Friendship in Late Antiquity: the Case of Gregory Nazianzen and Basil the Great

I.Introduction: Classical and Christian Friendship One thing we should expect to find unchanged when we look at the new world that emerges during the Christianization of the Greco-Roman Empire is the fact that people continue to form friendships and, as friendship often leads to, continue to consider and reflect on the nature of friendship as […]

Saint Ammon

Ammon was a great ascetic of the fifth century. He was the abbot of the Tabennesiote Monastery in Upper Egypt. He was one of the most venerated ascetics of the Nitrian Desert, and Saint Athanasius mentions him in his life of Saint Anthony.     Ammon (or Amon), St., the founder of the celebrated settlement of […]

Saint Sylvester of Rome

Sylvester was born in Rome, the son of Christian parents, Rufinus and Justa, who entrusted their son’s education in the faith to the priest Charitius (or Timothy, according to some sources). The student was witness to his teacher’s martyrdom. Sylvester was ordained to the priesthood by Pope Marcellinus and steadfastly performed his sacramental and pastoral […]

Saint Seraphim of Sarov, the Righteous Wonderworker

Saint Seraphim of Sarov, a great ascetic of the Russian Church, was born on July 19, 1754. His parents, Isidore and Agathia Moshnin, were inhabitants of Kursk. Isidore was a merchant. Toward the end of his life, he began construction of a cathedral in Kursk, but he died before the completion of the work. His […]

The Blessing of Saint Basil’s Pie in Hong Kong

On Tuesday, January 1st, Metropolitan Nektarios of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, after the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, presided over the Doxology for the beginning of the New Year and blessed the traditional Saint Basil’s Pie.