Saints

Stories about the saints of the Orthodox Church. St. Nicholas has his own section. To find a particular saint quickly, check the index, where they’re listed by date.



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...
St. Placilla the Empress

St. Placilla the Empress

St. Placilla’s feast day is September 14. September 14 also the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, which is undoubtedly why you’ve never heard of St. Placilla. When a saint’s day falls on one of the Twelve Great Feasts, the saint disappears. And I think St....
St. Paraskevi and Ss. Joachim and Anna

St. Paraskevi and Ss. Joachim and Anna

I wanted to write about St. Paraskevi today. She’s the patron saint of the blind (which you’ll understand when you read her story). As my vision is becoming increasingly impaired as a side-effect of surgery I had in March to fix my vision, I’ve been...
St. Alban, Protomartyr of Britain and Patron of Refugees

St. Alban, Protomartyr of Britain and Patron of Refugees

St. Alban was a soldier in the Roman army in Britain, perhaps when Diocletian was emperor, or perhaps when the emperor was Decius or Septimus Severus. Whenever it was – just after the year 200, or just after the year 300, or somewhere between – it wasn’t a good time...
Saints for students with learning difficulties

Saints for students with learning difficulties

Guest post by Agatha Rodi I am a teacher in Patras, Greece. I teach English and French, but I feel blessed because, for the last 6 years, I have had many students with dyslexia, autism, issues with working memory, short-term memory, stuttering, and ADHD. It’s a...
In this family, we don’t judge

In this family, we don’t judge

During his life, the Uncondemning Monk was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad monk. His brother monks expected that, because of his many and grievous sins, the angels would take him from the monastery straight to Hell when he died. But that didn’t happen....

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