Videos about Orthodox Saints


Remember Me in Thy Kingdom: The Life of Abba Moses

The Life of Abba Moses the Ethiopian, one of the great Desert Fathers of Egypt from the fourth century. Video produced by Efstratios Papageorgiou Script and Research by Michael Gavalas Comments comments


Vessel of Grace: The Life of Saint Paisios

The Life of Saint Paisios the Athonite in English. Saint Paisios (1924-1994) is a contemporary saint in the Orthodox Church who lived most of his life as a monk and ascetic on Mount Athos. His life stands as a stark testimony against those who don’t believe in God, much less in miracles. More importantly, he […]


Saint Dorotheos of Gaza

Abba Dorotheos of Gaza Between the fourth and seventh centuries, the desert of Palestine became home to a large number of monks and monasteries. From these, several great elders emerged, including St. Barsanuphius (nicknamed ‘the Great Old Man’) and St. John the Prophet (nicknamed ‘the Other Old Man’) in the sixth century. These two elders […]


Saint Ephrem the Syrian

“Let prayer within wipe clean the murky thoughts, let faith wipe clean the senses outwardly, and let one such man who is divided collect himself together and become one before You.” — St. Ephrem the Syrian Christianity has a long history in the land east of Jerusalem, the land from which Abraham sojourned on his […]


Saint Cuthbert of Lindisfarne

By the year 600, Christianity had spread from Palestine to parts of northern Europe. The zeal for Christ was very much present in the people of the British Isles, despite their distance from the Holy Land.  Many holy people dwelled in what is now modern day England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. One such person was […]


Saint Cyprian of Carthage

Saint Cyprian was born around the year 200 in the city of Carthage in what is now the north African country of Tunisia. He was born Thascius Cyprianus, the son of a rich pagan senator. Like many children of wealthy parents in his day, Cyprian received a secular education, studying rhetoric and philosophy, and occasionally […]

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Saint Luke, Bishop of Simferopol and Crimea, the Blessed Surgeon

“The purpose of life is to seek after the highest truth and to never divert from that road even when they force you to serve the purposes of the lowest form of truth by trampling upon the truth of Christ.” — St. Luke the Blessed Surgeon In the 20th-century, Orthodox Christians were greatly persecuted during […]

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Saint Cosmas of Aitolia

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) Saint Cosmas of Aitolia (or Aetolia) is considered one of the great missionaries of the Orthodox Church.  Much like Saint Paul, he traveled a great distance to proclaim the Gospel.  He built schools […]


The Life of St. Nina, Enlightener of Georgia

The Life of St. Nina, Enlightener of Georgia In the years following the Resurrection of Christ, the Apostles spread the Good News across most of the known world in remarkable fashion and established the foundation upon which the church was built. They traversed great distances across deserts, mountains, and rough seas. They were exposed to […]


Saint Porfyrios of Kausokalivia

Short video about the canonization of Porfyrios of Kausokalivia. Comments comments


The Great and Holy Martyr George

The Holy Martyr Saint George is greatly revered in the Orthodox Church. Many churches carry his name, as do many families and individual people. His initial fame stems from a legend where he valiantly rode down from heaven on a horse and rescued a young woman by slaying a demon in the form of a […]


The Life of Saint Lazarus

Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to […]


Articles about Orthodox Saints


My Encounter with Saint Paisios the Athonite in 1986

Written by Father Panayiotis Papageorgiou I consider it a great blessing that I was able to be in the presence of this humble giant of our Faith. This was a defining moment for me as I was searching for ways to anchor my faith in Christ. Elder Paisios stood as a beacon, as a light […]


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, […]

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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 […]


The Martyr Longinus the Centurion

Longinus was a Cappadocian Jew by descent. He was in the service of Pontius Pilate at the time of Christ our Saviour’s Passion. He saw firsthand the signs and unprecedented wonders at that Saving Crucifixion: the earthquake, the blotting out of the sun, and darkness over all, the rending of rocks, the opening of sepulchers, and many bodies of the saints who were asleep rising and entering in the holy city …


Dionysius the Areopagite

Today we commemorate Saint Dionysius the Areopagite. We first read of Dionysius in Acts 17, just after Saint Paul delivered his amazing speech to the Athenians at the Areopagus (Acts 17: 22-31). Paul had preached the Resurrection of Christ but many Greeks still held the “Platonic view that the body was a prison for the soul and […]


Saint Silouan and Inner Stillness

Saint Silouan the Athonite was born Simeon Ivanovich Antonov in 1866 to Russian Orthodox parents who came from the village of Sovsk. When he was twenty-seven, he left Russia for Mount Athos and became a monk at the Monastery of St. Panteleimon where he was given the name Silouan. Silouan was an enthusiastic ascetic, someone […]


Faith in God’s Will: Zacharias & Elizabeth

As a young child, I read a picture Bible given to me as a way to learn the stories and the lives of the saints.


