Ss. Constantine and Helen

Ss. Constantine and Helen

James W. Lillie   At Eastertide, at some undetermined place and year, the Emperor Constantine I made his Oration to the Assembly of the Saints, either in Latin (Oratio ad sanctorum coetum) or Greek (Λόγος τῷ τῶν ἁγίων συλλόγῳ). It is a lengthy and not terribly interesting text, but given...

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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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Saint Memnon the Μiracle Maker

Saint Memnon the Μiracle Maker

Saint Memnon the Μiracle Maker is not mentioned by any chronicler. By local tradition, this Saint was one of the “three hundred” Palestinian refugees who arrived in Cyprus during their expulsion from there by the Saracens. After arriving in Cyprus, Saint Memnon became a hermit at the site known as...

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The Song of Saint George

The Song of Saint George

Saint George is one of the most beloved saints of the Eastern Church. In particular, the people of Cappadocia, his homeland, had recourse to him for help and assistance from very early on and his honour and fame spread throughout the world. The achievements of the saint didn’t remain only...

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The winner of the trophy of love (In memory of the great Martyr, St George, the Trophy bearer)

The winner of the trophy of love (In memory of the great Martyr, St George, the Trophy bearer)

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   Our Church today celebrates the feast of a martyr. If we try to pay any tribute to the celebrated martyr, we will demean him. This particular Saint is the glory of all martyrs, the boast of the Saints and the prestige of the Heavens and...

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Saint Joasaph of Meteora

Saint Joasaph of Meteora

Georgios Martzelos   St Joasaph was the son of the pious ruler of Epirus and Thessaly Symeon Sinisi, who was descended from the royal house of Nemanja and was proclaimed “tsar of the Greeks, the Serbs and the Albanians” under the name of “Symeon Uros Palaeologus”. His mother, Thomaïs, was...

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Saint Neilos of Sinai

Saint Neilos of Sinai

Saint Neilos was born into a wealthy and illustrious family and was probably a pupil of St. John Chrysostom from as early as when the latter was preaching in Antioch. His birth and personal attributes were such that he was raised to the rank of prefect of the capital. The...

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The proper intention – Feast day of St Agatha

The proper intention – Feast day of St Agatha

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   The Lord always seeks to find the proper intention in man for it is said that ‘Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver’ (2 Corinthians, 9, 7). He also urges:...

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Venerable George the Chozebite

Venerable George the Chozebite

Saint George the Chozebite was born on the island of Cyprus toward the end of the sixth century. After the death of his parents, he went to Palestine to worship at the holy places. Here he entered into the monastic community of Chozeba between the River Jordan and Jerusalem, and...

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Synaxis of the Honourable Forerunner

Synaxis of the Honourable Forerunner

Archimandrite Ananias Koustenis   On 7 January, the Church celebrates the Synaxis of the Honourable Forerunner and Baptist, John. It is the oldest feast of our Church for John the Baptist and it came from God. God enlightened the Fathers of the Church and they appointed the day after Epiphany...

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