St Jude

June 19, 2020 0 Comments

The holy apostle Jude, relative of the Lord is honored by the Byzantine Church today. In addition to being an apostle he is in-charge of difficult cases. He is frequently invoked by medical professionals and those who are living with illness. Certainly we know Danny Thomas’ famous work in establishing a hospital for children under …

St Amos the Prophet

June 15, 2020 0 Comments

The Church liturgically recalls the memory of the holy prophet, Amos. Like the other prophets, he is revered as a saint. Purifying your fervent heart by the Spirit, / O glorious Prophet Amos, / And receiving the gift of prophecy from on high, / You cry with a loud voice to the nations: / This …

St Justin and companions, martyrs

June 1, 2020 0 Comments

Today the Church commemorates the holy martyr, Justin, the philosopher, and his companions. We often just say, Justin Martyr. Justin (AD 100-160) was born in Samaria of pagan Greek parents. He studied various classical philosophies, traveling to many countries in his search for knowledge. On one of his journeys, he met a very old man …

Holy Prophet Isaiah

May 9, 2020 0 Comments

We commemorate liturgically today the Holy Prophet Isaiah who lived 700 years before the birth of Jesus. Isaiah had a royal lineage and is revered as a martyr. The Jewish king Manasseh ordered that he cut in half by a wood-saw. Isaiah was buried near the Pool of Siloam but his bones were moved to …

St John the Theologian

May 8, 2020 0 Comments

Today, the Greek Church honors the Holy Beloved Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian. On May 8, we celebrate one of the two feasts of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John, the brother of James. The other is on September 26, the day of his falling asleep. The fourth Gospel is attributed to John, and …

Holy Prophet Job

May 6, 2020 0 Comments

Today the Byzantine Church commemorates the Prophet Job. He is often called the just and the patient Job. The Kondakion for the Liturgy is beautiful: “The sight of the wealth of Job’s virtues inspired the evil one to attempt to destroy him, but in attacking his body he was unable to touch his soul. As …

Venerable Father John Climacus

March 30, 2020 0 Comments

John was the sainted abbot of St Catherine’s on Mt Sinai in the first half of the seventh century. His name derives from his most famous work, called The Ladder to Paradise. Its thirty steps detail a system of monastic spirituality. This manual is the most widely used around the east and the west. John’s …