Abba Moses the Black of Scete

“Why do you increase your bonds? Take hold of your life before your light grows dark and you seek help and do not find it. This life has been given to you for repentance; do not waste it in vain pursuits.” — St. Isaac the Syrian In mid-forth century Alexandria, Egypt, there lived a powerhouse […]

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Lessons from Abba Dorotheos of Gaza

Between the fourth and seventh centuries, the desert of Palestine became home to a large number of monks and monasteries. From these, several great elders emerged, including St. Barsanuphius (nicknamed ‘the Great Old Man’) and St. John the Prophet (nicknamed ‘the Other Old Man’) in the sixth century. These two elders kept up an ongoing […]

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Pilgrimage to the Church of St. George in Lydda

By Laramie Smith. We arrived at the Church and Tomb of St. George in Lod (otherwise known as Lydda), a central territory in

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Saint Olympias the Deaconess of Constantinople

In fourth century Constantinople, there lived a woman who forsook the wealth and pleasures of this world so that she could devote all her time and strength to serving the Lord and her fellow citizens. Her name was Olympias and she became one of the great deaconesses of the early church. She was born in AD […]

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The Holy and Great Martyr Marina

Born to pagan parents during the tumultuous time of Diocletian’s persecution of the Christians, St. Marina stands as a timeless example of true Christian heroism and strength. Through God’s providence, St. Marina’s widowed father unwittingly gave her over to the care of a Christian governess after Marina’s mother died (either during childbirth or shortly thereafter). […]

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Martyrs Julitta and Kyrikos

In early 303 AD, the emperor Diocletian issued the first of several imperial edicts calling for the persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire. According to Eusebius, the first edict ordered that “churches be leveled to the ground and the Scripture be destroyed by fire” and “those who held places of honor be degraded, and that the […]

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St. Dionysius the Rhetorician and His Disciple, St. Mitrophanes

On the southernmost tip of the Athonite peninsula lies a region known as ‘the desert’.  For centuries, hermits and hesychasts have come to this rough terrain in search of greater solitude and stillness.  Graham Speake, in his book Mount Athos: Renewal in Paradise (2002), offers a good description of this remote area: “The landscape is incredibly desolate here […]

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Great-Martyr Kyriaki of Nicomedia

“…the glorious great Martyr and all-laudable Euphemia; the holy and glorious Martyrs Thecla, Barbara, Anastasia, Katherine, Kyriake, Fotene, Marina, Paraskeve and Irene” Every Orthros, before the chanting of the Megalynarion, the deacon or priest reads a prayer which remembers some of the most influential Saints of the Church. Yet, how familiar are we with the […]


Abba Sisoes the Great

Today we commemorate the venerable Sisoes the Great (+429), a hermit who labored in the heat of the Egyptian desert for over sixty years. He first struggled at Sketis before seeking further solitude across the Nile. He settled in the cave of the recently departed St. Anthony the Great and said, “Thus in the cave […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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

“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

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

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.

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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

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

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. …


Saint Silouan the Athonite

Today we commemorate Saint Silouan the Athonite. Silouan was born in 1866 in the Tambov region of Russia to pious parents. He thought of God, prayed, and felt drawn to the monastic life at a young age but his father advised him to serve in the military first. After a wild period in his youth, he dreamt of a


The Conception of Saint John the Baptist

The prophecy of Malachi was fulfilled with the coming of the last and greatest of the prophets, St. John the Venerable Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist. As told in the gospel of Luke, John’s father Zacharias was performing his duty as high priest […]


The Great Martyr and All Praised Euphemia

Saint Euphemia lived in Chalcedon during the reign of Emperor Diocletian (284-305). Born of Christian parents, Euphemia had great faith in Christ even in her youth. She was beautiful, chaste, and well versed in the scriptures and became the leader of a small group of Christians who performed works of love and charity among the community. Soon, Christians of the region came under the persecution of the




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