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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God Saved Us Because He Loves Us

God Saved Us Because He Loves Us

Salvation is A Gift Has anybody ever given you a gift…and you never gave anything back? Sometimes you might get a present, and you just say “thank you!” You might not give a present back. Today’s epistle reading reminds us of the great gift that God gives us…and we can...

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Saint Tabitha: the Charitable Daughter of the Early Church

Saint Tabitha: the Charitable Daughter of the Early Church

Lambros Skontzos, Theologian   Love and charity are synonymous with Christianity. The basis of the Christian message is love towards all other people, regardless of who they are. Nothing should be an impediment to the exercise of Christian love: not sex, race or socio-economic status. Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself...

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Apostles Stachys, Amplias, Urbanus, Apelles, Narcissus and Aristobulus

Apostles Stachys, Amplias, Urbanus, Apelles, Narcissus and Aristobulus

George Poulos   In recent years there has been a rash of new religions erupt­ing on the community skin, a kind of social disease to which the seasoned Christian is immune, but which afflicts the well-intentioned but more impressionable young. The merchants of these new reli­gions, which can be better...

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Feast of Great Martyr Demetrios, The Myrrh-Streamer

Feast of Great Martyr Demetrios, The Myrrh-Streamer

Saint Demetrios suffered in Thessalonica during the reign of Galerius Maximian (c. 306). He belonged to one of the most distinguished families of the province of Macedonia and was widely admired not only because of his noble ancestry and grace of bearing, but also for virtue, wisdom and goodness of...

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Blessed Gerasimos the Younger, from Kefallonia

Blessed Gerasimos the Younger, from Kefallonia

Our blessed father Yerasimos was born in 1509, in the village of Trikala, near Corinth in the Peloponnese. His God-fearing parents, Dimitrios and Kali came from the prominent Notaras family and, from a young age, he was taught his letters, at which he excelled. While still a young man, he...

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Saint Romanos the Melodious – The Nightingale of the Church

Saint Romanos the Melodious – The Nightingale of the Church

Back in the old days, he was a child raised in the Church, the right hand of the priests. He attended to all the jobs that were to be done and was always the first to get to the services. He knew the psalms and prayers by heart, and served...

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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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God sends Us with a Special Task

God sends Us with a Special Task

Let’s follow our Lord, so He can show us what our special commission is! Have you ever gotten a special job? Have your parents or your teacher ever given you a special task that you were supposed to finish? In today’s Gospel reading, we read about how the disciples got...

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The Cook in Paradise

The Cook in Paradise

Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis   The lack of simplicity, sincerity and authenticity in relations between people leads to social hypocrisy, meretricious morality and formality and, at the same time, provokes adverse reactions among younger people. The problem is worse when there’s no simplicity even among so-called spiritual people. “When spiritual people...

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