Saints and Feasts

The lives of the saints and festal traditions. St. Nicholas and Pascha have their own sections. To find a particular saint or feast quickly, check the index, where they’re listed by date.



Holiday gift guide for Orthodox families

Holiday gift guide for Orthodox families

My husband and I love Christmas shopping. We skip the malls and go to the small, eccentric, family-owned brick-and-mortar shops that have unique and meaningful gifts. And we fill in with gifts from small online shops. This year’s going to be different, though....
When Pope Leo met Attila the Hun

When Pope Leo met Attila the Hun

The meeting between St. Leo the Great, Pope of Rome, and Attila the Hun was brief. The story of what led up to that meeting takes somewhat longer to tell. It started in the year 450. Honoria, the older sister of Valentinian III, emperor of the western Roman Empire,...
A dangerous story: The prodigal son

A dangerous story: The prodigal son

I once heard a homily for the Sunday of the Prodigal Son, in which the priest explained that the parable is dangerous. We might be tempted to see in the father the example of a loving parent. But any parent that, in real life, acted as the father of the prodigal son...
St. Dositheos, recluse of the Kiev Caves

St. Dositheos, recluse of the Kiev Caves

On September 25, 1776, the monk Dositheos, recluse of the Kiev Caves, died at his prayers. That was the end of his life. It was not what anyone would have expected at the beginning. Daria and her grandmother In 1721, in a little town east of Moscow, a child was born...
How Theodora of Alexandria became a monk and a mother

How Theodora of Alexandria became a monk and a mother

There are many saints named Theodora. This Theodora lived in Alexandria in the fifth century. She was married to a man named Paphnutius, and by all accounts they had a happy marriage, living together in harmony and love. Theodora’s temptation But Theodora was...
Orthodox Saints of World War II

Orthodox Saints of World War II

Orthodox Christians treasure the stories of our saints. The Holy Scriptures, the Creeds, our prayers and our hymns, tell us what we believe. The lives of the saints tell us how we should live. We look to them to guide us and to show us by their examples the Christian...

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