St. Andrew (November 30)

ONE OF THE MOST REVERED New Testament figures in the Christian East is the Apostle Andrew the First Called. His title comes from the first mention of him in the Gospel of John:  “The next day, John stood with two of his disciples.  And looking at Jesus as He walked,...

St. John Chrysostom (November 13)

OF ALL THE SAINTS on our Church calendar there is none – apart from the Theotokos and some biblical figures – with the name recognition of St. John Chrysostom. Since the Divine Liturgy bearing his name is our most frequently served eucharistic rite, most Byzantine...

Praise Him, All His Angels (November 8)

A FEW YEARS AGO a Greek pilot had this harrowing experience. In mid-air his plane experienced system failure. The instruments disengaged, the engines cut out and there was nowhere to go but down. Suddenly the pilot saw the holy archangel Michael appear beneath the...

St. Catherine the Great Martyr (November 25)

IN THE YEAR 650 THE EMPEROR JUSTINIAN sponsored the building of a monastery at Jebel Moussa on the Sinai Peninsula. It was built to enclose the Chapel of the Burning Bush ordered to be built by St. Helena, the mother of St Constantine the Great, at the site where...