Afterfeast of the Theophany. Martyr Tatiana of Rome and companions (226–235). St. Sava I, enlightener and first archbishop of Serbia (1237). St. Martinian, abbot of White Lake Monastery (1483), and his disciple Galacteon (1506).
Martyr Mertius of Mauretania (284-305). Martyr Peter Apselamus of Eleutheropolis in Palestine (309-310). St. Eupraxia of Tabenna in Egypt (393). St. Pachomius of Keno Lake (16th c). St. John of Tula, fool-for-Christ (1850).
St. Theodora of Alexandria, instructress of nuns (5th c.). Martyr Philotheus of Antioch (ca. 305). St. Benedict Biscop, abbot, of Wearmouth (690). Eight Martyrs of Nicaea. St. Elias the Wonderworker, of Egypt (4th c.)
On December 19, 2019, the theologian, historian, and pastor, Protopresbyter George Metallinos departed to the Lord. “Warrior of Christ”, “lion of Orthodoxy”, “universal teacher”, “general of the Church militant”—such are just a few of the epithets that Fr. George’s contemporaries have used to describe him and his outstanding contributions.
All of us are recipients of your gentleness, of your ever-joyful countenance, of the cheerfulness of your words, of your Christ-centered teaching, of the graciousness of your character, of your sweetness, of your meekness and your extreme Christ-like humility towards all.
It is a great day today. It reminds us all of the mystery of our own Baptism, calling on each of us to accept this sacrament not as a custom (or a “rite”, as some ignorant people say) but as the great mystery of our salvation and to put on Christ with Baptism.
For the first time, we are seeing His Holiness Ilia’s Nativity Epistle for this year, which is not only profound Orthodox teaching but a powerful prayer for all. Before the end of Christmastide we would like to present it to our readers.
St. Seraphim! How much this name means to the Russian heart. I don’t know if you’ll find an Orthodox person in Rus’ on whom at the mere mention of this name you won’t see the furrows disappear from the brow, the bent gait straightened, and the eyes liven up with inner light and warmth. What is the secret to this all-encompassing veneration of this God-pleaser?
The Orthodox faithful in Montenegro are greeting the New Year 2020 in on the streets of their cities. All over the country they are holding prayer services, cross processions and peaceful meetings at which people are praying and protesting against the new discriminatory Church Property Law, passed the day before by the Montenegrin Parliament and signed by President Milo Dukanovic.
One of the most beloved Orthodox Christian Christmas traditions is Kolyadki, or Ukrainian and Carpatho-Russian Christmas Carols. In this article, I will present videos of some of the most popular and beloved Kolyadki, one of which enchanted even generations of Americans.
The life of the Savior was from the very outset a valley of sorrows, filled more with injustice than with the triumph of the Divine Incarnation heralded by the angels. This also relates to the saints we have named.
There was once a family man who was very kind and proper, generous and charitable, and honest in all his dealings with others; but there was only one problem. He did not believe in everything that is said in church about Christmas.