The Lenten Feast of St. Patrick

The Lenten Feast of St. Patrick

Today is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It’s a feast day that invariably falls during Lent. We have these feasting-fasting days from time to time. And special traditions grow up around them, to honor both the feast and the fast. We eat fish...
The Mystery of Our Holy Mother Anastasia

The Mystery of Our Holy Mother Anastasia

When I learned that our Holy Mother Anastasia was a lady-in-waiting for the Empress Theodora, I knew I had to write her story! I adore St. Theodora (Theodora, the wife of St. Justinian the Great, I mean, not Theodora, the restorer of icons). Learning more about anyone...
St. Nicholas of Pskov, the Fool for Christ

St. Nicholas of Pskov, the Fool for Christ

Today we commemorate St. Nicholas of Pskov, whom we also know as St. Nicholas the fool for Christ. In the Orthodox Church, we have lots of different categories of saints. Most of the categories are easy to understand. Martyrs died for the faith, and confessors...
St. Gorgonia the Audacious

St. Gorgonia the Audacious

St. Gorgonia isn’t officially called “the Audacious.” But she was audacious. The Family of St. Gorgonia Gorgonia’s parents, Gregory and Nonna, were both saints. So was her brother. We know him as St. Gregory the Theologian. She probably thought of...
St. Scholastica and the Thunderstorm

St. Scholastica and the Thunderstorm

We don’t know a great deal about St. Scholastica. And most of what we do know, we know because she was the twin sister of St. Benedict. Because we know when and where he was born, and who his parents were, we know that about her, too. We also know that, when he went...

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