Apostle and Evangelist Luke

Commemorated on October 18 The Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke, was a native of Syrian Antioch, a companion of the holy Apostle Paul (Phil.1:24, 2 Tim. 4:10-11), and a physician enlightened in the Greek medical arts. Hearing about Christ, Luke arrived in Palestine and fervently accepted the preaching of salvation from the Lord Himself. As one … [Read more…]

The Protection of our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary

Commemorated on October 1 The Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos: “Today the Virgin stands in the midst of the Church, and with choirs of Saints she invisibly prays to God for us. Angels and Bishops venerate Her, Apostles and prophets rejoice together, Since for our sake she prays to the Eternal God!” This miraculous appearance … [Read more…]

Synaxis of All Saints of Alaska

Commemorated on September 24 On the anniversary of the arrival of the Russian missionaries in Alaska (1794), we remember the New Martyrs Saint Peter the Aleut, Protomartyr of America, and Saint Juvenal. Troparion — Tone 4 Today Alaska rejoices and America celebrates, / for the new world has been sanctified by martyrdom / Kodiak echoes with … [Read more…]

The Beheading of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John

Commemorated on August 29 The Beheading of the Prophet, Forerunner of the Lord, John the Baptist: The Evangelists Matthew (Mt.14:1-12) and Mark (Mark 6:14-29) provide accounts about the martyric end of John the Baptist in the year 32 after the Birth of Christ. https://www.oca.org/saints/lives/2020/08/29/102419-the-beheading-of-the-holy-glorious-prophet-forerunner-and-baptis Troparion — Tone 2 The memory of the righteous is celebrated … [Read more…]