidence the present Archbishop of Sinai and Abbot of the Monastery of Saint Katherine is...

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The Holy Martyr Petros, Bishop of Alexandria

The Holy Martyr Petros, Bishop of Alexandria

Yeoryios D. Papadimitropoulos The holy martyr Petros, Bishop of Alexandria at the time of the Emperor Maximian (286-305) was a teacher of the true faith and guide of the Christians in the Orthodox dogmas. During the persecution of Diocletian (303), soldiers were sent to Alexandria where they arrested him and...

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Saint Nektarios, unappreciated by people, blessed by God

Saint Nektarios, unappreciated by people, blessed by God

Alexandros Christodoulou Saint Nektarios (9 November) Saint Nektarios was born on 1 October 1846, in Silyvria, Thrace, to poor and devout parents. At his baptism he was given the name Anastasios. He learned his first letters, as well as the Christian teachings, from his mother. In Silyvria he finished Primary...

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Patron Saints and Welcoming the Holy Spirit

Patron Saints and Welcoming the Holy Spirit

Be Transfigured – Patron Saints and Welcoming the Holy Spirit This week there are two questions in our “Ask Father” series. Our first question, “Why are some Patron Saints more popular and more recognized than others?” explains why some names are more popular than others in the Church. The tradition...

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