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.



St. Nicholas takes the executioner’s sword

St. Nicholas takes the executioner’s sword

When my children were young, the story of St. Nicholas rescuing three innocent men from execution was their favorite of all of the stories of St. Nicholas. Like the story of the widower’s daughters, there is nothing miraculous about it — just fierce goodness. Because...
St. Nicholas and Arius at the Council of Nicea

St. Nicholas and Arius at the Council of Nicea

Did St. Nicholas really slap Arius at the Council of Nicea? For a long time, I would have said, “Probably not.” But I’ve changed my mind. Read the story, and see what you think. A return to Myra It had been a dozen years since Nicholas had walked out...
St. Nicholas, the unwilling Bishop of Myra

St. Nicholas, the unwilling Bishop of Myra

St. Nicholas never wanted to be the Bishop of Myra. But God didn’t give him a choice. The Road to Myra Nicholas was young and wealthy. In his home town of Patara, that was enough to make him something of a celebrity. He’d never thought about it one way or...
A dowry for the widower’s daughters

A dowry for the widower’s daughters

The story of St. Nicholas and the widower’s daughters is, today, the best known story from the life of St. Nicholas. This story is the reason we hang stockings for St. Nicholas to fill (or set out shoes, if you follow the Dutch tradition). In The Saint Nicholas...
My godson’s patron, St. Theodore the Studite

My godson’s patron, St. Theodore the Studite

Today is my godson’s name day! I can’t bake cookies with him today, or read books with him. He lives too far away. But I’ve dispatched presents to him. I’ve prayed for him. And I’ve read the life of his patron, Theodore the Studite. I suspect that St. Theodore was a...
Sweet Song: A story of St. Romanos the Melodist

Sweet Song: A story of St. Romanos the Melodist

Jane G. Meyer’s Sweet Song is a sweet story about St. Romanos the Melodist. St. Romanos lived in the sixth century, and there isn’t a lot known about him for sure. He is said to have composed over 1,000 hymns celebrating the saints and feasts of the Church. Fewer than...

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