Blessed Sampson the Hospitaller (+ 27 June)

Blessed Sampson the Hospitaller (+ 27 June)

Our blessed father Sampson came from a family from the high society of Roman aristocracy, apparently linked to the kin of Constantine the Great. He studied all the important subjects of the time, particularly medicine, to which he felt drawn by his compassionate nature. He was unable to remain indifferent...

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Saint Justin Popović, a great monastic figure

Saint Justin Popović, a great monastic figure

Atanasije (Jevtić), former Bishop of Zahumlje and Hercegovina Saint Justin Popović, (14 June) The holy and God-bearing Father Justin the New, from the Monastery of Ćelije (the Holy Archangels), was born on 25 March 1894, on the morning of the Annunciation, in the town of Vranje in Southern Serbia. His...

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Saint Luke the Surgeon, Archbishop of the Crimea (1877-1961) – Part II

Saint Luke the Surgeon, Archbishop of the Crimea (1877-1961) – Part II

Metropolitan Nectarios of Argolis It was also in the ’20s that the “correction” facilities were set up, the forced labour camps known as gulags. Within a few years they had spread throughout the vast country. It all began with a monastery, the Solovetstky, which was built in the 14th century...

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Saint Luke the Surgeon, Archbishop of Crimea (1877-1961) – Part I

Saint Luke the Surgeon, Archbishop of Crimea (1877-1961) – Part I

Metropolitan Nectarios of Argolis If you ever find yourself on the Holy Mountain or in other old churches, you will notice that many of them are painted red. If you ask the monks, they will tell you that the colour symbolizes the blood of Christ and His saints. It wants...

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Saint Anthimos Arethiotis

Saint Anthimos Arethiotis

Dr. Haralambis Bousias   ‘Whoever observes the whole of the law, but errs in one thing, is guilty of everything’ (Jas. 2, 10). And the damage is unimaginable! You lose eternity, that is, everything. This is what happened to the young man in the Gospel, and is the case with...

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Saint John The Theologian, Apostle and Evangelist

Saint John The Theologian, Apostle and Evangelist

Saint Nicholas Velimirovich   John was a son of Zebedee, a fisherman, and Salome, the daughter of Joseph, the Betrothed of Our Most Holy Lady, the Mother of God. When the Lord Jesus called him, John immediately left his father and their nets and, together with his brother, James, followed...

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The Holy Great Martyr Irene

The Holy Great Martyr Irene

The holy Great Martyr Irene was born in the city of Magedon in Persia during the fourth century. She was the daughter of the pagan king Licinius, and her parents named her Penelope. Penelope was very beautiful, and her father kept her isolated in a high tower from the time...

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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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