Icons of Christ and the Church Fathers

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Blog
Icons of Christ and the Church Fathers

Pictures from the first three days of work on the installation of the icons of Christ with eight Church Fathers at Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox in Marietta, Georgia, USA. The icons are being installed in the apse behind the altar and just below the Playtera. The Fathers being installed include St. Nicholas of Myra, St. Spyridon, St. Cyril of Alexandria, St. Athanasius, St. John Chrysostom, St. Gregory the Theologian, St. Basil the Great, and St. Gregory of Nyssa …

Saint John of Kronstadt

Posted by on Oct 19, 2013 in Blog
Saint John of Kronstadt

Saint John of Kronstadt (1829-1908) was a married priest who became known as a great man of prayer. He possessed an evangelical fervor, almost unbounded pastoral energy authenticated by his simple and clear faith in God. He was a true shepherd of his flock who labored zealously for their salvation and material care and well-being.

Abraham’s Faith and Obedience

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in Blog
Abraham’s Faith and Obedience

Yesterday we commemorated the Righteous Patriarch Abraham and his nephew Lot. The holy Patriarch Abraham, born ten generations after Noah, when the knowledge of God had perished from among men, became the beginning of God’s dispensation for the universal renewal and salvation of man.He obeyed God’s calling and left his country–the land of the Chaldees, that is, Mesopotamia–to the land of Canaan …

Feast of All the Saints of Cyprus

Posted by on Oct 6, 2013 in Blog
Feast of All the Saints of Cyprus

The Church of Cyprus, in recent years, has dedicated the first Sunday of October to the many Saints connected with the island. Many historians and writers have called Cyprus the “Island of Saints” because of the numerous saints who were born there as well as the many who died there. Two-hundred and forty saints of Cyprus are known at the present time. While all saints of the island are commemorated, the list of two-hundredy forty does not include those yet recognized by the Church but already venerated by the people and those who are unknown …

Four Desert Fathers

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in Blog
Four Desert Fathers

Over the past seven days we’ve commemorated several important Desert Fathers. The first three lived in the desert and wilderness of Palestine and the fourth lived in the ‘utter desert’ of Egypt where there was ‘a huge silence and great quiet.’¹

charitonSaint Chariton the Confessor fearlessly confessed Christ during Aurelian’s persecution and was tortured then thrown into prison. He was later released and vowed to live a life of ascesis and renunciation. On his way to Jerusalem thieves abducted Chariton and …