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 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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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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