Saints and Traditions

Saints and services. Feasts and fasts. Traditions that are as diverse as the people who are struggling towards salvation in the Orthodox Church.



Why do we celebrate Jonah today?

Why do we celebrate Jonah today?

Today is the feast day of St. Jonah, the prophet who tried to run away from God and was swallowed by a fish. But why? Why today? Feast days are usually set on the date of the saint’s death. Sometimes they’re on the date a major church was commemorated to them, or on...
St. Placilla the Empress

St. Placilla the Empress

Yesterday was St. Placilla’s feast day. Yesterday was also the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, which is undoubtedly why you’ve never heard of St. Placilla. When a saint’s day falls on one of the Twelve Great Feasts, the saint disappears. And I think St. Placilla...
How do you celebrate the Nativity of the Theotokos?

How do you celebrate the Nativity of the Theotokos?

Are there things you do every year to celebrate the Nativity of the Theotokos? I didn’t grow up Orthodox. So I didn’t grow up having customs and traditions for all of the Orthodox feasts. I wish I had. I love the liturgical calendar. Honestly, it’s one of the things...
St. Paraskevi and Ss. Joachim and Anna

St. Paraskevi and Ss. Joachim and Anna

I wanted to write about St. Paraskevi today. She’s the patron saint of the blind (which you’ll understand when you read her story). As my vision is becoming increasingly impaired as a side-effect of surgery I had in March to fix my vision, I’ve been...
In This Family, We Don’t Judge

In This Family, We Don’t Judge

If you get my newsletter, you would have read a version of this post about a month ago. I’ve expanded it here, because the issue of judging others is so important to our salvation. The Uncondemning Monk During his life, the Uncondemning Monk was a terrible,...
Patriarch Tarasios and the Restoration of Icons

Patriarch Tarasios and the Restoration of Icons

Today is the Sunday of Orthodoxy. It’s the day we celebrate the restoration of icons at the Seventh Ecumenical Council in 787. It’s also the feastday of St. Tarasios, Patriarch of Constantinople, who called that council. Tarasios was a native of Constantinople. His...

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