Three Holy Hierarchs feast

January 30, 2023 0 Comments

Happy Feast – Three Holy Hierarchs To settle a dispute in the 12th century over whether Basil the Great, Gregory Nazianzus or John Chrysostom was the preeminent church father, it was decided to show the senselessness of such argument by celebrating all three together. Emperor Alexius Comnenus chose this date.

Our Holy Father Ephrem the Syrian

January 28, 2023 0 Comments

As we have seen, the theology of Syrian was a fountain of teaching about the incarnation of our Lord, especially his baptism in the Jordan. The feast of Theophany was the foremost manifestation of the Triune God. Among the Syrian theologians, none was most important than St. Ephrem. Born of pagan parents, he found the …

St Hilary of Poitiers

January 13, 2023 0 Comments

Our father among the saints, Hilary, bishop of Poitiers, confessor. Eighth day of the feast of Theophany. After his conversion to Christianity in his mid thirties, he was elected bishop of his city in recognition of his erudition. He became the foremost opponent of Arianism in the West. He boldly wrote to the emperor Constantius …

St Theodosius

January 11, 2023 0 Comments

Today we liturgically recall the venerable father, Theodosius, called a leader of the common life. He was born in 423. It is also the sixth day of the Theophany feast. At the end of the 5th century, this father founded a cenobium near Bethlehem. By his day many had come from as far away as …

Seraphim, Wonderworker of Sarov

January 2, 2023 0 Comments

Today is the anniversary of the reposing of the Venerable Seraphim, Wonderworker of Sarov. Seraphim is not on the liturgical calendar of neither the Roman nor the Melkite Churches. His biography and reputation for holiness signals to us that he is someone who can point us to Jesus Christ and His Good News. One of …

Circumcision of the Lord and St Basil the Great

January 1, 2023 0 Comments

Today on the Byzantine calendar, the Church commemorates both the Circumcision of the Lord and our father among the saints Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia. Our Lord was circumcised on the eighth day after His Nativity in accordance with Jewish law as a sign of God’s covenant with Abraham and his descendants. …

Holy Innocents

December 29, 2022 0 Comments

On this fifth day of Celebration of the Nativity of the Lord we have the commemoration of the death of the male children in Bethlehem who were two years of age or under. King Herod the Great had ordered this atrocity in order to ensure that the infant Messiah sought by the Magi would be …