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.



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...
St. Peter the Tax Collector

St. Peter the Tax Collector

To understand the story of St. Peter the Tax Collector, you have to understand something about tax collectors in the Roman Empire. They were not book-keepers and accountants. They were mobsters. It worked like this. A village was assessed a certain amount in taxes....
Venerable Vitalis, Patron of Prostitutes

Venerable Vitalis, Patron of Prostitutes

As a young man, the Venerable Vitalis of Gaza became a monk at the Monastery of St. Seridus in Gaza. When he was 60 years old, he left Gaza and went to Alexandria. There, he did two things. First, he began working as a day laborer. That gave him a steady stream of...
St. Susanna, Deaconess and Martyr

St. Susanna, Deaconess and Martyr

St. Susanna was born in Palestine in the year 286. Her father was a wealthy pagan priest named Arthemius, her mother a Hebrew woman named Martha. Diocletian had been emperor only two years at this point, and the most severe persecution of Christians had not yet begun....
St. Stylianos, Guardian of Children

St. Stylianos, Guardian of Children

St. Stylianos was the child of wealthy parents in Paphlagonia, a region in what is now Turkey. No one is quite sure when he lived; it may have been the fourth century, or the sixth, or some time in between. But, like so many other saints, he had no use for the wealth...

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