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 …

Saints Peter and Paul

June 29, 2020 0 Comments

“… They are the adornment of Rome; they have nourished the whole world with the Word of God. They are the living tablets of the New Testament written by the hand of God….” (from Vespers) “The feast of Peter and Paul and the Birth of John the Baptist are ranked as great feasts, after those …

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 …