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Saint Anthony the Great (January 17)

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Saint Anthony the Great (January 17)

Concerning Antony of Egypt we have more knowledge than of any other saint of this early period, thanks to the biography written by his friend, St. Athanasius. Antony was born in 251 at Coma, a village near Great Heracleopolis in Middle Egypt.

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December 4: Saint John of Damascus, Father and Teacher of the Church

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December 4: Saint John of Damascus, Father and Teacher of the Church

Saint John was born in Damascus about the year 675, the son of wealthy and pious parents, of the family of Mansur.

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December 4: The Great Martyr Barbara

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December 4: The Great Martyr Barbara

Saint Barbara was killed by the hand of her own father. He cut off her head because he was a pagan and she could not allow herself to follow those errors.

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Saint Hermione, the Daughter of Saint Philip the Deacon

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Saint Hermione, the Daughter of Saint Philip the Deacon

Saint Hermione, one of the four daughters of the Deacon Philip, who, according to the evidence in Acts (21, 8-9) were virgins and prophetesses, Hermioneand Eftyhis went to Ephesus to meet Saint John the Theologian.

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The Righteous Joshua

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The Righteous Joshua

When the Israelites were on the verge of entering and conquering the promised land, under the leadership of Moses, the latter called the people to remind them of the events of the Exodus from the time they were prisoners in Egypt, and how God had freed His people from the shackles of slavery, bringing them into the desert, where He Himself took care of their welfare (Deut. 29, 1-12).

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Saint Phanourios the Great Martyr

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Saint Phanourios the Great Martyr

Saint Fanourios is without doubt an important and holy youthful figure, who stands out in a particular way among the other Saints of Christianity.

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Hieromartyr Irenaeus, Bishop of Lugdunum (Lyons)

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Hieromartyr Irenaeus, Bishop of Lugdunum (Lyons)

Our holy and God-bearing father Irenaeus, who, by divine providence received the name of peace [ειρήνη (eirene) in Greek] and became a messenger of the Holy Spirit, was born in Asia Minor in about 140.

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Saint Panteleimon, the Great Martyr and Healer

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Saint Panteleimon, the Great Martyr and Healer

St. Panteleimon, the Great Doctor and Martyr, was born at the end of the 3rd century AD. His father, Eustrogios, was not only very rich but was well known for his zeal in idol worship; whereas his mother St. Euboule was a faithful Orthodox Christian full of Holy Spirit, love and kindness. Her only interest was to guide her only begotten son in the true faith and virtuous life.

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The Great Martyr Paraskevi (July 26)

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The Great Martyr Paraskevi (July 26)

Paraskevi was born in Rome of Christian parents and from her youth was instructed in the Faith of Christ. With great fervence, St. Paraskevi endeavored to fulfill all the commandments of God in her life. Believing strongly and living according to her faith, Paraskevi directed others on the path [of salvation] with the help of the True Faith and pious living.

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Saint Olga: from Βarbarism to Ηoliness – 11th of July

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Saint Olga: from Βarbarism to Ηoliness – 11th of July

Many saints, before the final decision to embrace the Christian faith, had shown toughness, misanthropy and sin. So find application the Biblical words: “where sin increased, grace increased all the more” (Rom. 5,20). Where the size of sin seemed scary, the grace of God appeared much greater than previously.

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Saint Ignatius the God-Bearer

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Saint Ignatius the God-Bearer

This holy man is called “the God-bearer” because he constantly bore the name of the Living God in his heart and on his lips. According to tradition, he was thus named because he was held in the arms of God Incarnate, Jesus Christ. On a day when the Lord was teaching His disciples humility, He took a child and placed him among them, saying: Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 18:4).

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Bonifatius and Aglaia: Two Saints in Love (19 December)

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Bonifatius and Aglaia: Two Saints in Love (19 December)

Aglaïa was a prosperous woman who lived in the region around Rome in the time of Diocletian and had Bonifatius as a slave. Bonifatius was her steward, very good-looking in appearance, generous to the poor and kind-hearted, but with a liking for drink and debauchery. They soon fell in love and had a clandestine relationship, since the difference in their social station would not permit any thought of marriage.

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