The Personality of Saint Mary Magdalene, Equal to the Apostles

The Personality of Saint Mary Magdalene, Equal to the Apostles

Georgios Zaravelas, Theologian   Saint Mary Magdalene is the most outstanding person in the circle of Christ’s women disciples, and, indeed, the most significant female figure in the Christian Church, after the Mother of God. Her importance for the Church is expressed in the lengthy references to her in the...

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Saint Mary Magdalene: The Revision of the Role of a Prominent Apostle

Saint Mary Magdalene: The Revision of the Role of a Prominent Apostle

The years between 1976-1985 were declared by the United Nations to be the “Decade of the Rights of Women”. Within the framework of the related activities which were undertaken at the time, it was claimed, among other things, that religions bore the responsibility for the suppression of women’s rights. In...

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Saint Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

Saint Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

Georgios Martzelos Saint Nicodemus the Hagiorite was one of the greatest figures on Mount Athos in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He was born on Naxos in 1749, and his baptismal name was Nikolaos. He received his elementary education on his native island, going on to the Evangelical...

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Saint Olga: from Βarbarism to Ηoliness – 11th of July

Saint Olga: from Βarbarism to Ηoliness – 11th of July

Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis   Many saints, before the final decision to embrace the Christian faith, had shown toughness, misanthropy and sin. So find application the Biblical words: “where sin increased, grace increased all the more” (Rom. 5,20). Where the size of sin seemed scary, the grace of God appeared much...

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Holy and Glorious Martyr Kyriaki – 7 July

Holy and Glorious Martyr Kyriaki – 7 July

During the reign of the Emperor Diocletian, a devout and wealthy Christian couple, Dorotheos and Evsevia, being childless, asked God to give them a child, and promised to dedicate any such offspring to Him. Their prayer was heard and, one Sunday, they had a daughter, whom they named Kyriaki, for...

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Saint Athanasios the Athonite

Saint Athanasios the Athonite

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   According to his biography, St Athanasios hailed from the east, from Trapezounta. After concluding his education- as a teacher of literature- while still very young he was touched by the Divine Grace. He forsaken the world and espoused monasticism under the guidance of his uncle...

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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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