Blessed Irene οf Chryssovalantou Monastery – 28 July

Blessed Irene οf Chryssovalantou Monastery – 28 July

Blessed Irene was born in Cappadocia, into the bosom of a rich and noble family, after the death of the iconoclast emperor Theofilos (842). When Theodora became regent, she searched the empire for a wife for her son, Michael III (842-867). The imperial envoys took note of the beauty and...

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The Holy Martyr Silouan of the Lavra of Saint Sergius

The Holy Martyr Silouan of the Lavra of Saint Sergius

The Holy Martyr Silouan, the disciple and biographer of Saint Maximos the Confessor, known as ‘the Greek’, of the Holy Monastery of Vatopaidi, was a saintly monk of the Lavra of Saint Sergius. He was imbued with the same spirit as his Elder and teacher and proved to be his...

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Saint Panteleimon, the Great Martyr

Saint Panteleimon, the Great Martyr

Metropolitan Panteleimon of Antinoes St. Panteleimon, the Great Doctor and Martyr, was born at the end of the 3rd century AD. His father, Eustrogios, was not only very rich but was well known for his zeal in idol worship; whereas his mother St. Euboule was a faithful Orthodox Christian full...

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The Holy and Blessed Martyr Paraskevi (26 July)

The Holy and Blessed Martyr Paraskevi (26 July)

Saint Nicodemus the Hagiorite A Saint who passed through fire and iron* This saint lived at the time of Emperor Antoninus, about the year 140. She came from a village near Old Rome and was the daughter of Christian parents, called Agathon and...

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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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Prophet Elijah: Alone against all!

Prophet Elijah: Alone against all!

† Dionysios, Metropolitan of Servia and Kozani   In the ranks of the Old Testament prophets, a special position is occupied by the Prophet Elijah, whose sacred memory the Church honours and celebrates today. In the New Testament, the name of the Prophet Elijah is frequently mentioned by Christ Himself....

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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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Blessed Sampson the Hospitaller (+ 27 June)

Blessed Sampson the Hospitaller (+ 27 June)

Our blessed father Sampson came from a family from the high society of Roman aristocracy, apparently linked to the kin of Constantine the Great. He studied all the important subjects of the time, particularly medicine, to which he felt drawn by his compassionate nature. He was unable to remain indifferent...

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What Saints have to tell us today

What Saints have to tell us today

Prof. Fr Vassilios Kalliakmanis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, speaks at a Conference about the Ss. Cosmas the Aetolian and Porphyrios from Kafsokalyvia. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States of America originally commissioned...

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Saint Anthimos Arethiotis

Saint Anthimos Arethiotis

Dr. Haralambis Bousias   ‘Whoever observes the whole of the law, but errs in one thing, is guilty of everything’ (Jas. 2, 10). And the damage is unimaginable! You lose eternity, that is, everything. This is what happened to the young man in the Gospel, and is the case with...

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