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.



A History of Words: Pascha and Easter

A History of Words: Pascha and Easter

Why do Orthodox Christians call Easter Pascha? For all Christians, Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant, the heart of our faith is the Resurrection of Christ. At first, the celebration of the Resurrection was called Pesach, the Hebrew word for Passover, because the...
Keeping Advent and Christmas during the pandemic

Keeping Advent and Christmas during the pandemic

Remember what it was like, keeping Lent and Pascha at home this year? There was so much that we couldn’t do, because of the pandemic. That meant we had to figure out a different way of celebrating. We had to build on the foundations of our traditions, to create a...
St. Corona, the patron saint of pandemics

St. Corona, the patron saint of pandemics

St. Corona seems to have become the patron saint of pandemics. But she hasn’t always been so. Here’s how it happened. The martyrdom of St. Corona and St. Victor St. Corona was martyred in the year 170, or perhaps 177. As with so many early saints, we know very little...
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...

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