A Church Service, a Hymn to Human Need

A Church Service, a Hymn to Human Need

Dr. Nikolaos Koios, Content Coach of Pemptousia   Hymnography is the jewel in the crown of Church Literature in Orthodoxy. A variety of metres, a combination of poetry and prose, all invested with the musical riches of the eight tones, narrate the drama of the human person in our effort...

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Saints Celebrated on December 5th

Saints Celebrated on December 5th

Martyr Anastasius A Saint of this name is commemorated on December 5, in the Martyrologies, but neither the place nor the time of his passion is discoverable. When he saw the torments that the Martyrs gloriously endured, he ran into the arena and confessed his faith in Christ. He was...

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What the Son of God Achieved

What the Son of God Achieved

Saint John the Damascan (feast-day 4 December) For now the adoration of demons has ceased; creation has been sanctified by the divine blood; the altars and temples of idols have been overthrown; the knowledge of God, the consubstantial Trinity, has been planted ; the uncreated divinity, the one...

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Syrian Saints: Barbara of Heliopolis & John of Damascus

Syrian Saints: Barbara of Heliopolis & John of Damascus

James W. Lillie   The Holy Great Martyr Barbara lived and suffered during the reign of the emperor Maximian (305-311). Her father, Dioskoros, was a rich pagan, a prominent citizen in Ilioupolis in Syria. After the death of his wife, he devoted himself to the upbringing of his only daughter....

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Saint Filaretos the Charitable (1 December)

Saint Filaretos the Charitable (1 December)

Saint Filaretos was a fine example of virtue, especially that of performing good works. He lived at the time of Emperor Konstantinos Porfyroyennitos (Constantine Porphyrogenitus) and his mother, Eirini of Attica (joint reign 780-797). Filaretos was born in the village of Amnia in Gangra, Paphlagonia of devout parents. He married...

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Saint Andrew, Christ’s First-Called Disciple

Saint Andrew, Christ’s First-Called Disciple

Alexandros Christodoulou   Andrew the Apostle was one of Christ’s twelve disciples. He came from Bethsaida, a town located on the western bank of Lake Tiberias. He worked in the family business run by his father, Jonah, which was based on the rich fishing to be had in the lake....

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The Three Saints of Pain and Hope

The Three Saints of Pain and Hope

Dr. Nikolaos Koios, Content Coach of Pemptousia   It’s a profound conviction of the Orthodox Church that every epoch has its own saints and there’s not a single age without them. In every era, the saints are proof and demonstration of the grace of Christ, the love of the Father...

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Saint Stylianos, The Protector of Children

Saint Stylianos, The Protector of Children

Archimandrite Charalambos Vassilopoulos (†)   Saint Stylianos was born in Paphlagonia, Asia Minor, between 400 and 500. He was blessed even from his mother’s womb. As he grew up, by the grace of God he increasingly became a dwelling-place of the Holy Spirit. From childhood he displayed the rare qualities...

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On Not Despairing

On Not Despairing

Saint Amfilokhios Bishop of Iconium Saint Amfilokhios’ feast day is the 23rd November There was another brother who, after sinning, repented and then withdraw into solitude. It happened, though, that he struck his foot on a rock and injured it so badly that blood came pouring out of the wound....

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“Is Saint Nicholas Real?”

“Is Saint Nicholas Real?”

While listening to an entertaining radio drama about what to tell your kids if they ask you whether Santa Claus ~ St. Nick is for real. To show our deep appreciation of your support, we have an icon of St. Nicholas linked below for you to print and place in...

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