Sermon on the feast day of the holy martyrs Demetrios and Nestor (26&27 October)

Sermon on the feast day of the holy martyrs Demetrios and Nestor (26&27 October)

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   October 27th is the day the Church honors the Martyr St. Nestor, whose life and martyrdom are directly linked to the glorious Martyr St. Demetrios of Thessaloniki. It is for this reason that the lives and testimony of these famous saints be studied together. In...

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Holy Martyr Aimilianos (18 July): free man and servant

Holy Martyr Aimilianos (18 July): free man and servant

When Julian the Apostate came to power as emperor (361), he scorned both the good that had been achieved by Saint Constantine the Great and everything he had gained from his own Christian upbringing. He upset public order with his tyranny and railed against God, doing his level best, with...

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Alexander Schmorell, the New Martyr

Alexander Schmorell, the New Martyr

Yannis Zervos   Alexander Schmorell was the co-founder – along with his friend Hans Scholl – of the anti-Nazi resistance group the ‘White Rose’, which tried to stir up the conscience of the Germans against the regime by distributing leaflets through the post. We were made aware of his canonization...

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The 40 Martyrs of Sebaste: Confession through martyrdom

The 40 Martyrs of Sebaste: Confession through martyrdom

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   A troparion of the liturgical Service in honour of the Forty Martyrs says: ‘Suffering with bravery at present, we are rejoicing at what we are anticipating, said the martyrs’. There was evident readiness from the very beginning to employ the confessionary approach to Christianity. What...

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Saint Dimitrios The Myrrh-Yielder – 2

Saint Dimitrios The Myrrh-Yielder – 2

James W. Lillie Another point of interest is that the church of Saint Dimitrios, for 60 years (1430-1490) remained as part of the local Church, when almost all the other churches in Thessaloniki had been turned into mosques after the fall of the city to the Turks in 1430. This...

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Saint Dimitrios The Myrrh-Yielder – 1

Saint Dimitrios The Myrrh-Yielder – 1

James W. Lillie Saint Dimitrios is the protector and patron saint of Thessaloniki, a saint from whose relics myrrh flows and also a Great Martyr. There are actually conflicting accounts in the sources, but the overwhelming view is that he was born and bred in Thessaloniki. As a young man,...

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The Holy New Martyr Christodoulos from Kassandra – 27 July

The Holy New Martyr Christodoulos from Kassandra – 27 July

Saint Nicodemus the Hagiorite   The new martyr and servant of Christ Christodoulos was from Kassandra, the first leg of Halkidiki, from a village called Valta. When he was still young, he left his home and went to Thessaloniki and, when he’d learned how to make thick woollen cloth and...

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The Holy Victorious Martyr Marina – 17 July

The Holy Victorious Martyr Marina – 17 July

Saint Nicodemus the Hagiorite   Saint Marina was from a village in Pisidia, the daughter and only child of a certain Aidesios, a pagan priest, and lived in the reign of Emperor Claudius II. When she was twelve, her mother died and she was given into the charge of another...

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The New Blessed Martyr Nektarios (Skete of Saint Ann) from Vryoulla in Asia Minor

The New Blessed Martyr Nektarios (Skete of Saint Ann) from Vryoulla in Asia Minor

He was born in Vryoulla or Vourla in Asia Minor. As a seventeen-year-old, he and six other Christians were deceived and converted to Islam. When he appeared before his mother in Turkish clothing, she threw him out, saying: “I gave birth to a Christian, not a Turk”. He left, greatly...

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The Recently-Revealed New Martyr, Saint Efraim

The Recently-Revealed New Martyr, Saint Efraim

Hieromonk Makarios Simonopetrites   We knew nothing about this New Martyr Saint until January 3 1950, when he revealed the location of his burial, at the ancient Monastery of the Annunciation, in Pendelis, in Nea Makri, Attica. Since 1965, the Saint has appeared often to nuns in the monastery or...

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