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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Holy People and Holy Places 

Holy People and Holy Places 

  Have you ever been on a pilgrimage?  Have you traveled to a holy place with the purpose of venerating it, or in order visit historical or sacred sites?  Fr. Ilya Gotlinsky speaks with Bryce Buffenbarger on the value and blessings of taking pilgrimages.  There is a spiritual renewal that...

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Saint Spyridon the Wonderworker

Saint Spyridon the Wonderworker

  There are some saints that I can relate to better than others.  Saint Spyridon is one of them.  Reading about his life and miracles has always had an impact on me. His prayers could start and stop the rain.  He once went to his daughter’s grave and asked her...

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Learn About the Icon of Saint Andrew – The Art of Belief Series

Learn About the Icon of Saint Andrew – The Art of Belief Series

Inspired by the documentary, PISTEVO, the Orthodox Christian Network will be featuring iconography and the Saints of the Orthodox Church.  Iconography, the centuries-old tradition of depicting faith through images, was the primary means of teaching Christianity until written records were formally canonized as the Holy Scriptures.  Please join us in raising awareness...

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