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.



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...
St. Placilla the Empress

St. Placilla the Empress

Yesterday was St. Placilla’s feast day. Yesterday was 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. Placilla...
Outside-the-box kids and Sundays of the Paralytic

Outside-the-box kids and Sundays of the Paralytic

Guest post by Anastasia K. Bond And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. -Mark 2:4 (NKJV) When you’re the parent of...
How do you celebrate the Nativity of the Theotokos?

How do you celebrate the Nativity of the Theotokos?

Are there things you do every year to celebrate the Nativity of the Theotokos? I didn’t grow up Orthodox. So I didn’t grow up having customs and traditions for all of the Orthodox feasts. I wish I had. I love the liturgical calendar. Honestly, it’s one of the things...

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