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, 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...
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...
Why do we celebrate Jonah today?

Why do we celebrate Jonah today?

Today is the feast day of St. Jonah, the prophet who tried to run away from God and was swallowed by a fish. But why? Why today? Feast days are usually set on the date of the saint’s death. Sometimes they’re on the date a major church was commemorated to them, or on...

Pin It on Pinterest