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 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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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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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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