Saint Catherine the Great Martyr of Alexandria

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Blog
Saint Catherine the Great Martyr of Alexandria

Catherine was the beautiful daughter of the pagan King Costus and Queen Sabinella, in Alexandria. She decided to remain a virgin all her life and announced that she would only marry someone who surpassed her in beauty, intelligence, wealth, and dignity. This has been interpreted as an early foreshadowing of her eventual discovery of Christ.  Though raised a pagan, […]

Saint Paisius Velichkovsky

Posted by on Nov 16, 2014 in Blog
Saint Paisius Velichkovsky

Saint Paisius Velichkovsky was born in Poltava in Little Russia on December 21, 1722, and was the eleventh of twelve children. His father John was a priest, who named him Peter at his Baptism.  This was in honor of St Peter the Metropolitan of Moscow, on whose Feast Peter was born. After his father died, […]

The Pilgrim Flask of Saint Menas

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Blog
The Pilgrim Flask of Saint Menas

A popular place of pilgrimage during the fifth through seventh century was the Shrine of Saint Menas (Abu Mena) in northwest Egypt. Saint Menas (commemorated today) was a valiant soldier from Alexandria who served during the reign of Diocletian and Maximian. When the emperors began persecuting Christians, Menas renounced his rank and retreated into the […]

Saint Theodore and the Studites

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Blog
Saint Theodore and the Studites

As we commemorate Saint Theodore the Studite (+826) you may wonder, who were the studites? ‘Studite’ is the name given to monks who dwelled in the Monastery of Studios in Constantinople. In AD 462, a Roman patrician named Stoudios established the monastery. Over time the monastery became the most important in Constantinople, housing over seven hundred monks. This […]