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Saint John Koukouzelis and the Goats

John Koukouzelis was born in Dyrrachium, probably during the twelfth century. His father died while he was still a child, and his devout mother placed him in school to learn to read and write and to chant. It so happened that he was noticed during a search for talented students and accepted into the school of the imperial court in Constantinople. Here he attracted the attention of the Emperor Comnenos and his court because of his exceptionally fine voice, comely appearance and native talent.

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Saint Silouan the Athonite as a Model of our Lives

Several years have passed since I heard, during a certain vigil, the words of the venerable Silouan read about love. I remember that it caused a great impression on me. It made me feel a sweetness in my heart and an unforgettable inner jubilation. Such homilies I have not had much of an opportunity to hear and I admit that I was amazed. Then I found and studied the book of his life and writings, which exude the fragrance of the Holy Spirit and spiritually nourish and quench, because they are words of God.

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Two Remarkable Stories from the Life of Saint Leo, Pope of Rome

Abba Menas, superior of Salams, a coenobium near Alexandria, related that he heard this from Eulogius, Patriarch of Alexandria: ‘While staying in Constantinople, I was a guest in the house of my lord Gregory, archdeacon of the Church of Rome, [Saint Gregory the Dialogist, later Pope of Rome] a truly illustrious and virtuous. He told me a story recorded in the archives of the Roman Church about the most blessed and Most Holy Pope Leo.

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The Holy Apostle Kodratos as a Model for our Lives

The various lives of the saints describe the Apostle Kodratos as a great apologist of Christianity, zealous, wise and an orator with excellent intellectual capacity. As Bishop of Athens – a city in which flourished different philosophical schools which is why it required a Bishop with superior qualifications – he rebuked the godless paganism of the philosophers and led many well-intentioned to the truth. These pagans, because they were unable to face him, slandered him and thus removed him from his flock, though they were unable to bend his fighting spirit.

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Saint Symeon, Archbishop of Thessaloniki

Saint Symeon, Archbishop of Thessaloniki, was one of the most significant figures in the Orthodox Church during the Late Byzantine period and a landmark for Divine Worship. We have very little information concerning the life of the Saint. His birth is dated to the second half of the 14th century and he came from Constantinople. Symeon is no doubt his monastic name, but his secular name is not known. Before being elevated to the office of bishop he lived as a hieromonk in a monastery in the city of his birth. He was closely linked to the Xanthopoulos brothers and the monastic community they had founded in the Reigning City. It is likely that Symeon belonged to it.

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Saint Artemon and the Doe

Saint Artemon was a presbyter in the church of Laodicea. When the emperor Diocletian (284-305) began his fierce persecution against Christians, Saint Artemon was already old.
One day the pagan commander of Laodicea Patricius along the way to Caesarea encountered St Artemon, who was followed by six wild donkeys and two deer. When Patricius asked how he was able to control these wild beasts, St Artemon replied that he held them with the Word of Christ.

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September 17: The Holy Martyrs Faith, Hope and Love and their Mother Sophia

The holy martyr Sophia and her three daughters, Faith, Hope and Love [Sophia, here is taken to be a woman’s name rather than “Wisdom”, as in the church of Holy Wisdom (Ayia Sofia) in Constantinople; similarly, the third daughter is Love, in accordance with Saint Paul, who calls her Love (which was translated, correctly, into Latin as “caritas” and then, wrongly, into English as “charity”)], lived at the time of the Roman emperor Hadrian, (117-138) and belonged to fine, exalted stock. They inherited the Christian faith from their forebears and lived their lives in accordance with the will of God.

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The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross of Christ

On September 14th we celebrate the feast of the Elevation of the Venerable and Life-Creating Cross of the Lord: The pagan Roman emperors tried to completely eradicate from human memory the holy places where our Lord Jesus Christ suffered and was resurrected for mankind. The Emperor Hadrian (117-138) gave orders to cover over the ground of Golgotha and the Sepulchre of the Lord, and to build a temple of the pagan goddess Venus and a statue of Jupiter.

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Saints Joachim and Anna: the Most Fortunate Parents

The most fortunate parents in the history of the world are those of the Mother of God, Joachim and Ann. The Church hymns them as the happiest of all progenitors. “Fortunate couple! you have surpassed all other parents in that you begot her who was superior to all creation” (doxastikon, Vespers, 9 September). Joachim and Ann are the most fortunate of parents because they begot the most beautiful and holy child in the world. They begot her, the Mother of God, who is superior to all creation. Let’s put the whole of creation, all the stars, all the people, all the saints onto one side of a pair of scales and the Mother of God on the other, and she’ll outweigh them all.

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September 6: The Commemoration of the Miracle Wrought by Archangel Michael in Colossae (Chonae)

Colossae was an ancient city of southern Phrygia, the extensive western part of Anatolia, overhanging the Lykos (a tributary of the Meander) on the upper part of its course. The city was some ten miles from Laodikeia and thirteen from Hierapolis [Col. 2:1, 4:13, 15,16; Rev. 1: 11]. The three cities formed a single sphere of missionary labor for Epaphras, an inhabitant of Colossae [Col. 1:7, 4:12, 13]. The city originally lay on the Colossae Mapmain trade route from Ephesus to the Euphrates and the East, at the junction of the highways to Sardis and Pergamon.