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.



When Jesus was the guest of Zacchaeus the Publican

When Jesus was the guest of Zacchaeus the Publican

Little children often learn a song about Zacchaeus. You might remember it. It starts like this: Zacchaeus was a wee little man, and a wee little man was he. He climbed up in the sycamore tree, for the Lord he wanted to see. And maybe it’s because so many of us sang...
Anastasis icon of the Resurrection

Anastasis icon of the Resurrection

Explanation and icon by iconographer Randi Maria Sider-Rose The icon called Anastasis (ah-NAH-sta-sis), or The Resurrection, is a symbolic depiction of Christ’s descent into Hades in order to redeem humanity. He is grasping the hands of Adam and (usually) Eve, who...
6 ways to celebrate St. Stephen’s Day

6 ways to celebrate St. Stephen’s Day

Tomorrow is St. Stephen’s Day! At least, it’s tomorrow for us Orthodox folks. Other folks are keeping it today, and that’s okay. In the early Church, it was considered fitting that, on the second day of Christmas, we would celebrate the memory of the first martyr. And...
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...
Saints Athanasia and Andronicus, models of marriage and monasticism

Saints Athanasia and Andronicus, models of marriage and monasticism

Athanasia and her husband Andronicus lived in Antioch towards the end of the fifth century. The city had been founded not a hundred years earlier. It was a city that attracted people from the far corners of the world, where silk and spices were traded and ideas and...

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