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 […]

Was the Byzantine State a Theocracy?

In order to avoid the confusion caused to most writers by the term theocracy, we suggest four criteria with which the existence and degree of a theocracy can be measured within a state: 1) Identification of political and religious power in the same person 2) Imposition of religious rules on the whole system of law […]

What is Orthodoxy?

According to Saint Anastasios the Sinaite, one of the earliest Fathers of the Church, “Orthodoxy is a true conception about God and creation.” Orthodoxy, i.e. right belief, is the truth itself. According to the confession of Christ Himself (“I am the way, the truth, and the life”), He is the truth incarnate. We can find […]

The Synodikon of Orthodoxy

“Whosoever, therefore, shall confess Me before men, him will I confess before My Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I deny before My Father which is in heaven” (Matt. 10:32-33). The term synodikon is applied to an official definition promulgated by a synod or council, or to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Celebration of the Sunday of Orthodoxy in Hong Kong

On Sunday, March 4, 2012, Sunday of Orthodoxy, His Eminence Metropolitan Nektarios celebrated the Divine Liturgy and the procession of the Holy Icons at the Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Luke in Hong Kong. Metropolitan Nektarios in his sermon referred to the meaning of the celebration of the Triumph of  Orthodoxy. The real triumph and victory […]