Ss. Priscilla and Aquila

February 13, 2023 0 Comments

Today, the Church gives us two people from the New Testament with six mentions. Saints Priscilla and Aquila were a first century Christian missionary married couple described in the New Testament as helpers of the Apostle Paul. Aquila is traditionally listed among the Seventy Disciples. The husband and wife team lived, worked, and traveled with …

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.

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 …

St Savva

December 5, 2022 0 Comments

Today our Church recalls one the important saints, Our Venerabe Father Savva (Saba) the Sanctified. St Savva first entered a monastery near his home in Cappadocia, but in the year 457 he travelled to Jerusalem and sought out St Euthymius. After spending some time under his instruction, Savva spent several years in seclusion in the …

St Barbara

December 4, 2022 0 Comments

St Barbara is commemorated today in the Church’s prayer of the Divine Liturgy and the Hours. There is little doubt that the legendary story of the Holy Martyr Barbara was embellished a bit by early hagiographers. There is no reason for this, since the mere fact that someone who comes to faith in Christ is …

St John Damascene

December 4, 2022 0 Comments

Also, today we liturgically recall St John Damascene on the same day we commemorate St Barbara. The feast of Christmas is a theological feast. It is a celebration of God incarnate, taking our nature to perfect it. Jesus commanded us poor mortals to “be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:47). How …