My Encounter with Saint Paisios the Athonite in 1986

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015 in Blog
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

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, […]

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 […]

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 …

Dionysius the Areopagite

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Blog
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

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in Blog
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

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Blog
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

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Blog
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 […]

Lessons from Abba Dorotheos of Gaza

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Blog
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 […]

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

Saint Olympias the Deaconess of Constantinople

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in Blog
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 361 […]

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). […]