Saint Tabitha: the Charitable Daughter of the Early Church

Saint Tabitha: the Charitable Daughter of the Early Church

Lambros Skontzos, Theologian   Love and charity are synonymous with Christianity. The basis of the Christian message is love towards all other people, regardless of who they are. Nothing should be an impediment to the exercise of Christian love: not sex, race or socio-economic status. Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself...

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Saint Sophrony of Essex: the Theologian of the Hypostatic Principle is now in the Choir of Saints of the Church

Saint Sophrony of Essex: the Theologian of the Hypostatic Principle is now in the Choir of Saints of the Church

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew left to the end his final surprise, bringing the joy of the resurrection: the announcement  of a fifth new saint which the Mother Church of Constantinople has elevated to the ranks of God’s chosen. This is Elder, now Saint Sophrony (Sacharov), founder and builder of the Holy...

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The Seed is the Word of God

The Seed is the Word of God

You’ve heard the expression, “in one ear and out the other,” haven’t you? It means you hear something, but the words don’t mean anything to you. You hear them, but then you forget them! In today’s Gospel reading, we hear the story about the man who went out to plant...

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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 Ioannis Vatatzis, a compassionate and far-sighted emperor

Saint Ioannis Vatatzis, a compassionate and far-sighted emperor

On 4 November, our Church honours the memory of an outstanding personality of the Middle Ages in Greece, the emperor Ioannis Vatatzis. Ioannis came from a well-known Byzantine family which had given many exceptional members to the political and military life of the Empire. He himself was born in Adrianoupolis....

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Saint David of Evia (Euboea)

Saint David of Evia (Euboea)

Blessed David was born at the beginning of the 16th century in the sea-side village of Gardinitza, opposite the island of Evia. His father was a devout and virtuous priest. When David was no more than three years old, Saint John the Baptist appeared to him one night and took...

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St. Tikhon’s Seminary Commemorates  St. Nikolas of Zhicha

St. Tikhon’s Seminary Commemorates St. Nikolas of Zhicha

“O Venerable Father Hierarch Nikolai, pray unto God for us!” South Canaan, Pa (March 18, 2016) — At the initial request of seminarians asking to specially mark the Feast Day of St. Nikolai (or Nicholas) of Zhicha, they discovered, together with Fr. Steven, seminary dean, that this is the 60th...

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A New American Saint?

A New American Saint?

Could we have a new American-born Orthodox saint?  Over the weekend, the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) gathered to move the interred body of Vladyka (Archbishop) Dmitri  from Restland Cemetery to the Saint Seraphim Cathedral in Dallas.   Vladyka Dmitri fell asleep in the Lord in August 2011, and was buried...

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Listen to the Daily Gospel for the Forefeast of the Presentation of Our Lord

Listen to the Daily Gospel for the Forefeast of the Presentation of Our Lord

  EPISTLE READING Saint Paul’s Letter to the Romans 8:28-39 Prokeimenon. Mode 4. Psalm 15.3,8 Among the saints who are in his land, the Lord has been wondrous. Verse: I see the Lord before me continually. Brethren, we know that in everything God works for good with those who love...

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