St Luke the Evangelist

October 18, 2021 0 Comments

A blessed and glorious Feast of the Holy Apostle, Evangelist, Physician, and Iconographer Luke, to all celebrating today; a happy patronal day to all bearing his name. (Icon of St Luke by the hand of Michael Kapeluck, Carnegie, PA)

St Philip the Apostle

October 11, 2021 0 Comments

The holy apostle, Philip, one of the first seven deacons. This Philip came from Caesarea in Palestine. We have a portrait of him from the Acts of the Apostles. While he was chosen as one of the first seven deacons, he quickly expanded his ministry and began preaching in Samaria. His conversion of the magician …

Our venerable father, Simeon, the stylite

September 1, 2021 0 Comments

Today, the Church liturgically recalls a significant monastic father, Simeon, who lived on a pillar. You will recall there is an icon of Saint Simeon on the wall in the nave of the parish on the left side (it’s not the image for this post, however). “Simeon was born at the end of the fourth …

St Lawrence, deacon and martyr

August 10, 2021 0 Comments

The Church sings, Inflaming your heart with heavenly fire, you turned the fires of passion into cold ashes. O God-bearing martyr Lawrence, strength of martyrs, amid all your sufferings you cried out: Nothing shall separate me from the love of Christ. (Kontakion, Tone 2) The Holy Martyr Lawrence was a deacon in the Church of …

St. Elias (Elijah)

July 20, 2021 0 Comments

On this feast of St. Elias, may God to grant the grace to live our lives with boldness and honesty giving witness to our faith to Him and His holy teachings … Watch this brief biography of St. Elias: Eid Mubarak to everyone.

Prophet Elijah shows how to pray

July 20, 2021 0 Comments

In the Gospels, Elijah appears with Moses on the Mount of the Transfiguration, bearing witness to Jesus as the fulfilment of the Old Testament prophecies. Elijah is venerated above all in the monastic tradition as a model of prayer and unshakeable faith amid trials. Prayer and contemplation sustained the Prophet not only in moments of …

Saints Cosmas and Damian

July 1, 2021 0 Comments

Today, we liturgically recall the wonderworker Saints Cosmas and Damian. The saints are called Anargyroi in Greek, Physicians and Wonderworkers. Let’s remember our physicians in prayer today. The Kontakion sung in Tone 2 for the feast: Having received the grace of healing, you grant healing to those in need. Glorious wonder workers and physicians, Cosmas …