St. Juvenal of Alaska

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Blog
St. Juvenal of Alaska

St. Juvenal of Alaska, the Protomartyr of America, was among many Russians who served as pioneers for Orthodoxy in the late 1700s, helping to lay a foundation of faith in a seemingly wild land. Upon his wife’s death, Juvenal — a miner in frigid Siberia — dedicated his life to God by becoming a monk […]

Sts. Cosmas and Damian of Rome

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Blog
Sts. Cosmas and Damian of Rome

Throughout Orthodox Christian history, theologians and laypeople have often recognized the Church as a “hospital” — a place of healing, rest, and communion. For example, St. John Chrysostom once said that, “indeed, the school of the Church is an admirable surgery — a surgery not for bodies, but for souls. For it is spiritual, and […]

Pilgrimage to the Heavenly Jerusalem

Pilgrimage to the Heavenly Jerusalem

“To be a Christian is to be a traveler. Our situation, say the Greek Fathers, is like that of the Israelite people in the desert of the Sinai: we live in tents, not houses, for spiritually we are always on the move. We are on a journey through the inward space of the heart, a […]

In Memory of Lykourgos Angelopoulos 1941-2014

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in Blog
In Memory of Lykourgos Angelopoulos 1941-2014

In Memory of Lykourgos Angelopoulos.
Αἰωνία ἡ μνήμη!
Memory Eternal

Saint Maximus the Confessor

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in Blog
Saint Maximus the Confessor

Today we commemorate Saint Maximus the Confessor, who near the end of his life was beaten, tortured, spat upon, imprisoned, and had his right hand and tongue cut off, but miraculously was still able to confess and speak the truth.  He is commemorated on Aug 13/26 and Jan 21/Feb 3 each year on the New/Old […]

Saint Gregory of Nyssa

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in Blog
Saint Gregory of Nyssa

“In the roll of the Nicene Fathers there is no more honored name than that of Gregory of Nyssa. Besides the praises of his great brother Basil and of his equally great friend Gregory Nazianzen, the sanctity of his life, his theological learning, and his strenuous advocacy of the faith embodied in the Nicene clauses, […]

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 …

The Repose and Translation of Saint John the Theologian

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 in Blog
The Repose and Translation of Saint John the Theologian

Early one morning repose in Ephesus in the year 101 AD, John, the beloved disciple of the Lord, awoke and gathered his seven disciples

“Take shovels and follow me,” he said.

The disciples were curious but obedient. Upon reaching a suitable place, John asked them to sit down and wait while he went off to pray in solitude. Upon his return, John embraced his disciples and gave final instructions …

“Take shovels and follow me,” he said. …