Prophet Jeremiah

May 1, 2022 0 Comments

On the Byzantine liturgical calendar today is the feast of the Holy Prophet Jeremiah; as a point of comparison, the Armenian liturgical calendar commemorates Jeremiah on August 27. Knowledge of sacred Scripture will remind us that the Prophet Jeremiah is one of the major prophets of the Bible. Jeremiah lived in-between the 7th and 6th …

St Mark

April 25, 2022 0 Comments

Happy feast of Saint Mark, evangelist. Blessings for those who are named Mark. Prayers for the Diocese of Venice in Italy. Here’s our mission: Go into all the world and preach the Gospel. (Mark 16:15) The Church venerates Mark the author of the second Gospel. “Historians and scripture scholars will, of course, discuss these traditions …

St Polycarp

February 23, 2022 0 Comments

The Church liturgically remembers today the holy hieromartyr, Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna. According to the witness of St Irenaeus, Polycarp was a companion of St John the Theologian. After John’s exile to Patmos, Polycarp was ordained to the clergy of Smyrna, now the town of Izmir in Turkey. While still a young man, he became …

St Leo, Pope of Rome

February 18, 2022 0 Comments

Today we commemorate – Pope Leo of Rome Our holy father Leo, Pope of Rome who, born in Etruria [i.e., Tuscany], first stood out as a diligent deacon of Rome. He was then elected to the chair of Peter, where rightly and by his merit he deserved to be called “the Great.” The biographer notes …

St. Nicholas the Wonderworker

December 6, 2021 0 Comments

Today is the feast of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, archbishop of Myra in Lycia. The Byzantine Church honors Nicholas in several beautiful texts. This one taken from the sticheron from the Lamp-Lighting Psalms, teaches us: “What crowns of praise shall we confer upon the saintly Nicholas? Once present in the flesh in Myra, he is …

Holy apostles Erastus, Olympus, Rodion, and companions

November 10, 2021 0 Comments

On the Byzantine liturgical calendar today we commemorate the holy apostles, Erastus, Olympus, Rodion, and their companions. Remembered as apostles and little heard of unless you are a student of sacred Scripture. When St Paul wrote his letter to the Romans he was staying in Corinth. Erastus was the treasurer of that city and a …

Synaxis for the archangels

November 8, 2021 0 Comments

The Church commemorates today the Synaxis for the archangels, Michael and Gabriel, and all the bodiless powers of heaven. “The role of angels, or spiritual powers, is evident from their appearance in both the old and the new testament. St Paul says: “They are all spirits, whose work is service, sent to help those who …