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Icon of the Mother of God “the Surety of Sinners”

Icon of the Mother of God "the Surety of Sinners"  Commemorated on March 7 (also commemorated on May 29) The Icon of the Mother of God “Surety of Sinners” is known by this name because of the inscription on the icon: “I am the Surety of sinners for My Son Who has entrusted Me to [...]

By | August 8th, 2011|Belief & History, Liturgical, Sacred Art, Saints, tHEOTOKOS|Comments Off on Icon of the Mother of God “the Surety of Sinners”

Holy Martyr Christina

July 24 _. † Holy Martyr Christina Born in Tyre, she was the daughter of a rich and famous pagan. Having known the true faith, she destroyed the idols in the house of her father and she was turned over by him as a Christian woman to the most terrible tortures. St. Christina was beaten, [...]

By | July 23rd, 2011|Belief & History, Christian Education, Liturgical, Saints|Comments Off on Holy Martyr Christina

Prophet Elijah (Elias)

 July 20th   Prophet Elijah (Elias) His birth, like the rest of his life, would be marked by fire. When the Great Prophet Elijah was born at Tishba in the Gilead region of the ancientlandofPalestine, his father Savah witnessed an amazing sight.  While the child lay slumbering in his cradle, a radiant angel of God suddenly [...]

By | July 15th, 2011|Saints, Scripture|Comments Off on Prophet Elijah (Elias)

St. Theophan the Recluse On Prayer

St. Theophan the Recluse On Prayer   From the Letters of Bishop Theophan the Recluse (Feast Day January 6th.) The Art and Science of Prayer (from Letter 15) You write that you prayed fervently and at once you were calmed, receiving an inner assurance that you would be released from oppression; and then, indeed, it [...]

By | July 14th, 2011|Belief & History, Christian Education, Prayers and Practice, Saints|Comments Off on St. Theophan the Recluse On Prayer

Theodore, Archbishop of Edessa

July 19th   Theodore, Archbishop of Edessa He was a terrible student – a fretful and daydreaming child who seemed unable to concentrate on anything.  He was also full of mischief.  One morning, for example, while the local Archbishop conducted services at the Holy Table, he hid beneath the table covering . . . and fell [...]

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The Role of the Theotokos in the Orthodox Church

  The Role of the Theotokos in the Orthodox Church Midwest Region Spring Delegates Meeting - Spring Valley, IL April1998  Bishop Demetri M. Khoury My task this evening is to address the topic of the Role of the Theotokos in the Orthodox Church. This is not easy, especially in so short a time. We have [...]

By | July 8th, 2011|Belief & History, Liturgical, Saints, Speeches & Homilies|Comments Off on The Role of the Theotokos in the Orthodox Church

St. Veronica, Who Was Healed By Our Lord

 July 12th   St. Veronica, Who Was Healed By Our Lord It happened near theSea of Galilee, on a mild summer afternoon when Our Lord was busy healing the sick and preaching the Holy Gospel. It happened when a woman of great faith detached herself from the crowd of onlookers who were following Christ and dared [...]

By | July 6th, 2011|Saints|Comments Off on St. Veronica, Who Was Healed By Our Lord

Andrew, Bishop of Crete, Author of the Great Canon July 4th

July 4th Andrew, Bishop of Crete, Author of the Great Canon   He spent the first seven years of his life in silence.  From birth he had been a mute, and there seemed to be little hope that he would ever speak.  Deeply concerned, his parents had taken him from one healer to the next, [...]

By | July 3rd, 2011|Christian Education, Saints|Comments Off on Andrew, Bishop of Crete, Author of the Great Canon July 4th

Feast of the Deposition of the Honorable Mantle of Our Lady, the Mother of God, at Blachernae

July 2, - Feast of the Deposition of the Honorable Mantle of Our Lady, the Mother of God, at Blachernae The Placing of the Venerable Robe of the Most Holy Theotokos at Blachernae: During the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Leo the Great (457-474), the brothers Galbius and Candidus, associates of the emperor, set out [...]

By | July 1st, 2011|Christian Education, Feasts & Seasons, Liturgical, Prayers and Practice, Saints|Comments Off on Feast of the Deposition of the Honorable Mantle of Our Lady, the Mother of God, at Blachernae

Juvenal, Patriarch of Jerusalem

Juvenal, Patriarch of Jerusalem July 2nd After thirty years of tumult and turmoil, the venerated old man was finally dying. The year was 458 A.D.  The old man lay motionless on the sickbed that he knew would also be his deathbed.  During the last few days of his life, he would have a chance to [...]

By | June 29th, 2011|Saints|Comments Off on Juvenal, Patriarch of Jerusalem