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, […]

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 […]

The Martyr Longinus the Centurion

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Blog
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 …

Pilgrimage to the Church of St. George in Lydda

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

The Holy and Great Martyr Marina

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Blog
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). […]

Martyrs Julitta and Kyrikos

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Blog
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 […]

Great-Martyr Kyriaki of Nicomedia

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Blog
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 […]

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 […]

The Conception of Saint John the Baptist

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Blog
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

Posted by on Sep 16, 2013 in Blog
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