Evangelist Luke, “the Beloved Physician”

Evangelist Luke, “the Beloved Physician”

Archbishop Lazar Puhalo   It has become a commonplace of for critics to suggest doubts about the authorship of Luke’s Gospel and the Book of Acts. Such doubts are, however, clearly unfounded. The evidence is conclusive that both treatises were written by a physician, and Luke was “the beloved physician”...

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Thoughts on the crisis of our times

Thoughts on the crisis of our times

Elder Christodoulos, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Koutloumousi   The saints are our friends and the friends of God, the people to whom we can always turn. On the one hand, to receive comfort and strength. On the other to receive models tried and tested by God for our...

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Saint Paraskevi from Epivates, the Patron Saint of the Balkans

Saint Paraskevi from Epivates, the Patron Saint of the Balkans

Blessed Paraskevi. The fragrant blossom of the desert “God is marvellous in His saints” are the words of the Prophet of God (Ps. 67, 35). He’s wonderful in the whole of creation, in all the other creatures, magnificent in people, as His most accomplished creation, but most wonderful and best...

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Saint Isaak the Syrian and the Wisdom of his Ascetical Homilies

Saint Isaak the Syrian and the Wisdom of his Ascetical Homilies

Feast day: 28 September Not much can be stated with certainty about the life of Saint Isaak. He is believed to have been born in Beth Qatrye (‘region of the Qatars’) in the Arab peninsula, near the Persian Gulf. He entered a monastery as a young man, was consecrated Bishop...

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Saint Kyriakos the Anachorite

Saint Kyriakos the Anachorite

† Dionysios, Metropolitan of Servia and Kozani   Today the Church honours and celebrates the sacred memory of Blessed Kyriakos the Anchorite, who was born in Corinth in 408. His father was called Ioannis and was a priest, while his mother was Evdoxia. The then bishop of Corinth, Petros, who...

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Saint Silouan and the Quest for God

Saint Silouan and the Quest for God

Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis   a) The boundless love of the Triune Trinity for the whole of humankind is always revealed, even if it’s doubted and not easy to see. The Fathers teach that God’s creative, providential and cohesive energy radiates throughout the whole world and all creation. And His sanctifying...

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Saint Eustace and his Companions

Saint Eustace and his Companions

Saint Nicodemus the Hagiorite   The great martyr for Christ Eustace (Eustathios) was a solider of renown in Rome at the time of the Emperor Trajan in about the year 100, and was known as the most acclaimed of all for his virtue, courtesy, disposition, charity and sympathy towards the...

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St Athanasios Koulakiotis, an educated young man offers his life for Christian faith

St Athanasios Koulakiotis, an educated young man offers his life for Christian faith

Saint Athnasios came from a village near Thessaloniki called Koulakia, now known as Halastra). Born in 1749, his parents, Polykhrous and Louloudo, were prominent members of society in the area and were distinguished for their piety. So from an early age he was brought up in a devout, Christian environment....

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Saint Hermione, the daughter of Saint Philip the Deacon

Saint Hermione, the daughter of Saint Philip the Deacon

Saint Hermione, one of the four daughters of the Deacon Philip, who, according to the evidence in Acts (21, 8-9) were virgins and prophetesses, Hermioneand Eftyhis went to Ephesus to meet Saint John the Theologian. But because the beloved apostle had already been taken up into the heavens, they followed...

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A sailor distinguished for his purity: The Holy New Martyr Triandafyllos

A sailor distinguished for his purity: The Holy New Martyr Triandafyllos

Martyred in Constantinople on 8 August, 1680. The saint came from Zagora in Magnisia. He worked as a sailor on ships and was distinguished for the purity of his life and the modesty of his morals. He also kept the flame of his love for Christ burning in his heart....

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