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 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 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 …

The Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew

November 16, 2020 0 Comments

At the beginning of the Fast before Christmas, we celebrate the feast of St. Matthew, who wrote one of the Gospels of the birth of our Lord. (St. Luke is the other.) St. Matthew’s purpose was to show how the prophecies of the Covenant were fulfilled in Jesus. Therefore, he is the son of Abraham …