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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Father Paisios of the Holy Mountain

Father Paisios of the Holy Mountain

Arsenios Eznepidis was born to pious parents in the town of Farasa, Cappadocia of Asia Minor on July 25,1924. Arsenios’ name was given to him by Saint Arsenios the Cappadocian, who baptized him, named him after himself, and predicted Arsenios’ future as a monastic. Soon after his baptism, the family...

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Will the Real St. Valentine Please Stand Up? 

Will the Real St. Valentine Please Stand Up? 

Cancel your plans for February 14! As many of us prepare to celebrate Valentine’s day, I thought it would be nice to explore a little bit of the day’s history. As we might expect from our experience with Christmas, the celebration of this secularized holiday bears very little resemblance to...

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Listen to the Daily Reading for the Life of Saint Theodora

Listen to the Daily Reading for the Life of Saint Theodora

  EPISTLE READING, Saint Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:1-6 Prokeimenon. Mode 4. Psalm 18.4,1 Their voice has gone out into all the earth.  Verse: The heavens declare the glory of God. Brethren, since we have a high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God,...

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Listen to the Daily Reading, Saint Agatha the Martyr

Listen to the Daily Reading, Saint Agatha the Martyr

  February 5, 2016 EPISTLE READING Saint James’ Universal Letter 2:1-13 Prokeimenon. Grave Mode. Psalm 98.9,1 Exalt the Lord our God. Verse: The Lord reigns; let the people tremble. Brethren, show no partiality as you hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a...

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Listen to the Daily Reading,  Saint Isidore of Pelusium

Listen to the Daily Reading,  Saint Isidore of Pelusium

Daily Reading for February 4, 2016 EPISTLE READING Saint James’ Universal Letter 1:19-27 Prokeimenon. Mode 4. Psalm 18.4,1 Their voice has gone out into all the earth. Verse: The heavens declare the glory of God. My beloved brethren, let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to...

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Why We Celebrate Three Hierarchs

Why We Celebrate Three Hierarchs

St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian and St. John Chrysostom – the three Holy Hierarchs. We celebrate their feast day today, the 30th of January, but why? Each of them has their own day, when we celebrate their lives and contributions to our Orthodox faith. But what did...

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