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Sunday of the Chinese Martyrs

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Sunday of the Chinese Martyrs

On this day, second Sunday after Pentecost, we celebrate the Synaxis (gathering) of the Chinese Orthodox Christians who were martyred in Peking during the Boxer Rebellion in the year 1900. Short History In the year of our Lord 1900, when the Empress Dowager reigned over the vast country of China and supported the Boxer Rebellion […]

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Saint David of Wales (March 1)

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Saint David of Wales (March 1)

Our father among the saints David of Wales (ca. 512-587), known in Welsh as Dewi Sant, was a 6th century bishop and monastic founder in Wales and is its patron saint. He is also known as the Dewi Ddyfrwr (David the Water Drinker) due to his drinking only water and the founding of many holy […]

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Gerasimos the Righteous of Jordan (March 4)

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Gerasimos the Righteous of Jordan (March 4)

This remarkable and renowned saint first learned about the ascetic life while he was in the Egyptian Thebaid. He then went to the Jordan and founded a community in which there were seventy monks. This community still exists today. He instituted a special rule for his monastery. According to this rule the monks spent five […]

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The Holy Forty-Two Martyrs from Ammoria (March 6)

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The Holy Forty-Two Martyrs from Ammoria (March 6)

They were all commanders of the Byzantine Emperor Theophilus. When the Emperor Theophilus lost the battle against the Saracens at the city of Ammoria, the Saracens captured the city and enslaved many Christians. Among them were these commanders. The remaining Christians were either killed or sold into slavery. The commanders were thrown into prison, where […]

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Saint Cyril Archbishop of Alexandria

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Saint Cyril Archbishop of Alexandria

Saint Cyril, Archbishop of Alexandria, a distinguished champion of Orthodoxy and a great teacher of the Church, came from an illustrious and pious Christian family. He studied the secular sciences, including philosophy, but most of all he strove to acquire knowledge of the Holy Scriptures and the truths of the Christian Faith. In his youth […]

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A profile of Saint Cyril of Alexandria

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A profile of Saint Cyril of Alexandria

His Life Born and raised in Alexandria, St. Cyril succeeded his uncle Theophilus as bishop of the city in 412. His early career (412-428) was dedicated to the exposition of the Scriptures and the refutation of heretics and unbelievers. The second period of his episcopate (428-433), more intense and fruitful than any other, was marked […]

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A profile of Saint Athanasios the Great

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A profile of Saint Athanasios the Great

Athanasius was born in Alexandria in the year 296 A.D. and from his early childhood had an inclination to the spiritual life. He was a deacon to Archbishop Alexander and accompanied him to the First Ecumenical Council [Nicaea, 325 A.D.]. It was at this Council that Athanasius became renowned for his learning, devotion to and […]

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Saint Anthony the Great of Egypt

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Saint Anthony the Great of Egypt

Perhaps the most effective tactic adopted by the adversary of man’s salvation has been to blind man to the reality of the spiritual warfare being waged for possession of his soul. We have consequently become spiritually flabby and easy prey for the enemy. To escape such a perilous condition we would do well to contemplate […]

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Saint George the New Martyr of Ioannina, Greece

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Saint George the New Martyr of Ioannina, Greece

  On the 17th of January, a day our Church honors the feast of St. Anthony the Great, it was also the day that the New Martyr George, at the age of 30 in 1838 came to a martyr’s death by hanging in the city of Ioannina. The gallows were set up in the busy […]

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Synaxis of Saint John the Forerunner and Baptist

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Synaxis of Saint John the Forerunner and Baptist

By St. Nikolai Velimirovich Because John’s main role in his life was played out on the day of the Epiphany (Theophany), the Church from earliest times dedicated the day following Epiphany to his memory. To this feast is also linked the incident with the hand of the Forerunner. The Evangelist Luke desired to remove the […]

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Saint Nina the Equal to the Apostles and Enlightener of Georgia

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Saint Nina the Equal to the Apostles and Enlightener of Georgia

By St. Nikolai Velimirovich Nina was a relative of St. George the Great Martyr and Juvenal, the Patriarch of Jerusalem. Her parents belonged to the nobility in Cappadocia and since they both were tonsured in the monastic state, Nina was educated under the tutelage of Patriarch Juvenal. Hearing about the people of Georgia, the virgin […]

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