St Irene

May 5, 2021 0 Comments

Today, the Church recalls the memory of the holy and glorious virgin martyr, Irene. Irene was the daughter of the governor of a Persian city. She was baptized by Paul’s companion, the apostle Timothy, and endured many long years of suffering for her faith, first by her father, and, after his conversion, at the hand …

St Polycarp

February 23, 2021 0 Comments

Today, we liturgically recall the memory of the Holy Martyr Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna. The Holy Martyr Polycarp was one of the most beloved saints of the early Church. He was, by tradition, a disciple of St. John the Theologian, and lived from 69-155. After serving the Gospel for his whole life, as an old …

Prophet Daniel and the 3 young men

December 17, 2020 0 Comments

The Feast of the Prophet Daniel and the Three Holy Children has always been closely connected with Christmas. Proper for them are found on the two Sunday before Christmas and today we sing, “Come, O faithful, let us celebrate the fore-feast of the birth of Christ; offering a spiritual canticle by way of a star. …

Prophet Haggai

December 16, 2020 0 Comments

The Church honors liturgically today the holy prophet, Haggai. When Darius issued a royal edict allowing exiles to return to their homeland, Haggai was most likely among the Jews who returned to Jerusalem. Work had begun on the reconstruction of the Temple, but soon came to a discouraged halt. Building was resumed only after the …

St Nicholas the Wonderworker

December 6, 2020 0 Comments

“Nicholas, holy hierarch, your flock has recognized you by the brilliance of your works. You are a model of kindness and rule of faith, a teacher of self-control. Your lowliness has raised you to the heights of fame, and your poverty has filled your hands with riches. Beg Christ, our God, to save our souls.”(Troparion) …

St Barbara

December 4, 2020 0 Comments

The Church liturgically recalls the memory of St Barbara a 3rd century martyr-saint, born in Nicomedia in what is now modern day Turkey. The Troparion for the Liturgy reads, Today, let us honor the great and holy Barbara, murdered by her own father for her loyalty to Christ. In spite of all, by the power …

St Nicholas coming to the parish

December 1, 2020 0 Comments

St Nicholas coming to the parish on December 6th. For the youth, “Why gold coins and not silver?” St Nicholas’ story tells of helping the father with his daughter’s dowries and he is known for having inherited great riches so gold coins show he gave great riches away. Get your shoes ready and ask St. …