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 …

St Phoebe, the deaconess

September 3, 2020 0 Comments

Today, we liturgically recall the memory of our venerable mother, Phoebe, the deaconess. “You put aside all the cares of this world that you might dedicate yourself to the service of others, thus revealing yourself as a true disciple of Christ. Holy mother Phoebe, beg him to save our souls” (Troparion). “Note how many ways …

The Dormition of the mother of the Theotokos, St Ann

July 25, 2020 0 Comments

The Feast day of The Blessed Dormition of Saint Anna, the Holy Ancestor of God and the Mother of the Most Holy Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary As Saint Ann is the patroness of our parish: happy feast day to all our parishioners and friends. Let us hold each other in prayer today. Also let’s …

St Mary Magdalene, equal to the apostles

July 22, 2020 0 Comments

The holy myrrhbearer and equal of the apostles, Mary Magdalene is commemorated today. There are several Marys mentioned in the New Testament. The surname Magdalene distinguishes this Mary as the one from the town of Magdala. Luke’s gospel mentions that Jesus relieved her of seven devils, which could have simply been some kind of physical …