Apodosis-Leavetaking of Pascha

On Wednesday of the sixth week of Pascha, we celebrate the Leavetaking of the Feast. While most Feasts have their Leavetaking on the eighth day, Pascha, the Feast of Feasts, has its Leavetaking on the thirty-ninth day. The fortieth day is the Feast of the Lord’s Ascension, which marks the end of the Lord’s physical […]

Feast of Mid Pentecost

Most of the faithful don’t know about this feast. Apart from priests and a few other Christians who are more closely involved with the Church, most don’t even know of its existence. Few go to church on the day and most of them don’t even suspect that the Wednesday after the Sunday of the Paralytic […]

Commemoration of the Name of the Bishop during the Divine Liturgy

Commemoration of the Primate in the ProvincesKnown As Neae Chorae in Greece.An Ecclesiological and Canonical Issue by Metropolitan Panteleimon Rodopoulos In recent years there has been evidence of confusion within certain Orthodox communities, and even in some local Churches, over the commemoration, in the Divine Liturgy and, by extension in the other Holy Services, of […]

The First Apology of Saint Justin the Martyr

The content of the first “Apology”  is somewhat as follows:   i-iii: exordium to the emperors: Justin is about to enlighten them and free himself of responsibility, which will now be wholly theirs. iv-xii: first part or introduction: the anti-Christian procedure is iniquitous: they persecute in the Christians a name only (iv, v); Christians are […]

The Holy Apostle Kodratos as a Model for our Lives

The various lives of the saints describe the Apostle Kodratos as a great apologist of Christianity, zealous, wise and an orator with excellent intellectual capacity. As Bishop of Athens – a city in which flourished different philosophical schools which is why it required a Bishop with superior qualifications – he rebuked the godless paganism of […]

Saint Romanos the Melodist as a Model for our Lives

By Protopresbyter Fr. George Papavarnavas Saint Romanos the Melodist lived in the sixth, or according to others the eighth, century. He was ordained a Deacon in Beirut and then went to Constantinople, where he served in the Sacred Church of the Theotokos in Kyros, but participated in all-night vigils which were often done in the […]

Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra

Saint Methodius, Patriarch of Constantinople towards the middle of the ninth century, wrote a life of Saint Nicholas in which he declares that “up to the present the life of the distinguished shepherd has been unknown to the majority of the faithful.” Nearly five hundred years had passed since the death of the good St. […]

Saints Celebrated on December 5th

Martyr Anastasius A Saint of this name is commemorated on December 5, in the Martyrologies, but neither the place nor the time of his passion is discoverable. When he saw the torments that the Martyrs gloriously endured, he ran into the arena and confessed his faith in Christ. He was beheaded and his body was […]

Syrian Saints: Barbara of Heliopolis & John of Damascus

The Holy Great Martyr Barbara lived and suffered during the reign of the emperor Maximian (305-311). Her father, Dioskoros, was a rich pagan, a prominent citizen in Ilioupolis in Syria. After the death of his wife, he devoted himself to the upbringing of his only daughter. Dioskoros seems to have been a dedicated pagan and […]