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.



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...
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....
A Glutton for Time

A Glutton for Time

I still remember a conversation I had when I was in college, some forty years ago. While we were waiting for the professor to show up, we were talking about what we were going to do with our lives after college. And most of us were conscientious over-achievers. And...

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